March 28, 2005
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team has been selected to compete at the NCAA West Regional Gymnastics Championships in Seattle on April 9th. The Cardinal will compete against No. 2 ranked UCLA, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Central Michigan, host Washington and Boise State at the Bank of America Arena at 5:00 pm.
The Cardinal will face some familiar competition, as the squad has already matched up against three of the five other teams selected to the West Regional. Stanford faced UCLA, Central Michigan, and Washington in dual meets this season, and competed against the Bruins and Huskies again at last week's Pac-10 Championship in Berkeley. UCLA won its 12th conference title on Saturday, and the Cardinal edged Washington for fourth place at the meet, 194.600-194.425.
The top two teams, as well as the top two all-around competitors not from an advancing team, at each regional will receive a berth in the NCAA Championships, which will be at Auburn, Ala. on Apr. 21-23. In addition, individual event winners not from a qualifying team or all-arounder will advance.
Also competing at the regional meet will be five at-large individual all-around competitors and four at-large individual event specialists.
Stanford will proceed in Olympic order at the West Regional, beginning the meet on vault in the first rotation. After a bye in the second rotation, the squad moves on to bars in the third rotation and beam in the fourth rotation. The Cardinal will have a chance to rest with a bye in the fifth rotation, before wrapping up the evening on the floor exercise.
The Cardinal claimed the third regional championship in program history at the North Central Regional last season, as the team scored a 196.575 to top the field in Denver. Coach Kristen Smyth's squad advanced to last season's NCAA Super-Six, where the team tied with Alabama for third place.
The six regional fields and sites are as follows:
West Region (Seattle, WA, host Washington) - No. 2 UCLA, No. 11 Penn State, No. 14 Central Michigan, Washington, Stanford, Boise State.
North Central Region (Salt Lake City, UT, host Utah) - No. 1 Utah, No. 12 Oregon State, No. 13 BYU, Minnesota, Southern Utah, Iowa.
South Central Region (Lincoln, NE, host Nebraska) - No. 6 Nebraska, No. 8 Michigan, No. 18 Arizona, Missouri, Arizona State, Illinois.
Central Region (Tuscaloosa, AL, host Alabama) - No. 4 Alabama, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 16 Utah State, Auburn, Kentucky, Kent State.
Northeast Region (Durham, NH, host New Hampshire) - No. 3 LSU, No. 10 Oklahoma, No. 15 Arkansas, New Hampshire, Rutgers, Pittsburgh.
Southeast Region (Gainesville, FL, host Florida) - No. 5 Georgia, No. 7 Florida, No. 17 Denver, North Carolina, West Virginia, North Carolina State.