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No. 19 Women's Gymnastics Hosts Arizona
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/19/2000

Jan. 19, 2000

This week's matchup: Stanford (2-1, 0-1 Pac-10) hosts Arizona (2-1, 0-1 Pac-10) in the Cardinal's season home opener on Friday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Stanford is ranked 19th by GymInfo and Arizona is ranked 23rd. Last week, the Wildcats took second place at their season-opener against UCLA, Central Michigan and Iowa. While UCLA took the meet title with a score of 196.3, Arizona recorded a score of 192.675, which topped Central Michigan (191.85) and Iowa (190.775).

Last Week In Review: Stanford traveled to Tempe, Arizona to take on the fifth-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils, No. 6 Maryland and No. 19 Ohio State. The Cardinal turned in a great performance in the season opener, taking second place with a team total of 193.275 behind Arizona State (194.7). Ohio State took third with a total of 192.5 and Maryland finished fourth with a team score of 191.95. Cardinal highlights in the quadrangular included a second place showing in the all-around competition by senior Jen Exaltacion and a third place finish by Katy Herbert. On the floor exercise, senior Sarah Harding took second place with a score of 9.9. In her first collegiate meet for the Cardinal, freshman Alissa Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the uneven bars, taking eighth place with a score of 9.775.

Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford is currently ranked 19th by GymInfo based on the team's only score of 193.275 which the Cardinal turned in at Arizona State. The Cardinal began the 2000 season ranked 11th in the GymInfo preseason coaches poll. In the 1999 season, the squad was ranked as high as eighth during the year.

Gyminfo Rankings as of 1/18
Rank/team        High Score
1   UCLA          196.3
2   Alabama       195.75
3   Nebraska      195.65
3   Utah          195.65
5   Georgia       195.4
6   Michigan      195.175
7   Minnesota     194.8
8   New Hampshire 194.7
8   Arizona State 194.7
10  LSU           194.625
11  Iowa State    194.475
12  Boise State   194.275
13  CS Fullerton  193.8
13  Penn State    193.8
15  Maryland      193.55
16  Ball State    193.475
17  Washington    193.375
18  Denver        193.3
19  Stanford      193.275
20  Towson        193.225

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 Harding, Amy Murakami and Kristin Jensen, and was ranked as high as eighth in the nation during the season.

Comparing Stanford and Arizona in the National Rankings

Team Rankings
Event           Stanford  High    Arizona   High
Team               19    193.275    23     192.675
Floor Exercise     19     48.6      11      48.925
Balance Beam       10     48.65     NR       -
Uneven Bars        NR      -        23      48.375
Vault             T23     48.225    NR       -

Individual Rankings Floor Exercise Name School Ranking High Sarah Harding Stanford T4 9.9 Randi Liljenquist Arizona T23 9.85 Kiernan Andrews Arizona T23 9.85

Balance Beam Name School Ranking High Jen Exaltacion Stanford T11 9.875



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