April 19, 2013
LOS ANGELES - The Stanford women's gymnastics team concluded its season Friday afternoon as it finished sixth with a 194.700 team score during the first NCAA Championships semifinal session at UCLA.
Nicole Dayton earned her first first-team All-America honor vault, scoring a 9.900 to finish tied for third and qualify to the Individual Event finals on Sunday.
Freshman Taylor Rice also had a great competition, competing in three events and scoring a 9.875 on floor, 9.800 on vault and a career-best 9.850 on beam. She claimed second-team All-America honors on floor.
Stanford opened the competition strong on floor with a 49.025, led by freshman Taylor Rice's 9.875 in her NCAA Championships debut. Rice followed a great opening routine by Nicole Dayton who picked up a 9.775.
The Cardinal began to face difficulties on vault, where it had two gymnasts record scores of 9.675. In addition, Ivana Hong - who was slated to compete in the all-around - suffered an injury during her vault and was unable to finish the meet.
Stanford was in fifth place after three rotations with a team score of 97.975.
The troubles continued for Stanford as it returned after its second bye of the day and suffered two falls to start its bars lineup. Becky Wing helped right the ship as she filled Hong's lineup spot and delivered a clean routine for a 9.700.
The deficit, however, proved to be too large as Stanford held a team-score of 146.175 after its third event and would have needed to score in the 197s to challenge for a top-three position - an impossible feat considering there is a 50 point maximum on each event.
1. Florida - 197.775
2. LSU - 197.325
3. Georgia - 197.150
4. Minnesota - 196.375
5. Illinois - 195.700
6. Stanford - 194.700