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Women's Gymnastics To Compete in Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/15/2000

March 15, 2000

The 2000 Pacific-10 Championships: No. 12 Stanford (8-3, 5-2 Pac-10) will travel to Tempe to compete in the Pacific-10 Conference Championships on Saturday, March 18. Hosted by No. 13 Arizona State, the meet will see all seven teams in the Pac-10 competing for the Conference Title. Over the course of the 2000 season, Stanford defeated Arizona, Washington, California and Oregon State, but fell to Arizona State and UCLA. Coming into the Conference Championships, UCLA is the Pac-10 contender, ranked No. 3 in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 196.242. Washington is ranked No. 20 (194.960), Oregon State is No. 24 (194.565), Arizona is ranked No. 28 with an RQS of 194.395, and California is 31st with a regional qualifying score of 194.105.

On Television: The Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Conference Championships will be televised by Fox Sports Bay Area on Saturday, March 25th at 11 a.m. Bill MacDonald will be doing the play-by-play with former Olympian Kathy Johnson-Clark providing color.

Last Year's Pac-10: At the 1999 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships, UCLA took the team title with a total score of 197.778. Stanford tied for fourth with a score of 195.150. Individually, UCLA and Oregon State swept the meet, with UCLA's Heidi Moneymaker taking the all-around with a score of 39.675 and sharing the vault title with Megan Murphy-Barcroft from OSU with a score of 9.925. Murphy-Barcroft also took the conference title on the balance beam with a score of 9.95. Danae Phillips of Oregon State took first on the bars with a perfect score, and Beaver gymnast Lara Degenhardt, scored a 10 on the floor to take the Pac-10 title. Of the Pac-10 Champions from last season, only Heidi Moneymaker of UCLA and Lara Degenhardt return to compete this season.

Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford is currently ranked 12th by GymInfo with a regional qualifying score of 195.405. The squad is also ranked 21st on the vault (48.675), 15th on the bars (49.000), 8th on the balance beam (48.955) and 19th on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 48.980. The Cardinal also boasts three athletes ranked in the top 20 on individual events, including senior Larissa Fontaine, who is the top-ranked gymnast in the nation on the all-around with an RQS of 39.555. Fontaine is also ranked third in the nation on the vault with an RQS of 9.925, 17th on the bars (9.895,) 24th on the balance beam (9.850) and sixth on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 9.915. Junior Jen Exaltacion and sophomore Katy Herbert are both ranked 17th on the balance beam with an RQS of 9.860. Over the course of the 2000 season, the Cardinal was ranked as high as 8th for two weeks in a row.

Gyminfo Rankings as of 3/14

Rank/team RQS 1 Michigan 197.115 2 Georgia 196.885 3 UCLA 196.735 4 Alabama 196.485 5 Nebraska 196.455 6 Utah 196.250 7 LSU 196.040 8 Iowa State 196.010 9 W. Virginia 195.705 10 Oklahoma 195.465 11 BYU 195.450 12 Stanford 195.405 13 ASU 195.170 13 Maryland 195.170 15 Penn State 195.155 16 Florida 195.140 17 Minnesota 195.080 18 Denver 195.050 19 N. Carolina St. 195.015 20 Washington 194.960 21 Utah State 194.940 22 Kent State 194.895 23 Michigan St. 194.610 24 Oregon State 194.565 25 Ctrl. Michigan 194.565

The 2000 Season: The 2000 season was a strong one for the Cardinal squad. The team finished the regular season 8-3, 4-2 in the Pac-10, and is ranked 12th in the nation. Here are recaps of the meets in the 2000 season.
At Arizona State Quadrangular, Jan. 14 -- Stanford went up against No. 5 ASU, No. 6 Maryland and No. 19 Ohio State to open the 2000 season. The squad took second place with a score of 193.275 behind ASU (194.7), but defeated Ohio State (192.0) and Maryland (191.95). Senior Jen Exaltacion was Stanford's top finisher, taking second place in the all-around. Katy Herbert took third in the all-around competition. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor, and Alissa Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars, finishing eighth with a score of 9.775.
Arizona, Jan. 21 -- Stanford defeated then-No. 23 Arizona 194.275-191.275 in the Cardinal season home opener, recording the first conference win of the season. Larissa Fontaine took event titles on the vault and the floor. Freshmen Abby Gair and Kelsey Stillinger captured the first event titles of their collegiate career, Gair on the bars (9.9) and Stillinger on the beam (9.875). Gair was also the top finisher for the Cardinal in the all-around, finishing second with a score of 38.8.
Washington, Jan. 28 -- The Cardinal defeated the Huskies 195.05-194.75 at home. Fontaine captured event titles on the vault (9.9), bars (9.9), floor (9.95) and the all-around (39.525) and was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. Exaltacion took second on the beam with a score of 9.85 and Abby Gair placed third on the floor with a score of 9.8. at UCLA, Feb. 6 -- Stanford fell to defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA 197.8-193.725. Fontaine took the only event title for Stanford, placing in a three-way tie for first on the vault with a score of 9.9.
Boise State, Feb. 13 -- Stanford defeated the Broncos 196.825-195.775 as the team set a new school record on the beam with a score of 49.35. Larissa Fontaine took three event titles, including the vault with a career-high 9.975, the bars and the all around. Katy Herbert tied with Fontaine on the bars to record her first event title of the season, and placed second in the all-around. Freshman Abby Gair placed first on the balance beam.
California, Feb. 18 -- The Cardinal defeated cross-bay rival Cal 195.35-193.15. Senior Larissa Fontaine took every event title. Stanford swept the bars with Katy Herbert taking second (9.875), Jen Exaltacion and Abby Gair tying for third (9.85) and senior Sarah Harding placing fourth. On the beam, Herbert took second with a score of 9.8 and Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.9. Herbert took second in the all-around with a new career high of 39.15.
BYU, Feb. 21 -- The Cardinal routed the Cougars 197.05-195.425 as senior Larissa Fontaine swept her second meet of the weekend. She scored a perfect 10 on the floor, and her all-around score of 39.825 set a new school record. Fontaine was honored as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. Freshman Alissa Cooper took second place on the vault with a score of 9.825. Katy Herbert recorded a 9.9 on the balance beam for second place, and junior Jen Exaltacion took third on the beam with 9.875. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.95. Freshman Abby Gair and sophomore Katy Herbert both recorded new career-high scores in the all-around competition, Gair with a 39.475 and Herbert with a 39.2.
At Oregon State, Feb. 25 -- The Cardinal narrowly defeated the Beavers 195.1-194.8. The win is the first time Stanford has ever defeated Oregon State in Beaver territory. Larissa Fontaine took top honors on the vault with a 9.95 and the all-around with a score of 39.525. Sophomore Katy Herbert recorded her second event title of the season when she took the balance beam with a score of 9.9. Jen Exaltacion placed second on the beam with a score of 9.875 and Sarah Harding tied for second on the floor with a score of 9.875. Sophomore Kristin Jensen competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career, and scored a total of 38.5.
At Penn State, March 3 -- The Cardinal traveled to University Park to take on the Penn State. In the last meet of the regular season, the Cardinal fell to the Nittany Lions 196.1-194.7, ending the regular season with a record of 8-3. Senior Larissa Fontaine shared the event title on the bars with a score of 9.9, and took top honors in the all-around with a total score of 39.475. She also tied for third on the vault with a score of 9.9. Sophomore Katy Herbert shared the event title on the beam with a score of 9.925 and finished third in the all-around with a score of 38.95. Junior Jen Exaltacion finished second in the all-around with a score of 39.35, took third on the vault with a 9.9 and third on the beam with a 9.9. She also tied for third in the floor exercise with a score of 9.825.

Fabulous Fontaine: The top gymnast in the nation in the all around, senior Larissa Fontaine holds an outstanding regional qualifying score of 39.555. She is also ranked No. 3 in the nation on the vault with an RQS of 9.925. Twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week, senior Larissa Fontaine has been a pillar for the Cardinal this season. She leads the team in titles won with 24, including ten won in the meets against Cal and BYU. This season, Fontaine has taken no less than third place on the vault, including seven first-place finishes in nine meets. In the seven meets in which she competed in the all-around competition, she has taken first in five of them, including against BYU, when she scored a new school record 39.825. At that same meet, she recorded a perfect 10 on the floor, the first 10 of her career. Fontaine is also ranked 17th on the uneven bars with an RQS of 9.895, 24th on the balance beam at 9.850 and sixth on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 9.915. The 1998 NCAA Champion on the vault, Fontaine was also a member of the 1998 Pac-10 Champion team.

First Class Freshmen: The class of 2003 has made an immediate impact on the squad this season. Freshman Abby Gair has been a vital scorer for the Cardinal this season. Gair has won two event title this season. Her first collegiate event title came in the meet against Arizona on Jan. 21, when she won the bars with a score of 9.9. She took her second event title on the beam at Boise State with a score of 9.9. Against Arizona on Jan. 21, Gair was Stanford's top finisher in the all-around competition with a score of 38.8. Against Washington, Gair posted career highs in the beam with a 9.775 and the floor with a 9.8. She recorded a new career-high all-around score in the meet against BYU with a total of 39.475. Kelsey Stillinger has also made an immediate impact on the success of the Cardinal in her first year with the team. She took her first event title against Arizona in the second meet of her collegiate career on the beam with a score of 9.875. Against Washington on Jan. 28 she improved her career best on the vault to 9.675. Alissa Cooper has also been performing well for Stanford on both the vault and the bars. In her collegiate debut, Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars with a score of 9.775. Against Arizona a week later, she turned in a career-high 9.85 on the bars and 9.625 on the vault.

Floor Forte: One of the Cardinal's top performers on the floor, senior Sarah Harding is ranked 39th in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 9.870. Over the course of the 2000 season, Harding has finished second on the floor at four meets, including second place at the Arizona State Quadrangular. Her best score came against BYU, when she scored a season-high 9.95. Sophomore Katy Herbert is also a strong performer on the floor, averaging 9.735. She placed fourth on the floor against Cal with a score of 9.85. Sophomore Kristin Jensen is also a strong addition to the Cardinal on the floor. She has competed in the floor competition in all but one meet. Her highest placing was a fifth place showing against Arizona. Her season-high was a 9.775, turned in against Oregon State.

On The Beam: Sophomore Katy Herbert has emerged as one of Stanford's strongest performers on the beam this season. Ranked 17th on the beam along with teammate junior Jen Exaltacion with a regional qualifying score of 9.860, Herbert, Exaltacion and Fontaine make Stanford one of the strongest schools on the beam. At the win over Oregon State, Herbert took the event title on the beam with a score of 9.9. She placed second on the beam against BYU with a score of 9.9 and second against Cal with a score of 9.8. She took her third event title this season, the second on the beam at Penn State. Despite the loss to the Nittany Lions, Herbert captured the event title on the beam with a season high and career-high matching 9.925. She has competed on the beam at every meet this season, and has an average of 9.80. Junior Jen Exaltacion is also a strong competitor for the Cardinal on the beam. Also ranked 17th on the beam, Exaltacion has an average score of 9.70 on the beam. She has competed on the beam in every meet this season, recording a season-high 9.875 three times this year. She has placed second twice, and third three times. Sophomore Becky Meldrum also adds strength to the Cardinal's beam competition. She turned in a season high 9.775 twice this season, including against Penn State. Her best finish came against Cal, when she placed sixth on the beam with a score of 9.65. Over the course of the season, she has scored no lower than a 9.55 on the beam, which she turned in at the first meet of the season in the Arizona State Quadrangular.


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