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Stanford Closes Gymnastics Regular Season
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/09/2012

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March 9, 2012

Tempe, Ariz. - No. 11 Stanford attempts to continue the momentum it has established in recent weeks by taking on a vastly-improved Arizona State team ranked No. 23 in the country. This will be the final regular-season meet for Stanford (9-3) before the Pac-12 Championships on March 24 in Salt Lake City. The Cardinal earned its highest score of the season last week (196.575) and expects to continue improving as gymnasts continue to get healthy from preseason injuries.

What: No. 11 Stanford (9-3) at No. 23 Arizona State (4-5)
When: Friday, 6 p.m. PT
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Tempe, Ariz.

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Friday's Opponent, Arizona State:
A year ago, Arizona State (4-5) finished last in the seven-team Pac-10 Championships and had an average score of 193.216. This year, the Sun Devils have improved their average to 194.478 and are ranked sixth of eight teams in the new Pac-12. No. 23 Arizona State is led by John Spini, in his 33rd season as head coach. Senior Beate Jones is ranked 20th in the country as an all-arounder, with a 39.190 RQS. She also is 22nd on floor (9.865).

The Arizona State-Stanford Series:
Stanford has won the past 18 meetings with Arizona State, including two victories last season: in a dual at Maples Pavilion (196.825-192.375) and at the Pac-10 Championships when Stanford was fourth and ASU seventh (195.975-190.450). ASU's last victory in the series was Jan. 18, 2004 in Tempe (195.825-195.500) over a Stanford team would go on to finish third in the nation. Since 2001, Stanford is 26-1 against the Sun Devils.

Smyth Returns to Tempe
Stanford coach Kristen Smyth has coached in the series each year since 1997. While at Stanford, her teams are 23-1 against ASU. While an assistant at ASU from 1997-2001, her teams went 6-6 against Stanford.

Last Week
The Cardinal scored a season-best 196.575 points to beat No. 17 Arizona (195.025) and No. 47 Cal (191.450) in a Senior Day tri-meet victory at Burnham Pavilion on Sunday. Nicole Pechanec's 9.925 on bars was one of five Stanford scores of 9.9 or above during a meet in which the Cardinal won every event. Pechanec, the senior from Kenilworth, N.J., also placed second in two events and fourth in another on the way to scoring a career best 39.450 to win the all-around. Stanford extended its winning streak over Cal to 26 and over Arizona to 16. Stanford also extended its unbeaten streak against Pac-12 opponents at Burnham to 34.

Stanford's Most Recent Lineup
This was the lineup Stanford used in its most recent meet, during a tri-meet victory over Arizona and Cal in Stanford's home finale, at Burnham Pavilion on Sunday. Stanford earned its highest score of the season (196.575):
Vault: Pauline Hanset, Nicole Pechanec, Ashley Morgan, Ivana Hong, Alyssa Brown, Nicole Dayton.
Bars: Rebecca Wing, Jenny Peter, Shona Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec, Samantha Shapiro.
Beam: Rebecca Wing, Nicole Pechanec, Ivana Hong, Shona Morgan, Amanda Spinner, Alyssa Brown.
Floor: Nicole Dayton, Shona Morgan, Ivana Hong, Pauline Hanset, Nicole Pechanec, Ashley Morgan.

Coming Soon: Pac-12 Championships
Stanford's next meet will be at the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, March 24 at the University of Utah's Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The addition of Utah gives the Pac-12 eight teams. The format calls for two sessions: Seeds 5-8 compete at 1 p.m. PT, and Seeds 1-4 at 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. MT). Stanford almost certainly will be in the second session as the No. 4 seed, competing along with UCLA, Utah, and Oregon State. Since the conference championships began in 1987, UCLA has won 15 titles, and Stanford and defending champion Oregon State five each. No other school has won.

Tickets for Pac-12 Championships
Stanford has an allotment of tickets for sale for the inaugural Pac-12 Championships on March 24 at Utah. Tickets can be purchased through the Stanford ticket office. Call 1-800-STANFORD, purchase online at or visit the ticket office at Stanford Stadium during business hours.

Team Scores in the National Rankings
Stanford ranks in the national top 20 in every event by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Team: 11th, 196.205 (195.878)
Vault: 17th, 49.025 (49.003)
Bars: 9th, 49.150 (49.119)
Beam: 11th, 49.065 (48.844)
Floor: 24th, 48.905 (48.913)

Individuals in the National Rankings
Here are Stanford gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in each event, by Regional Qualifying Scores:
Bars: 9th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.885
21st, Ashley Morgan, 9.860
Beam: 22nd, Shona Morgan, 9.845
Floor: 9th, Ashley Morgan, 9.895

Average Scores Throughout the Lineup
Here is Stanford's average-score range from 1-6 in each event:
Vault: 9.867 (Alyssa Brown)-9.784
Bars: 9.825 (Samantha Shapiro)-9.731
Beam: 9.829 (Shona Morgan)-9.691
Floor: 9.900 (Nicole Pechanec)-9.667
All-Around: 39.342 (Nicole Pechanec)-38.854 (two total)



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