Feb. 7, 2008
Chicago Style Meet
No. 9 UCLA/ No. 11 Stanford/ No. 24 Illinois/ Washington
February 8, 2008 5:32 PM
Illinois Gymnastics Institute, Chicago, Ill.
Live webcast with audio available on www.FightingIllini.com
No. 11 Stanford women's gymnastics will travel to Illinois on Friday, Feb. 8 for a quad meet against No. 9 UCLA, No. 24 Illinois (1-2) and unranked Washington at the IGI Chicago Style meet. The event will be held at Chicago's Navy Pier and is a quad style meet hosted by the Illinois Gymnastics Institute (IGI). The meet will begin at 5:32 p.m. and is the first event of its kind hosted by IGI.
The meet will be a homecoming of sorts for senior Liz Tricase, junior Kelly Fee and freshman Danielle Ikoma, all of whom are originally from Illinois. Tricase and Fee trained at IGI before their Stanford careers and Ikoma hails from nearby Naperville, Ill. Three of the four competing teams have athletes who trained at IGI, including Kristina Comforte for UCLA and Kim Kruk of Illinois.
Chicago Style Meet:
This will be the first multi-team meet for the Cardinal for the 2008 season. The Cardinal will begin on beam and will rotate to the floor exercise and vault before ending the competition on bars. The meet is set to begin at 5:32 p.m.
In the Rankings:
After four weeks of NCAA competition, the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. The Cardinal rank seventh nationally on vault, with a team score of 49.058 after the first three meets. Stanford also rank eighth nationally on beam, with a team score of 48.767. The team ranks seventh on bars and 25th on floor.
Last Time Out:
In their last meet, Stanford dropped a heartbreaker to No. 9 UCLA, 195.050-195.025. The Cardinal had many strong individual performances, though, including two 9.900's on bars by senior Tabitha Yim and redshirt freshman Allyse Ishino. Junior Nicole Ourada scored a 9.850 on vault and Ishino also got a 9.875 in the event. Junior Kelly Fee continued her strong season by scoring a 9.875 on bars.
Tracking the Impact Freshmen:
Even though the season is only three weeks old, three Cardinal freshmen have already made an impact this season. Shelley Alexander continued to make a strong contribution when she scored a 9.750 on vault against UCLA. Danielle Ikoma also made an appearance against UCLA on vault and scored a 9.800. Gretchen O'Henley didn't appear against UCLA but has competed in all other meets. She scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and gave the team a big lift when she came back with a 9.700 in the same event against Arizona. Alexander also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and a 9.800 against Arizona. Ikoma sat out against Georgia, but scored a 9.825 on vault against Arizona.
Janiga Named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week:
Sophomore Carly Janiga picked up where she left off last season by scoring a 9.900 on beam and a 9.825 on bars. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Janiga picked up honors from the Conference when she was named the inaugural Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week (Jan. 7-Jan.13). The Cardinal also had a very strong performance from junior Nicole Ourada, who was the only Cardinal gymnast to perform in the all-around. Ourada scored a 9.850 on beam, 9.750 on bars, 9.800 on floor and 9.900 on vault, which was good for a 39.300 score in the all-around.
Head Coach Kristen Smyth:
Kristen Smyth returns for her seventh year as Stanford women's gymnastics Head Coach, following a historic 2007 season. The season included the first undefeated Pac-10 season in school history, and the second highest finish at the NCAA Championships in school history. The team featured 6 All-Americans, all of whom have returned for the 2008 season.
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. In 2002, she led the Cardinal to another strong season and produced five All-Americans. She followed that performance with another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003, marking the third straight year that the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2004, she guided Stanford gymnastics to its fourth straight NCAA Championships, and capped the most successful season in program's history, by tying for third at the NCAA Super Six Championships. 2005 was a rebuilding year for the young Cardinal team, but the experience helped the Cardinal in capturing their fourth Pac-10 Championship in the 2006 season.