Jan. 16, 2004
THIS WEEK: at Arizona State
WHEN: Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 12:00 PM (PT)
WHERE: Tempe, AZ - Wells Fargo Arena
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 7 Stanford (3-0) vs. Arizona State (0-0)
LAST TIME VERSUS THE SUN DEVILS
Friday, Febuary 21, 2003 - Stanford, CA
Stanford def. Arizona State - 197.200-196.850
ON THE HORIZON
Friday, January 23, 2004
vs. No. 11 Arizona
SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Sunday's meet marks the season-opener for the Arizona State Sun Devils ... This will be ASU's 29th season of women's gymnastics ... The Sun Devils garnered a No. 9 preseason ranking ... Last year, ASU posted a 10-4 record, placed third at the Pac-10 Championship and finished ninth at the NCAA Championship ... Stanford defeated the Sun Devils in all four meetings in 2003 ... Arizona State is led by senior All-American Maggie Germaine and sophomore All-Pac-10 performer Ashley Kelly.
The Cardinal boast a 3-0 record and find themselves ranked No. 7 in the weekly coaches poll. Stanford, who was ranked No. 6 in the preseason poll, is coming off of an impressive showing in the Stanford Quadrangular.
The Cardinal started the 2004 season with an impressive debut at the Stanford Quadrangular. The Cardinal collected three wins, posting a 196.200 to defeat Central Michigan (194.475), Sacramento State (191.425) and San Jose State (191.075). The 196.200 score was the highest season-opening score in program history. The Cardinal were led by senior All-American Lise L?veill?, who captured first place in the all-around. L?veill?, who registered a score of 39.425 on the evening, turned in a spectacular floor routine in the Cardinal's last event of the night to beat out fellow Stanford All-American's, sophomore Natalie Foley (39.375), and senior Lindsay Wing (39.125), who finished second and third respectively. Sophomore Jessica Louie, participating in the all-around for the first time, turned a solid performance, tallying 38.850, good for fifth place.
The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
A LOOK BACK AT 2003
Stanford followed up its first-ever Super Six appearance in 2002 with another strong year, just missing the Super Six in 2003. The Cardinal, who ended the season with a No. 6 national ranking, posted a 20-4-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 dual meet record. The Cardinal's lone tie came versus Pac-10 rival and eventually National Champion UCLA when the two teams scored identical 197.45 marks to end in a draw. The two national powerhouses would battle for the Pac-10 Championship, but in the end, the top-ranked Bruins held off the Cardinal. Stanford tallied 197.700 points, led by All-American Lindsay Wing's tremendous performance on the balance beam. Wing registered a 9.975 en route to capturing her third consecutive Pac-10 Beam title. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where despite being placed in the most competitive regional in the nation, captured second, earning the teams third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal missed advancing to its second Super Six, but the team earned a program best eight All-American honors. On top of that, six Cardinal gymnasts were named 2003 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Academic All-Americans (Shelly Goldberg, Alissa Cooper Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill?, Lindsay Wing and Natalie Foley).
THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.