March 19, 2003
This Week's Action
Saturday, March 22 ...... vs. Oklahoma
After a week off for final exams, the Stanford women's gymnastics team returns to action and will host its final home meet of the season on Saturday night. The eighth-ranked Cardinal (10-2-1) will face No. 9 Oklahoma at 7:30 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Stanford has won three consecutive meets, turning in two scores of 197.200 en route to victories.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal enters this week as the No. 8 team in the nation according to the GymInfo National Team Rankings. UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona State, Georgia and Alabama are tabbed as the top-five programs in the nation, respectively. In addition to Stanford, UCLA and Arizona State, four other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25: No. 11 Oregon State, No. 13 Washington, No. 17 California and No. 19 Arizona.
Scouting the Opponent
Oklahoma upset top-ranked UCLA to claim the team title at the UCLA Invitational in Pauley Pavilion last Sunday afternoon. The Sooners, who scored 197.475, hit 24-for-24 routines and had no scores lower than 9.775. OU improved to 13-6, has won seven straight meets and is 12-1 since finishing sixth in the season-opening Super Six Challenge. Senior Patricia Aoki was honored as Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Tuesday for her efforts against last weekend. She registered scores of 9.825 on vault, 9.875 on beam and 9.900 on floor to finish seventh or better on all three events in the four team meet.
Recapping Last Week's Meet
Kendall Beck highlighted the meet in scoring the school's first perfect 10.00 on vault as Stanford cruised to a 197.200-193.225 victory on March 7 at Spartan Gym. The Cardinal dominated the vault and took the top five places, with Glyn Sweets and Shelly Goldberg tying for second with a 9.900. Sweets tied her career-high on bars (9.925) and Lindsay Wing took top honors on beam with a 9.950. Sweets won the all-around competition for the first time in her collegiate career by posting a 39.375.
At Arizona on Feb. 28, the Cardinal recorded a 49.575 team score on the balance beam, tying for the highest mark in school history. Stanford also set the high mark with a 49.575 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. As a team on the beam, the Cardinal are ranked third in the nation with an RQS total of 49.370 and an average score of 49.222. Junior Lindsay Wing has led Stanford on the event, ranking second individually on the beam. She is averaging a 9.942 and has recorded a 9.925 or higher in eight of the nine meets.
Junior Lise L?veill? had been consistent for the Cardinal in their first eight meets of the season. L?veill?, ranked No. 15 in the all-around, did not compete against San Jose State. She scored a career-high 39.725 against Arizona State, marking the third highest score in program history. In eight meets, L?veill? has won the all-around four times and placed third three times. All eight scores have been 39.125 or higher.
Junior Kendall Beck recorded the team's first perfect 10.00 in 2003. Her score marks the first time in program history a gymnast has accomplished the feat on vault. Thus far in the season, Beck has scored a 9.875 or higher on the event in six of the team's nine meets.
Saturday's meet against the Sooners will mark the final home contests for two Stanford seniors. Alissa Cooper (Silver Springs, MD) and Kelsey Stillinger (Los Gatos, CA) have been a vital part of the Cardinal the past four years, which includes the program's first appearance in the NCAA Super Six last season.
Freshmen Stepping Up
This year's freshmen class have contributed tremendously in their first season on The Farm. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) has competed in the all-around all but one competition for the Cardinal. Foley had a career night against UCLA, setting season-high marks on vault (9.925), floor (9.950) and all-around (39.725). Most recently, she hit a 9.975 routine on bars at Arizona. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA) has been a solid performer on vault and bars for Stanford recording a 9.950 on vault and a 9.925 score on bars against UCLA, marking career-highs. She is coming off her first collegiate all-around performance at San Jose State, collecting a 39.375. Sweets also recorded a career-high mark on bars (9.925). Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA) has competed in the last seven meets on vault for the Cardinal, also recording a career-high 9.850 against UCLA and Arizona State. At San Jose State, she posted a high mark on floor (9.850) and competed on bars for the first time in a Stanford uniform.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth begins her second year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program after guiding the Cardinal to their most successful season in history. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.