March 28, 2003
This Week's Action
Saturday, March 29 ..... at Pac-10 Championships
Stanford, riding a four-meet winning streak, will travel down to Los Angeles for the Pac-10 Conference Championship in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Cardinal (11-2-1) have lost to only one conference opponent, at Washington, and tied top-ranked UCLA at home to stand at 4-1-1 in the league. Fox Sports Net will televise the meet on a tape-delayed basis, with Barry Tompkins and Kathy Johnson-Clarke call the action.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal enters this week as the No. 7 team in the nation according to the GymInfo National Team Rankings. UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona State, Georgia and Alabama are tabbed as the top-five programs in the nation, respectively. In addition to Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State, four other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25: No. 11 Oregon State, No. 15 Washington, No. 18 California and No. 20 Arizona.
Stanford will begin the meet on a bye before vault and will finish the contest on the floor exercise. Rotation order for the championship meet was determined by a blind draw a year prior to the meet.
UCLA has won the most conference championships, with 10 Pac-10 titles. Oregon State and Stanford (1998, 2001) are the only other teams to win the crown. Last year, the Cardinal placed third behind the Bruins and Arizona. Mandy Delgado highlighted the meet and was named co-Freshman of the Year. Lise L?veill? earned an All-Conference selection for Stanford on beam. L?veill? and Lindsay Wing also finished in a four-way tie for first place to lead the Cardinal.
Last Time Out
Led by Lindsay Wing's perfect 10.00 on beam and a team score of 49.600 on bars, Stanford posted an impressive 197.725-197275 victory over Oklahoma. Caroline Fluhrer and Wing took the top two places on bars, with Fluhrer setting a career-high (9.975).
At Arizona on Feb. 28, the Cardinal recorded a 49.575 team score on the balance beam, tying for the highest mark in school history. Stanford also set the high mark with a 49.575 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. As a team on the beam, the Cardinal are ranked third in the nation with an RQS total of 49.420 and an average score of 49.250. Junior Lindsay Wing has led Stanford on the event, ranking second individually on the beam. She is averaging a 9.947 and has recorded a 9.925 or higher in nine of the 10 meets. Most recently against Oklahoma last week, Wing recorded the school's first perfect 10.00 on the event.
Junior Lise L?veill? had been consistent for the Cardinal in all nine meets of the season. L?veill?, ranked No. 17 in the all-around, did not compete against San Jose State, but last week finished with a 39.500 in the competition against Oklahoma. She scored a career-high 39.725 against Arizona State, marking the third highest score in program history. In nine meets, L?veill? has won the all-around four times, finished second once and placed third three times. All nine scores have been 39.125 or higher.
Junior Kendall Beck recorded the team's first perfect 10.00 in 2003. Her score marks the first time in program history a gymnast has accomplished the feat on vault. Thus far in the season, Beck has scored a 9.875 or higher on the event in six of the team's nine meets.
Freshmen Stepping Up
This year's freshmen class have contributed tremendously in their first season on The Farm. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) has competed in the all-around all but one competition for the Cardinal. Foley had a career night against UCLA, setting season-high marks on vault (9.925), floor (9.950) and all-around (39.725). Most recently, she hit a 9.975 routine on bars at Arizona. 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. She is coming off her first collegiate all-around performance at San Jose State, collecting a 39.375. Sweets also recorded a career-high mark on bars (9.925). Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA) has competed in seven meets on vault for the Cardinal, also recording a career-high 9.850 against UCLA and Arizona State. At San Jose State, she posted a high mark on floor (9.850) and competed on bars for the first time in a Stanford uniform.
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.