Jan. 25, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Pac-12 has a number of difficult women’s gymnastics venues for visiting teams and Stanford will hit the most difficult of them over the next five weeks, beginning Friday night at Oregon State, the defending conference champion.
Stanford (4-0), coming off a Pac-12 dual victory over visiting Washington that extended the Cardinal’s home winning streak to 15, also will travel to UCLA on Feb. 4 and Utah on Feb. 24 before returning home for Senior Day on March 4 against Arizona and Cal.
What: No. 12 Stanford (4-0) at No. 10 Oregon State (2-0)
When: Friday, 7 p.m.
Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon
Follow the Action:
• Links to live stats and Oregon State’s All-Access can be found on gostanford.com.
• Check for updates on Twitter (@StanfordWGym) and on the Stanford Women's Gymnastics Facebook page.
Freshman Impact: In Sunday’s 195.925-195.725 victory over Washington, freshmen held leadoff positions on every event, with Rebecca Wing competing first on three of them – the bars, beam, and floor. That should change this week with junior Nicole Dayton returning to lead on floor, but it illustrates how vital Stanford’s five freshmen are to this year’s team. Wing, a 2008 British Olympian, won the bars (9.9) and was second on beam (9.875). Also Sunday, former U.S. senior national-team member Ivana Hong, another freshman, made her collegiate debut with a 9.80 score on the vault.
Last Week: Stanford used a strong balance beam to rally past Washington on the third rotation on the way to a 195.925-195.725 victory that extended the Cardinal’s conference winning streak at Burnham to 32, dating back to 1998. Stanford trailed 98.075-97.900 after the first two rotations, but Ashley Morgan’s 9.900 and freshman Rebecca Wing’s 9.875 helped propel the Cardinal to a 147.000-146.975 lead it would not relinquish. In all, Stanford’s top four beam scores of the early season all came on Sunday.
Friday’s Opponent, Oregon State: The Beavers are the defending conference champions and feature last year’s Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year, Leslie Mak. The senior from Toronto scored a 9.95 on beam to help Oregon State beat Arizona, 194.825-194.375, Tucson last week. This was a week after the Beavers beat visiting Oklahoma, 196.525-195.675, ending the Sooner’s regular-season winning streak at 32.
The Oregon State Series: Stanford and Oregon State split their four meetings last year, with the Beavers winning the most recent two – at the Pac-10 Championships and a Berkeley quad meet. Stanford hasn’t won in Corvallis since the Cardinal won the Pac-10 title at Gill Coliseum in 2006. Since then, Stanford has lost twice, in 2008 and 2010.