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Women's Gymnastics Travels to Pac-10 Foe Oregon State
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/24/2000

Feb. 24, 2000

This week's matchup: No. 8 Stanford (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) will travel to Corvallis to take on Oregon State on Friday, Feb. 25. Last year the Cardinal defeated the Beavers 195.35-193.375 at Stanford.

Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford is currently ranked 8th by GymInfo after seven meets with an average score of 195.0786. The squad is also ranked 13th on the vault (48.5929), 7th on the bars (48.9), 8th on the balance beam (48.675) and 11th on the floor with an average score of 48.9107. Last week, the Cardinal was ranked 9th by GymInfo after five meets with a score average of 194.63.

Gyminfo Rankings as of 2/15
Rank/team           Avg. Score
1  Georgia          196.4281
2  Michigan         196.1821
3  Alabama          196.1375
4  UCLA             196.05
5  Utah             195.9214
6  LSU              195.3536
7  Nebraska         195.2937
8  Stanford         195.0786
9  Penn State       194.745
10 Oklahoma         194.7357
11 Iowa State       194.6071
12 N. Carolina St.  194.4458
13 W. Virginia      194.2833
13 Brigham Young    194.2833
15 Denver           194.25
16 Washington       194.1458
17 ASU              194.0893
18 Minnesota        193.9417
19 Florida          193.9036
20 Maryland         193.6833
21 New Hampshire    193.6625
22 CS Fullerton     193.5321
23 Arizona          193.5187
24 Boise State      193.325
25 Kent State       193.3214

Last Week In Review: Stanford hosted Pac-10 opponent Cal on Friday, Feb. 18 and BYU Monday, Feb. 21. The Cardinal defeated cross-bay rival Cal 195.35-193.15 and beat BYU 197.05-195.425. Senior Larissa Fontaine swept both meets, taking every event title. She scored a perfect 10 on the floor against BYU, and her all-around score of 39.825 against the Cougars is a new school record. Fontaine was honored as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. Against Cal, Stanford swept the bars with Katy Herbert taking second (9.875), Jen Exaltacion and Abby Gair tying for third (9.85) and senior Sarah Harding placing fourth. On the beam, Herbert took second with a score of 9.8 and Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.9. Herbert took second in the all-around with a new career high of 39.15. Against BYU, freshman Alissa Cooper took second place on the vault with a score of 9.825. Katy Herbert recorded a 9.9 on the balance beam for second place, and junior Jen Exaltacion took third on the beam with 9.875. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.95. Freshman Abby Gair and sophomore Katy Herbert both recorded new career-high scores in the all-around competition, Gair with a 39.475 and Herbert with a 39.2.

The 2000 Season: The 2000 season has been a strong one so far for the Cardinal squad. The team is 7-2, 3-2 in the Pac-10, and is ranked 8th 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), but defeated Ohio State (192.0) and Maryland (191.95). Senior Jen Exaltacion was Stanford's top finisher, taking second place in the all-around. Katy Herbert took third in the all-around competition. 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 event titles on the vault and the floor. Freshmen Abby Gair and Kelsey Stillinger captured the first event titles of their collegiate career, 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. Alissa Cooper and Jen Exaltacion tied for fourth with a 9.8 on the bars. Exaltacion took second on the beam with a score of 9.85 and Abby Gair placed third on the floor with a score of 9.8.
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.
Boise State, Feb. 13 -- Stanford defeated the Broncos 196.825-195.775 as the team set a new school record on the beam with a score of 49.35. 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.

Stanford Individual Event Winners
Larissa Fontaine (20)
Vault 9.925  vs. Arizona
      9.9    vs. Washington
      9.9    at UCLA
      9.975  at Boise State
      9.825  vs. Cal
      9.95   vs. BYU
Bars  9.9    vs. Washington
      9.9    at Boise State
      9.925  vs. Cal
      9.95   vs. BYU
Beam  9.95   vs. CAl
      9.925  vs. BYU
Floor 9.85   vs. Arizona
      9.95   vs. Washington
      9.95   vs. Cal
      10     vs. BYU
AA   39.525  vs. Washington
     39.6    vs. Cal
     39.825  vs. BYU
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: Twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week, senior Larissa Fontaine has been a pillar for the Cardinal this season. She leads the team in titles won with 20, including ten won last weekend against Cal and BYU. In both meets last weekend, Fontaine swept every event. She recorded a perfect 10 on the floor in the meet against BYU, the first 10 of her career. Fontaine also broke the school record in the all-around competition against BYU when she turned in a score of 39.825. That score is also the highest score turned in so far this season in the NCAA. She is currently the only Cardinal ranked individually, ranked third in the all-around with an average score of 39.52. She is also ranked fifth on the vault with an average score of 9.8857, and fifth on the uneven bars with an average of 9.885.

First Class Freshmen: The class of 2003 has made an immediate impact on the squad this season. With Abby Gair, Kelsey Stillinger and Alissa Cooper all competing for the Cardinal. Gair holds two event titles so far this season, the second highest on the team behind senior sensation Larissa Fontaine, and Kelsey Stillinger holds one. The three gymnasts' contributions to the team's success have been essential this season.
Gifted Gair: Freshman Abby Gair has been a vital scorer for the Cardinal this season. Gair is second on the team in event titles with two. Her first collegiate event title came in the meet against Arizona on Jan. 21, when she won the event title on the bars with a score of 9.9. She took her second event title on the beam at Boise State with a score of 9.9. 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 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. She took third place on the bars against Cal, and recorded a new career-high all-around score in the meet against BYU with a total of 39.475.
The Stillinger Standard: In her first year with the Cardinal, freshman Kelsey Stillinger has also made an immediate impact on 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.
Super Cooper: Alissa Cooper has also been performing well for Stanford on both the vault and the bars. In her collegiate debut, 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.

The "Ex"-Factor: Junior Jen Exaltacion has been an essential factor to Stanford's success this season. One of the squad's strongest performers on the beam, she has also turned in strong performances on every event. At the Arizona State quadrangular, the first meet of the season, she was Stanford's top finisher in the all-around, placing second with a score of 38.875. Her season high on the beam is a 9.85, which she has turned in twice, the first against Arizona in the first home meet of the season, and the second against BYU in the last home meet of the season. She is also very strong on the bars, scoring no less than a 9.625 in the six meets she has competed on the bars.

Head Coach Mark Cook: In his third year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program, Mark Cook has turned the Cardinal program into one which competes for the national title year-in and year-out. In Cook's first season on The Farm, he lead Stanford to its first-ever Pac-10 Championship. That year, Stanford also produced their first NCAA Champion, Larissa Fontaine, in the vault. Last season, Cook took the Cardinal squad all the way to the NCAA Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah. The team barely missed the Super Six, finishing tied for 10th place. Cook produced four All-Americans in 1999, Larissa Fontaine in the vault, Sarah Harding in the floor exercise and Kristin Jensen and Amy Murakami in the uneven bars. The team was nationally ranked as high as eighth during the season. Cook now has an impressive overall record of 35-19-2 as Stanford's head coach.

Scouting the Beavers: While not ranked overall as a team, the Oregon State Beavers are ranked 21st as a team on the vault with an average score of 48.4036 and 17th on the floor with an average of 48.8. On the floor, the team's season high is a 49.2 and the season high on the vault is 49.1. Individually, Katrina Severin is the only Beaver ranked. She is ranked 16th on the vault with an average score of 9.845.



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