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No. 10 Stanford Hosts No. 14 Arizona in Pac-10 dual meet.
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/17/2006

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Feb. 17, 2006

Stanford, Ca - The nationally-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team (8-2 overall, 2-1 Pac-10) continues competition in the Pacific-10 Conference with a home date against 14th-ranked Arizona on Friday night. The meet begins at 7:30 p.m. at Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal has jumped from 12th to tenth in this week's national poll with an average score of 195.135. That mark is second-best in the Pac-10 behind UCLA which has posted an average score of 195.182 (#9 in the nation). Stanford's rise in the rankings was helped by its 196.325 - 195.725 victory at Arizona State last weekend. Stanford's score was a season-best.

Last year, the Wildcats scored a 195.225 - 193.725 victory over Stanford in Tucson.

Stanford's final home meet is February 24 at Burnham Pavilion (7:30 p.m.) against the Washington Huskies.

Stanford will host the NCAA West Regional which is slated for April 8 at Maples Pavilion (6:00 p.m.).

A quick look at the 2006 Stanford Gymnastics Team

Lauren Elmore, Sophomore, Bloomington, In
Has not competed this year.

Kelly Fee, Freshman, St. Charles, Il
Has emerged as one of Stanford's top gymnasts this year ... Has competed in the All-Around in two of the four meets this year, with a season-best mark of 38.725 at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06).

Natalie Foley, Senior, Englewood, Co
Has competed in the All-Around in all four meets this year with a season-best total of 39.175 at Arizona State ... Her average score of 9.805 in Floor Exercise is sixth-best in the conference behind teammates Tabitha Yim (9.875. #1), Liz Tricase (9.862, #2) and Nicole Ourada (9.810, #5).

Stephanie Gentry, Sophomore, Plano, Tx
Has not competed this year.

Jessica Louie, Senior, Loomis, Ca
Has competed on Bars in three meets this year with a season-best of 9.750 against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06).

Nicole Ourada, Freshman, Germantown, Wi
Has been outstanding thus far during the 2006 season ... Her average All-Around score of 39.015 is sixth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has a season-best point total of 39.275 in the All-Around at California (2/3/06) ... Fifth in the Pac-10 behind teammates Tabitha Yim (9.875) and Liz Tricase (9.862) in Floor Exercise (9.810, #20 in the nation).

Alex Pintchouk, Sophomore, Mt. Lauren, NJ
Has competed on Vault, Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best 9.850 on Floor Exercise, and 9.875 on Vault.

Aimee Precourt, Sophomore, Pasadena, Tx
Has competed on Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best mark of 9.750 in Floor Exercise in the season opener at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06).

Heather Purnell, Freshman, Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
Made her season debut on Bars in Stanford's at Oregon State (1/27/06), and on Beam at California (2/3/06) ... Her season average of 9.750 on Beam is seventh-best in the Pac-10.

Stacy Sprando, Junior, Portland, Or
Performed on Bars at Oregon State (1/27/06).

Glyn Sweets, Senior, Reston, Va
Has competed on Vault, Bars and Beam this year.

Liz Tricase, Sophomore, Itasca, Il
Among the Pac-10 leaders on Bars (9.900, #1 in Pac-10, #6 in the nation), Floor Exercise (9.862, #2 in the Pac-10, #6 in the nation) and Vault (9.865, #2 in Pac-10, #12 in the nation) ... Had a season-best 9.950 on Vault at California (2/3/06) and at Arizona State (2/10/06), and a 9.950 on Bars against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06).

Tabitha Yim, Sophomore, Irvine, Ca
Second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally in the All-Around with an average score of 39.425 ... Voted Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week when she established a career-best score of 39.600 in a four-way meet against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Her previous best was 39.250 last year as a freshman at the NCAA West Regional ... Also ranks in the national Top 10 in Floor Exercise (9.887, #4), Beam (9.84, #6) and on Bars (9.850, #12) ... Ranks first in the Pac-10 on Floor Exercise (9.875), second in the All-Around (39.425), third on Beam (9.844), fourth on Bars (9.858) and fifth on Vault (9.830).

Tough Teams
Stanford has embarked on an extremely challenging schedule in 2006 ... Nine of Stanford's opponents are ranked in the GymInfo Women's National Top 25 ... The list includes top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia, #3 Alabama, #6 Oklahoma, #9 UCLA, #12 Arizona State, #14 Arizona, #16 Denver, and #19 Oregon State ... Stanford will face #14 Arizona on Feb. 17 at Burnham Pavilion (7:30 p.m.).

at Cancun Classic (1/6/06)
The Cardinal opened the 2006 season on Jan. 6 with an impressive effort at the Cancun Classic in Mexico ... Stanford tallied a team score of 194.950, just behind the winning effort of top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia ... Victories by Glyn Sweets in the Vault (9.925), Liz Tricase on Bars (9.875) and Natalie Foley on Beam (9.775) helped the Cardinal in the five team meet ... Denver finished third with 193.850 points followed by Oklahoma with 193.325, and Arizona with 192.925 ... Three Cardinal athletes competed in the All-Around ... Senior Natalie Foley, an eight-time All-American, finished third (39.025) while freshmen Nicole Ourada placed fifth (39.025) and Kelly Fee placed sixth (38.725).

Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Davis (1/15/06)
In its home opener, Stanford looked impressive in a four-way meet with Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State ... The Cardinal chalked up 194.350 points to easily outdistance runnerup Sacramento State (191.525), San Jose State (190.575) and UC Davis (186.875) ... The Cardinal captured first, second and third place in each of the four events (Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise, Vault) in addition to placing 1-2-3 in the All-Around ... Tabitha Yim, competing in only her third collegiate All-Around, tallied a career-best 39.600 to finish first ... Yim gained first place honors in the All-Around thanks to victories on Floor Exercise (9.925, tied her career-best), Vault (9.900, career-best), and Beam (9.875) ... Liz Tricase tied her career-best on Bars with an impressive effort of 9.950.

at Oregon State (1/27/06)
Despite an upset loss to Oregon State (195.150 - 194.125), several Cardinal athletes performed with high marks ... Liz Tricase won the Bars competition with a score of 9.850 ... Sophomore Tabitha Yim competed in three events (Vault, Beam, Floor) and collected wins on Floor (9.850) and Vault (9.900).

at California (2/3/06)
Stanford recorded a convincing 195.925 - 192.150 victory at California ... The Cardinal dominated the meet in every meet ... The Cardinal recorded first place wins in the All-Around (Tabitha Yim, 39.300), Vault (Liz Tricase, 9.950), Bars (Liz Tricase, 9.925), Beam (Tabitha Yim, 9.875) and Floor Exercise (Nicole Ourada, 9.900) ... Stanford went 1-2-3 in the Vault and Floor Exercise.

at Arizona State (2/10/06)
Stanford recorded its best effort of the season, and the result was a 196.325-195.725 victory over tenth-ranked Arizona State ... A 1-2-3 finish on Bars by Liz Tricase (9.900), Tabitha Yim (9.875) and Glyn Sweets (9.875) helped in the win ... Arizona State had been ranked #1 nationally on Beam, but that didn't deter Stanford from posting a 48.800 - 48.550 victory ... The Cardinal's upset victory on Beam was aided by 3-4-5 finishes by Yim (9.850), Heather Purnell (9.825) and Natalie Foley (9.825).


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