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Stanford Women's Gymnastics Travels to Central Michigan
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/01/2005

Feb. 1, 2005

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THIS WEEK: at Central Michigan
WHEN: Friday, February 4, 2005 - 7:00 PM (ET)
WHERE: Mt. Pleasant, MI - Rose Arena
WHAT: Dual Meet- Stanford at No.20 Central Michigan

LAST TIME VERSUS THE CHIPPEWAS
January 9, 2004 - Stanford, CA
Stanford def. Central Michigan - 196.200-194.475

ON THE HORIZON
Friday, February 11, 2005
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ (McKale Center)

SCOUTING THE CHIPPEWAS
Central Michigan has posted a 4-1 record, and earned a No. 20 ranking following a 194.550-192.675 win over Western Michigan last week. The Chippewas are led by two solid all-around performers in seniors Sarah Burtinsky and Kara Reighard. Burtinsky received a team-high 9.900 score on the bars in Central Michigan's win over Bowling Green on January 23, while Reighard has posted team-high marks on the beam and floor exercise, and took second place in the all-around last week (38.825).

TRICASE NAMED PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors after leading the Cardinal to its first dual meet win of the season against Oregon State on Friday. The Itasca, IL native was outstanding on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.950), capturing first place in both events for the second straight week. Tricase finished second to teammate Alex Pintchouk in the all-around, with a score of 38.525.

LAST WEEK VS. OREGON STATE
The Cardinal registered its first dual meet win of the season, topping No. 14 Oregon State at Burnham Pavilion on Friday, 193.125-192.350. Each event was won by a Stanford freshman in the meet with the Beavers, with freshman Alex Pintchouk winning the all-around title with a score of 38.675. Freshman Liz Tricase was outstanding on vault and bars once again, finishing first in both events with scores of 9.900 and 9.950, respectively. Freshman Lauren Elmore posted the team's highest score on the balance beam for the second straight week, taking first place with a 9.750. Stephanie Gentry rounded out the Stanford freshman sweep with an electrifying performance on the floor exercise, receiving a score of 9.850. Junior Glyn Sweets also had an exceptional evening, finishing among the top three in all three events in which she participated. Sweets tied for second on the vault with a 9.825, tied for second on the bars with a 9.800, and tied for third on the beam with a 9.700. The Cardinal beam team dominated the balance beam event, registering the top four finishers and posting a team score of 48.500. Four Stanford gymnasts (Elmore, Pintchouk, Sweets, and Gentry) scored 9.700 or higher on the beam against the Beavers. Junior All-American Natalie Foley did not compete, while freshman Tabitha Yim made her first collegiate appearance, performing an exhibition on bars.

RANKINGS REVIEW
Following its first dual meet win of the season, Stanford remains at No. 30 in this week's national rankings. The Cardinal is averaging a score of 192.775 through two meets, just behind Maryland's average score of 192.844. As a team, Stanford ranks 27th in the nation on the balance beam with an average score of 48.075, and 27th in the floor exercise with a 48.400 average. Liz Tricase jumped into the No. 6 spot in the national rankings in vault and bars, averaging a 9.875 on the vault and a 9.887 on the bars.

RETURNING STARS
With no seniors on the 2005 squad, the Cardinal are led by a trio of juniors. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) returns after an outstanding season in which she garnered five All-American honors. Foley established herself as one of the top gymnasts in Cardinal program history, receiving first team All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around, while garnering second team honors on the balance beam. Foley will serve as the team's co-captain along with junior Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA), who competed on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at last season's NCAA Super Six. Louie tied for first on the vault at last season's North Central Regional, scoring a 9.900. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA), the third junior on the squad, earned second team All-American honors on the vault and bars as a freshman, and is back to full strength after battling injuries throughout much of her sophomore campaign. The Cardinal roster also features a pair of sophomores in Brittany Billmaier (Woodinville, WA) and Stacy Sprando (Portland, OR). Billmaier sat out her freshman season and did not compete due to injury. She is expected to contribute on the beam and floor in 2005. Sprando saw considerable action on the competition floor as a freshman, competing primarily on the bars and balance beam.

STANFORD GARNERS PROGRAM-BEST PRESEASON RANKING
The Cardinal received the highest preseason ranking in program history, checking in at No. 3 in the 2005 preseason coaches poll. The squad received four first place votes, and tallied 554 total votes, just 11 shy of No. 2 ranked Georgia. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA grabbed the top spot, receiving 15 first place votes.

FRESHMAN CLASS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six-member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by Collegegymfans.com, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and should be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately in a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level -10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

STANFORD WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS SEASON PASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Season passes for Stanford women's gymnastics are now available for purchase through the Cardinal ticket office. The passes cost $20.00, include entry to all four home meets of 2005 and will be prorated throughout the season. To purchase, please call the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team capped off a record-setting season with a program-best third-place tie with Alabama at the Super Six last April. The Cardinal also garnered a program-best 15 All-American awards, easily eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. After guiding Stanford to its most successful season in school history, head coach Kristen Smyth swept the annual coaching awards, being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and NACGC National Coach of the Year. The Cardinal began the season on a high note, entering the campaign with a school-best No. 6 preseason ranking. But the team didn't hit its stride until February, when the squad started posting record-setting numbers. On February 20, Stanford's five seniors put on a show to remember in their final home meet, leading the Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over California. The team score established a national season-high, while the team scores of 49.925 on the floor and 49.750 on the beam were also the best scores in the country. The Cardinal continued to roll along, as the then-No. 2 ranked squad edged the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for the Pac-10 Championship, 197.900-197.875. Stanford entered the North Central Regional as the hottest team in the country, and captured first place with a 196.575 team score. The team then moved on to the NCAA Championship, where more records crumbled as the Cardinal wrapped up the best season in program history.

THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth returns for her fourth year as Stanford women's gymnastics coach, following an incredible 2004 campaign that saw her sweep the annual coaching awards, garnering Pac-10, West Region, and NACGC National Coach of the Year honors. During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Last season she guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the Super Six. Under Smyth's tutelage, the Cardinal garnered a program-record 15 All-American honors in 2004.


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