Feb. 17, 2000
This week's matchup: No. 9 Stanford (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10) hosts Bay Area rival California Friday, Feb. 18 at Burnham Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 21, the Cardinal will host No. 12 BYU at 7 p.m.
Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford is currently ranked 9th by GymInfo after five meets with an average score of 194.63. The squad is also ranked 12th on the vault (48.58), 9th on the bars (48.715), 8th on the balance beam (48.61) and 17th on the floor with an average score of 48.725. Last week, the Cardinal was ranked 10th by GymInfo after four meets with a score average of 194.0812.
Gyminfo Rankings as of 2/15 Rank/team Avg. Score 1 Georgia 196.2679 2 Alabama 196.2571 3 Michigan 196.155 4 Utah 196.1292 5 UCLA 196.0542 6 LSU 195.1125 7 Nebraska 194.9125 8 Iowa State 194.88 9 Stanford 194.63 10 Penn State 194.4687 11 Denver 194.1292 12 BYU 194.055 13 W. Virginia 194.015 14 N. Carolina St. 193.98 15 Washington 193.96 16 Oklahoma 193.885 17 Arizona State 193.7958 18 New Hampshire 193.6625 19 Florida 193.55 20 Maryland 193.75187 21 Minnesota 193.5036 22 CS Fullerton 193.45 23 Boise State 193.3179 24 Oregon State 193.1583 25 Arizona 193.0958
Last Week In Review: Stanford had one of their best meets this season last weekend at Boise State, defeating the Broncos 196.825-195.775. The team set new season highs in every event at Boise, 49.025 on the vault, 49.225 on the bars, 49.35 on the beam and 49.225 on the floor. Larissa Fontaine took three event titles, including the vault with a career-high 9.975, the bars and the all around. Katy Herbert tied with Fontaine on the bars to get her first event title of the season, and placed second in the all-around. Freshman Abby Gair placed first on the balance beam.
The 2000 Season: The 2000 season has been a strong one so far for the Cardinal squad. The team is 5-2, 2-2 in the Pac-10, and is ranked 9th in the nation. Here are recaps of the meets in the 2000 season to date.
At Arizona State Quadrangular, Jan. 14 -- Stanford went up against No. 5 ASU, No. 6 Maryland and No. 19 Ohio State to open the 2000 season. The squad took second place with a score of 193.275 behind ASU (194.7). Senior Jen Exaltacion took second place in the all-around and Katy Herbert took third. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor, and Alissa Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars, finishing eighth with a score of 9.775.
Arizona, Jan. 21 -- Stanford defeated then-No. 23 Arizona 194.275-191.275 in the Cardinal season home opener, recording their first conference win of the season. Larissa Fontaine took the event titles on the vault and the floor. Freshmen Abby Gair and Kelsey Stillinger captured their first event titles, Gair on the bars (9.9) and Stillinger on the beam (9.875). Gair was also the top finisher for the Cardinal in the all-around, finishing second with a score of 38.8.
Washington, Jan. 28 -- The Cardinal defeated the Huskies 195.05-194.75 at home. Fontaine had a great meet, capturing event titles on the vault (9.9), bars (9.9), floor (9.95) and the all-around (39.525.) Fontaine was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts.
at UCLA, Feb. 6 -- Stanford fell to defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA 197.8-193.725. Fontaine took the only event title for Stanford, placing in a three-way tie for first on the vault with a score of 9.9.
Stanford Individual Event Winners Larissa Fontaine (10) Vault 9.925 vs. Arizona 9.9 vs. Washington 9.9 at UCLA 9.975 at Boise State Bars 9.9 vs. Washington 9.9 at Boise State Floor 9.85 vs. Arizona 9.95 vs. Washington AA 39.525 vs. Washington Abby Gair (2) Bars 9.9 vs. Arizona Beam 9.9 at Boise State Katy Herbert (1) Bars 9.9 at Boise State Kelsey Stillinger (1) Beam 9.875 vs. Arizona
Fabulous Fontaine: Senior Larissa Fontaine has been a pillar for the Cardinal this season. Named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week for the week of Jan. 26-Feb. 1 for her efforts in the win over Washington, she leads the team in titles won with ten. Last week at Boise State, Fontaine led the team in event titles with three. She won the vault title with a career-high score of 9.975, which matched the school record, set by Keri Monahan in 1997. She shared the title on the bars with a score of 9.9 with teammate Katy Herbert, and took the all-around with a career-high 39.65. She is the only Cardinal ranked individually in the top 25. She is ranked seventh in the nation in the all-around with an average of 39.3917, third in the vault (9.885), and 15th on the bars (9.85).
First Class Freshmen: Freshman Abby Gair has made an immediate impact for the Cardinal. In her collegiate debut at the quadrangular meet at Arizona State, she placed 11th on the beam with a score of 9.65. She has continued to improve in every event. Against Arizona on Jan. 21, Gair took the event title on the bars with a score of 9.9, and was Stanford's top finisher in the all-around competition with a score of 38.8. Against Washington, Gair posted her career highs in the beam with a 9.775 and the floor with a 9.8. Freshman Kelsey Stillinger has also had an effect of the success of the Cardinal this season. She took her first event title against Arizona in the second meet of her collegiate career on the beam with a score of 9.875. Against Washington on Jan. 28 she improved her career best on the vault to 9.675. Alissa Cooper has also been performing well on the vault and the bars. At the first meet of the season, Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars with a score of 9.775. Against Arizona a week later, she turned in a career-high 9.85 on the bars and 9.625 on the vault.
Scouting the Golden Bears: Cross-bay rival Cal holds a record of 2-4, 0-4 in the Pac-10 coming into Friday's match with Stanford. The Golden Bears have a season-high team score of 193.225, which they posted at Arizona on Feb. 4. They boast season-bests of 48.25 on the vault and the bars, 48.475 on the beam and 48.75 on the floor.
Scouting the Cougars: BYU comes to Stanford with a record of 3-4. The Cougars are currently ranked 12th in the nation with an average score of 194.055. They are also ranked 14th on the vault (48.515), eighth on the bars (48.735) and 11th on the floor (48.835). Kim Little is the only Cougar ranked individually, ranked 24th on the vault with an average score of 9.81.