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Stanford to feel the heat in Cancun
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/22/2008

Dec. 22, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - The last time the Stanford women's gymnastics team took to the floor in competition, the Cardinal walked away with an NCAA third-place trophy, equaling the program's best finish ever.

On Jan. 2 at 2:30 p.m. PT, the Cardinal begins a new season at the Cancun (Mexico) Classic. Even with the loss of six graduates - including 14-time All-American Tabitha Yim and three-time Pac-10 uneven bars champion Liz Tricase - the Cardinal has high hopes.

Stanford returns four All-Americans - Kelly Fee, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada, Blair Ryland - and boasts a strong freshman class that offers a wealth of elite international experience.

A total of eight collegiate programs are participating over two separate sessions. The Cardinal will compete in the evening session, against BYU, Denver, and Oregon State.

This will be the first of three scheduled meetings against Oregon State. The Beavers finished second to the Cardinal in the Pacific-10 Conference finals in Seattle last season, but beat Stanford in an earlier tri-meet in Corvallis, Ore.

The Cardinal also faced Denver in the NCAA preliminaries, with Stanford finishing third to earn an NCAA Super Six berth and Denver finishing sixth. BYU was an NCAA regional qualifier last season.

The balance beam should offer a dual between Stanford's Carly Janiga and Oregon State's Jami Lanz. The two tied for the Pac-10 balance beam title last season.


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