April 20, 2006
Corvallis, Or - Two Cardinal gymnasts, Natalie Foley and Tabitha Yim, will represent Stanford University when the 2006 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship kickoffs on Thursday, April 20, at Oregon State's Gill Coliseum.
Tabitha Yim and Natalie Foley will compete in the All-Around. Yim gained entrance into the NCAA Championshp by winning the All-Around (39.525) title at the recent NCAA West Regional at Stanford University. Foley finished third (39.225).
Championship competition will begin on Thursday with preliminary team competition (1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.). The top three qualifying teams from each session will advance to the Super Six team finals on Friday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. The individual event championships will be held on Saturday, Aptil 22, at 7:00 p.m. The All-Around champion and event finalists will be determined during the preliminary competition on Thursday. Official announcement of the All-Around competition will be on Friday. Individuals qualify for event finals by placing in the top four in an event during the preliminary session (Thursday).
Yim and Foley will compete during the second session (7:00 p.m.) on Thursday. They will begin competition on Vault and following a bye in the second rotation, will move to Bars and Beam ... Following another bye, they will conclude the event on Floor Exercise.
Live scoring will be provided on the NCAA official site (www.ncaasports.com) ... The meet will also be televised by CBS on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday, May 6, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (pt).
Natalie Foley, Senior, All-Around, Englewood, Co
2006 Season (Senior): A strong competitor in the All-Around this year, competing in the four-event competition in all eleven of Stanford's meets ... Gained entrance to the NCAA Championship with a third place finish in the All-Around (39.225) at the NCAA West Regional ... Finished fifth on Bars (9.850) and Floor Exercise (9.850) at the West Regional at Stanford ... Named All-Pac-10 in the All-Around (39.350) ... Placed second on Beam (9.950, season-best), sixth in the All-Around (39.350, season-best), seventh on Floor Exercise (9.850) and eighth on Vault (9.850) at the Pac-10 Championship ... Ranked in the Pac-10 Top 10 for most of the season in the All-Around and on Beam ... Named to the All Pac-10 Academic team for a third straight season.
2005 Season (Junior): Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Saw a steady climb in her All-Around scores after rebounding from an early season injury ... Named Pac-10 All-Conference in the All-Around for the third time in her collegiate career ... Also received Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors ... Scored a 39.025 in the All-Around at the West Regional in Seattle to finish eighth ... Tied for fourth on Bars with a 9.800 mark ... Had one of her top performances at the Pac-10 Championship, scoring a 39.075 in the All-Around to finish sixth ... Set personal season-highs on Vault with a 9.825 and on Beam with a 9.875, while matching a personal season-high on Bars with a 9.850 ... Tied for fourth on Bars at the Pac-10 Championship.
2004 Season (Sophomore): Established herself as one of the best All-Around performers in the country ... Earned first team All-American honors on the Vault and second team All-American recognition on Bars and Floor Exercise ... Scored a 39.400 in the All-Around, Bars and Vault ... Tied for first on the Vault at the North Central Regional with a 9.900 ... Finished the regular season ranked in the Top 25 in the All-Around (eighth, 39.800), Bars (T14th, 9.920) and the Vault (T21st, 9.920) ... Captured the All-Around title at the Pac-10 Championship with a score of 39.800, becoming the first Stanford gymnast to earn top honors ... Finished in the Top 10 in all four events, including tying for first on Vault and Bars ... Earned her first career perfect 10 at the Pac-10 Championship to tie for first ... Was selected as a 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention performer.
2003 Season (Freshman): Earned first team All-America honors as an All-Arounder and earned second team All-American honors on Vault and Bars ... Competed primarily as an All-Arounder ... Earned seventh place in the All-Around (39.375), tied for ninth place on Vault (9.875), tied for tenth place on Bars (9.85), placed in a tie for 14th on Beam (9.85) and recorded a 9.80 on Floor Exercise in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships ... Took second place in the All-Around (39.350), tied for first on Vault (9.900), placed fifth on Beam (9.875), seventh on Bars (9.825) and 13th on Floor Exercise (9.835) at the NCAA Regional Championship ... Earned all-conference honors as an All-Arounder ... Matched season-high marks at the Pac-10 Championship, tying for fourth on Beam (9.925) and fifth on Floor Exercise (9..950) ... Placed fourth in the All-Around with a 39.625.
Club/High School: International elite gymnast ... Earned a spot as an alternate on the bronze medal-winning U.S. World Championship Team ... The 2001 U.S. Classic vault champion ... Member of the 2000 Level 10 national team.
Personal: Born January 1, 1984 ... Daughter of Steve and Cindy Foley ... Father played football at Tulane and spent 12 years playing for the Denver Broncos where he holds the interception record ... Enjoys traveling and hanging out out with friends.
Tabitha Yim, Sophomore, All-Around, Irvine, Ca
2006 Season (Sophomore): Has enjoyed an outstanding season ... The NCAA West Regional champion in the All-Around with a score of 39.525 ... Also captured the Regional Bars title (9.950) and tied for first on Beam (9.900) ... Also placed third on Floor Exercise (9.875) at the West Regional at Stanford ... Named to the All Pac-10 team on Vault (9.925), Bars (9.950), Beam (9.975) and Floor Exercise (9.925) ... Captured the Pac-10 title in the All-Around (39.650, career-best) and Beam (9.975, career-best) , and finished second on Floor Exercise (9.925, career-best) ... Voted Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week when she collected a 39.600 in a four-way meet against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State.
2005 Season (Freshman): A world class gymnast who capped an outstanding freshman campaign with an exceptional showing at the NCAA Championship ... Garnered first team All-American honors in the All-Around, Bars, Beam, and Floor Exercise following her performance at Nationals ... Placed third on Floor Exercise at the NCAA Event Finals with a 9.925 score ... Also competed in the event finals on Bars (9.875) and Beam (9.837) ... Posted solid numbers at the NCAA Team Prelims, setting a team season-high with a 39.450 in the All-Around ... Set a team season-high and a personal season-high with a 9.925 on Beam, capturing first place in the first session of the team prelims ... Tied for second place in the first session with a 9.900 on Bars and tied for third with a 9.900 on Floor Exercise ... Was the nation's top scoring individual qualifier to the NCAA Championship after scoring a 39.250 in the All-Around at the West Regional in Seattle, marking the first time she competed in the All-Around ... Finished second at the Pac-10 Championship with a 9.900 score on Bars.
Club/High School: Competed for Charter Oak Gliders Club ... Coached by Steve and Beth Rybacki ... A member of the bronze medal team at the 2001 World Championships ... A 2003 graduate of Northwood High School.
Personal: Born November 2, 1985 in Los Angeles, Ca ... Daughter of Howard and Inja Yim ... Has an older brother named Jonathan ... Undeclared major.