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Stanford Seeks Seventh Super Six
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/17/2013

April 17, 2013

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STANFORD, Calif.- The Stanford women's gymnastics team will compete at the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in seven years, and 13th time overall, as it heads to Los Angeles on April 19-21.

Stanford is ranked ninth in the 12-team field and will compete in the first of two six-team semifinal groups on Friday at noon (PT), in Pauley Pavilion at UCLA.

The top three teams from each semifinal advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday at 4 p.m. The top four individual finishers (including ties) will qualify for the individual event finals on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Stanford is seeking its seventh Super Six berth, all since 2002.

What: No. 9-seeded Stanford (15-7 regular season, 19-8 overall) at the NCAA Championships
When: April 19-21
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles

NCAA Championships Schedule:
Semifinals: Friday, noon PT (session I); 6 p.m. PT (session II)
Super Six: Saturday, 4 p.m. PT
Individual Event finals: Sunday, 1 p.m. PT

Broadcast Information:
Friday: Semifinals, click here for ncaa.com Webcast
Saturday: Super Six, ESPN3.com
Sunday: Individual Event finals, ESPN3.com
Tuesday: Super Six tape delay broadcast, ESPNU, 5 p.m. PT

Follow the Action:
• Live updates will be posted on Twitter @StanfordWGym
• Live stats and updated scores will be available via www.GoStanford.com.
• Click here to visit the Tournament Central homepage for tickets, teams and venue information.

Stanford Storylines:

Peaking at the Right Time: Stanford returns to the NCAA Championships for the sixth time in seven years and will pursue its seventh Super Six appearance in program history. The Cardinal is one of only four schools to have four top-four finishes since 2008. Head coach Kristen Smyth and her coaching staff continue to implement a game plan that focuses training through the Pac-12 Championships and maximizing its score at the NCAA Championships. Last year, the team was seeded 10th and finished fourth with its highest score ever in NCAA competition. The Cardinal also recorded its highest NCAA Championships team scores in program history on vault (49.550), bars (49.350) and beam (49.375). Stanford's score on vault was the second-highest in program history at any competition.

Senior Strong: Ashley Morgan has had an outstanding senior season, adding to an already stellar career. Morgan claimed her third consecutive Pac-12 floor title and earned her first regional title two weeks later at the Norman Regional on floor. Morgan has competed in 43 of 44 possible events in 11 meets this season. She is the daughter of Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, and has a twin sister, Kelly, who played soccer at USC.

Something Special: Amanda Spinner was named the inaugural Pac-12 Specialist of the Year for her tremendous season on balance beam. Spinner hit 100 percent of her routines and scored a 9.800 or higher in 10 of 11 meets. She claimed five individual victories on beam this season, including her first Pac-12 title. It was Spinner's first full season of competition after battling through injuries that sidelined her in her first two years.

Olympic Flavor: Though each gymnast competed for Stanford for at least one season prior to 2013, this season marked the first time the team's three Olympians - Shona Morgan, Kristina Vaculik and Becky Wing - competed together. Morgan (Australia) and Wing (Great Britain) competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while Vaculik (Canada) traveled to the 2012 London Olympics. Morgan and Vaculik joined the team in 2011, while Wing arrived in 2012. However, Vaculik did not compete with Stanford in 2012, as she was preparing for London. Wing has competed in just a few competitions due to an injury.

Elite Champion: Ivana Hong captured two U.S. senior elite national titles at the 2009 USA Visa Championships in Dallas - winning the balance beam and vault, and finishing second in the all-around. She is having a terrific sophomore campaign, including seven individual victories. She won her second consecutive regional title on vault and her first on beam at the Norman Regional.

Consistency Counts: Shona Morgan has been a model of consistency for Stanford, competing in all 11 meets on bars and beam, and 10 of 11 meets on floor - hitting 100 percent of her routines. Morgan has scored a 9.800 or higher in 25 of 32 events she has competed in this season.

NCAA Norman Regional Review: Stanford tied its season-best team score on vault (49.425) in the final rotation to finish second overall and earn a bid to the NCAA Championships. Stanford recorded a team score of 196.800 to place ahead of Washington for the final qualifying spot, and behind No. 2 Oklahoma, which posted a 197.375.

Ivana Hong claimed titles on vault (9.950, season best) and beam (9.900), and Ashley Morgan earned a regional title on floor (9.900).

Most Recent Lineup: The following is Stanford's regional lineup.
Vault: A. Morgan, Rice, Archer, Hong, Dayton, Vaculik
Bars: S. Morgan, A. Morgan, Hong, Vaculik, Shapiro, Archer
Beam: S. Morgan, A. Morgan, Hong, Spinner, Rice, Vaculik
Floor: Dayton, Rice, S. Morgan, Hong, A. Morgan, Shapiro

Rotation Schedule: Here is the rotation order for the first session of the NCAA semifinals on Friday: bye, floor, vault, bye, bars, beam.

Athletes and Honors: Here is a listing of collegiate titles and honors for current Stanford gymnasts.

Nicole Dayton, sr.:
2013 All-Pac-12 second team (vault)

Ivana Hong, so.:
2013 Norman Regional champion (beam)
2013 Norman Regional champion (vault)
2013 All-Pac-12 first team (beam)
2012 All-America first team (beam)
2012 All-America second team (vault)
2012 Pac-12 champion (vault)
2012 All-Pac-12 second team (vault)

Ashley Morgan, sr.:
2013 Norman Regional champion (floor)
2013 Pac-12 champion (floor)
2013 All-Pac-12 first team (all-around)
2012 All-America second team (floor)
2012 Pac-12 champion (floor)
2012 All-Pac-12 first team (floor)
2012 All-Pac-12 first team (bars)
2011 Pac-10 champion (floor)
2011 All-Pac-10 first team (floor)
2010 All-Pac-10 second team (floor)

Shona Morgan, jr.:
2012 All-America second team (bars)
2012 All-Pac-12 second team (beam)

Samantha Shapiro, so.:
2012 All-America first team (bars)

Amanda Spinner, jr.:
2013 Pac-12 champion (beam)
2013 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year
2013 All-Pac-12 first team (beam)
2012 All-America first team (beam)
2012 NCAA Champaign Regional champion (beam)

Super Six Experience

Stanford has eight gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2012 NCAA Super Six finals in Duluth, Ga., on the Cardinal's fourth-place team. They are: Ashley Morgan, Pauline Hanset, Ivana Hong, Nicole Dayton, Shona Morgan, Samantha Shapiro, Becky Wing and Amanda Spinner.

Ashley Morgan was also a member of Stanford's 2010 NCAA Super Six vault, beam and floor lineups.

Stanford NCAA Championships Facts

• Team is competing in its 13th NCAA Championship meet.
• Has reached the Super Six six times.
• Most recent Super Six appearance was 2012 (fourth place).
• All of team's Super Six appearances have come since 2002.
• The program's highest finish has been third in 2004 and 2008.
• Team's highest NCAA score was 197.500 in 2012 Super Six (fourth place).
• There have been two individual NCAA champions from Stanford.
Larissa Fontaine tied for first on vault in 1998 (9.8625).
Carly Janiga won the bars in 2010 in Gainesville, Fla.
• Her score of 9.9375 is the program's highest on the event in NCAA competition.
• Stanford has had 27 individual All-Americans that have garnered a total of 94 honors.
• Program has 19 first-team All-Americans in its history.
• Those individuals totaled 51 first-team All-America honors.
• Current assistant coach Tabitha Yim has the most first-team All-America honors in school history, with 13 from 2005-08.
• The highest all-around finish was Carly Janiga's third in 2010 (39.525).

Stanford vs. Other NCAA Championships Opponents: Here are the results from Stanford's most recent matchup against each opponent in Session I.

Florida: April 21, 2012 (Duluth, Ga.), NCAA Super Six: Florida (second place) 197.775, Stanford (fourth place) 197.500.
Georgia: Jan. 21, 2013 (Athens, Ga.) dual meet: Georgia (first place) 197.000, Stanford (second place) 195.400.
LSU: April 20, 2012 (Duluth Ga.), NCAA Team Semifinals: Stanford (third place) 197.125, LSU (sixth place) 196.550.
Minnesota: April 2, 2011 (Ann Arbor), NCAA Ann Arbor Regional: Stanford (t-fourth place) 195.225, Minnesota (t-fourth place) 195.225.
Illinois: Jan. 12, 2013 (Tucson, Ariz.), quad-meet: Stanford (first place) 196.025, Illinois (third place) 193.750.

Here is how Stanford did in its past competition against teams in Session II.

Oklahoma: April 6, 2013 (Norman, Okla.), NCAA Norman Regional: Oklahoma (first place) 197.375, Stanford (second place) 196.800.
Alabama: April 21, 2012 (Duluth, Ga.) NCAA Super Six: Alabama (first place) 197.850, Stanford (fourth place) 197.500.
UCLA: March 23, 2013 (Corvallis, Ore.), Pac-12 Championships: UCLA (second place) 197.375, Stanford (fourth place) 196.625.
Michigan: April 2, 2011 (Ann Arbor), NCAA Ann Arbor Regional: Michigan (first place) 197.075, Stanford (t-fourth place) 195.225.
Utah: March 23, 2013 (Corvallis, Ore.), Pac-12 Championships: Utah (third place) 197.075, Stanford (fourth place) 196.625.
Arkansas: April 21, 2012 (Duluth, Ga.), NCAA Super Six: Stanford (fourth place) 197.500, Arkansas (sixth place) 196.300.

International Experience

Stanford's roster includes six gymnasts with senior national team experience. The list includes three Olympians, one Olympic alternate, two U.S. senior national team competitors, and four World Championships veterans.

• Sophomore Ivana Hong, a national champion on vault and beam in 2009, was a 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate. She was a bronze medalist on the beam at the 2009 World Championships and a team gold medalist at the 2007 worlds. Hong also earned a 2007 Pan Am Games bronze in the all-around.

• Sophomore Pauline Hanset represented Belgium, the country of her birth, in a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011.

• Junior Shona Morgan competed for Australia in the 2008 Olympics, finishing 15th in the all-around. She was a five-time national champion and competed in three World Championships.

• Sophomore Samantha Shapiro competed for the U.S. senior national team from 2009-11, winning several international meet titles. Earlier, she won three U.S. junior national championships.

• Sophomore Becky Wing competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics. She also competed in two World Championships and two European Championships.

• Redshirt sophomore Kristina Vaculik competed for Canada at the 2012 Olympics, helping the team to a fifth-place finish - its highest-ever team finish. She has won nine Canadian national championships, including three all-around titles (2007,2010, 2012). She is a three-time competitor at the World Championships.


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