April 3, 2002
This Week's Action
Sat., Apr. 6...NCAA Regionals- 6 p.m.MST/5 p.m.PST- Denver, CO
***Televised by Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain
***shown on a tape-delayed basis, check local listings for time and date
The final hurdle before NCAA Championships takes place Saturday, Apr. 6 in Denver, where Stanford will compete at the 2002 NCAA North Central Regional Championships. The No. 10 Cardinal will be one of six schools competing at the event, which will be held at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. The meet is scheduled for 6 p.m. MST/5 p.m. PST and will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain. Stanford will be joined by No. 3 Georgia, host school No. 14 Denver, No. 23 Missouri, Air Force and Utah State. The top two teams from the meet will advance to the 2002 NCAA Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala., April 18-20. Stanford is coming off a third-place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships, where it managed a 196.150.
Stanford in the National Rankings
For the second consecutive week, the Cardinal holds on to the No. 10 spot in the latest edition of the GymInfo National Rankings. National scoring is determined by regional qualifying score (RQS)- with the Cardinal checking in at 196.280. Currently, Stanford is tabbed as the second-highest ranked Pac-10 program in the country. This week's top-10 is as follows: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Iowa State, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Oklahoma along with Stanford at No. 10. Other Pac-10 schools in the rankings include: No. 12 Arizona, No. 13 Oregon State and No. 18 Arizona State.
Scouting the Field...2002 NCAA Regionals
Four of the six schools competing at the NCAA North Central Regionals are currently ranked in the nation's top-25.
No. 3 GEORGIA (RQS- 197.085): The Gym Dogs captured their second straight SEC Championship last weekend, scoring a 197.025 for their sixth title in the last seven years. Georgia has won its region 14 times overall.
No. 14 DENVER (RQS- 195.890): The Pioneers took first place at the inagural Western Gymnastics Conference Championships last week, notching a 195.825. Denver earned its first NCAA Nationals bid last season, finishing 12th.
No. 23 MISSOURI (RQS- 195.165): The Tigers came in fourth place at last weekend's Big 12 Championships to earn a spot in the field. Missouri's top score of the year was a 195.575 in a loss to Iowa State on Mar. 17.
UTAH STATE (RQS- 193.910): As the host of this year's Western Gymnastics Conference Championships, the Aggies took third place with an overall mark of 195.550.
AIR FORCE (RQS- 193.745): Air Force placed second at the MPSF Championships two weeks agao wit h a 194.650. The Falcons are currently ranked No. 44 in the country with an 193.745 RQS.
Saturday's Rotation Schedule
The following represents the rotation schedule for Saturday's meet. There will be six rotations, with each school receiving two byes.
ROTATION 1: UTAH STATE (vault), AIR FORCE (bye), DENVER (bars), GEORGIA (beam), STANFORD (bye), MIZZOU (floor)
ROTATION 2: MIZZOU (vault), UTAH ST (bye), AIR FORCE (bars), DENVER (beam), GEORGIA (bye), STANFORD (floor)
ROTATION 3:STANFORD (vault), MIZZOU (bye), UTAH ST (bars), AIR FORCE (beam), DENVER (bye), GEORGIA (floor)
ROTATION 4:GEORGIA (vault), STANFORD (bye), MIZZOU (bars), UTAH ST (beam), AIR FORCE (bye), DENVER (floor)
ROTATION 5:DENVER (vault), GEORGIA (bye), STANFORD (bars), MIZZOU (beam), UTAH ST (bye), AIR FORCE (floor)
ROTATION 6:AIR FORCE (vault), DENVER (bye), GEORGIA (bars), STANFORD (beam), MIZZOU (bye), UTAH ST (floor)
Cardinal At NCAA Regionals
Stanford finished in second place behind host Michigan with a 196.725 overall score in last year's NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. Both schools would advance to the 2001 NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga, where the Cardinal took eighth out of twelve schools. Lindsay Wing tied with Michigan's Bridget Knaeble for first in the All-Around with scores of 39.525. Former Cardinal standout Jen Exaltacion finished fourth in the All-Around with a 39.200. Stanford claimed six of the top-three spots in each individual event with three champions. Wing took first on beam with a 9.950, and also claimed third on floor with a 9.900. Lise L?veill? snagged first place on floor with a 9.950, while Exaltacion and Katy Herbert tied with Michigan's Elise Ray for second on beam with a 9.900. On vault, Robin Phelps finished in a first place tie at 9.925.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth is in her first year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth arrived in June of 2001 after serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State over 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.
A Balanced All-Around Lineup
The Cardinal find themselves ranked among the top-25 nationally in three of the four events and in the top-10 in two. Stanford is currently ranked No. 6 on bars at 49.240, and tied for seventh on the balance beam with a 49.170. In adddition, the vaulting corps check in at No. 13 with a 49.015. All national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average.
Two Stanford gymnasts are currently ranked in the top-25 (RQS) of the individual event rankings according to GymInfo. Sophomore Lise L?veill? is tied for 10th on the balance beam with an RQS of 9.900. On the uneven bars, senior Becky Meldrum is in a three-way tie at No. 11 with a 9.910 overall score.
Stanford Takes Third At Pac-10 Championships
No. 10 Stanford recorded a 196.150 overall team score on Mar. 23 at Maples Pavilion, good enough for a third place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships. Two-time defending champion and the nation's current No. 1 squad, UCLA, was crowned conference champions with a 197.625 overall finish. The Cardinal posted scores of 49.000 on vault, 49.025 on bars, 49.025 on beam and 49.100 on the floor exerise. Individually, sophomores Lindsay Wing and Lise L?veill? finished in a four-way tie for first place on balance beam, as the Cardinal gymnasts posted a 9.900. Wing took sixth overall in the All-Around, netting a season-best 39.300. In other news, Mandy Delgado and Arizona's Katie Johnson were tabbed 2002 Pac-10 Co-Freshmen of the Year following the meet.