Feb. 7, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
No. 8 Stanford (196.650) beat No. 24 Washington (194.075), Sacramento State (193.225) and San Jose State (192.800) at Burnham Pavilion while setting nine season bests and eight collegiate career bests.
Morgan won the vault (9.875) and balance beam (9.875), was second on the floor exercise (9.90) and sixth on the uneven bars (9.80) on the way to capturing the all-around title with 39.450 points - the most for a Stanford freshman in three years - with her parents Theresa and Joe, the Hall of Fame second baseman, on hand.
"Morgan had a tremendous day," said Stanford coach Kristen Smyth, whose team improved to 6-2. "She's been working on upgrades on her routines, such as her dismount on bars. She's a gamer. She's going to be solid for us."
Stanford's overall score was a season high and it came on a day Morgan set four personal collegiate bests. Shelley Alexander, a junior co-captain who was second all-around with a season best of 39.300, set collegiate bests in both the bars (9.85) and beam (9.875). Other collegiate career bests were set by junior Danielle Ikoma, who tied for first on beam (9.875) and senior co-captain Allyse Ishino, who tied for first on bars (9.925).
Another individual highlight was the performance of sophomore Nicole Pechanec, who scored 9.925 to win the floor. The former Czech Republic international has averaged 9.91 in the event over her past three meets.
Ishino, a senior who was a 2004 U.S. Olympic team alternate, had a big day as well. She averaged 9.83 in three events and scoring a 9.85 in a floor exercise exhibition. Though it wasn't official, she scored 39.350 in her first collegiate all-around.
Her floor routine is vibrant and unique, taking advantage of her spectacular dance skills, and includes only two tumbling passes. Ishino choreographed the routine herself and is expected to unveil it in true competition next Sunday at No. 6 UCLA.
1. Stanford - (VT- 49.000; UB-49.325; BB- 49.075; FX- 49.250; FINAL-196.650)
2. Washington - (VT- 48.525; UB- 48.700; BB- 48.075; FX- 48.775; FINAL- 194.075)
3. Sacramento State - (VT- 48.200; UB-48.550; BB- 48.300; FX- 48.175; FINAL-193.225)
4. San Jose State - (VT- 48.125; UB- 48.675; BB- 47.175; FX- 48.825; FINAL- 192.800)
Individual Results (Winners and Stanford scores)
Vault: Ashley Morgan (Stanford) 9.875. Other Stanford: Allyse Ishino 9.80, Blair Ryland 9.80, Carly Janiga 9.775, Danielle Ikoma 9.75, Shelley Alexander 9.70.