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Cardinal Women's Gymnastics Set To Host Oregon State
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/25/2005

Jan. 25, 2005

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THIS WEEK: vs. Oregon State
WHEN: Friday, January 28, 2005 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, CA - Burnham Pavilion
COVERAGE:Live Stats

LAST TIME VERSUS THE BEAVERS
February 27, 2004 - Corvallis, OR
Stanford def. Oregon State - 197.850-197.175

ON THE HORIZON
Friday, February 4, 2005
at Central Michigan
Mount Pleasant, MI (Rose Arena)

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Oregon State is coming off of an impressive showing against top-ranked Utah last week. The Beavers fell by a score of 195.950-194.500, but posted scores of 9.8 or better on each apparatus. Against the Utes, senior Therese Videan scored a 9.85 on the bars, and junior Chrissy Lamun received a 9.825 on the beam, the best scores on those events for the No. 14 ranked Beavers this season.

LAST MEET
The Cardinal came up just short in their first meet of the 2005 season, falling to Washington by a score of 192.825-192.425 in Seattle. Freshman Liz Tricase was outstanding in her collegiate debut, capturing the meet's all-around title with a score of 39.050. Tricase placed first in the vault with a 9.850 score, and first on the bars with a score of 9.825. The freshman also posted a 9.800 on the floor exercise to tie with teammate Natalie Foley for second place. Freshman Lauren Elmore also had a solid debut, placing third in the all-around with a 38.350 score, aided by a team-best 9.700 on the balance beam. The Cardinal had an excellent showing on the floor exercise, posting a 48.700 team score. Freshman Stephanie Gentry recorded the third-highest individual floor exercise score on the team, receiving a 9.725, while fellow freshman Alex Pintchouk was just behind her with a 9.700. Junior Glyn Sweets produced a couple of solid performances to begin the 2005 season, scoring a 9.725 on the bars and a 9.675 on the vault. In all, five freshmen (Elmore, Gentry, Pintchouk, Tricase, and Aimee Precourt) made their collegiate debuts against the Huskies.

RANKINGS REVIEW
Following the first meet of the 2005 season, Stanford checks in at No. 30 in this week's rankings. The Cardinal sit just behind Utah State, who have posted an average score of 192.850 so far this season. Liz Tricase jumped into the individual rankings with her performance against Washington, checking in at No. 17 in the vault (9.850) and No. 23 on bars (9.825).

RETURNING STARS
With no seniors on the 2005 squad, the Cardinal will be led by a trio of juniors. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) returns after an outstanding season in which she garnered five All-American honors. Foley established herself as one of the top gymnasts in Cardinal program history, receiving first team All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around, while garnering second team honors on the balance beam. Foley will serve as the team's co-captain along with junior Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA), who competed on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at last season's NCAA Super Six. Louie tied for first on the vault at last season's North Central Regional, scoring a 9.900. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA), the third junior on the squad, earned second team All-American honors on the vault and bars as a freshman, and is back to full strength after battling injuries throughout much of her sophomore campaign. The Cardinal roster also features a pair of sophomores in Brittany Billmaier (Woodinville, WA) and Stacy Sprando (Portland, OR). Billmaier sat out her freshman season and did not compete due to injury. She is expected to contribute on the beam and floor in 2005. Sprando saw considerable action on the competition floor as a freshman, competing primarily on the bars and balance beam.

STANFORD GARNERS PROGRAM-BEST PRESEASON RANKING
The Cardinal received the highest preseason ranking in program history, checking in at No. 3 in the 2005 preseason coaches poll. The squad received four first place votes, and tallied 554 total votes, just 11 shy of No. 2 ranked Georgia. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA grabbed the top spot, receiving 15 first place votes.

FRESHMAN CLASS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by Collegegymfans.com, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and should be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately in a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level -10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

STANFORD WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS SEASON PASSES NOW AVAILABLE
Season passes for Stanford women's gymnastics are now available for purchase through the Cardinal ticket office. The passes cost $20.00, include entry to all four home meets of 2005 and will be prorated throughout the season. To purchase, please call the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team capped off a record setting season with a program-best third-place tie with Alabama at the Super Six last April. The Cardinal also garnered a program-best 15 All-American awards, easily eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. After guiding Stanford to its most successful season in school history, head coach Kristen Smyth swept the annual coaching awards, being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and NACGC National Coach of the Year. The Cardinal began the season on a high note, entering the campaign with a school-best No. 6 preseason ranking. But the team didn't hit its stride until February, when the squad started posting record-setting numbers. On February 20, Stanford's five seniors put on a show to remember in their final home meet, leading the Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over California. The team score established a national season-high, while the team scores of 49.925 on the floor and 49.750 on the beam were also the best scores in the country. The Cardinal continued to roll along, as the then-No. 2 ranked squad edged the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for the Pac-10 Championship, 197.900-197.875. Stanford entered the North Central Regional as the hottest team in the country, and captured first place with a 196.575 team score. The team then moved on to the NCAA Championship, where more records crumbled as the Cardinal wrapped up the best season in program history.

THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth returns for her fourth year as Stanford women's gymnastics coach, following an incredible 2004 campaign that saw her sweep the annual coaching awards, garnering Pac-10, West Region, and NACGC National Coach of the Year honors. During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Last season she guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the Super Six. Under Smyth's tutelage, the Cardinal garnered a program-record 15 All-American honors in 2004.


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