February 5, 1999
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
Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA) 39.150 Jen Exaltacion (STAN) 39.075 Missy Leopoldus (PSU) 38.875Vault:
Heidi Moneymaker (UCLA) 9.875 Jenny Wilson (STAN) 9.800 Ellen Casey (PSU) 9.750 Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA) 9.750 Lena Degteva (UCLA) 9.750Uneven Bars:
Amy Murakami (STAN) 9.950 Jen Exaltacion (STAN) 9.900 Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA) 9.900Balance Beam:
Lena Degateva (UCLA) 9.875 Jen Exaltacion (STAN) 9.850 Missy Leopoldus (PSU) 9.825 Luisa Portocarrero (UCLA) 9.825Floor Exercise:
Kiralee Hayashi (UCLA) 9.900 Amy Murakami (STAN) 9.875 Tracey Kohl (STAN) 9.800 Heidi Moneymaker (UCLA) 9.800