Jan. 10, 2000
This week's matchup: Stanford travels to Arizona State for the season opener on Friday, Jan. 14, where the No. 11 Cardinal will take on the 7th-ranked Sun Devils, No. 18 Maryland and No. 20, Ohio State. The meet will begin at 6:00 PST. Meet results will be posted on the web at www.gostanford.com.
Stanford in the Rankings: The Cardinal begins the season ranked 11th in the Gyminfo preseason coaches poll. Last season, the team was ranked as high as eighth during the season.
Looking Back-The 1999 Season: The Stanford women's gymnastics program has seen unprecedented success in the last few years. In 1999, the squad finished fourth in the Pac-10 Conference and went on to win the NCAA Region IV for the first time in school history. The win put the team into the NCAA Championships for the third time, where they finished tied for 10th place. The team members turned in a fantastic year last season, recording new school records in four events, including six perfect tens. At NCAA Regionals, Katy Herbert tied as the NCAA Region IV Champion in the balance beam, Jenny Wilson finished third in the All Around, and Jennifer Exaltacion placed third in the balance beam. 1998 NCAA Champion in the vault, Larissa Fontaine missed most of the season with a broken finger before coming back to finish third in the vault at the NCAA Championships. In 1999, the Cardinal produced four All-Americans, Larissa Fontaine, Sarah Hardin, Amy Murakami and Kristin Jensen, and was ranked as high as eighth in the nation during the season.
Gyminfo Preseason Rankings Rank/team Points 1 Georgia 854 2 Alabama 825 3 UCLA 816 4 Michigan 806 5 Utah 770 6 Nebraska 680 7 Arizona State 644 8 Penn State 590 9 Florida 584 10 Louisiana State 584 11 Stanford 577 12 Oregon State 431 13 N. Carolina State 354 14 Minnesota 345 15 Denver 315 16 Arizona 283 17 W. Virginia 276 18 MD-College Prk 264 19 Washington 250 20 Ohio State 245