Feb. 18, 2003
This Week's Action
Fri., Feb. 21 ..... vs. Arizona State
The Stanford women's gymnastics team (7-2-1) looks to get back on the winning track on Friday night against seventh-ranked Arizona State. The Cardinal will host the Sun Devils in a coed meet with the men's team, who will face Air Force. Competition is set to start at 7:30 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal enters this week as the No. 8 team in the nation according to the GymInfo National Team Rankings. UCLA, Alabama, Utah, Georgia and Nebraska are tabbed as the top-five programs in the nation, respectively. In addition to Stanford and UCLA, four other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25: No. 7 Arizona State, No. 9 Oregon State, No. 12 Washington and No. 16 Arizona.
Scouting the Opponent
Arizona State's beam score of 49.875 was a national high for the season, in addition to a school record, but it was not enough as top-ranked UCLA won 198.400-198.150 last weekend. The Sun Devils (5-3, 2-3) also set a school record with their team score. Maggie Geraine has a career day for ASU, winning the all-around (39.775), tying for first on vault (10.000), second on bars (9.925) and shared first place honors on floor (9.950). Stanford marks the seventh ranked opponent ASU has faced this year, losing to the Cardinal at the Maui Invitational and dropping dual meets to Oregon State and UCLA.
Recapping Last Week's Meet
The Cardinal was upset by Washington, 196.775-196.750 in Seattle last Friday night. Lindsay Wing won the beam (9.950) and Lise L?veill? led the Cardinal with a 39.350 all-around score. L?veill? and Shelly Goldberg paced Stanford on floor, recording 9.875 marks to tie for third. The Cardinal held a slim one-tenth of a point heading into the final rotation, but could not hold off the Huskies. Stanford did give a good effort, scoring a 49.400 on beam - their second highest mark of the season. The loss was the Cardinal's first in the Pac-10 to stand at 2-1-1 in the league.
In their first meet of the season, the Cardinal recorded a 49.525 team score on the balance beam at the Maui Invitational. The score goes down as the second-highest in school history. Stanford set the high mark with a 49.575 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. As a team on the beam, the Cardinal are ranked eighth in the nation with an average score of 49.142. Juniors Kendall Beck and Lindsay Wing have led Stanford on the event. Beck posted a career-high score 9.925 at Cal and against OSU, SJSU and SPU, while Wing recorded a 9.975 in consecutive outings in those same meets. Wing also ranks fourth individually with an average beam score of 9.942.
Junior Lise L?veill? had been consistent for the Cardinal in their first six meets of the season. L?veill?, ranked No. 12 in the all-around, scored a career-high 39.500 against UCLA. In six meets, L?veill? has won the all-around three times and placed third twice. All six scores have been 39.125 or higher.
Career Day For Foley
Stanford freshman Natalie Foley turned in her best meet of her young collegiate career against UCLA on Feb. 7. Foley won the all-around with a 39.725, marking the third highest score in school history. She also tied for third on vault (9.925), placed second on bars (9.950) and won floor (9.950). All scores for the freshman were career-high marks.
Freshmen Stepping Up
This year's freshmen class have contributed tremendously in their first season on The Farm. In addition to Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO), 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. Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA) has competed in the last four meets on vault for the Cardinal, also recording a career-high 9.850 against UCLA.
Leading the Charge
Juniors Kendall Beck, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing wrapped up the 2002 season for the Cardinal by garnering All-America honors at the NCAA Championships last April. Beck registered a 9.900 on vault for a second-place finish in the evening session to advance to the finals and was awarded First Team All-American honors for the first time in her collegiate career. L?veill? recorded a 9.838 on the balance beam to take sixth place and earn First Team All-America honors and was also named to the Second Team on floor as a result of her 9.875 showing at the NCAA Championships. Wing netted a 9.750 on beam for a 12th place finish overall and picked up First Team All-America honors.
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.