Feb. 3, 2012
LOS ANGELES - If Stanford has a rival in women’s gymnastics, it is UCLA. The No. 12 Cardinal and No. 7 Bruins annually compete in some of the most competitive meets of the regular season. They renew their rivalry on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. at UCLA’s John Wooden Center. Both teams are coming off their first dual-meet losses of the season – Stanford to Oregon State and UCLA to Washington.
What: No. 12 Stanford (4-1) at No. 7 UCLA (3-1)
When: Sunday, 12:30 p.m.
Where: John Wooden Center, Los Angeles
Follow the Action:
• Links to UCLA’s free Webcast and live stats can be found on gostanford.com.
• Check for updates on Twitter (@StanfordWGym) and on the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics Facebook page.
National Rankings: Stanford sits at No. 12 in the nation, based on its 195.117-point team scoring average. Among individuals, Ashley Morgan is No. 9 on floor exercise (9.883), Nicole Pechanec is No. 12 on floor (9.875) and 16 in the all-around (39.250), and Nicole Dayton is No. 22 on vault (9.863).
Road Trip: Stanford is in the second meet of a five-weekend stretch away from home. After duals at Oregon State and at UCLA, Stanford heads to Berkeley, Fort Worth, and Salt Lake City, before returning home for Senior Day on March 4 against Cal and Arizona.
Morgan’s Run: Ashley Morgan has scored 9.9 or higher in 12 of her 14 floor competitions over the past two seasons. Her lowest score in that time is 9.850 and she has won 11 competitions, including the 2011 Pac-10 title.
Last Week’s Lineup:
Vault: Lucy Meyer*, Pauline Hanset*, Ashley Morgan*, Nicole Pechanec*, Nicole Dayton, Alex Archer*.
Uneven Bars: Nicole Dayton, Samantha Shapiro*, Shona Morgan*, Ashley Morgan*, Nicole Pechanec*, Jenny Peter.
Balance Beam: Rebecca Wing*, Nicole Pechanec*, Ashley Morgan*, Shona Morgan*, Pauline Hanset*, Alyssa Brown*.
Floor Exercise: Nicole Dayton, Rebecca Wing*, Shona Morgan*, Pauline Hanset*, Ashley Morgan*, Jenny Peter*.
* indicates those who have competed in each event in all three meets.
Freshman impact: In each of the first three meets, Stanford’s five freshmen have been counted on heavily. In each of the first two, freshmen held nine of the 24 spots in the lineup, and last week, held seven spots. Rebecca Wing, a 2008 British Olympian, has held leadoff spots in each meet, including on bars, beam, and floor, in a victory over Washington on Jan. 22. Two-time U.S. senior national champ Ivana Hong and fellow former U.S. national team member Samantha Shapiro are expected to add events as the season progresses as they become healthier.
Last Week: Stanford earned its highest individual scores on the season on vault (Nicole Dayton, 9.900) and beam (Alyssa Brown, 9.975) in a 196.800-194.525 loss at Oregon State. The Cardinal were hurt by falls on the beam, but the senior Brown’s collegiate best in the event in the anchor position helped create a positive finish.
Sunday’s Opponent, UCLA: No. 7 UCLA (3-1) was the 2010 NCAA champion and 2011 NCAA runner-up. The Bruins return eight All-Americans, including 2010 NCAA vault champion and Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year Vanessa Zamarripa, who missed last season with injury. UCLA opened with victories over current No. 1 Utah, Cal, and San Jose State, before falls hurt in a loss at Washington last week.
The UCLA Series: Stanford has had success against UCLA in recent years. The Cardinal won three of four meets against the Bruins last year, is 5-3 over the past two, and 12-8 against UCLA since 2006.