April 9, 2003
This Week's Action
Saturday, April 12 ...... at NCAA North Central Regionals
Coming off a second-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships two weeks ago, the sixth-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team (11-2-1) were selected to compete in the NCAA North Central Regional Championships on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. (MDT) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The two top teams will automatically qualify for the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb., April 24-26.
This year's North Central Regional is the only one of six Regionals where all six teams are ranked in the top-25. The six teams to qualify are: No. 6 Stanford, No. 8 Utah, No. 18 California, No. 20 Brigham Young, No. 21 Denver and No. 23 Minnesota. Four at-large all-arounders and four individual event specialists will also compete. Against the field, the Cardinal have beaten Cal twice (1/25 in a dual meet and 3/29 at Pac-10's) but lost at Denver (1/18) 196.475-195.575.
The competition rotation calls for Stanford to begin the competition with a bye. The Cardinal's order for the Regional is as follows: bye, floor, vault, bye, bars and beam. The NCAA conducts a random draw to determine each team's rotation in the postseason.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal enters this week as the No. 6 team in the nation according to the GymInfo National Team Rankings. UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona State, Georgia and Alabama are tabbed as the top-five programs in the nation, respectively. In addition to Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State, four other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25: No. 11 Washington, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 18 California and No. 19 Arizona.
Stanford in the Postseason
The Cardinal produced their best season in program history last year, as the squad advanced to the NCAA Super Six for the first time in school history. Stanford ended the regular 2002 season at 13-5 overall and captured first place honors at the NCAA North Central Regional Championships, ultimately earning a trip to the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal have made five appearances at Nationals and 2003 marks the 14th year Stanford has been selected for Regionals.
Year NCAA Regionals (Finish) NCAA Champs. (Finish)
2002 Denver, Colo. (1) Tuscaloosa, Ala. (6) 2001 Ann Arbor, Mich. (2) Athens, Ga. (8) 2000 Corvallis, Ore. (3) Boise, Idaho (N/A) 1999 Baton Rouge, La. (1) Salt Lake City, Utah (12) 1998 Seattle, Wash. (3) Los Angeles, Calif. (N/A) 1997 Boise, Idaho (5) Gainesville, Fla. (N/A) 1996 Los Angeles, Calif. (3) Tuscaloosa, Ala. (9) 1995 Corvallis, Ore. (3) Athens, Ga. (15) 1994 Boise, Idaho (7) Salt Lake City, Utah (22) 1993 Corvallis, Ore. (3) Corvallis, Ore. (15) 1992 Berkeley, Calif. (4) St. Paul, Minn. (10) 1991 Corvallis, Ore. (6) Tuscaloosa, Ala. (N/A) 1990 Los Angeles, Calif. (5) Corvallis, Ore. (N/A)*** BOLD indicates advanced to NCAA Championships as a team
*** Records not available prior to 1990 season
At the Pac-10 Championships
Junior Lindsay Wing won the balance beam to lead Stanford at the 2003 Pac-10 Gymnastics Championships at Pauley Pavilion, but it was not enough to hold off top-ranked UCLA. The Bruins finished with a final team score of 198.175, while the Cardinal held on for a second place finish with a 197.700.
Stanford got strong performances from Lise L?veill? and Natalie Foley, who placed third and fourth, respectively, in the all-around, to finish with a 197.700. The Cardinal started on vault, led by Glyn Sweets ' 9.925 to tie for third and L?veill?'s career-high tying 9.900 to tie for fifth.
Caroline Fluhrer and Foley each posted 9.925 performances on bars to lead Stanford, tying for fifth place. The Cardinal moved to the beam, where they recorded the highest team score at the championships (49.500). Wing won the event (9.975), while L?veill? (9.950) and Foley (9.925) tied for second and fourth, respectively. Fluhrer (9.850) and Sweets (9.800) also contributed to the team's beam score.
Trailing UCLA 148.775-148.15 after three events, Stanford moved to the floor. The Cardinal gave it their all, scoring a season-high 49.550 and got career-high tying performances from L?veill? (9.975) and Foley (9.950), but it was not enough to overtake UCLA who won its fourth Pac-10 title in five years.
At Arizona on Feb. 28, the Cardinal recorded a 49.575 team score on the balance beam, tying for the highest mark in school history. Stanford also set the high mark with a 49.575 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. As a team on the beam, the Cardinal are ranked third in the nation with an RQS total of 49.455 and an average score of 49.273. Junior Lindsay Wing has led Stanford on the event, ranking second individually on the beam. She is averaging a 9.950 and has recorded a 9.925 or higher in 10 of the 11 meets. Against Oklahoma (3/22), Wing recorded the school's first perfect 10.00 on the event and at the Pac-10 Championships was crowned the 2003 beam champion.
Junior Lise L?veill? had been consistent for the Cardinal in all 10 meets of the season. L?veill?, ranked No. 14 in the all-around, did not compete against San Jose State, but finished with a 39.675 at the Pac-10 Championships to place third overall. She scored a career-high 39.725 against Arizona State, marking the third highest score in program history. In 10 meets, L?veill? has won the all-around four times, finished second once and placed third four times. All 10 scores have been 39.125 or higher.
Junior Kendall Beck recorded the team's first perfect 10.00 in 2003. Her score marks the first time in program history a gymnast has accomplished the feat on vault. Thus far in the season, Beck has scored a 9.875 or higher on the event in six of the team's nine meets.
Freshmen Stepping Up
This year's freshmen class have contributed tremendously in their first season on The Farm. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) has competed in the all-around all but one competition for the Cardinal. Foley had a career night against UCLA, setting season-high marks on vault (9.925), floor (9.950) and all-around (39.725). Recently, she hit a 9.975 routine on bars at Arizona and placed fourth in the all-around at the Pac-10 Championships (39.625). Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA) has been a solid performer on vault and bars for Stanford recording a 9.950 on vault and a 9.925 score on bars against UCLA, marking career-highs. She competed in her first collegiate all-around performance at San Jose State, collecting a 39.375. Sweets also recorded a career-high mark on bars (9.925). Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA) has competed in eight meets on vault for the Cardinal, also recording a career-high 9.850 against UCLA and Arizona State. At the Pac-10 Championships, she posted a high mark on floor (9.875) and competed on bars for the first time in a Stanford uniform at San Jose State.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth begins her second year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program after guiding the Cardinal to their most successful season in history. 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. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe 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.
Postseason Athlete Bios
In 2003: Competes primarily on vault and balance beam for the Cardinal ... Did not compete at the Pac-10 Championships due to injury ... Posted a career-high and the program's first perfect 10.00 on vault at San Jose State (3/7) ... Set career-high marks on beam at California (1/24) and against OSU, SJSU, SPU (1/31) with a 9.925 ... Has recorded a 9.875 or higher on vault in six of her nine meets on the event ... Placed first on vault at Denver (9.950, 1/18), versus Arizona State (9.900, 2/21), at Arizona (9.950, 2/28) and at San Jose State (10.00) ... Tallied three second place finishes on beam at Denver (9.900), at California (9.925) and versus OSU, SJSU, SPU (9.925) all in consecutive meets.
In 2003: Competes on vault and uneven bars for Stanford, appearing in all 11 meets ... Placed sixth on vault with a career-high 9.850 and finished 10th on bars in the team's upset win over Arizona State (2/21) ... Tied for fifth with a 9.825 on vault versus OSU, SJSU and SPU (1/31) ... In the Cardinal's tie with UCLA, placed 10th on bars ... Team Captain.
In 2003: Competes primarily on floor exercise for the Cardinal, but did see some action on the balance beam this season ... Set a career-high mark on beam with a 9.850 and tied for fourth place at Arizona (2/28) ... Placed third and a season-high of 9.850 on floor was set at San Jose State (3/7) ... Tied for 10th on beam (9.825) and floor (9.800) in the team's win over Oklahoma (3/22) ... Recorded a sixth-place finish and a 9.825 on floor against Arizona State (2/21).
In 2003: Competes primarily on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise for Stanford, but the last two meets has competed on all four events ... Tied for fifth on bars (9.925) and place eighth in the AA (39.475) at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Won the bars with a career-high 9.975 performance against Oklahoma (3/22) ... Set season-highs of 9.850 on beam on four occasions and had season-high marks of 9.900 on floor versus OSU, SJSU, SPU (1/31) and at the Pac-10 Championships ... Competed in the all-around twice, scoring a 39.475 in both the Oklahoma and Pac-10 meets ... Had scores of 9.875 or higher on bars in nine of the 11 meets and won the event twice ... Placed second on bars (9.900) and floor (9.825) at California (1/24) ... Posted a 9.950 on bars at Arizona (2/28) to place second ... In first vault of the season received a 9.875 versus Oklahoma, marking a season high ... Has competed in every meet for the Cardinal this season ... Team Captain.
In 2003: Competed in every contest for Stanford in her freshman season, including the all-around in 10 meets ... Named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team for the all-around ... Tied two season-high marks at the Pac-10 Championships, tying for fourth on beam (9.925) and fifth on floor (9.950) leading to a 39.625 all-around score to place fourth overall ... Had the meet of her young career in Stanford's tie with UCLA (2/7), setting career-high marks on vault (9.925), floor (9.950) and in the All-Around (39.725), placing third on vault, second on bars, fifth on beam and won the floor and AA competition ... Has three first-place finishes and two second-place finishes in the AA, posting scores of 39.000 or higher seven of her 10 meets ... Tallied 22 9.900 scores or higher throughout the season ... Set a season-high performance of 9.975 on bars at Arizona (2/28) en route to a first place finish ... Owns two first-place finishes on both vault and bars, taking both events at California (1/24) ... Against Oklahoma tied for second on vault (9.900) and floor (9.900), tied for third on beam (9.900), tied for fourth on bars (9.900) and won the AA with a 39.600 mark ... In first collegiate meet, won the floor (9.900) and placed second in the AA (39.350).
In 2003: Competes on vault and floor exercise for the Cardinal this season, appearing in 10 of Stanford's 11 meets ... Tied for 11th with a 9.850 score on vault at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Recorded a career-high tying mark of 9.900 on vault at Arizona (2/28) and tied for second place in the event, also tied for second with the same score at San Jose State (3/7) ... Tallied a season-high 9.875 score and tied for third on floor at Washington (2/14) ... Also at Arizona, tied for eighth with a 9.825 on floor.
In 2003: Competed in 10 meets for Stanford in the all-around ... All-Around Pac-10 All-Conference member ... Tied her career mark of 9.990 on vault to tie for fifth, took second on beam (9.950) and tied her career-high on floor (9.975) to tie for third en route to a 39.675 AA score to place third overall at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Set career-high marks of 9.900 on vault on four occasions ... Scored a 39.125 or higher in all 10 all-around competitions, recording four first-place finishes ... Has 11 first-place finishes on the season, tallying a 9.900 score or higher 17 times ... Dominated the meet versus Arizona State (2/21), tying for first on vault (9.900), bars (9.925), beam (9.950), floor (9.950) setting a career-high in the AA with a 39.725, for a first place finish ... Had two first-place finishes versus OSU, SJSU, SPU on vault (9.900) and floor (9.925) ... Opened the season at the Maui Invitational (1/3) by winning the beam (9.950) and placing second on vault (9.825) and floor (9.875).
In 2003: Competes on vault and floor exercise for the Cardinal in her freshman campaign, making eight appearances ... Posted a career-high 9.875 on floor to tie for 17th at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Had high scores of 9.850 on vault versus UCLA (2/7) and Arizona State (2/21), tying for seventh and sixth, respectively ... Tied for third on floor (9.850) and for fifth on vault with a 9.825 at San Jose State (3/7) ... Placed fifth on vault with a 9.825 vs. Arizona (2/28).
In 2003: Appeared in the team's first three meets on the balance beam and floor exercise ... In first meet of the year notched a career-high 9.875 on beam at the Maui Invitational (1/3) ... Placed 11th on floor at Denver (1/18).
In 2003: Was injured at the beginning of the season, but has made a come-back with three appearances on the balance beam ... Recorded a career-high 9.900 on beam versus Oklahoma (3/22) to tie for third place on Senior Night ... Posted a 9.725 on beam at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Also saw action against UCLA (2/7) ... Team Captain.
In 2003: Competed in all 11 meets for Stanford in her first collegiate season, primarily on vault, uneven bars and balance beam ... Tied for third with a 9.925 vault and placed 13th on bars (9.875) and 25th on beam (9.800) at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Set career-highs at San Jose State (3/7), on bars (9.925), floor (9.750) and all-around (39.375), placing second on vault (9.900), first on bars and winning the AA competition ... Placed second on vault versus UCLA (2/7), setting a best score of 9.950, and took third on bars (9.925) ... Tied for first on vault with a 9.900 against Arizona State (2/21), and took top honors versus Oklahoma (3/22) with a 9.925 performance ... In first collegiate meet, vaulted a 9.875 to win the event at the Maui Invitational (1/3) ... Vaulted a 9.800 or higher in eight of her nine meets.
In 2003: Competed on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise for the Cardinal in all 11 meets ... Earned Pac-10 All-Conference honors for beam ... Crowned the conference beam champion with a 9.975 at the Pac-10 Championships (3/29) ... Posted the program's first perfect 10.00 on beam against Oklahoma (3/22) ... Also equaled her career-high on bars and tied for second with a 9.950 versus the Sooners ... Tied for first-place honors on bars (9.925) and beam (9.950) and finished third on floor (9.925) versus Arizona State (2/21) ... Won the beam at San Jose State (3/7) with a 9.950 and took second on the floor ... Had a 9.975 on beam in the team's first home meet of the season (1/31) to win the event ... Has scored at least a 9.875 on beam on all 11 meets, and took first place eight times.