Jan. 21, 2004
THIS WEEK: vs. No. 6 Arizona
WHEN: Friday, January 23, 2004 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, Calif. - Burnham Pavilion
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 14 Stanford (3-1) vs. No. 6 Arizona (4-0)
LAST TIME VERSUS THE WILDCATS
Friday, Febuary 28, 2003 - Tucson, Ariz.
Stanford def. Arizona - 196.950-196.850
ON THE HORIZON
Friday, January 30, 2004
vs. No. 9 - Washington
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
The Arizona Wildcats have steadily climbed the rankings and enter the week tied with Iowa with a No. 6 national ranking. The Wildcats entered the season with a No. 17 preseason ranking, jumped to No. 11 and have settled in at No. 6. Arizona's meteoric rise in the rankings can be attributed to a 4-0 start, including a 196.725-194.625 win in Tucson over defending national champion UCLA. As a team, the Wildcats rank second in the nation on vault (49.400), ninth on beam (49.225), No. 14 on floor (49.200) and No. 20 on bars (48.925). Individually, four Wildcats are ranked among the nation's best. On vault, senior Andi McCabe is ranked sixth (9.950) and sophomore Abby Pearson is ranked No. 12 (9.925), while junior Jamie Schell is ranked No. 17 on beam (9.900). Junior Monica Bisordi owns a No. 18 ranking in the all-around (39.425).
The Cardinal slipped in the rankings after suffering a setback versus Arizona State last weekend. The Cardinal, who own a 3-1 record, tumbled from No. 7 to No. 14. Stanford began the season with a No. 6 national ranking, the highest preseason listing in program history.
The Cardinal suffered a 195.500-195.825 setback versus the Arizona State Sun Devils on January 18th. The win marked the first for the Sun Devils over the Cardinal since the 2000 Pac-10 Championship, also in Tempe. It also snapped Stanford's string of nine consecutive wins over Arizona State. Stanford started the day strong, capturing the vault with a team score of 48.425. Senior Lise L?veill? and sophomore Natalie Foley tied for first with a score of 9.825. However, it was Arizona State's day, as the Sun Devils captured the last three events to edge the Cardinal. Foley was Stanford's most consistent performer, capturing second in the all-around with a score of 39.475, while senior Lindsay Wing (38.775) and L?veill? (38.125) took fifth and sixth place in the all-around, respectively.
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.
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.
A LOOK BACK AT 2003
Stanford followed up its first-ever Super Six appearance in 2002 with another strong year, just missing the Super Six in 2003. The Cardinal, who ended the season with a No. 6 national ranking, posted a 20-4-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 dual meet record. The Cardinal's lone tie came versus Pac-10 rival and eventually National Champion UCLA when the two teams scored identical 197.45 marks to end in a draw. The two national powerhouses would battle for the Pac-10 Championship, but in the end, the top-ranked Bruins held off the Cardinal. Stanford tallied 197.700 points, led by All-American Lindsay Wing's tremendous performance on the balance beam. Wing registered a 9.975 en route to capturing her third consecutive Pac-10 Beam title. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where despite being placed in the most competitive regional in the nation, captured second, earning the teams third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal missed advancing to its second Super Six, but the team earned a program best eight All-American honors. On top of that, six Cardinal gymnasts were named 2003 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Academic All-Americans (Shelly Goldberg, Alissa Cooper Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill?, Lindsay Wing and Natalie Foley).
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 five recruits we have signed for the 2004-2005 season are unbelievable students and phenomenal athletes. We have been building something special here at Stanford over the last three years. Tabitha, Liz, Stephanie, Lauren and Alex are going to play a huge role in our quest for an NCAA Championship title." remarked Head Coach Kristen Smyth.
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.
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal
Kendall Beck, Senior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Is expected to make an impact on vault and beam ... Last season, registered the only perfect 10.000 on vault in program history at San Jose State ... Earned First team All-American honors on vault in 2002.
Brittany Billmaier, Freshman
2004: Has yet to compete ... A four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... 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.
Mandy Delgado, Junior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Competed primarily on floor and beam in 2003 ... A performer with National Championship experience. Made an appearance on floor at the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships scoring a 9.75. Competed on vault, beam and floor for the Cardinal at the 2002 NCAA Super Six, posting a season-high tying 9.850 on vault at the NCAA Championships.
Caroline Fluhrer, Senior
2004: Competed in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular, finishing sixth overall ... An All-American on bars, she turned in the best performance of the night on that event at the Stanford Quad, registering a 9.925 ... Turned in a 9.925 on the uneven bars at Arizona State (1/18) ... Is currently tied for the fifth highest score in the nation on bars with a 9.925, which she has accomplished twice this season.
Natalie Foley, Sophomore
2004: Finished second in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a 39.375 ... Registered a 9.900 on the uneven bars, good for second best ... Finished in the top four in all four events at the Stanford Quad ... Turned in the third best performance in the floor exercise at the Stanford Quad with a 9.850 ... Competed in the all-around at Arizona State, finishing second overall with a score of 39.475, her fifth best score ever in the all-around ... Currently tied for 12th in the nation with a season-high all-around score of 39.425.
Erin Geary, Freshman
2004: Has yet to compete ... A seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor ... Four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion ... Three-time Region 2 All-Star Team qualifier ... 2001 Region 2 Regional Champion.
Shelly Goldberg, Senior
2004: Competed on the vault and floor at the Stanford Quadrangular ... Registered a 9.800 on the vault, tying teammate Natalie Foley for the third best score of the evening ... Competed on vault and floor versus Arizona State (1/18), registering a score of 9.650 on both events.
Jessica Louie, Sophomore
2004: Competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career at the Stanford Quadrangular, placing fifth overall with a score of 38.850 ... Registered a career-high 9.775 on beam ... Competed on vault, bars and floor at Arizona State (1/18). Posted a 9.650 on bars, the second best score in her collegiate career.
Lise L?veill?, Senior
2004: Captured first place in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a score of 39.425 ... Turned in the best performance of the evening in the floor exercise with a 9.925 ... Finished in the top four in all four events at the Stanford Quad, including a second place finish on the vault with a score of 9.850 ... Competed in the all-around versus Arizona State (1/18). Placed first in the floor exercise with a score of 9.925 and tied for first on vault with a score of 9.825 ... Currently tied for the 16th best score in the nation on floor with a score of 9.925, which she has accomplished twice this season.
Marla Ranieri, Junior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Is expected to contribute on floor and beam in 2004.
Stacy Sprando, Freshman
2004: Competed on bars and beam at the Stanford Quadrangular ... Tied for fifth place in both events with a 9.800 on bars and a 9.775 on beam ... Once again competed on bars and beam versus Arizona State (1/18). Tied her career-high on bars with a 9.800.
Glyn Sweets, Sophomore
2004: An All-American who is expected to compete in the all-around ... Competed for the first time at the dual meet with Arizona State (1/18). Registered a 9.750 on vault and a 9.800 on balance beam.
Lindsay Wing, Senior
2004: Finished third in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a score of 39.125 ... Finished in the top five in three of the four events, registering 9.850 on the bars and beam and a 9.800 in the floor exercise ... Participated in the all-around versus Arizona State (1/18), placing fifth overall.