Feb. 14, 2008
No. 9 Stanford at No. 11 Oregon State/Seattle Pacific
February 15, 2008 7:00 PM
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Ore.
Live webcast and stats with audio available on www.OSUBeavers.com
No. 9 Stanford women's gymnastics will continue its long stretch of road competition when it takes on the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers (5-1) in Corvallis, Ore. The event will be held at Gill Coliseum, which will also be the host of the 2008 NCAA West Regional. The meet will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will also include Seattle Pacific. Friday's meet will be televised via tape delay on FSN NW. First airing of the OSU vs. Stanford and SPU meet will be on Wed., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. Brian Davis will call the action with commentary from Judy Corwin.
Another weekend, another multi-team meet:
This will be the second weekend in a row that the Cardinal will be participating in a multi-team meet, after finishing second in the Chicago Style Invite last weekend. Last week's meet also included UCLA, Illinois and Washington; with the Bruins and Illini both ranked in the Troester Top 20.
In the Rankings:
After four weeks of NCAA competition, the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. The Cardinal rank tenth nationally on vault, with a team score of 49.070 after the first four meets. Stanford also rank eighth nationally on beam, with a team score of 48.840. The team ranks fifth on bars and 17th on floor.
Last Time Out:
No. 11 Stanford performed admirably with their highest score of this young season, but ran into a very hot UCLA squad that was able to beat them by two tenths of a point. The Cardinal recorded a team score of 196.700. Stanford's score defeated the University of Illinois who scored a 194.775, and the University of Washington, who scored a 194.775. No. 9 UCLA continued their perfect season, though, by scoring a 196.875 and had five athletes score 39 or more in the all-around.
The season is one month old and all three Cardinal freshmen have already made an impact. Shelley Alexander continued to make a strong contribution when she scored a 9.775 on vault in the Chicago Style meet. Alexander also scored a 9.750 on vault against UCLA. Danielle Ikoma made an appearance in the Chicago Style meet and scored a 9.800 on vault. Ikoma also appeared against UCLA on vault and scored a 9.800. Gretchen O'Henley didn't appear against UCLA but has competed in all other meets. O'Henley earned a 9.700 on bars in the Chicago Style meet. She also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and gave the team a big lift when she came back with a 9.700 in the same event against Arizona. Alexander also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and a 9.800 against Arizona. Ikoma sat out against Georgia, but scored a 9.825 on vault against Arizona.
Scouting Oregon State:
The Beavers have compiled a 5-1 record on the season and are currently ranked 11th in the Troester ranking. Oregon State is led by Mandi Rodriguez and Laura-Ann Chong who scored 9.900's in their last competition against California. The Beavers have been fighting injuries like Stanford this season, and competed against the Bears without Brooke Barclay, Tasha Smith and Yuki Lamb, all strong contributors.
Scouting Seattle Pacific:
The Falcons are currently ranked seventh in the USAG Collegiate Rankings. Ashley Domres is the Falcons' top gymnast, ranking fifth in the USAG rankings in the all-around (38.000). SPU brings two gymnasts from Oregon back to their home state this week; Sadie Johnston (Wilsonville) and Betsy Snook (Milwaukie).
Yim and Ishino Sweep Pac-10 Gymnastics Awards:
Stanford women's gymnasts Tabitha Yim and Allyse Ishino have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Yim performed in the all-around competition last Friday at the IGI Chicago Style Meet and placed in the top three on each of the four individual apparatuses. Yim showcased a trio of 9.900s on vault (2nd), bars (T-1st), and floor (T-1st). Each event score was a season-best, including the 9.875 she hit on beam (3rd). Yim led the Cardinal to a second-place finish with her all-around sum of 39.575. The impressive mark is eighth-best in the nation this year and next to best in the Pac-10.
Janiga Named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week:
Sophomore Carly Janiga picked up where she left off last season by scoring a 9.900 on beam and a 9.825 on bars. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Janiga picked up honors from the Conference when she was named the inaugural Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week (Jan. 7-Jan.13). The Cardinal also had a very strong performance from junior Nicole Ourada, who was the only Cardinal gymnast to perform in the all-around. Ourada scored a 9.850 on beam, 9.750 on bars, 9.800 on floor and 9.900 on vault, which was good for a 39.300 score in the all-around.
Head Coach Kristen Smyth:
Kristen Smyth returns for her seventh year as Stanford women's gymnastics Head Coach, following a historic 2007 season. The season included the first undefeated Pac-10 season in school history, and the second highest finish at the NCAA Championships in school history. The team featured six All-Americans, all of whom have returned for the 2008 season.
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. In 2002, she led the Cardinal to another strong season and produced five All-Americans. She followed that performance with another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003, marking the third straight year that the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2004, she guided Stanford gymnastics to its fourth straight NCAA Championships, and capped the most successful season in program's history, by tying for third at the NCAA Super Six Championships. 2005 was a rebuilding year for the young Cardinal team, but the experience helped the Cardinal in capturing their fourth Pac-10 Championship in the 2006 season.