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Cardinal Women's Gymnastics Set To Host UCLA At Maples Pavilion
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/16/2005

Feb. 16, 2005

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THIS WEEK: vs. UCLA
WHEN: Friday, February 18, 2005 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, CA - Maples Pavilion
COVERAGE: Live Scoring and Video at www.gostanford.com

LAST TIME VERSUS THE BRUINS
March 20, 2004 - Los Angeles, CA (Pac-10 Championship)
Stanford def. UCLA - 197.900-197.875

ON THE HORIZON
Friday, February 25, 2005
vs. Arizona State
Stanford, CA (Burnham Pavilion)

SCOUTING THE BRUINS
One of the top gymnastics rivalries in the nation will be renewed this Friday, as defending national champion UCLA comes to The Farm for a dual meet in Maples Pavilion. The Bruins boast three former Olympians in Kristen Maloney, Kate Richardson, and Tasha Schwikert. The three gymnasts make up half of the top-6 in the national rankings in the all-around, with Maloney ranking No. 1. The squad is currently ranked No. 9 in the team rankings.

LAST WEEK AT ARIZONA
The Cardinal remained winless on the road, falling to Pac-10 foe Arizona in Tucson last Friday, 195.225-193.725. Despite failing to record the win, there were several bright spots for Stanford. Junior Natalie Foley competed in the all-around for the first time this season, finishing third with a score of 38.875. Foley finished third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825, and second on the balance beam with a score of 9.850. Freshman Tabitha Yim continued to establish herself as a top collegiate gymnast in just her second career meet, taking first place on bars with a 9.925, and first on the beam with a 9.875. Her beam score is the top mark posted by a Stanford gymnast so far this season. Junior Glyn Sweets was impressive on vault once again, tying for first with a 9.825 score. Freshman Stephanie Gentry led Stanford on the floor exercise, receiving a 9.725 score to tie for fourth. Freshman Liz Tricase, the Cardinal's top all-around performer so far this season, did not compete against the Wildcats.

RANKINGS REVIEW
Stanford remained at No. 26 in the National Team Rankings, moving its average team score to 193.487. The trio of junior Natalie Foley and freshmen Tabitha Yim and Liz Tricase remained in the top-10 in several events nationally. Yim moved into the No. 4 spot in the uneven bars ranking, averaging a score of 9.887. She also ranks fifth on the beam with an average of 9.850. Foley is tied with Yim at the No. 5 spot on beam with an average score of 9.850. Tricase, who did not compete last week, remained at No. 3 in the bars ranking with a 9.900 average, and moved to No. 24 in the vault ranking with an average score of 9.842.

CARDINAL ON THE MEND
Junior All-American Natalie Foley competed in the all-around for the first time this season against Arizona, while freshman Tabitha Yim excelled in just her second collegiate meet. Freshman Liz Tricase, the team's top all-around performer so far, sat out last week after an outstanding start to the season.

HOME SWEET HOME
After competing on the road for three of the first four weeks of the season, the Cardinal will compete on The Farm for the next three straight weeks. Stanford welcomes Arizona State to Burnham Pavilion on February 25, and host Alabama at Maples on March 6 following a trip Utah. Fans of SWG can still purchase season passes by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

TRICASE NAMED PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors after leading the Cardinal to its first dual meet win of the season against Oregon State on January 28. The Itasca, IL native was outstanding on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.950), capturing first place in both events for the second straight week. Tricase finished second to teammate Alex Pintchouk in the all-around, with a score of 38.525.

RETURNING STARS
With no seniors on the 2005 squad, the Cardinal are led by a trio of juniors. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) returns after an outstanding season in which she garnered five All-American honors. Foley established herself as one of the top gymnasts in Cardinal program history, receiving first team All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around, while garnering second team honors on the balance beam. Foley will serve as the team's co-captain along with junior Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA), who competed on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at last season's NCAA Super Six. Louie tied for first on the vault at last season's North Central Regional, scoring a 9.900. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA), the third junior on the squad, earned second team All-American honors on the vault and bars as a freshman, and is back to full strength after battling injuries throughout much of her sophomore campaign. The Cardinal roster also features a pair of sophomores in Brittany Billmaier (Woodinville, WA) and Stacy Sprando (Portland, OR). Billmaier sat out her freshman season and did not compete due to injury. She is expected to contribute on the beam and floor in 2005. Sprando saw considerable action on the competition floor as a freshman, competing primarily on the bars and balance beam.

STANFORD GARNERS PROGRAM-BEST PRESEASON RANKING
The Cardinal received the highest preseason ranking in program history, checking in at No. 3 in the 2005 preseason coaches poll. The squad received four first place votes, and tallied 554 total votes, just 11 shy of No. 2 ranked Georgia. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA grabbed the top spot, receiving 15 first place votes.

FRESHMAN CLASS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six-member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by Collegegymfans.com, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and should be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately in a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level -10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team capped off a record-setting season with a program-best third-place tie with Alabama at the Super Six last April. The Cardinal also garnered a program-best 15 All-American awards, easily eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. After guiding Stanford to its most successful season in school history, head coach Kristen Smyth swept the annual coaching awards, being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and NACGC National Coach of the Year. The Cardinal began the season on a high note, entering the campaign with a school-best No. 6 preseason ranking. But the team didn't hit its stride until February, when the squad started posting record-setting numbers. On February 20, Stanford's five seniors put on a show to remember in their final home meet, leading the Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over California. The team score established a national season-high, while the team scores of 49.925 on the floor and 49.750 on the beam were also the best scores in the country. The Cardinal continued to roll along, as the then-No. 2 ranked squad edged the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for the Pac-10 Championship, 197.900-197.875. Stanford entered the North Central Regional as the hottest team in the country, and captured first place with a 196.575 team score. The team then moved on to the NCAA Championship, where more records crumbled as the Cardinal wrapped up the best season in program history.

THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth returns for her fourth year as Stanford women's gymnastics coach, following an incredible 2004 campaign that saw her sweep the annual coaching awards, garnering Pac-10, West Region, and NACGC National Coach of the Year honors. During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Last season she guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the Super Six. Under Smyth's tutelage, the Cardinal garnered a program-record 15 All-American honors in 2004.

The 2005 Stanford Cardinal

Brittany Billmaier, Sophomore
2005: Has yet to compete ... Did not compete last season due to injury ... Is expected to contribute on beam and floor.

Lauren Elmore, Freshman
2005: Has emerged as a reliable all-around competitor ... Competed in the all-around at Arizona (2/11), finishing fifth with a score of 38.350 ... Set a personal season-high in the all-around at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 38.850 and finishing third ... Also set personal season-high in the floor exercise with a 9.825, the third best score by a Stanford gymnast this season ... Captured third in the all-around in win over Oregon State (1/28) ... Placed first on the beam with a 9.750 against the Beavers, marking the second straight meet that she posted the highest Stanford score on the beam ... Finished third in the all-around in her first collegiate meet at Washington (1/21), scoring a 38.350 ... Recorded a team-high 9.700 on balance beam against the Huskies, and also posted a 9.600 on vault ... A five-time Level-10 Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... Junior Olympic all-around champion in 2003 ... Competed for Wright's American Gymnastics.

Natalie Foley, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Tied with teammate Tabitha Yim for fifth in the nation on the balance beam with an average score of 9.850 ... Participated in the all-around for the first time this season at Arizona (2/11), finishing third with a score of 38.875 ... Finished second on the balance beam against the Wildcats with a 9.850 ... Also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825 ... Competed on bars at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 9.800 ... Did not compete against Oregon State (1/28) ... Competed on vault, bars, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Tied for second with teammate Liz Tricase on the floor exercise with a 9.800 ... Emerged as one of the top all-around performers in the nation last year ... Garnered five All-American honors last season, including first team recognition in the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.

Stephanie Gentry, Freshman
2005: Competed on vault, beam, and floor at Arizona (2/11) ... Was the top Stanford finisher on floor against the Wildcats, scoring a 9.775 to tie for fourth ... Scored a 9.775 in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4) .... Also competed on vault and beam against the Chippewas ... Took first with a 9.850 in the floor exercise against Oregon State (1/28) ... Tied for third on the beam with a 9.700 against the Beavers ... Competed in vault, beam, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Helped the Cardinal win the floor exercise with a 9.725 score ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... A member of the National Team from 2000-2001.

Jessica Louie, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Has yet to compete ... Competed on the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise at the 2004 Super Six ... Tied for first on the vault at the North Central Regional with a score of 9.900.

Alex Pintchouk, Freshman
2005: Appeared on vault, bars, and floor at Arizona (2/11), receiving a 9.725 on bars ... Posted an all-around score of 38.550 at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Continued to excel in the floor exercise, receiving a score of 9.800 against the Chippewas ... Captured the all-around title against Oregon State (1/28) with a score of 38.675 ... Scored a 9.725 on the beam to place second against the Beavers, and received a 9.775 on the floor exercise to tie for third ... Saw action on vault, beam, and floor exercise in collegiate debut at Washington (1/21) ... Registered a 9.700 on floor ... A two-time Level-10 New Jersey state champion ... A Level-10 Region 7 all-around champion in 2004. ... Competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics.

Aimee Precourt, Freshman
2005: Has competed on bars and floor exercise for the Cardinal ... Saw action on floor at Arizona (2/11), posting a 9.575 mark ... Competed in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.700 score ... Made her collegiate debut, competing on bars against Washington (1/21) ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... The Level-10 Texas state all-around champion in 2004 ... Competed for Champion Gymnastics Academy.

Stacy Sprando, Sophomore
2005: A strong beam and bar worker for the Cardinal ... Added the floor exercise to her repertoire this season ... Saw action on bars and beam at Arizona, scoring a 9.725 on beam to tie for fifth ... Competed on beam and floor at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.725 on beam ... Competed on bars, beam, and floor against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.650 on bars ... Participated on floor exercise for the first time in her career at Washington (1/21), scoring a 9.525 ... Competed on uneven bars and balance beam as a freshman ... Competed on the beam at the 2004 Super Six, scoring a 9.700.

Glyn Sweets, Junior
2005: Has shown the form that made her an All-American as a freshman ... Continued to excel on vault, tying for first place at Arizona (2/11) with a score of 9.825 ... Also competed on bars and beam against the Wildcats ... Scored a 9.775 on beam at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Also competed on vault and bars against the Chippewas ... Was outstanding against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.825 to tie for second on the vault ... Also tied for second on the bars with a 9.800, and scored a 9.700 to tie for third on the beam ... Recorded a 9.725 on bars at Washington (1/21) ... Also competed on vault and beam in season opener ... Competed on the uneven bars at the 2004 Super Six ... Received second team All-American honors as a freshman on the vault and balance beam.

Liz Tricase, Freshman
2005: Explosive performer is one of the top freshman gymnasts in the nation ... Currently ranks third in the nation on the bars, averaging a score of 9.900 ... Also ranks 24th on the vault with a 9.842 average ... Did not compete at Arizona (2/11) ... Placed first in bars at Central Michigan (2/4) with a score of 9.925, marking the third straight meet that she took first in that event ... Also competed on vault and recorded a team-high 9.850 on floor against the Chippewas ... Continued to excel against Oregon State (1/28), placing first in vault and bars with scores of 9.900 and 9.950, respectively ... Was impressive in her collegiate debut, placing first in the all-around at Washington (1/21) with a score of 39.050 ... Placed first in vault (9.850) and bars (9.825) in season opener ... Helped Cardinal win the floor exercise with a score of 9.800, tying with teammate Natalie Foley for second ... A four-time U.S. National Team member ... Captured 10th place at the 2004 Olympic Trials and qualified to the final Olympic Selection Camp ... The 2002 U.S. vault champion ... Competed for the Illinois Gymnastics Institute.

Tabitha Yim, Freshman
2005: Currently ranks fourth in the nation with an average score of 9.887 on the uneven bars ... Is tied for fifth in the nation on balance beam with a 9.850 average ... Placed first on bars and beam in just her second collegiate meet at Arizona (2/11) ... Set a team season-high on beam with a score of 9.875 ... Also placed first on bars with a 9.925, the second highest score posted by a Cardinal gymnast this season ... Also competed on floor against the Wildcats ... Was outstanding in her first appearance on the competition floor at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Scored a 9.850 to finish second on bars, and also finished second on beam with a score of 9.825 against the Chippewas ... Performed an exhibition on bars against Oregon State (1/28) ... A 2004 Olympic Trials participant ... Member of the bronze medal team at the 2001 World Championships ... Competed for Charter Oaks Gliders.


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