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Stanford Earns Double Gymnastics Victory
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/18/2012

Feb. 18, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas - Ashley Morgan won two events and was among three Stanford gymnasts to match the team's highest score this season during the Cardinal's victory in the three-team Metroplex Challenge at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena on Saturday.

No. 12 Stanford (7-2) scored 196.375 points to beat Bridgeport (193.600) and Brown (191.725).

Morgan, a junior from Danville, Calif., won the uneven bars (9.875) and tied with teammate Nicole Pechanec to win the floor exercise, each with a 9.925 - a score reached only twice all season in all events for the Cardinal.

Shona Morgan, a 2008 Australian Olympian, scored a collegiate career high, also with a 9.925, to win the balance beam.

Shona Morgan was one of two from Stanford to set a career best, along with sophomore Amanda Spinner, who scored a 9.80 on the balance beam in her second collegiate meet. The two helped the beam team set a school season best of of 49.175 in the event, and the floor team scored a 49.275 for a season best there as well.

Alyssa Brown, a senior, competed on vault for the first time this season after rehabbing a shoulder injury, and scored 9.875 for second place.

In all, Stanford set two career bests, set four season bests, and tied another season best.

Stanford completes a five-meet road stretch on Friday against No. 1 Utah.

Final team scores:

1. Stanford 196.375
2. Bridgeport 193.600
3. Brown 191.725

Winners and Stanford scores:

Vault: 1, Monica Mesalles Sellares (Bridgeport) 9.90. Stanford: Alyssa Brown 9.875, Ivana Hong 9.800, Nicole Dayton 9.750, Lucy Meyer 9.725, Ashley Morgan 9.700, Pauline Hanset 9.675.

Uneven Bars: 1, Ashley Morgan (Stanford) 9.875. Stanford: Rebecca Wing 9.850, Samantha Shapiro 9.850, Shona Morgan 9.750, Nicole Pechanec 9.750, Nicole Dayton 8.900.

Balance Beam: 1, Shona Morgan (Stanford) 9.925. Stanford: Rebecca Wing 9.825, Alyssa Brown 9.825, Ivana Hong 9.800, Amanda Spinner 9.800, Ashley Morgan 8.675.

Floor Exercise: 1 (tie), Nicole Pechanec (Stanford) and Ashley Morgan (Stanford), each 9.925. Stanford: Pauline Hanset 9.850, Shona Morgan 9.800, Nicole Dayton 9.775, Rebecca Wing 9.750.

All-Around: 1, Monica Mesalles Sellares (Bridgeport) 39.050. Stanford: Ashley Morgan 38.175.

Records: Stanford 7-2, Bridgeport 9-5, Brown 2-8.


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