March 31, 2004
THIS WEEK: The Cardinal travel to Denver, CO to compete in the NCAA North Central Regional on Saturday, April 3rd at 6:00 pm. The University of Denver is the host institution and the competition will be held in the Magness Arena.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE CARDINAL: The Cardinal head into the NCAA North Central Region with a No. 2 ranking and a 15-3 overall record ... The Cardinal own a Regional Qualifying Score of 197.645 ... Stanford is coming off of an impressive showing at the Pac-10 Championships. The Cardinal walked away as the 2004 Pac-10 Champions, posting a score of 197.900 ... The Cardinal have now won three overall Pac-10 Championships and two of the last four ... The Cardinal's score of 197.900 was the second highest in Pac-10 history
STANFORD IN THE RANKINGS: The Cardinal jumped to a program-best No. 2 national ranking after scoring a 197.900 at the Pac-10 Championship ... The Cardinal are ranked in the top 20 in all four events. Stanford is ranked No. 2 on the balance beam (49.500), No. 4 on the uneven bars (49.435), No. 6 on vault (49.370) and No. 13 in the floor exercise (49.425) ... Individually, four Stanford performers are ranked among the nation's elite. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley is ranked No. 8 in the all-around (39.640), tied for 14th on bars (9.920) and tied for 21st on vault (9.920). Senior All-American Lindsay Wing is tied for fourth on beam (9.945) and tied for 24th on bars (9.910). Senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer is ranked No. 24 in the all-around (39.470) and is tied for eighth on the bars (9.930), while fellow senior All-American Lise L?veill? is tied for 17th on the beam (9.920).
A LOOK AT THE FIELD: Stanford enters the NCAA North Central Region as the top seed in the regional with a No. 2 ranking. Fellow Pac-10 member Washington will also be making the trip to Denver and boasts a No. 11 national ranking. Host Denver is ranked No. 14, while Iowa is ranked No. 20, Minnesota No. 27, and Southern Utah ranked No. 29. The top two teams in each regional, along with the top two all-around performers, not from the top two teams, will advance to the NCAA Championship on April 15-17th in Los Angeles.
(2) STANFORD - 197.645 RQS
(11) Washington - 197.010 RQS
(14) Denver - 196.895 RQS
(20) Iowa - 196.730 RQS
(27) Minnesota - 196.175 RQS
(29) Southern Utah - 195.900 RQS
Individuals - Alexandra Martin (Utah State) AA, Gretchen Goerlitz (Utah State) AA, Rachael Mandy (Utah State) Vault, Rachel Ropelato (Utah State) Uneven Bars, Liesel Kohler (Utah State) Balance Beam/Floor Exercise; Jessa Liegl (Air Force) AA, Lauren Robison (Air Force) AA, Rebecca Lewis (Air Force) AA.
STANFORD WINS 2004 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Cardinal captured its second Pac-10 Championship in four years, edging No. 1 UCLA 197.900-197.875. The victory marks the Cardinal's third Pac-10 team championship, winning the league title in 1998 and in 2001. Stanford's scor of 197.900 was the second highest in Pac-10 history. Three Stanford gymnasts were crowned Pac-10 individual event champions, highlighted by senior All-American Lindsay Wing's fourth consecutive conference beam title. Wing became the only four-time beam champion in Pac-10 history, earning a 9.950, tying five other performers on the night, including fellow senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley took home top honors in the all-around with a score of 39.800. The Englewood, CO native is the first-ever Stanford women's gymnast to win the Pac-10 individual all-around title. Foley tied for first place on the vault with her first collegiate perfect 10, and tied for first on bars with a 9.950. In all, a Stanford gymnast tied for first in three of the four events. Smyth was later named the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, becoming just the second Stanford women's gymnastics coach to ever earn that distinction. Former Stanford Head Coach Mark Cook earned Coach of the Year honors in 2001.
STANFORD'S UPCOMING ROTATION ORDER: At the Pac-10 Championship, the Cardinal will begin the evening with a bye in the first rotation before moving to the uneven bars in rotation two. Stanford will then move to the balance beam in the third rotation and receive a bye in the fourth rotation. The Cardinal finish up with floor in the fifth rotation, a bye in the sixth and cap the night on vault in the seventh rotation.
Rotation I Bye
Rotation II Uneven Bars
Rotation III Balance Beam
Rotation IV Bye
Rotation V Floor Exercise
Rotation VI Bye
Rotation VII Vault
BEAMING WITH CONFIDENCE: Over the last four years, Stanford gymnasts have had a strangle-hold on the Pac-10 balance beam championship. Senior All-American's Lindsay Wing, Lise L?veill? and Caroline Fluhrer have all held the title of Pac-10 beam champion, with Wing owning that distinction for a Pac-10 record four consecutive years. Wing shared this year's beam title with five other competitors, including teammate Fluhrer, who earned her first beam title. L?veill? has captured the Pac-10 balance beam title twice, sharing top honors with Wing in 2001 and 2002, while Wing claimed last year's title.
STANFORD IN THE REGIONALS: Stanford is advancing to its 15th consecutive NCAA Regional. The Cardinal have finished in the top three on nine different occasions and finished first twice (2002, 1999), the last time in Denver in 2002. The Cardinal will be seeking their seventh NCAA Championship bid when they head to Denver this Saturday. Last season, the Cardinal finished second at the North Central Regional held in Salt Lake City, UT with a score of 196.625.
CARDINAL SET NATIONAL SEASON-HIGH MARKS: The Cardinal own the highest overall national regular season dual meet score with a 198.875. Stanford shares the record with Pac-10 rival UCLA. The Cardinal set the national season-high mark on Feb. 20th when Stanford defeated Cal 198.875-195.750 in Burnham Pavilion. During that meet, the Cardinal also set national event season-highs with outstanding performances on floor (49.925) and the balance beam (49.750).
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: Stanford senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing, along with sophomore All-American Natalie Foley, have all earned perfect 10s this season. Fluhrer earned her perfect score in the floor exercise in the Cardinal's dual meet versus Cal (2/20). The score marked the first perfect score in Fluhrer's career and is the eighth on floor in program history. L?veill? earned two perfect 10s, one on beam and one on floor, in the dual meet versus Cal. L?veill? joined Wing as the only Cardinal performers to earn a perfect score on the beam and became just the seventh gymnast in Stanford history to earn a perfect score in the floor exercise. Her two perfect scores are the first two of her career. Wing is no stranger to perfect scores. Earlier this season, Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history when she earned her second career 10 on the balance beam in a dual meet versus Washington (1/30). The Cypress, TX native became just the second Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. Wing earned her first career perfect score on floor, and her third career 10 in the dual meet versus Cal. With three career 10s, Wing trails only former Stanford standout Amy Murakami (4 perfect scores) for most perfect scores in program history. Most recently, Foley earned a perfect score on the vault at the Pac-10 Championship, becoming just the second Cardinal gymnast to earn a 10 on the vault.
ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
SIX CARDINAL NAMED PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC: Six members of the No. 2 ranked Stanford University women's gymnastics team were named to the 2004 Pac-10 All-Academic team. Seniors Caroline Fluhrer and Shelly Goldberg earned first team honors, while senior Lise L?veill? was named to the second team. Senior All-Americans Kendall Beck and Lindsay Wing, along with sophomore All-American Natalie Foley were selected All-Academic honorable mention. The six Pac-10 All-Academic selections matches the most in program history, equaling the 2003, 1999 and 1994 seasons.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05: Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team.
THE SMYTH FILE: Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. 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 in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ 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.