Feb. 25, 2004
THIS WEEK: at No. 16 Oregon State
WHEN: Friday, February 27th - 7:00 pm (PT)
WHERE: Corvallis, Ore. - Gill Coliseum
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 9 Stanford (6-3) vs. No. 16 Oregon St. (4-7)
LAST REGULAR SEASON MEET VERSUS THE BEAVERS
Friday, January 31, 2003 - Stanford, Calif. - Burnham Pavilion
Stanford def. Oregon State - 196.575-196.275
ON THE HORIZON
Saturday, March 6, 2004 - 7:00 pm (EST)
at No. 25 Maryland
College Park, MD - Comcast Center Gymnasium
CARDINAL SET NATIONAL SEASON-HIGH MARK: On senior night, the seniors didn't disappoint, leading the Stanford Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over the Cal Bears on Feb. 20th, breaking the previous school record of 197.850. The 198.875 is the highest national single meet score in the country. The UCLA Bruins tied Stanford's mark two days later and the two teams currently share the top score. Versus Cal, senior All-American Lise L?veill? earned perfect scores on the balance beam on the floor exercise, while fellow senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer and Lindsay Wing each recorded their first-ever perfect 10.000 on floor. The perfect scores were the first for Fluhrer and L?veill?, while Wing earned her second on the season. Fellow seniors Shelly Goldberg and Kendall Beck also turned in outstanding performances. Goldberg earned a career-high 9.950 on floor, while Beck earned a 9.900 on the balance beam in just her second meet of the season. In the record setting meet versus Cal, the Cardinal also set many other national team records, earning national season highs of 49.750 on the balance beam and 49.925 in the floor exercise.
RANKINGS REVIEW: Despite setting the team national season high score last week versus Cal, the Cardinal fell two spots to No. 9 in the latest national rankings. Stanford's slip in the poll is due to the switch from national team score averages to Regional Qualifying Scores. The RQS, which determines team seedings for the upcoming NCAA Regional Championship, takes the team and all-around competitor's six best regular season meet scores. Of those six scores, three must be from away meets, while the other three scores can be home or away meet scores. The top score is then eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged to generate the RQS. Stanford's overall team RQS is 196.560, while the Cardinal remain ranked in the top 15 in all four events. Stanford is ranked No. 5 on the balance beam, No. 9 on bars, No. 14 on the floor, and No. 15 on vault. Individually, three Stanford performers are ranked among the nation's elite. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley is tied for 17th in the all-around (39.225), ranked No. 21 on beam (9.860) and No. 22 on vault. Senior All-American Lise L?veill? is ranked No. 9 in the country in the floor exercise (9.910) and No. 18 on the beam (9.865), while fellow senior All-American Lindsay Wing is ranked No. 4 on beam (9.920) and tied for 20th on bars (9.865).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Oregon State enters the week with a 4-7 overall record and ranked No. 16 in the latest national poll ... The Beavers own a Regional Qualifying Score of 196.065 and are ranked in the top 25 on the uneven bars (6th - 49.260), the balance beam (10th - 49.090) and the floor exercise (21st - 49.135) ... OSU is coming off of a strong showing at UCLA. The Beavers tallied a score of 197.175, tying the program and season-high score for a road meet ... Freshman Chelsea Plourde has been the most consistent performer for the Beavers and ranks sixth in the country in the all-around with an average of 39.364. Also ranking in the top 25 in the all-around is senior Tanya Ricioli-Hebron who checks in at No. 22 with an average score of 39.200.
ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: Stanford senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing have all earned perfect 10s this season. Fluhrer earned her perfect score in the floor exercise in the Cardinal's dual meet versus Cal (2/20). The score marked the first perfect score in Fluhrer's career and is the eighth on floor in program history. L?veill? earned two perfect 10s, one on beam and one on floor, in the dual meet versus Cal. L?veill? joined Wing as the only Cardinal performers to earn a perfect score on the beam and became just the seventh gymnast in Stanford history to earn a perfect score in the floor exercise. Her two perfect scores are the first two of her career. Wing is no stranger to perfect scores. Earlier this season, Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history when she earned her second career 10 on the balance beam in a dual meet versus Washington (1/30). The Cypress, TX native became just the second Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. Wing earned her first career perfect score on floor, and her third career 10 in the dual meet versus Cal. With three career 10s, Wing trails only former Stanford standout Amy Murakami (4 perfect scores) for most perfect scores in program history.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05: Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team.
THE SMYTH FILE: Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. 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 in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ 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.