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No. 9 Stanford Hosts No. 6 Alabama/No. 16 Nebraska On Senior Night
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/06/2008

March 6, 2008

Stanford, Calif. -
No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 6 Alabama/No. 16 Nebraska
March 7, 2008 7:00 PM
Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.

Coming Up:
No. 9 Stanford women's gymnastics will compete for the final time at home this Friday, Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in their only meet of the season at Maples Pavilion. Accompanying in them in Maples are two highly ranked opponents from power conferences in No. 16 Nebraska (195.200 Team Avg.) and No. 6 Alabama (196.420 Team Avg.). The Cornhuskers are 5-3 on the season and finished sixth at the 2007 "Super Six". Alabama is 6-1 and had an NCAA finish of 9th in 2007.

Last Week:
Cardinal wins UNO "Flip for a Cure": The Cardinal finished off their road Pac-10 schedule by winning the UNO "Flip for a Cure" meet on the campus of Arizona State. The meet also included San Jose State and UW-Oshkosh and the Cardinal put forth a team-score of 195.800. The Cardinal was led by senior Liz Tricase, who scored a 9.925 on bars and junior Nicole Ourada competed in the all-around and scored a 38.875.

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 sixth nationally on vault, with a team score of 49.205 after the five meets. Stanford also rank 12th nationally on beam, with a team score of 48.910. The team ranks sixth on bars and 11th on floor.

Impact Freshmen:
The Cardinal has had fantastic contributions from their freshman class in 2008. Shelley Alexander continued to make a strong contribution when she scored a 9.825 on vault in the UNO meet. Alexander also scored a 9.750 on vault against UCLA and a 9.775 on vault in the Chicago Style meet. Danielle Ikoma made an appearance in the Chicago Style meet and scored a 9.800 on vault. Ikoma also appeared against UCLA on vault and scored a 9.800. Gretchen O'Henley didn't appear against UCLA but has competed in all other meets. O'Henley earned a 9.700 on bars in the Chicago Style meet. She also 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.

Scouting Alabama:
Alabama (6-1) has had a very strong season and will be one of the main competitors for the 2008 "Super Six". Sarah Patterson is in her 30th season coaching the Crimson Tide and is led by her four All-Americans that returned for the 2008 season. Patterson has Terin Humphrey, Morgan Dennis, Brittany Magee and Kassi Price, who have all come back for the Crimson Tide and have All-American accolades. As a team, Alabama is ranked sixth on floor, eighth on bars and ninth on vault and beam.

Scouting Nebraska:
Nebraska (5-3) is another talented team that joined the Cardinal in the "Super Six" in 2007. Head Coach Dan Kendig is in his 15th season leading the Cornhuskers and is a two-time National Coach of the Year (1999 and 2003). Nebraska is led by senior Emily Parsons who has earned nine All-American honors in her three seasons.

Liz Tricase wins Specialist of the Week:
Stanford women's gymnast Liz Tricase has been named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, for February 18-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Tricase, a senior from Itasca, Ill., has been a huge lift for the Cardinal since returning from injury. She continued her great run in the Battle of the Bay against California. Tricase put together pristine routines on vault and bars that notched scores of 9.95 and 9.9, respectively. She nabbed a tie for first place on both apparatuses. The meet was the Cardinal's best showing this season as they crossed the 197-point threshold for the first time in 2008. In the past three weeks, Tricase has scored no lower than 9.875 on either of her event specialties.

Yim and Ishino Sweep Pac-10 Gymnastics Awards:
Stanford women's gymnasts Tabitha Yim and Allyse Ishino have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Yim performed in the all-around competition last Friday at the IGI Chicago Style Meet and placed in the top three on each of the four individual apparatuses. Yim showcased a trio of 9.900s on vault (2nd), bars (T-1st), and floor (T-1st). Each event score was a season-best, including the 9.875 she hit on beam (3rd). Yim led the Cardinal to a second-place finish with her all-around sum of 39.575. The impressive mark is eighth-best in the nation this year and next to best in the Pac-10.

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.

Super Six Seniors

Tonight the Stanford Cardinal honors six seniors who will be competing in their final home meet. They include:

Lauren Elmore- Academic All-American
Alex Pintchouk- Academic All-American
Tabitha Yim- 11-time All-American
Liz Tricase- First Team All-American on vault and 2007 NCAA South Central Region vault champion
Aimee Precourt- 2007 Cardinal gymnast of the year and Academic All-American
Stephanie Gentry- Pac-10 All-Academic

A native of Pasadena, Tex., Precourt has been a contributor on beam and floor exercise in her Cardinal season. She was a 2007 Academic All-American and was named 2007 Cardinal Gymnast of the Year. She also is a two-time Academic Achievement Award winner. At the 2007 NCAA Regionals, she scored a 9.800 on beam to help lift the Cardinal. She also has scored a high of 9.775 on beam in her 2008 campaign.

Head Coach Kristen Smyth:
"How could one possibly put into words what "Aimee Precourt has meant to our program? Aimee is a role model for many, the truest definition of a student-athlete at Stanford. She is a three time Academic All American with the highest GPA on our team, and remains one of our most consistent and reliable beam performers. Her commitment to excellence inspires the rest of us to rise up and ask more of ourselves."

A native of Itasca, Ill., Tricase has been a huge contributor on vault and bars this season. She was a 2007 First-Team All-American on vault and was the vault champion at the 2007 South Central Regional. This season she has high's of 9.950 on vault this season and a 9.925 on bars.

Head Coach Smyth:
"Liz is the energy and enthusiasm that drives our team. Her positive attitude is simply contagious. Liz has the ability to motivate and inspire her teammates and brings amazing energy everywhere she goes."

"Liz is also an inspirational leader. She has persevered and come back from injuries to lead this team every year. I have so much respect for Liz and her ability to battle back. She has such determination, passion, and love for (this) sport."

A native of Lawrenceville, NJ., Pintchouk has been an all-around contributor, excelling in all four events. She has highs of 9.85 on vault, beam and floor this season and a high of 9.825 on bars. She is a two-time Academic All-American, honored by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC/W).

Head Coach Smyth:
"Alex has a unique combination of being highly disciplined but is able to balance that drive with a genuine love for life and appreciation for all of the opportunities she has been afforded."

"In the gym, Alex brings style and grace. She has international flair, beautiful lines, outstanding showmanship. She is one of SWG's all time great floor performers. She is extremely talented and has worked hard over the last four years to be one of our top All Around performers and was recognized as our Most Improved Gymnast in 2007."

A native of Plano, Tex., Gentry has been a contributor on vault this season recording 9.825's twice throughout the season. Last season she competed on floor and vault, recording 9.850 high's in each event. During her sophomore season she was named to the All Pac-10 Academic Team.

Head Coach Smyth:
"Stephanie Gentry is one of the hardest working athletes in the gym and in her senior year is in the best shape of her life. Steph is a quiet leader---she leads by example setting the tone in workouts by pushing the team in conditioning and agility."

"Stephanie Gentry is also one of the most beautiful and artistic gymnasts in the country - she is an elegant and stylish performer with exquisite lines. Over the last four years she has been a major contributor for us on vault and floor."

A native of Bloomington, Ind., Elmore has been a solid contributor on balance beam and floor exercise this season. She has high scores of 9.900 on floor this season against California and 9.900 on balance beam at the NCAA Regional during her freshman season.

Head Coach Smyth:
"Lauren is an outstanding student, and has been honored as a 3 time Academic All American. She is organized, has great time management skills and is a bit of a poster child for balancing everything Stanford has to offer. School, gymnastics, and even sorority life Lauren does it all."

"Lauren is a fierce competitor. She has been our beam starter for her entire career a position in my mind---that is the toughest of them all. She is aggressive and leads us off each weekend with confidence. Again, that is who she is."

A native of Irvine, Calif., Yim has bee one the most accomplished gymnast in Stanford history. She is an 11-time All-American and has followed all that up with a fantastic senior season. She has high's of 9.9 on vault, bars, and floor this season and a high of 9.95 on beam. She has also recorded a score of 39.625 in the all-around during her senior campaign that will most likely end with more accolades.

Head Coach Smyth:
"Tabitha's story is one of resilience, courage and hope in so many ways- She has overcome great challenges in her career and has earned the respect from everyone in the gymnastics community. She has succeeded at Stanford both in the classroom and in the gym."

"Tabitha's story is one of resilience, courage and hope in so many ways- She has overcome great challenges in her career and has earned the respect from everyone in the gymnastics community. She has succeeded at Stanford both in the classroom and in the gym."

"One could easily point to 11 All American honors, 5 NCAA Regional Titles and 2 Pac 10 Championships--- but that is not the real story about Tab, and what she gave to SWG. Two times a team captain, Tab is a team player. She is incredibly humble---and would gladly give up any personal awards for a great team outcome."

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 six 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.


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