March 5, 2010
SAN JOSE, Calif. -
The No. 7 Stanford women’s gymnastics team competes against California and San Jose State in a Friday tri-meet that draws all three Bay Area collegiate programs together into one competition. Stanford has only two meets left in the dual-meet season before the Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Tucson, Ariz., on March 27, and coach Kristen Smyth feels the team is closer to performing strongly in all four events for the first time this year. The Cardinal (11-2) has scored well, but doesn’t believe it has come close to its best performances. California (0-9) is looking to break a losing streak that has stretched to 15, while San Jose State (7-8) needs a strong performance to stay in the hunt for a berth in the NCAA regionals.
Ishino’s Big Week
Stanford honored its five seniors -- Stephanie Carter, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland and Tenaya West -- on the Maples Pavilion floor after the Cardinal’s last home meet of the season. Ishino earned her first collegiate all-around victory during the Cardinal’s quad meet victory, scoring 196.525 points to beat North Carolina (192.975), Eastern Michigan (190.125) and California (188.825). Stanford set eight collegiate career bests and nine season bests while beating Cal for the 19th consecutive time in the series. Ishino won the uneven bars (9.875) and balance beam (9.825) and set her collegiate career high on floor exercise (9.875) on the way to scoring 39.450 points in the third all-around competition of her collegiate career. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, her first such honor.
Pechanec Making Her Mark
High on the list of consistent Stanford performers is sophomore Nicole Pechanec, who scored a 9.925 to win the floor exercise in Stanford’s quad meet victory over North Carolina, Eastern Michigan and California. Pechanec, a former international competitor for the Czech Republic, has been Stanford’s most consistent performer in the event, scoring at least 9.9 in four of her past six meets. Pechanec is now No. 5 in the nation and her Regional Qualifying Score of 9.895 is matched only by Carly Janiga’s on bars for Stanford’s team high on any individual event.
Freshman Standing Out
Ashley Morgan has had an impressive freshman season, scoring at least 9.8 on the vault and floor in every meet this season. Her season averages of 9.847 and 9.866 on the vault and floor, respectively, lead the team. In addition, she is one of four Stanford gymnasts averaging more than 39 points in the all-around. Morgan has four victories this season, including three in a Feb. 7 quad meet against Washington, Sacramento State and San Jose State.
All-American Carly Janiga
The six-time All-American and 2009 NCAA uneven bars runner-up is having a typically strong season, competing in every event in every meet this season. She has the highest team score in every event except the vault, scoring 9.95s on the bars, beam and floor. Her average score of 9.884 on the uneven bars is the highest of any Stanford gymnast in any event.