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Stanford Women's Gymnastics Hosts Arizona State On Friday
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/22/2005

Feb. 22, 2005

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THIS WEEK: vs. Arizona State
WHEN: Friday, February 25, 2005 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, CA - Burnham Pavilion
COVERAGE: Live Scoring and Video at www.gostanford.com

LAST TIME VERSUS THE SUN DEVILS
March 20, 2004 - Los Angeles, CA (Pac-10 Championship)
Stanford def. Arizona State - 197.900-196.775

ON THE HORIZON
Friday, March 4, 2005
vs. Utah, Florida, and California
Salt Lake City, UT (Huntsman Center)

COMING UP
Stanford welcomes No. 21 ranked Arizona State to Burnham Pavilion for a Pac-10 dual meet on Friday at 7:30 pm.

SCOUTING THE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State brings a 6-4 record and a 1-4 mark against Pac-10 opponents into Friday's meet at Stanford. The Sun Devil squad features senior Kari Muth and junior Ashley Kelly, the defending national balance beam champion. ASU posted a score of 193.650 to win the UNO's Classic in Tempe last weekend, as Kelly placed first on vault and bars to lead the Sun Devils over Sacramento State and Air Force. Head coach John Spini is in his 25th year as head coach at ASU, and recorded his 300th career win at the Maui Invitational earlier this season.

LAST WEEK VS. UCLA
The Cardinal were defeated by UCLA in Maples Pavilion last Friday, 196.300-194.625. Coach Smyth's squad started the meet on a strong note, posting team season-highs on vault (49.000) and bars (49.250). The Cardinal entered the midway point of the meet within striking distance of the Bruins, trailing by a narrow margin of 98.300-98.250. UCLA pulled away during the third rotation, excelling in the floor exercise, while Stanford struggled on the beam with a season-low 47.550 team score. Freshman Liz Tricase had a strong return to the competition floor after sitting out last week's meet at Arizona due to injury. Tricase captured first place on bars, matching a personal season-high with a 9.925. The freshman also placed second on vault with a team-best 9.900. Freshman Tabitha Yim tied for second on bars, receiving a 9.900 to tie with UCLA's Tasha Schwikert. Yim was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth in the floor exercise, scoring a 9.825 to tie with Lauren Elmore and Stephanie Gentry. Elmore was Stanford's top all-around finisher, scoring a 38.700 to place fourth. Junior All-American Natalie Foley competed in the all-around for the second time this season, finishing fifth with a score of 38.400.

RANKINGS REVIEW
The national rankings became based on the Regional Qualifying Score instead of average scores on February 21st. Qualification for regional competition is based on a team's and an all-around competitor's six best regular season meet scores, of which three must be away meets. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. Since the Cardinal have only competed in five meets so far this season, Stanford is not currently listed in the most recent team and individual rankings.

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD
The Stanford women's gymnastics squad is in the midst of its toughest stretch of competition so far this season. The Cardinal hosted defending national champion UCLA at Maples Pavilion last week, and will host No. 21 ranked Arizona State this Friday. Next week, coach Smyth's squad heads to Utah to compete against the No. 4 ranked Utes, as well as No. 6 ranked Florida and Cal. That Sunday, Stanford returns home to take on Alabama at Maples in a rematch of the two teams that tied for third place at last season's NCAA Super Six.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Cardinal will compete at home on each of the next two weekends, welcoming Arizona State to Burnham Pavilion on February 25, and hosting Alabama at Maples on March 6 following the trip to Utah. Stanford opened the 2005 season with meets on the road in three of the campaign's first four weeks, returning to The Farm to host UCLA last Friday. Fans of SWG can still purchase season passes by calling 1-800-STANFORD.

TRICASE NAMED PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors after leading the Cardinal to its first dual meet win of the season against Oregon State on January 28. The Itasca, IL native was outstanding on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.950), capturing first place in both events for the second straight week. Tricase finished second to teammate Alex Pintchouk in the all-around, with a score of 38.525.

RETURNING STARS
With no seniors on the 2005 squad, the Cardinal are led by a trio of juniors. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) returns after an outstanding season in which she garnered five All-American honors. Foley established herself as one of the top gymnasts in Cardinal program history, receiving first team All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around, while garnering second team honors on the balance beam. Foley will serve as the team's co-captain along with junior Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA), who competed on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at last season's NCAA Super Six. Louie tied for first on the vault at last season's North Central Regional, scoring a 9.900. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA), the third junior on the squad, earned second team All-American honors on the vault and bars as a freshman, and is back to full strength after battling injuries throughout much of her sophomore campaign. The Cardinal roster also features a pair of sophomores in Brittany Billmaier (Woodinville, WA) and Stacy Sprando (Portland, OR). Billmaier sat out her freshman season and did not compete due to injury. She is expected to contribute on the beam and floor in 2005. Sprando saw considerable action on the competition floor as a freshman, competing primarily on the bars and balance beam.

STANFORD GARNERS PROGRAM-BEST PRESEASON RANKING
The Cardinal received the highest preseason ranking in program history, checking in at No. 3 in the 2005 preseason coaches poll. The squad received four first place votes, and tallied 554 total votes, just 11 shy of No. 2 ranked Georgia. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA grabbed the top spot, receiving 15 first place votes.

FRESHMAN CLASS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six-member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by Collegegymfans.com, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and should be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately in a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level -10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

A LOOK BACK AT 2004
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team capped off a record-setting season with a program-best third-place tie with Alabama at the Super Six last April. The Cardinal also garnered a program-best 15 All-American awards, easily eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. After guiding Stanford to its most successful season in school history, head coach Kristen Smyth swept the annual coaching awards, being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and NACGC National Coach of the Year. The Cardinal began the season on a high note, entering the campaign with a school-best No. 6 preseason ranking. But the team didn't hit its stride until February, when the squad started posting record-setting numbers. On February 20, Stanford's five seniors put on a show to remember in their final home meet, leading the Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over California. The team score established a national season-high, while the team scores of 49.925 on the floor and 49.750 on the beam were also the best scores in the country. The Cardinal continued to roll along, as the then-No. 2 ranked squad edged the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for the Pac-10 Championship, 197.900-197.875. Stanford entered the North Central Regional as the hottest team in the country, and captured first place with a 196.575 team score. The team then moved on to the NCAA Championship, where more records crumbled as the Cardinal wrapped up the best season in program history.

THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth returns for her fourth year as Stanford women's gymnastics coach, following an incredible 2004 campaign that saw her sweep the annual coaching awards, garnering Pac-10, West Region, and NACGC National Coach of the Year honors. During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Last season she guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the Super Six. Under Smyth's tutelage, the Cardinal garnered a program-record 15 All-American honors in 2004.

The 2005 Stanford Cardinal

Brittany Billmaier, Sophomore
2005: Has yet to compete ... Did not compete last season due to injury ... Is expected to contribute on beam and floor.

Lauren Elmore, Freshman
2005: Has emerged as a reliable all-around competitor ... Was Stanford's top all-around finisher against UCLA (2/18), finishing fourth with a 38.700 ... Tied a season-high with a 9.825 on floor against the Bruins ... Competed in the all-around at Arizona (2/11), finishing fifth with a score of 38.350 ... Set a personal season-high in the all-around at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 38.850 and finishing third ... Also set personal season-high in the floor exercise with a 9.825, the third best score by a Stanford gymnast this season ... Captured third in the all-around in win over Oregon State (1/28) ... Placed first on the beam with a 9.750 against the Beavers, marking the second straight meet that she posted the highest Stanford score on the beam ... Finished third in the all-around in her first collegiate meet at Washington (1/21), scoring a 38.350 ... Recorded a team-high 9.700 on balance beam against the Huskies, and also posted a 9.600 on vault ... A five-time Level-10 Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... Junior Olympic all-around champion in 2003 ... Competed for Wright's American Gymnastics.

Natalie Foley, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Competed in the all-around and posted a season-high vault score of 9.800 against UCLA (2/18) ... Participated in the all-around for the first time this season at Arizona (2/11), finishing third with a score of 38.875 ... Finished second on the balance beam against the Wildcats with a 9.850 ... Also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825 ... Competed on bars at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 9.800 ... Did not compete against Oregon State (1/28) ... Competed on vault, bars, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Tied for second with teammate Liz Tricase on the floor exercise with a 9.800 against the Huskies ... Emerged as one of the top all-around performers in the nation last year ... Garnered five All-American honors last season, including first team recognition in the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.

Stephanie Gentry, Freshman
2005: Participated on vault, beam, and floor against UCLA (2/18) ... Was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth in the floor exercise against the Bruins, scoring a 9.825 ... Competed on vault, beam, and floor at Arizona (2/11) ... Was the top Stanford finisher on floor against the Wildcats, scoring a 9.775 to tie for fourth ... Scored a 9.775 in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4) .... Also competed on vault and beam against the Chippewas ... Took first with a 9.850 in the floor exercise against Oregon State (1/28) ... Tied for third on the beam with a 9.700 against the Beavers ... Competed in vault, beam, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Helped the Cardinal win the floor exercise with a 9.725 score ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... A member of the National Team from 2000-2001.

Jessica Louie, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Has yet to compete ... Competed on the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise at the 2004 Super Six ... Tied for first on the vault at the North Central Regional with a score of 9.900.

Alex Pintchouk, Freshman
2005: Set a personal season-high on vault with a 9.750 against UCLA (2/18) ... Appeared on vault, bars, and floor at Arizona (2/11), receiving a 9.725 on bars ... Posted an all-around score of 38.550 at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Continued to excel in the floor exercise, receiving a score of 9.800 against the Chippewas ... Captured the all-around title against Oregon State (1/28) with a score of 38.675 ... Scored a 9.725 on the beam to place second against the Beavers, and received a 9.775 on the floor exercise to tie for third ... Saw action on vault, beam, and floor exercise in collegiate debut at Washington (1/21) ... Registered a 9.700 on floor ... A two-time Level-10 New Jersey state champion ... A Level-10 Region 7 all-around champion in 2004. ... Competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics.

Aimee Precourt, Freshman
2005: Has competed on bars and floor exercise for the Cardinal ... Saw action on floor at Arizona (2/11), posting a 9.575 mark ... Competed in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.700 score ... Made her collegiate debut, competing on bars against Washington (1/21) ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... The Level-10 Texas state all-around champion in 2004 ... Competed for Champion Gymnastics Academy.

Stacy Sprando, Sophomore
2005: A strong beam and bar worker for the Cardinal ... Added the floor exercise to her repertoire this season ... Registered a personal season-high on bars with a 9.750 against UCLA (2/18) ... Saw action on bars and beam at Arizona, scoring a 9.725 on beam to tie for fifth ... Competed on beam and floor at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.725 on beam ... Competed on bars, beam, and floor against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.650 on bars ... Participated on floor exercise for the first time in her career at Washington (1/21), scoring a 9.525 ... Competed on uneven bars and balance beam as a freshman ... Competed on the beam at the 2004 Super Six, scoring a 9.700.

Glyn Sweets, Junior
2005: Has shown the form that made her an All-American as a freshman ... Was outstanding against UCLA (2/18), scoring a 9.800 on vault, a personal season-high 9.850 on bars, and a team-high 9.725 on beam ... Continued to excel on vault, tying for first place at Arizona (2/11) with a score of 9.825 ... Also competed on bars and beam against the Wildcats ... Scored a 9.775 on beam at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Also competed on vault and bars against the Chippewas ... Was outstanding against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.825 to tie for second on the vault ... Also tied for second on the bars with a 9.800, and scored a 9.700 to tie for third on the beam ... Recorded a 9.725 on bars at Washington (1/21) ... Also competed on vault and beam in season opener ... Competed on the uneven bars at the 2004 Super Six ... Received second team All-American honors as a freshman on the vault and balance beam.

Liz Tricase, Freshman
2005: Explosive performer is one of the top freshman gymnasts in the nation ... Returned to action against UCLA (2/18), placing first on bars with a 9.925 ... Also finished second on vault with a 9.900 against the Bruins ... Did not compete at Arizona (2/11) ... Placed first in bars at Central Michigan (2/4) with a score of 9.925, marking the third straight meet that she took first in that event ... Also competed on vault and recorded a team-high 9.850 on floor against the Chippewas ... Continued to excel against Oregon State (1/28), placing first in vault and bars with scores of 9.900 and 9.950, respectively ... Was impressive in her collegiate debut, placing first in the all-around at Washington (1/21) with a score of 39.050 ... Placed first in vault (9.850) and bars (9.825) in season opener ... Helped Cardinal win the floor exercise with a score of 9.800, tying with teammate Natalie Foley for second ... A four-time U.S. National Team member ... Captured 10th place at the 2004 Olympic Trials and qualified to the final Olympic Selection Camp ... The 2002 U.S. vault champion ... Competed for the Illinois Gymnastics Institute.

Tabitha Yim, Freshman
2005: Tied for second on bars against UCLA (2/18), scoring a 9.900 ... Was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth on floor with a 9.825 against the Bruins ... Placed first on bars and beam in just her second collegiate meet at Arizona (2/11) ... Set a team season-high on beam with a score of 9.875 ... Also placed first on bars with a 9.925, the second highest score posted by a Cardinal gymnast this season ... Also competed on floor against the Wildcats ... Was outstanding in her first appearance on the competition floor at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Scored a 9.850 to finish second on bars, and also finished second on beam with a score of 9.825 against the Chippewas ... Performed an exhibition on bars against Oregon State (1/28) ... A 2004 Olympic Trials participant ... Member of the bronze medal team at the 2001 World Championships ... Competed for Charter Oaks Gliders.


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