March 4, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. -
The No. 2 Stanford women's gymnastics team, owner of the best record in the country, seeks to complete a perfect dual-meet season when the Cardinal (15-0) takes on rival Cal (1-11), No. 7 Oregon State (13-5) and No. 18 Denver (7-8) at Berkeley's Haas Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m. This meet represents Stanford's final competition before the Pac-10 Championships on March 19 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Notable Achievements in 2011
Best record in the country (15-0)
Ranked No. 2 in the nation
Best start in school history
Best school season average (196.503) since 2004
Ranked among the nation's top five in every event
The nation's No. 1-ranked gymnast on floor exercise, Ashley Morgan
Has beaten defending NCAA champion UCLA three times
Three times has rallied from behind or a tie in the final rotation to win
Handed Utah first home loss in four years
Handed Michigan first home loss in three years
Follow the Action
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No team in the country can match Stanford's 15-0 record this season. The Cardinal is one of only two remaining undefeated teams, along with Oklahoma (11-0). Here is a list, in order, of the country's best records:
1) Stanford 15-0 (1.000); 2, Oklahoma 11-0 (1.000); 3, Florida 11-1 (.917); 4, Alabama 9-1 (.900); 5, Utah 7-1 (.875); 6, Kent State 8-2-1 (.773); 7 (tie), Illinois 8-2-2, Boise State 9-3 (.750); 9, BYU 10-3-2 (.733); 10, Oregon State 13-5 (.722).
Ashley Morgan: National Leader
Sophomore Ashley Morgan is tied for the national lead on the floor exercise and has been unstoppable this season. Morgan is on a seven-meet winning streak on floor, having failed to capture first only once, at the season-opening Pac-10 Showcase. She has scored 9.900 or higher in seven of Stanford's eight meets and her lowest score of 9.875 still was good enough to win. Morgan, the daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, has been locked into a battle with Florida's Ashanee Dickerson for the national lead on the floor exercise. The two are tied with the top Regional Qualifying Score at 9.920 -- the second-best RQS among any event in the country, though Dickerson carries a slightly better season average of 9.918 to Morgan's 9.913. Morgan has scored 9.925 on floor five times this season.
Sunday's Opponent: Cal
Stanford has a 22-meet winning streak in the series, including both dual and conference-meet competitions. The last time Cal beat Stanford was in the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, when Cal was fifth and Stanford sixth. In duals, Stanford holds a 16-meet winning streak. Cal's last dual victory was March 29, 1996 in Berkeley, 194.1-193.05. In all-time dual meets, Stanford holds a 31-15 lead. But in all meets, Stanford is 31-1 in their past 32 meetings.
The greatest gymnast in Cal program history is Stanford coach Kristen Smyth, who has been enshrined in the Cal sports Hall of Fame and whose likeness is painted in a mural at Haas Pavilion. Cal (1-11) is ranked No. 48. The program was recently saved from the chopping block by administration. Also, this is the final home meet for longtime coach Cari DuBois, who is retiring.
Sunday's Opponent: Oregon State
The No. 7 Beavers (13-5) are meeting Stanford for the third time this season, with at least one more to come, at the Pac-10 Championships. Stanford has won both -- at the Pac-10 Showcase at UCLA on Jan. 9 and at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational at Navy Pier on Feb. 11. Stanford has won the past three meetings since losing in a dual meet in Corvallis last year. The meet matches up the top two all-around competitors in the Pac-10, Oregon State's Leslie Mak (No. 1), the nation's No. 2 on the balance beam and No. 3 on the uneven bars, and Stanford's Shelley Alexander (No. 2).
Sunday's Opponent: Denver
This is the third meet in California over a 10-day span for No. 18 Denver (7-8), traveling from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Berkeley. Stanford and Denver last met at the Cancun Classic to open the 2009 season, with Stanford beating Oregon State, Denver, and BYU in a quad meet.
Stanford celebrated Senior Day with a 196.825-192.375 victory over Arizona State at Maples Pavilion on Sunday. Stanford won every event and its gymnasts earned eight collegiate career-best marks. Danielle Ikoma, a senior captain, earned the first all-around victory of her collegiate career, scoring 39.275 for a career best. Stanford now has four with all-around scores of that or better.
Vault: Ikoma, A. Morgan, Vaculik, Dayton, Alexander, Brown
Bars: Alexander, Dayton, Ikoma, Brown, Pechanec, Vaculik
Beam: Brown, S. Morgan, A. Morgan, Ikoma, Pechanec, Alexander
Floor: Ikoma, Dayton, Pechanec, Alexander, A. Morgan, Vaculik
All-Around: 10th, Shelley Alexander, 39.285
Vault: 12th, Alyssa Brown, 9.870
12th, Shelley Alexander, 9.870
Bars: 5th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.885
8th, Allyse Ishino, 9.880
11th, Alyssa Brown, 9.875
Beam: 17th, Shelley Alexander, 9.845
Floor: 1st, Ashley Morgan, 9.920
20th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.850
Vault: 9.863 (Alyssa Brown)-9.778
Bars: 9.869 (Alyssa Brown)-9.763
Beam: 9.850 (Shelley Alexander)-9.772
Floor: 9.913 (Ashley Morgan)-9.758
All-Around: 39.345 (Allyse Ishino)-38.942 (four total)