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Cardinal Outlast No. 10 UCLA, No. 5 Penn State
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

February 5, 1999

Results

STANFORD, Calif. - The eighth-ranked Stanford University women's gymnastics team defeated both #10 UCLA and #5 Penn State in a tri-meet on Friday night at Maples Pavilion. With the win, Stanford improved to 5-1 on the season while UCLA dropped to 7-3 and Penn State suffered its first losses of the season, dropping them to 5-2.

For the second straight week, the Cardinal was led by Amy Murakami, who won the Uneven Bars with a score of 9.950. Last week, Murakami tied the school record in the Bars (9.975) as Stanford defeated Oregon State. In her three events, Murakami, a senior from Wayland, Mass., scored nothing lower than a 9.700, including a 9.875 in the floor exercise, which clinched the team title for Stanford in the Chili's "Red Hot" Invitational.

Sophomore Jen Exaltacion also helped push the Cardinal towards the title by finishing second in the individual All-Around with a mark of 39.075, the highest all-around score by a Cardinal this season. On the evening, Exaltacion finished second in both the Uneven Bars (9.900) and Balance Beam (9.850) whil recording no scores lower than a 9.600.

The All-Around winner of the evening was UCLA's Kiralee Hayashi. In her four events, Hayashi, a senior from Hawaii, finished in the Top Three in three events, including a first place finish on the Floor Exercie (9.900).

Leading the way for the Lady Lions was senior Missy Leopoldus. A native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Leopoldus finished third in the All-Around after registering four scores of 9.600 or higher.

The next meet for the Cardinal is Friday, February 12 when the team travels to Seattle, where it will take on Washington. The starting time of the meet is 7:00 pm at Hec Edmundson Pavilion.

Team Score:      Vault    Bars    Beam  Floor     TOTAL
Stanford        48.250  49.200  48.125  48.475  194.050  
UCLA            48.425  48.825  48.225  48.425  193.900 
Penn State      48.375  48.950  47.375  46.950  191.650

All-Around:

Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA)       39.150
Jen Exaltacion (STAN)        39.075  
Missy Leopoldus (PSU)        38.875 
Vault:
Heidi Moneymaker (UCLA)       9.875
Jenny Wilson (STAN)           9.800  
Ellen Casey (PSU)             9.750
Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA)        9.750
Lena Degteva (UCLA)           9.750       
Uneven Bars:
Amy Murakami (STAN)           9.950
Jen Exaltacion (STAN)         9.900
Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA)        9.900
Balance Beam:
Lena Degateva (UCLA)          9.875
Jen Exaltacion (STAN)         9.850
Missy Leopoldus (PSU)         9.825
Luisa Portocarrero (UCLA)     9.825
Floor Exercise:
Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA)        9.900
Amy Murakami (STAN)           9.875
Tracey Kohl (STAN)            9.800
Heidi Moneymaker (UCLA)       9.800


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