April 23, 2010
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -
Final Stanford earned the third top-five national finish in its history with a fourth place on Friday at University of Florida's O'Connell Center, finishing with its best performance of the season: 197.100 points.
Carly Janiga finished Stanford's team season in spectacular fashion, scoring a 9.95, and even getting a perfect 10.0 from one judge. It capped off a strong finish that included Allyse Ishino's 9.875 and four consecutive stuck landings to conclude the meet.
It marked the first time this season that Stanford hit 197 points, and the second time that the Cardinal hit team scores of 49 in every event.
UCLA won the title with 197.725, followed by Oklahoma (197.250), Alabama (197.225), Stanford (197.100), Florida (197.000), and Utah (196.225).
Florida was the first team to finish and set a bar for Stanford of 197.000, followed shortly after by Oklahoma at 197.250. Alabama boasted a strong score of 49.425 on bars to put itself back in the mix.
Here are the scores so far, after all four events: Oklahoma 197.250, Florida 197.000. Those with only three events: UCLA 148.175, Alabama 147.900, Stanford 147.825, Utah 146.950.
Stanford has put itself back among the frontrunners with a sterling vault series. Blair Ryland, a first-team All-American in the event, led off with a 9.85, which ended up being the lowest score counted.
Stanford's score of 49.400 in the event is its second-highest this season. Overall, Stanford has 147.825 and needs a 49.175 on the bars to earn its first 197-point score this season.
Stanford has a bye in the fifth rotation, but the scores after three events each are: UCLA 148.175, Oklahoma 148.050, Stanford 147.825, Florida 147.750. Alabama has 98.475 and Utah 97.725 after two events.
Only once this year has Stanford scored 49 points across the board in the same meet. Halfway through, the Cardinal is on pace to do so again.
Every team has had two rotations so far, and the scores look like this: UCLA 98.800, Oklahoma 98.725, Alabama 98.475, Stanford 98.425, Florida 98.325, Utah 97.725.
Impressive performances all the way around have produced high team scores for every second rotation team.
The scores so far for teams that have finished two rotations: Oklahoma 98.725, Florida 98.325. For the others: UCLA 49.475, Utah 49.300, Stanford 49.100, Alabama 49.100.
Stanford got off to an inauspicious start with a fall on its first routine on beam. However, the Cardinal picked up the slack and got through the rest of the rotation quite well. The back end of the lineup shined the brightest, with Ashley Morgan and Shelley Alexander finishing off the high-pressure set with 9.875s.
Stanford scored 49.100, its third-highest total of the season on beam, with Morgan, who stuck her landing, tying her collegiate career best.
After the first rotation, here are the team scores: UCLA 49.475, Oklahoma 49.425, Florida 49.125, Stanford 49.100. Alabama and Utah begin with the second rotation.
Stanford is competing in its fifth NCAA Super Six finals and third in the past four years. This year's senior class of Stephanie Carter, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland and Tenaya West has reached the Super Six more times than any other Stanford class.
Stanford's rotation order is: balance beam, bye, floor exercise, vault, bye, and uneven parallel bars.
Stanford is competing against Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, UCLA, and Utah.