Jan. 6, 2001
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - The No. 7-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team opened its 2001 season in impressive fashion, taking third place - just 5/100th's behind - at the prestigious Super Six Challenge in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No. 5 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia shared the meet title with a score of 195.300, barely edging out the 195.300 posted by the Cardinal. All six teams at the meet were ranked in the Top-10 of the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, as the Crimson Tide, GymDogs and Cardinal defeated No. 3 Michigan (194.475), No. 10 Florida (194.425) and No. 9 Penn State (193.275). The meet drew a crowd of 9,418.
As a team, Stanford took second on both vault and bars, finished third on beam and tied for fifth on floor.
In its opening meet, Stanford received a strong performance from its lone senior, Jen Exaltacion, and outstanding debuts from its freshmen. Exaltacion, on the strength of a tenth-place finish on beam, tied for fourth in the all-around competition with a 38.950 mark.
Three Cardinal freshman competed in the all-around, led by Lindsay Wing, who won a share of the individual beam title and placed sixth on vault en route to a fourth-place in her first collegiate competition. Robin Phelps finished twelfth (38.550) after placing third on vault and eighth on bars. The third Stanford rookie, Caroline Fluhrer, enjoyed an eighth-place finish on bars and a tenth-place mark on vault to finish 18th in the all-around (38.200).
The Cardinal finished second on beam as a pair of freshmen - Lise L?veill? and Wing - both scored a 9.850 to share individual title honors with Georgia's Kristi Lichey and Michigan's Karina Senior. L?veill?, who scored a 9.850 in all three of her events, also placed seventh on both floor and bars.
Stanford is next in action on Friday, January 19, when it hosts top-ranked and defending national champion UCLA at Maples Pavilion. The meet, which features a combined five 2000 Olympians, will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Stanford Results Competitor Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around Alissa Cooper 9.600
Jen Exaltacion 9.700 9.775 9.775 9.700 38.950
Caroline Fluhrer 9.775 9.825 9.050 9.550 38.200
Shelly Goldberg 9.725 9.800
Katy Herbert 9.700
Kristin Jensen 9.800
Lise L?veill? 9.850 9.850 9.850
Robin Phelps 9.825 9.825 9.600 9.300 38.550
Lindsay Wing 9.800 9.575 9.850 9.725 38.950
Team Totals 48.825 49.075 48.775 48.625 195.300