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Cardinal to be Tested by Pac-12 Foe
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/20/2012

Jan. 20, 2012

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford will get its first taste of Pac-12 competition when the Cardinal takes on a rising Washington program in a women's gymnastics dual meet on Sunday at Burnham Pavilion at 2 p.m. Stanford (3-0) opened with victories over San Jose State, Sacramento State and UC Davis at Burnham last week, getting a boost from five gymnasts making their collegiate debut.

What: No. 14 Stanford (3-0) vs. Washington (1-1)
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Burnham Pavilion
Admission: Free

Follow the Action:
• Links to live stats can be found on gostanford.com.
• Video will be posted throughout the meet on the Stanford women's gymnastics Facebook page.

Season Opener: A pair of 9.9 scores, by junior Ashley Morgan and senior Nicole Pechanec, highlighted Stanford's season-opening victories before a packed gym at Burnham Pavilion on Sunday. Stanford, which hasn't lost at Burnham in four years, scored 194.900 points, and was followed by San Jose State (194.300), Sacramento State (191.575), and UC Davis (190.775).

Freshmen Debut: Pauline Hanset was one of four freshmen to compete in their first collegiate meet. Hanset, from Knoxville, Tenn., competed in three events and scored 9.750 or higher in all of them, including a 9.850 to finish tied for second with all-around winner Thomasina Wallace of San Jose State on floor. Hanset was Stanford's high scorer on the balance beam (9.750) and tied for third on the team on vault (9.775). She was among five Cardinal to compete in at least three events. Also making their debut for Stanford: sophomore Lucy Meyer, and freshmen Alex Archer, Samantha Shapiro, and Rebecca Wing.

Former world championship bronze medalist Ivana Hong is expected to make her debut in the next two weeks, on Sunday or Jan. 27 at Oregon State.

Morgan excels on Floor: Ashley Morgan, a junior, scored 9.900 on Sunday even without some of the difficult moves that she will put in place later in the season. It was her fifth consecutive score of 9.9 or higher and 11th in 12 meets, dating back to last season. Morgan won the conference title last season and was second in the NCAA regionals, averaging a national-best 9.917 per meet.

Home Gym Advantage: Stanford is undefeated against its past 31 Pac-12 opponents at Burnham Pavilion. Since losing to Washington on Jan. 16, 1998, the Cardinal is 30-0-1 against the conference, including 5-0 against the Huskies. Overall, the Cardinal is 14-0 at Burnham since losing to Georgia on Jan. 13, 2008. Since the 1998 loss to Washington, Stanford is 48-1-1 at Burnham.

Including both Burnham and Maples Pavilion, Stanford has not lost at home since a third-place finish at the 2009 Pac-10 Championships at Maples. Since then, Stanford is 14-0 and undefeated in its past eight meets.

Sunday's Opponent, Washington: The Huskies snapped a 10-meet losing streak to Stanford, which began in 2006, by finishing ahead of the Cardinal at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, third to Stanford's fourth. This is the Huskies' third meet. They opened with a road victory over Michigan State and followed with a road loss at Boise State. The team's strength is on the balance beam, where the Huskies are averaging 48.825.


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