Feb. 19, 2004
THIS WEEK: vs. Cal
WHEN: Friday, February 20th - 7:30 pm (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, Calif. - Burnham Pavilion
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 7 Stanford (5-3) vs. No. 28 Cal (7-3)
LAST DUAL MEET VERSUS THE BEARS
Friday, January 24, 2003 - Berkeley, Calif. - Haas Pavilion
Stanford def. Cal - 195.250-192.950
ON THE HORIZON
Friday, February 27, 2004 - 7:30 pm (PT)
at No. 18 Oregon State
Corvallis, Ore. - Gill Coliseum
SENIOR NIGHT: Friday's meet versus rival Cal is for more than just Bay Area bragging rights. It marks the final home meet for Stanford's five outstanding seniors. Kendall Beck, Caroline Fluhrer, Shelly Goldberg, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing have accomplished more than any other class in Stanford history. During their tenure on The Farm, those five amazing performers have helped Stanford post a 70-30-2 (.710) record, advance to three consecutive NCAA Championships, and the program's first-ever Super Six in 2002.These five seniors exhibit excellence in and out of the gym as they have combined to earn 10 All-American honors and 10 NACGC Academic All-American honors.
CARDINAL SURVIVE SCARY INCIDENT AT OKLAHOMA: The real story to last weekend's loss at Oklahoma wasn't the fact that the No. 11 ranked Sooners upset the No. 7 ranked Cardinal, it was the fact that all the Stanford athletes, most notably sophomore All-American Natalie Foley, were able to walk away from the meet unscathed. While on bars in the first rotation, Foley began her routine and within seconds the whole bars apparatus ripped from the floor and crumbled to the ground. Luckily, Foley was able to walk away from the incident relatively unharmed, but she, and the rest of the Cardinal, was visibly shaken. The Cardinal tried their best to regroup, but the incident had taken its toll on the team. Stanford, one of the best bar teams in the country, scored a season-low 48.700 on bars, a half point lower than its season average. The Sooners took advantage of the Cardinal's misfortune to defeat Stanford by a tenth of a point, 196.275-196.175. Senior All-American Lindsay Wing led the way for the Cardinal, placing third in the all-around with a score of 39.275.
RANKINGS REVIEW: Despite suffering back-to-back setbacks, the Cardinal are still ranked No. 7 with a 196.500 average. Stanford is ranked in the top 20 in all four events. The Cardinal rank sixth on the balance beam (49.112), seventh on bars (49.158), 12th in the floor exercise (49.225), and 17th on the vault (49.004). Individually, senior All-Americans Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing rank among the best in the nation. Wing, ranks fourth on the balance beam (9.912) and 20th on bars (9.858), while L?veill? ranks 13th in the floor exercise (9.912).
SCOUTING THE BEARS: Cal enters this weekend with a 7-3 overall record and a 2-3 mark versus Pac-10 opponents. The Bears are coming off of a triangular at Haas Pavilion, where Cal scored a 195.000 to defeat Seattle Pacific (190.025), but fell to UCLA (197.800). My-Lan Dodd, who has been the Bears most consistent performer, posted a season-high score of 39.450 to finish second in the all-around. Her score was the fifth best mark in program history. This season, the Bears are ranked No. 28 in the nation with an average score of 194.758. Cal is currently ranked 16th in the country on bars with a 48.971 average and 26th on vault with a 48.817 average.
ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
BALANCING ACT: With her perfect 10 on the balance beam versus Washington on January 30th, senior Lindsay Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history. Wing is the only performer in Stanford history to have scored a 10.000 on the beam and became just the second Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. The Cypress, TX native registered the program's first-ever perfect score on beam in a dual meet at Oklahoma on March 22, 2003. The three-time defending Pac-10 champion on beam is just the third women's gymnast to earn a perfect score on the beam this year. Wing's 10.000 is just the 10th perfect score in any event in program history. Former Stanford standout Amy Murakami owns the school record with four perfect scores, earning two on both the bars and floor.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
A LOOK BACK AT 2003: Stanford followed up its first-ever Super Six appearance in 2002 with another strong year, just missing the Super Six in 2003. The Cardinal, who ended the season with a No. 6 national ranking, posted a 20-4-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 dual meet record. The Cardinal's lone tie came versus Pac-10 rival and eventually National Champion UCLA when the two teams scored identical 197.45 marks to end in a draw. The two national powerhouses would battle for the Pac-10 Championship, but in the end, the top-ranked Bruins held off the Cardinal. Stanford tallied 197.700 points, led by All-American Lindsay Wing's tremendous performance on the balance beam. Wing registered a 9.975 en route to capturing her third consecutive Pac-10 Beam title. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where despite being placed in the most competitive regional in the nation, captured second, earning the teams third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal missed advancing to its second Super Six, but the team earned a program best eight All-American honors. On top of that, six Cardinal gymnasts were named 2003 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Academic All-Americans (Shelly Goldberg, Alissa Cooper Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill?, Lindsay Wing and Natalie Foley).
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05: Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team. "The five recruits we have signed for the 2004-2005 season are unbelievable students and phenomenal athletes. We have been building something special here at Stanford over the last three years. Tabitha, Liz, Stephanie, Lauren and Alex are going to play a huge role in our quest for an NCAA Championship title." remarked Head Coach Kristen Smyth.
THE SMYTH FILE: Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. 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 in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ 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.