March 2, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women complete their home gymnastics season and honor their three seniors when the Cardinal takes on Cal and Arizona at Burnham Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m. No. 12 Stanford (7-3) will attempt to extend two long streaks: a conference unbeaten streak at Burnham that stands at 32 and a 25-meet winning streak against rival Cal. The tasks will not be easy. No. 17 Arizona (6-3) is the fastest rising program in the Pac-12 and No. 47 Cal (4-7) is much improved as well.
What: No. 12 Stanford (7-3) vs. Arizona (6-3) and California (4-7)
When: Sunday, 2 p.m.
Where: Burnham Pavilion
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.
Alyssa Brown: The Toronto-area native arrived at Stanford as a two-time Canadian national champion and a 2008 Olympic alternate. At Stanford, she has been an all-conference performer, team captain, and the team's 2011 MVP.
Nicole Pechanec: The former Czech Republic international is a two-time all-conference performer on the floor and is the Cardinal’s top all-arounder this year. Pechanec, a native of Kenilworth, N.J., hit 9.9's in three events last season and 9.925 on the bars and floor this year.
Jenny Peter: The two-time Scholastic All-America from Lincoln, Neb., has been limited by injuries the past two years. Peter won the team’s Most Improved award in 2010 when she stuck a clutch 9.825 as the bars anchor at the NCAA Championships to enable the Cardinal to advance to the Super Six.
Team Scores in the National Rankings: Rankings are according to Regional Qualifying Score, which throws out the team’s highest and lowest scores of the season. Season averages are in parentheses.
Team: 12th, 195.895 RQS (195.779)
Vault: 18th, 48.955 (48.975)
Bars: 9th, 49.055 (49.079)
Beam: 12th, 48.930 (48.825)
Floor: 23rd, 48.855 (48.900)
Individuals in National Rankings: Rankings are according to Regional Qualifying Score. Season averages are in parentheses.
Bars: 22nd, Nicole Pechanec 9.850 (9.789)
Floor: 12th, Ashley Morgan, 9.875 (9.871)
Last Week: Stanford sophomore Amanda Spinner, out more than two years with a knee injury, earned her first collegiate victory to highlight Stanford’s performance in a 196.300-196.100 loss to No. 5 Utah before 14,756 at the Huntsman Center. Spinner overcame a series of surgeries to return to competition and was competing in her third collegiate meet when she scored a 9.875 to tie for first on the balance beam.
Stanford also got two victories from Ashley Morgan, who tied teammate Nicole Pechanec on the uneven bars (each 9.850) and won the floor exercise at 9.90. Teammate Nicole Dayton also earned a 9.90 score, tying Stanford’s best score this season on vault, to place second.
Stanford's Most Recent Lineup: This was the lineup Stanford used most recently, in a dual meet at Utah last week. The Cardinal earned its fourth-highest score of the season (196.100) in a close loss:
Vault: Pauline Hanset, Nicole Pechanec, Ashley Morgan, Ivana Hong, Alyssa Brown, Nicole Dayton.
Bars: Rebecca Wing, Jenny Peter, Samantha Shapiro, Shona Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec.
Beam: Rebecca Wing, Ivana Hong, Shona Morgan, Amanda Spinner, Alyssa Brown, Ashley Morgan.
Floor: Shona Morgan, Ivana Hong, Pauline Hanset, Nicole Pechanec, Ashley Morgan, Rebecca Wing.
Sunday’s Opponent, Arizona: The Wildcats will be competing in two meets within three days in Northern California. Arizona (6-3) first takes on UC Davis, San Jose State, and Alaska-Anchorage on Friday in Davis. Aubree Cristello is ranked No. 7 after her fifth consecutive score of 9.90 or better on floor. The junior has a high score of 9.95 and an average of 9.893. Arizona is coming off a 195.675-194.925 victory over Washington in Tucson.
The Arizona Series: Stanford has won their past 15 meetings, from the 2006 season on. Arizona's last victory in the series was March 26, 2005, at the Pac-10 Championships. The teams have met in straight dual meets each year since 1998, alternating home sites. In just those meets, Stanford leads the series 12-2. Arizona's victories both came in Tucson, in 2005 and in 1999. In their most recent meeting, Stanford edged the Wildcats for fourth at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, 196.500-195.475.
Sunday’s Opponent, California: Cal is coming off a tri-meet with Maryland and San Jose State, finishing third in San Jose with a 192.475 score. Overall, California is averaging a score of 192.688 in eight meets this season, and has shown great improvement under first-year coach Danna Durante.
The Cal Series: In a dual-meet loss to visiting Stanford on Feb. 12, the Golden Bears earned their highest score against the Cardinal (194.725) in 18 tries, dating back to 2004. Stanford has won its past 25 meetings against Cal and hasn't lost to the Golden Bears since 2000. Stanford is 34-1 against Cal since 1996.
Home Gym Advantage: Stanford is undefeated against its past 32 Pac-12 opponents at Burnham Pavilion. Since losing to Washington on Jan. 16, 1998, the Cardinal is 31-0-1 against the conference. Overall, the Cardinal is 15-0 at Burnham since losing to Georgia on Jan. 13, 2008. Since the 1998 loss to Washington, Stanford is 49-1-1 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 15-0 and undefeated in its past nine meets.