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No. 9 Women's Gymanstics Hosts Cal Friday and No. 12 BYU Monday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/17/2000

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.


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