March 3, 2004
THIS WEEK: at Maryland
WHEN: Saturday, March 6, 2004 - 7:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: College Park, MD - Comcast Center Gymnasium
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 5 Stanford (7-3) vs. Maryland (8-9)
LAST REGULAR SEASON MEET VERSUS THE TERPS
January 14, 2003 - Tempe, AZ at Arizona State
Stanford def. Maryland
ON THE HORIZON
Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 6:00 PM
at Pac-10 Championship
Tucson, Ari. - University of Arizona - McKale Center
THIS WEEK: The Cardinal head to College Park, MD to face the Maryland Terrapins in one last dual meet on March 6th before heading to the Pacific-10 Championship on March 20th. This will be just the second ever meeting between these two teams.
Natalie Foley NAMED PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley was named the Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week for the week of February 23-29th. Foley finished first in the all-around, helping Stanford record an amazing 197.850-197.175 win at Oregon State. That score of 197.850 tied UCLA for the top road score in the nation this season and is the 8th best overall score. Foley has led Stanford to an incredible feat as the Cardinal reached the top home and away scores in the country in back-to-back weeks. Versus Oregon State, the Englewood, CO native tallied a 39.725 and captured first place on the vault (9.925), bars (9.950) and floor (9.950) en route to capturing the all-around. This is the first Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Foley and the first for Stanford this season.
CARDINAL SET NATIONAL SEASON-HIGH MARKS: The Cardinal own the highest overall national regular season dual meet score and the highest road score this season. Stanford shares both records with Pac-10 rival UCLA. The Cardinal set the national season-high mark on Feb. 20th when Stanford defeated Cal 198.875-195.750 in Burnham Pavilion. During that meet, the Cardinal also set national event season-highs on floor (49.925) and the beam (49.750). The very next week, Stanford tied the national season-high away meet score with a 197.850-197.175 win at Oregon State on Feb. 27th. The Cardinal's 197.850 also represents the eighth highest overall score this season.
RANKINGS REVIEW: The Cardinal followed up their spectacular performance versus Cal with an outstanding effort at Oregon State last weekend. The Cardinal tied the national season-high road score of 197.850 and jumped four spots in the poll to No. 5. The Cardinal boast a Regional Qualifying Score of 197.030 and are ranked in the top 10 in all four events. Stanford is ranked No. 3 on the balance beam (49.350), No. 8 on the uneven bars, and No. 10 on both the vault and the floor exercise. Individually, four Stanford performers are ranked among the nation's elite. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley is ranked sixth in the all-around (39.565), tied for 13th on bars (9.905) and 14th on vault (9.905). Senior All-American Lindsay Wing is ranked No. 4 on beam (9.935) and tied for 25th on bars (9.880), while fellow senior All-American Lise L?veill? is tied for 18th on the beam (9.895) and 20th on floor (9.910). Rounding out the ranked Stanford performers is senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer who is tied for 8th on bars (9.915).
LAST MEET: Stanford tied the national season-high road score with a 197.850-197.175 win at Oregon State. The Cardinal's score was the eighth best overall score this season. Led by sophomore All-American Natalie Foley, Stanford captured three of the top four spots in the all-around. Foley tallied a score of 39.725, while senior All-Americans Caroline Fluhrer (39.625) and Lindsay Wing (39.400) finished second and fourth, respectively.
SCOUTING THE TERPS: Maryland enters the week with an 8-9 overall record and own a Regional Qualifying Score of 195.220 ... The Terrapins are currently ranked No. 30 in the latest rankings ... Maryland will host George Washington on Feb. 3rd before welcoming the Cardinal to the Comcast Center Gymnasium ... Maryland enters the week with a 3-1 home record and is seeking its first ever NCAA Championship berth ... The Terps are led by sophomore Rachel Martinez who has captured four all-around titles this season ... Maryland is coming off of a second place finish at a quad meet at Rutgers where the Terps tallied a team score of 193.925 ... The Terps return 12 letterwinners from a team that went 12-9 last season and finished fourth at the Southeast Regional.
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: Stanford senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing have all earned perfect 10s this season. Fluhrer earned her perfect score in the floor exercise in the Cardinal's dual meet versus Cal (2/20). The score marked the first perfect score in Fluhrer's career and is the eighth on floor in program history. L?veill? earned two perfect 10s, one on beam and one on floor, in the dual meet versus Cal. L?veill? joined Wing as the only Cardinal performers to earn a perfect score on the beam and became just the seventh gymnast in Stanford history to earn a perfect score in the floor exercise. Her two perfect scores are the first two of her career. Wing is no stranger to perfect scores. Earlier this season, Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history when she earned her second career 10 on the balance beam in a dual meet versus Washington (1/30). The Cypress, TX native became just the second Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. Wing earned her first career perfect score on floor, and her third career 10 in the dual meet versus Cal. With three career 10s, Wing trails only former Stanford standout Amy Murakami (4 perfect scores) for most perfect scores in program history.
ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05: Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team.
THE SMYTH FILE: Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.