Feb. 25, 2002
This Week's Action
Fri., Mar. 1...at No. 16 Oregon State...7 p.m...Stanford, Calif
After defeating rival California 195.750-191.700 at home last weekend, Stanford is in excellent shape in both overall and conference play. The Cardinal find themselves 7-3 overall (5-2 dual meet) and 4-1 in Pac-10 action entering Friday's meet at No. 16 Oregon State, the final conference dual meet of the regular season. Stanford will hook up with the Beavers this Friday at 7 p.m. in Corvallis. The Cardinal generated its best team overall score (195.750) in three meets last weekend against the Golden Bears, as Stanford honored its distinguished alumni during the meet.
Stanford in the National Rankings
After spending the past three weeks at the No. 7 spot in the weekly GymInfo National Rankings, the Cardinal dropped one spot to No. 8 in the polls in the latest edition. Currently, Stanford is tabbed the second-best Pac-10 squad in the top-25. As of Feb. 25, national scoring is determined by regional qualifying average (RQS), with the Cardinal checking in at 195.865. The top five programs in the nation are as follows: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No.3 Michigan, No. 4 Utah and No. 5 Nebraska. Other Pac-10 schools in the rankings include No. 6 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona, No. 15 Arizona State and No. 16 Oregon State. The Cardinal finished the 2001 season at No. 8, as it advanced to the NCAA Championships and ended with a 12-3 overall mark.
Scouting The Beavers
The Beavers (5-4) began a busy weekend with a matchup against Cal State Fullerton on Friday. Oregon State defeated Cal State Fullerton 194.400-193.950. Sophomore Tanya Ricioli captured her first All-Around title of the year with a 39.225 score in the meet. On Sunday, the Beavers were unable to stop UCLA, as the Bruins captured the meet with a 197.550-194.925 win. Junior Annie Campbell had a superb night, claiming second place on balance beam with a a career-high 9.925. Oregon State is led by head coach Tanya Chaplin, who is currently in her fifth season with the Beaver program.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth begins her first year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 after previously serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State during the last five seasons. 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.
Cal No Match For Cardinal
Stanford handed cross-bay rival California a 195.750-191.700 loss last Friday night at Burnham Pavilion to improve to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-10. Sophomore Lise L?veill? posted a meet-high 9.925 to take first on beam, and three other Stanford gymnasts scored a 9.9 during the meet. The Cardinal outscored the Golden Bears on each event and started strong with a 49.175 on vault with two 9.900's by sophomores Kendall Beck and Shelly Goldberg. The Cardinal notched its best mark of the evening on beam with a 49.275, with L?veill?'s 9.925 and a 9.9 by senior Katy Herbert. Stanford wrapped up the meet with a 48.275 on floor, supported by 9.85's by Mandy Delgado and Lindsay Wing.
A Balanced All-Around Lineup
With just two meets remaining before Pac-10 Championships, the Cardinal find themselves ranked among the top-25 nationally in all four categories and in the top-10 in three. As of Feb. 25, all national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average. Stanford is currently ranked No. 5 on the balance beam with a 49.050 average and No. 6 on the uneven bars at 49.065. The Cardinal finds itself among the nation's top-10 on the vault, checking in at No. 8 with a 48.925, while holding down the No. 22 spot with a 48.860 on floor exercise.
Four Stanford gymnats are currently ranked in the top-25 of the individual event rankings in the latest edition of the GymInfo Rankings. Sophomore Lise L?veill? is 8th (9.885) and Lindsay Wing is 13th (9.855) in the country on the balance beam. Senior Becky Meldrum checks in at No. 10 among competitors on the uneven bars with a 9.865 average. Meldrum's 9.950 bar score against Denver on Feb. 3 is the highest on the event for the Card this year. On the vault, sophomore Kendall Beck is 9.860
Sophomore Caroline Fluhrer has picked up where she left off in her freshman campaign. Fluhrer, the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for competition during Feb. 3, has competed in the All-Around in five meets in 2002, posting a team-best 39.225 score in the event against Minnesota. The 2001 All Pac-10 selection also holds the top floor exercise score (9.900) for the Card in 2002, and has tallied a 9.900 twice on the vault- another Cardinal season high.
Freshman Mandy Delgado was exceptional on the vault and in the floor exercise for the Cardinal last weekend against the Golden Bears. Delgado, one of two freshmen on this year's roster along with Marla Ranieri, set season highs with a 9.850's on vault and floor.
Stanford University will be the host institution for the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships on Mar. 23. Ticket information is available by contacting the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-723-1021.