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No. 11 Women's Gymnastics Open 2000 Season at Arizona State
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/10/2000

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

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