March 4, 2002
This Week's Action
Fri., Mar. 8.....vs. Seattle Pacific (3-7).....7:30 p.m......Stanford, Calif.
With just one regular season meet remaining in the 2002 season, No. 8 Stanford finds itself in great shape. The Cardinal enters this weekend at 8-3 overall (6-2 dual meet) and 5-1 in Pac-10 action, and will be hoping to end the regular season on a positive note when it battles Seattle Pacific on Senior Night this Friday at Burnham Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Stanford nipped Oregon State 196.700-196.000 last Friday in Corvallis in its most recent action, outscoring the Beavers on three events to capture the victory. After its meeting with Seattle Pacific, the Cardinal will take a week off and resume competition on Sat., Mar. 23 when it hosts Pac-10 Championships.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal holds down the No. 8 spot for the second straight week in the latest edition of the GymInfo National Rankings. As of Feb. 25, national scoring is determined by regional qualifying score (RQS)- with Stanford checking in at 196.200. Currently, Stanford is tabbed as the second-best Pac-10 program in the nation. The top five programs in the nation are as follows: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No.3 UCLA, No. 4 Michigan and No. 5 Utah. Other Pac-10 schools in the rankings include No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State, and No. 17 Arizona State. The Cardinal finished the 2001 season at No. 8, as it advanced to the NCAA Championships and ended with a 12-3 overall mark.
Scouting The Beavers
Seattle Pacific (3-7) recently competed in a three-way meet between Pac-10 foes Washington and UCLA, taking third place in the event with a 191.775 overall score. Senior Alison Siegel-McAfee scored above a 9.650 on each event as she made her way to a third place finish in the All-Around competition to lead the Falcons. Jennifer Christman finished with a 9.750 on bars, just ahead of teammates Siegel-McAfee and Kristen Strid, who earned identical scores of 9.650. Seattle Pacific is scheduled to travel to UC Davis for a dual meet on Thursday before meeting up with the Cardinal. Head coach Laurel Tindall has been a hallmark of SPU gymnastics and is currently in her 27th year with the club.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth is currently in her first year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 after previously serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State during the last five seasons. Smyth came to Tempe 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.
Cardinal Knocks Off Beavers
Stanford downed Oregon State 196.700-196.000 last Friday in Corvallis for its eighth win of the year, outscoring the Beavers on three events to capture the victory. Sophomores Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing took first and second on theb alance beam with respective scores of 9.900 and 9.875. Wing and Becky Meldrum tied for second place on the uneven bars, with both postinga 9.900. Senior Katy Herbert took second with a season-high mark of 9.850 on the vault and four other Cardinal gymnasts tied for third place at 9.800. Wing was the only All-Around competitor for Stanford, notching a 38.825.
A Balanced All-Around Lineup
With just one meet remaining before Pac-10 Championships, the Cardinal find themselves ranked among the top-25 nationally in all four categories and in the top-10 in three. As of Feb. 25, all national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average. Stanford is currently ranked No. 5 on both the balance beam (49.170) and the uneven bars (49.145). The Cardinal finds itself among the nation's top-10 on the vault, checking in at No. 10 with a 48.975, while holding down the No. 23 spot with a 49.005 on floor exercise.
Four Stanford gymnasts are currently ranked in the top-25 of the individual event rankings in the latest edition of the GymInfo Rankings. Sophomore Lise L?veill? is 5th (9.900) and Lindsay Wing is 16th (9.865) in the country on the balance beam. Senior Becky Meldrum checks in at No. 12 among competitors on the uneven bars with a 9.885 average. Meldrum's 9.950 bar score against Denver on Feb. 3 is the highest on the event for the Card this year. On the vault, sophomore Kendall Beck is tied for 22nd with a 9.860.
L?veill? Leads Cardinal
Sophomore Lise L?veill? has been an impressive performer as of late for the Card, including her first place finish on the balance beam against Oregon State with a 9.900. L?veill? competed in three of the four categories against the Beavers, recording a score of 9.850 or better in all three. Her performances were equally exceptional against rival Arizona on Feb. 1, in which she posted a team season-best 9.950 on the balance beam and a personal-best 9.900 on the floor exercise.
Wing Gets Into The Act
Prior to last weekend's matchup with Oregon State, the Cardinal had only two gymnasts which had competed in the All-Around in 2002 (Caroline Fluhrer- five times and Katy Herbert- four times). Sophomore Lindsay Wing became the third athlete to participate in all four events last weekend against the Beavers, recording a 38.825.
Stanford University will be the host institution for the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships on Mar. 23. Ticket information is available by contacting the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-723-1021.