April 3, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Norman (Okla.) Regional on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. (PT), where it will pursue a bid to the NCAA Championships.
Joining the Cardinal in the Norman Regional - one of six sites in the country - will be top-seeded Oklahoma and (in order of seeding) Penn State, Washington, Iowa and Southern Utah. The top two from the regional will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles on April 19-21.
What: No. 11 Stanford at Norman (Okla.) Regional
When: Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m. (PT)
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla.
Follow the Action: The meet will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest+ and a live webcast will be available via GoStanford.com.
Live updates will be posted on Twitter @StanfordWGym and live stats will be available through www.gostanford.com.
Cardinal Update: Stanford is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal had difficulties as a team in each event - including one missed routine in three of four events - but received standout performances from multiple gymnasts. Stanford finished with a team score of 196.625 to place behind Pac-12 Champion Oregon State, UCLA and Utah.
Ashley Morgan won her third consecutive conference floor title, tying her career-best of 9.950. It was Stanford's fifth consecutive floor title, extending a streak that began with Carly Janiga in 2009 and 2010.
Amanda Spinner claimed her first conference title on beam with a 9.925. Spinner was also named the inaugural Pac-12 Specialist of the Year - given to the top gymnast who is not an all-around competitor.
All-Conference Gymnasts: Stanford garnered three first-team and one second-team honors in 2013.
Ashley Morgan: first team (floor exercise); Also, 2012 first team (floor and uneven bars); 2011 first team (floor); 2010 second team (floor).
Amanda Spinner: first team (balance beam).
Ivana Hong: first team (balance beam); Also, 2012 second team (vault). Nicole Dayton: second team (vault).
Previous All-Conference Gymnasts:
Shona Morgan: second team (balance beam).
Stanford Top 25 in Each Event: Along with being ranked No. 11 in the country, the Cardinal is ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four events based on the Regional Qualifying Score. Stanford is eighth on balance beam (49.185 RQS), ninth on uneven bars (49.280 RQS), 13th on vault (49.255 RQS) and 19th on floor (49.190 RQS).
Stanford outscored or tied 13 of 15 opponents on beam, 11 of 15 on vault, and 10 of 15 on bars during the regular season.
Individuals in the National Rankings: Here are the Stanford gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in each event, by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Vault: 17th, Nicole Dayton, 9.910 (9.887)
Beam: fourth, Amanda Spinner, 9.910 (9.875); 11th, Ivana Hong, 9.895 (9.825)
Floor: 13th, Ashley Morgan, 9.915 (9.892)
Cardinal to Watch
Ashley Morgan - Morgan is having an outstanding senior season and has claimed 10 individual victories. She has excelled in the all-around, earning five first-place finishes in 10 meets. She also notched three individual victories on floor, and one each on vault and bars. Morgan was one of Stanford's most durable and consistent gymnasts, competing in 39 of 40 possible events on the season.
Morgan earned career bests in the all-around (39.550), floor (9.950) and beam (9.900) in Stanford's victory over Arizona State (Feb. 15). Morgan claimed three individual victories at California, finishing first in vault and floor with 9.925s, and in the all-around with a 39.225. Morgan claimed the all-around title at Oklahoma earlier this season, outscoring three Sooners and two North Carolina competitors.
Morgan finished the season ranked in the Pac-12 top-20 and NCAA top-100 in every event.
Amanda Spinner - The junior All-American has been a staple for Stanford on beam this season and claimed her first Pac-12 Championship with a score of 9.925. Spinner was named the inaugural Pac-12 Specialist of the Year. She claimed five individual victories and finished the regular season ranked first in the Pac-12 and fifth in the nation.
Spinner led a talented Stanford beam team that outscored 13 of 15 opponents and finished the regular season ranked second in the Pac-12 and eighth in the nation.
Spinner holds four of Stanford's top six scores on beam this season. She scored a 9.825 or higher in nine of 10 meets and earned a career-best 9.950 at Utah (Feb. 23). Spinner tied her previous career-high of 9.925 three times this season, first at Georgia (Jan. 21), then against Arizona State (Feb. 15) and at the Pac-12 Championships (March 23).
Ivana Hong - Ivana Hong had an outstanding Pac-12 Championships meet, finishing second in the all-around competition to Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year, Vanessa Zamarripa, of UCLA. Hong scored a career-best 39.575 in the all-around after scoring 9.925 on vault and bars, 9.875 on floor and 9.850 on beam.
In her previous meet, the sophomore All-American finished third on beam (9.875) and fourth on bars (9.875) against Oklahoma and North Carolina. Hong has scored 9.850 on beam in eight of the nine meets she has competed in this season and claimed three individual victories on the event.
Shona Morgan - The junior from Melbourne, Australia, has been one of Stanford's most consistent performers and continued to deliver at the Pac-12 Championships. Morgan earned a 9.825 on bars and beam, and a 9.950 on floor.
Morgan has competed on bars and beam in all ten meets, and on floor in nine of 10 competitions this season. She hit 100 percent of her routines among the three events.
Nicole Dayton - The senior co-captain has been strong on vault with four individual victories in 10 meets. Dayton finished tied for ninth on vault at the Pac-12 Championships after posting a 9.900. She earned her first all-conference honor when she was named to the 2013 second team on vault.
Dayton earned a second-place finish at Oklahoma and North Carolina after notching a 9.900. She scored a 9.800 or higher in all 10 meets this season.
Dayton doubled her total number of individual vault victories from the 2012 season when she claimed two and has tied her career-high of 9.950 twice this season. She earned her first 9.950 in the season-opener at San Jose State (Jan. 4) and her second at Utah on Feb. 23.
Taylor Rice - Rice established herself as a regular in Stanford's vault and floor lineups as she improved her scores and consistency throughout the season. Rice earned a season-high 9.900 on vault at California (Jan. 26) to help lead Stanford to its third-highest vault score on the season (49.275).
Rice was part of the floor lineup that produced Stanford's highest team score on the season (49.500), contributing a season-best 9.875 against Oregon State and California.
Kristina Vaculik - The 2012 Olympian earned 9.800s on vault and bars against Oklahoma and North Carolina. She tallied two fourth-place finishes against Oregon State and Cal with a career-best 9.900 on vault and a 9.900 on bars.
She has competed on bars and beam in all 10 meets this season and has made seven lineups on vault and five on floor.
Rotation Schedule: Here is Stanford's rotation order for the Norman (Okla.) Regional on Saturday: bye, bars, beam, bye, floor, vault.
Stanford vs. Other Regional Opponents: Here are the results from the last time Stanford faced each regional opponent.
Oklahoma: March 10, 2013 (Norman, Okla.), tri-meet: Oklahoma (first place) 197.525, Stanford (second place) 196.000.
Penn State: April 16, 2009 (Lincoln, Neb.) NCAA Team Preliminaries: Stanford (fourth place) 196.225, Penn State (fifth place) 196.100.
Washington: March 23, 2013 (Corvallis, Ore.), Pac-12 Championships: Stanford (fourth place) 196.625, Washington (fifth place) 195.875.
Iowa: April 15, 2004 (Los Angeles), NCAA Team Preliminaries: Stanford (t-first place) 196.850, Iowa (sixth place) 194.775.
Southern Utah: April 10, 2010 (Morgantown, W.Va.), NCAA Southeast Regional: Stanford (first place) 196.775, Southern Utah (third place) 195.325.
Stanford's NCAA Regional Experience
Stanford has qualified 30 consecutive seasons.
Stanford has finished in the top two to advance to NCAA's in five of the past six seasons.
Stanford teams under Kristen Smyth (since 2002) have won four regional titles, were runners-up four times, and have a third- and two fourth-place finishes.
Twenty-three Stanford gymnasts have combined for 39 individual titles, including 34 since 1998.
Stanford is seeking its sixth NCAA regional title, all since 1999.
Individual Cardinal Experience at NCAA Regional Tournament: The following are current Stanford gymnasts (nine) who competed as part of past regional lineups:
Three Regionals: Ashley Morgan (2010, 2011, 2012)
Two Regionals: Nicole Dayton (2011, 2012), Shona Morgan (2011, 2012)
One Regional: Kristina Vaculik (2011), Pauline Hanset (2012), Ivana Hong (2012), Becky Wing (2012), Samantha Shapiro (2012), Amanda Spinner (2012)
Super Six Experience
Stanford has eight gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2012 NCAA Super Six finals in Duluth, Ga., on the Cardinal's fourth-place team. They are: Ashley Morgan, Pauline Hanset, Ivana Hong, Nicole Dayton, Shona Morgan, Samantha Shapiro, Becky Wing and Amanda Spinner.
Ashley Morgan was also a member of Stanford's 2010 NCAA Super Six vault, beam and floor lineups.
Stanford's roster includes six gymnasts with senior national team experience. The list includes three Olympians, one Olympic alternate, two U.S. senior national team competitors, and four World Championships veterans.
Sophomore Ivana Hong, a national champion on vault and beam in 2009, was a 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate. She was a bronze medalist on the beam at the 2009 World Championships and a team gold medalist at the 2007 worlds. Hong also earned a 2007 Pan Am Games bronze in the all-around.
Sophomore Pauline Hanset represented Belgium, the country of her birth, in a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011.
Junior Shona Morgan competed for Australia in the 2008 Olympics, finishing 15th in the all-around. She was a five-time national champion and competed in three World Championships.
Sophomore Samantha Shapiro competed for the U.S. senior national team from 2009-11, winning several international meet titles. Earlier, she won three U.S. junior national championships.
Sophomore Rebecca Wing competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics. She also competed in two World Championships and two European Championships.
Redshirt sophomore Kristina Vaculik competed for Canada at the 2012 Olympics, helping the team to a fifth-place finish - its highest-ever team finish. She has won nine Canadian national championships, including three all-around titles (2007,2010, 2012). She is a three-time competitor at the World Championships.