Jan. 24, 2008
No. 9 Stanford at No. 8 UCLA
January 27, 2007 2PM
Live webcast with audio available on www.uclabruins.com
Stanford Women's Gymnastics found the win column last Sunday when they defeated No. 12 Arizona 194.600- 194.125 in the second home meet of the season at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal look to continue their winning ways when they travel to UCLA and take on the No. 8 Bruins (5-0) in the John Wooden Challenge. The Cardinal defeated UCLA twice last season when they won 196.975-185.525 in Los Angeles and 196.825-196.250 at home.
Last Time Out:
Last weekend the No. 5 Cardinal defeated No. 12 Arizona in their Pac-10 opener. The meet was highlighted by junior Kelly Fee, who scored a 9.875 on floor and a 9.825 on bars. Head Coach Kristen Smyth stressed developing the team's depth in the match, which was evident by the participation of 13 gymnasts in the meet. Redshirt freshman Allyse Ishino also continued her strong start to the season by scoring 9.875 and 9.800 on beam and bars, respectively.
UCLA has been led this season by a couple of underclassmen who have had strong performances in the all-around. Sophomore Anni Li is currently ranked in the Top 20 in all events, including being ranked sixth in the country overall in all-around competition. Redshirt freshman Brittani McCullough also is ranked No. 14 in the all-around and is ninth overall on vault.
A trio of Bruins have also made it into the Top 20 rankings for the first time in their careers. Senior Tasha Schwikert is currently ranked No. 6 on vault and No. 15 on bars. Freshman Marci Bernholtz is currently rated No. 4 nationally on beam and senior Natalie Padilla is rated No. 16 on floor.
Following the first weekend of Pac-10 competition the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. After producing a team average of 49.100, the Cardinal rank fifth nationally on vault. The Cardinal rank eighth nationally on beam, with a team score of 48.775 after the first two meets. Stanford also ranked 15th nationally on floor and eighth on bars.
Many Cardinal gymnasts find themselves in the individual top 25 rankings as the season enters its third week. Junior Nicole Ourada is current ranked 12th in the all-around (39.300) and is tied for sixth on vault (9.900). Fee also finds herself ranked on floor exercise after two stellar routines. The Cardinal junior is currently ranked 14th nationally with a floor average of 9.862. Ishino is found three times on the rankings after two strong performances. She is currently tied for sixth with Ourada on bars (9.900), 15th on bars (9.850), and 21st on beam (9.825).
Freshmen Making an Impact:
Even though the season is only two weeks old, the three Cardinal freshmen have already made an impact on the season. Gretchen O'Henley 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. Shelley Alexander also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and scored a 9.800 against Arizona. Danielle Ikoma sat out against Georgia, but scored a 9.825 on vault against Arizona.
Janiga Named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week:
Sophomore Carly Janiga also 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 also picked up more 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.
A free video webcast will be available at UCLABruins.com and calling the action will be Darren Preston and Steve McClain. For those unable to see the webcast, there will also be an audio-only link provided.
After the weekend in Los Angeles, the Cardinal will have a break until the "Chicago Style" meet in Chicago, Ill. This meet will take place all day on Friday, Feb. 8.