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Janiga Wins National Title
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/24/2010

April 24, 2010

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Individual Event Results in PDF Format Stanford senior Carly Janiga capped off her outstanding collegiate gymnastics career with a national championship on Saturday, the first individual title for Stanford since 1998 and the second in school history.

Janiga scored a 9.9375 to win the uneven bars - bettering her 2009 runner-up finish in the event - and a 9.8875 to tie for second on the balance beam, at University of Florida's O'Connell Center. In addition, fellow Cardinal senior Blair Ryland placed ninth on the vault with a 9.7625, in her final meet.

"I knew this was my last routine on bars ever, so I wasn't nervous," Janiga said. "I was just going out there to enjoy gymnastics, which is what I fell in love with as a kid."

For Janiga, an elite competitor and a onetime Olympic hopeful, the completion of her gymnastics career could not have been more ideal. Her final beam routines during the three-day NCAA Championships earned scores of 9.90, at Thursday's team prelims, 9.95, the highest score at Friday's Super Six, and her championship effort Saturday.

"She performed to the best of her ability and gets to have that as her lasting memory," Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. "I can't think of a better way to cap off her career than she did tonight. That's all you can ask for."

The title was the first outright individual championship in Stanford history and the first title since Larissa Fontaine tied for the vault crown in 1998. It also was the highest score a Stanford gymnast has ever received in the Individual Event Finals.

"Tonight, Carly was what she has been for our team for the past four years: Amazing, and an absolute rock for our team and our program," Smyth said. "She is going to be impossible to replace. It has been a privilege to work with someone with her work ethic and character."

Janiga finished her career with nine All-America honors, tying her with current volunteer assistant coach Lindsay Wing as the third-most decorated gymnast ever at Stanford. Her five first-team All-America honors - including three this year - tie her with Wing and Natalie Foley as the second-highest in that category in Cardinal history.

For her career, Janiga has four top-four NCAA finishes, and help guide the Stanford class of 2010 to three appearances in the NCAA Super Six finals (Stanford placed fourth on Friday), the most for any class in school history.

In addition, Janiga, a psychology major, carries a 3.78 cumulative GPA, was named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for gymnastics and is a finalist for the Honda Sports Award for her sport.

Throughout her collegiate career, Janiga missed only four routines, and none in the past two seasons.

"She's been an absolute lock," Smyth said.

Janiga was fifth in the bars lineup and hit every handstand and stuck her dismount, exceeding the 9.9125 score of LSU's all-around champion, and weathering the 9.9250 scores of Oklahoma's Hollie Vise and LSU's Summer Hubbard.

"We weren't really watching the scores that much," Janiga's bars coach, Chris Swircek, said. "I didn't really realize it until (fellow assistant) Mike Lorenzen said something."

On the beam, Janiga tied Georgia's 2004 Olympian Courtney McCool for first on the second-to-last routine, only for LSU's Jackson to beat it with a 9.9625 on the final routine.

Blair was rewarded for her four years of hard work by reaching her first Individual Event Finals. Because the rules require two different vaults, rather than a single vault as in a normal meet, Ryland had to pull out a vault that she hadn't used since her club days for her second attempt. She became the sixth Stanford vaulter to earn a national top-10 finish, and the first since 2004.


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