March 22, 2004
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 2 ranked Stanford University women's gymnastics team will travel to Denver, CO to compete in the NCAA North Central Regional Championship on Saturday, April 3rd. The Cardinal moved up in the rankings to a program-high No. 2 spot after winning the Pac-10 Championship this past weekend.
Also competing in the North Central Regional is No. 11 Washington, No. 14 Denver, No. 20 Iowa, Minnesota, and Southern Utah. The top two teams in each of the six regionals will advance to the NCAA Championship, held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 15-17. Also advancing to the NCAA Championships will be the top two individual all-around performers and individual event champions not from one of the top two teams.
The Cardinal enter the North Central Regional with a 197.645 Regional Qualifying Score. Stanford is coming off of its second Pac-10 Championship in the last four seasons. The Cardinal edged top ranked UCLA, 197.900-197.875, with sophomore All-American Natalie Foley claiming top honors in the all-around with a score of 39.800. Foley is the first Stanford gymnast to win the Pac-10 Championship all-around. The event also saw senior All-American Lindsay Wing become the first-ever four-time Pac-10 balance beam champion. In all, a Stanford gymnast tied for first in three of the four events and the Cardinal captured two of the top three spots in the all-around with Foley taking first and senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer finishing third with a 39.675.
Stanford fans can watch the Cardinal's performance at the Pac-10 Championship as Fox Sports Net West and Fox Sports Bay Area will be televising the event on a tape delayed basis this Thursday at 12:00 pm (PT). Check your local listings for additional channels and broadcasts.
Regional Sites and Fields
North Central Region (Denver, CO, host Denver) - No. 2 Stanford, No. 11 Washington, No. 14 Denver, No. 20 Iowa, Minnesota, Southern Utah.
Southeast Region (Raleigh, NC, host North Carolina State) - No. 1 UCLA, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 13 Nebraska, No. 21 West Virginia, No. 22 North Carolina State, Maryland.
Northeast Region (University Park, PA, host Penn State) - No. 4 Georgia, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 16 Missouri, No. 19 Michigan, Penn State, New Hampshire.
Central Region (Baton Rouge, LA, host LSU) - No. 6 BYU, No. 7 LSU, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 23 Auburn, No. 24 Kent State, Michigan State.
South Central Region (Tucson, AZ, host Arizona) - No. 5 Utah, No. 8 Florida, No. 18 Arizona, No. 25 Arkansas, Illinois, Illinois- Chicago.
West Region (Corvallis, OR, host Oregon State) - No. 3 Alabama, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 15 Oklahoma, California, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton.