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Women's Gymnastics Ends 2000 Season with a Third-place Finish at NCAA Regionals
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/18/2000

April 18, 2000

The 2000 NCAA Championships: Stanford qualified two gymnasts to the 2000 NCAA Gymnastics Championships, held in Boise, Idaho. Sophomore Katy Herbert, who tied for first on the balance beam at Regionals, qualified for the Championships on the beam. Junior Jen Exaltacion also earned a berth to the Championships in the all-around after turning in a score of 39.3 at Regionals. At the Championships, Exaltacion turned in an all-around score of 39.225, with scores of 9.8 on the vault, 9.75 on the bars, 9.85 on the beam and 9.825 on the floor. She earned Second-Team All-America honors for her performance on the beam and in the all-around. Katy Herbert placed in a tie for third on the beam with a score of 9.875 in the event preliminaries on Thursday, April 13. Her placing qualified her for the event finals, held on Saturday, April 15. In the finals, Herbert placed third on the beam with a score of 9.863. Her bronze medal finish earned her First-Team All-America accolades.

Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford finished the season ranked 13th by GymInfobased on the squad's NCAA Regional total of 195.98. The team ended the season with a regional qualifying score of 195.405. The squad was also ranked 18th on the vault (48.755), 14th on the bars (49.085), 8th on the balance beam (48.955) and 20th on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 49.035. Cardinal senior Larissa Fontaine was the only Stanford gymnast ranked in the top 20 on individual events at the end of the season, ranked 3rd in the nation in the all-around with a regional qualifying score of 39.555. She was also ranked third on the vault with an RQS of 9.925, 18th on the bars at 9.905, and 10th on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 9.915. Fontaine was the top-ranked gymnast in the nation in the all-around for three consecutive weeks before dropping to third after the Pacific-10 Championships.

The 2000 Season: The 2000 season was a strong one for the Cardinal squad. The team finished the regular season 8-3, 4-2 in the Pac-10, and ranked 13th in the nation. The squad turned in a third-place performance at Regionals, and qualified two athletes to the NCAA Championships. Here are recaps of the meets in the 2000 season.
At Arizona State Quadrangular, Jan. 14 -- Stanford went up against No. 5 ASU, No. 6 Maryland and No. 19 Ohio State to open the 2000 season. The squad took second place with a score of 193.275 behind ASU (194.7), but defeated Ohio State (192.0) and Maryland (191.95). Senior Jen Exaltacion was Stanford's top finisher, taking second place in the all-around. Katy Herbert took third in the all-around competition. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor, and Alissa Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars, finishing eighth with a score of 9.775.
Arizona, Jan. 21 -- Stanford defeated then-No. 23 Arizona 194.275-191.275 in the Cardinal season home opener, recording the first conference win of the season. Larissa Fontaine took event titles on the vault and the floor. Freshmen Abby Gair and Kelsey Stillinger captured the first event titles of their collegiate career, Gair on the bars (9.9) and Stillinger on the beam (9.875). Gair was also the top finisher for the Cardinal in the all-around, finishing second with a score of 38.8.
Washington, Jan. 28 -- The Cardinal defeated the Huskies 195.05-194.75 at home. Fontaine captured event titles on the vault (9.9), bars (9.9), floor (9.95) and the all-around (39.525) and was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. Exaltacion took second on the beam with a score of 9.85 and Abby Gair placed third on the floor with a score of 9.8. at UCLA, Feb. 6 -- Stanford fell to defending Pac-10 Champion UCLA 197.8-193.725. Fontaine took the only event title for Stanford, placing in a three-way tie for first on the vault with a score of 9.9.
Boise State, Feb. 13 -- Stanford defeated the Broncos 196.825-195.775 as the team set a new school record on the beam with a score of 49.35. Larissa Fontaine took three event titles, including the vault with a career-high 9.975, the bars and the all around. Katy Herbert tied with Fontaine on the bars to record her first event title of the season, and placed second in the all-around. Freshman Abby Gair placed first on the balance beam.
California, Feb. 18 -- The Cardinal defeated cross-bay rival Cal 195.35-193.15. Senior Larissa Fontaine took every event title. Stanford swept the bars with Katy Herbert taking second (9.875), Jen Exaltacion and Abby Gair tying for third (9.85) and senior Sarah Harding placing fourth. On the beam, Herbert took second with a score of 9.8 and Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.9. Herbert took second in the all-around with a new career high of 39.15.
BYU, Feb. 21 -- The Cardinal routed the Cougars 197.05-195.425 as senior Larissa Fontaine swept her second meet of the weekend. She scored a perfect 10 on the floor, and her all-around score of 39.825 set a new school record. Fontaine was honored as the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. Freshman Alissa Cooper took second place on the vault with a score of 9.825. Katy Herbert recorded a 9.9 on the balance beam for second place, and junior Jen Exaltacion took third on the beam with 9.875. Senior Sarah Harding took second on the floor with a score of 9.95. Freshman Abby Gair and sophomore Katy Herbert both recorded new career-high scores in the all-around competition, Gair with a 39.475 and Herbert with a 39.2.
At Oregon State, Feb. 25 -- The Cardinal narrowly defeated the Beavers 195.1-194.8. The win is the first time Stanford has ever defeated Oregon State in Beaver territory. Larissa Fontaine took top honors on the vault with a 9.95 and the all-around with a score of 39.525. Sophomore Katy Herbert recorded her second event title of the season when she took the balance beam with a score of 9.9. Jen Exaltacion placed second on the beam with a score of 9.875 and Sarah Harding tied for second on the floor with a score of 9.875. Sophomore Kristin Jensen competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career, and scored a total of 38.5.
At Penn State, March 3 -- The Cardinal traveled to University Park to take on the Penn State. In the last meet of the regular season, the Cardinal fell to the Nittany Lions 196.1-194.7, ending the regular season with a record of 8-3. Senior Larissa Fontaine shared the event title on the bars with a score of 9.9, and took top honors in the all-around with a total score of 39.475. She also tied for third on the vault with a score of 9.9. Sophomore Katy Herbert shared the event title on the beam with a score of 9.925 and finished third in the all-around with a score of 38.95. Junior Jen Exaltacion finished second in the all-around with a score of 39.35, took third on the vault with a 9.9 and third on the beam with a 9.9. She also tied for third in the floor exercise with a score of 9.825.
Pac-10 Championships at ASU 3/18 -- Stanford finished in sixth place at the Conference Championships, hosted by Arizona State with a score of 193.850. Larissa Fontaine was Stanford's top finisher in the vault with a score of 9.9, good for a tie for fifth place. She also tied for sixth place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.9 and finished 12th in the all-around with a score of 38.925. She tied for ninth on the floor with teammate Sarah Harding with a score of 9.875. Harding also tied for 13th on the bars with teammate Abby Gair with a score of 9.825. Gair also finished 14th in the all-around with a score of 38.450. Jen Exaltacion finished 17th in the all-around with a score of 38.450, and Katy Herbert placed 18th with a score of 38.200.
NCAA Regionals at Oregon State 4/1 -- Stanford barely missed a berth to the NCAA Championships, finishing third at the Regional Championships with a score of 195.975. Sophomore Katy Herbert tied for first on the balance beam with a score of 9.925, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships. Jen Exaltacion finished in a tie for third place in the all-around with a score of 39.3. Her best finish was a third-place showing on the beam with a score of 9.9. Larissa Fontaine finished second on the vault with a score of 9.925, fourth on the bars (9.85) and 12th in the all-around with a total score of 38.95. Sarah Harding placed in a tie for fourth on the floor with a score of 9.9.

Fabulous Fontaine: Ranked third in the nation in the all-around with an RQS of 39.555, senior Larissa Fontaine was the top gymnast in the nation in the all around for three consecutive weeks before moving to third. She also finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation on the vault with an RQS of 9.925. Twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week, senior Larissa Fontaine was a pillar for the Cardinal this season. She led the team in titles won with 24, including ten won in the meets against Cal and BYU. During the regular season, Fontaine placed no lower than third on the vault, including seven first-place finishes in nine meets. In the seven meets in which she competed in the all-around competition, she took first in five of them, including against BYU, when she scored a new school record 39.825. At that same meet, she recorded a perfect 10 on the floor, the first 10 of her career. Fontaine also finished the season ranked 18th on the uneven bars with an RQS of 9.905 and 10th on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 9.915.

First Class Freshmen: The class of 2003 made an immediate impact on the squad this season. Freshman Abby Gair proved to be a vital scorer for the Cardinal in 2000, winning two event titles. Her first collegiate event title came in the meet against Arizona on Jan. 21, when she won the bars with a score of 9.9. She took her second event title on the beam at Boise State with a score of 9.9. Against Arizona on Jan. 21, Gair was Stanford's top finisher in the all-around competition with a score of 38.8. Against Washington, Gair posted career highs in the beam with a 9.775 and the floor with a 9.8. She recorded a new career-high all-around score in the meet against BYU with a total of 39.475. Kelsey Stillinger also made an immediate impact on the success of the Cardinal in her first year with the team. She took her first event title against Arizona in the second meet of her collegiate career on the beam with a score of 9.875. Against Washington on Jan. 28 she improved her career best on the vault to 9.675. Alissa Cooper has also been performing well for Stanford on both the vault and the bars. In her collegiate debut, Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars with a score of 9.775. Against Arizona a week later, she turned in a career-high 9.85 on the bars and 9.625 on the vault.

Floor Forte: One of the Cardinal's top performers on the floor, senior Sarah Harding has finished second on the floor at four meets, including second place at the Arizona State Quadrangular. Her best score came against BYU, when she scored a season-high 9.95. At the NCAA Region I Championships, Harding placed in a tie for fourth on the floor with a score of 9.9. Sophomore Katy Herbert is also a strong performer on the floor, averaging a score of 9.72 over the course of the season. Her top finish was a tie for fourth place on against Cal with a score of 9.85. Sophomore Kristin Jensen is also a strong addition to the Cardinal on the floor. She has competed in the floor competition in seven meets, with her highest placing against Arizona with a fifth place showing. Her season-high was a 9.775, turned in against Oregon State.

On The Beam: Sophomore Katy Herbert has emerged as one of Stanford's strongest performers on the beam this season. A two-time NCAA Regional champion on the beam, Herbert also placed third at the NCAA Championships. At the win over Oregon State, Herbert took the event title on the beam with a score of 9.9. She placed second on the beam against BYU with a score of 9.9 and second against Cal with a score of 9.8. Despite the loss to the Nittany Lions, Herbert captured her third event title of the season on the beam with a season high and career-high matching 9.925. She has competed on the beam at every meet this season, and has an average score of 9.76. Junior Jen Exaltacion is also a strong competitor for the Cardinal on the beam. She has competed on the beam in every meet this season, recording a season-high 9.9 two times this year, including at the NCAA Regional Championships. She has placed second twice, and third three four times over the course of the season. Sophomore Becky Meldrum also adds strength to the Cardinal's beam competition. She turned in a season high 9.775 twice this season, including against Penn State. Her best finish came against Cal, when she placed sixth on the beam with a score of 9.65. Over the course of the season, she has scored no lower than a 9.55 on the beam, which she turned in at the first meet of the season in the Arizona State Quadrangular.

2000 Final Season Bios
Alissa Cooper Fr. 5-5 Silver Spring, MD

As a freshman in 2000: Competed in all 11 meets ... In the first meet of her collegiate career at the Arizona State Quadrangular, Cooper was Stanford's top finisher on the bars, placing eighth with a score of 9.775 ... Had her best meet of the season against BYU, when she scored a career-high 9.825 on the vault for second place ... Over the course of the season, Cooper has placed as high as third on the bars, and has turned in a career-high 9.85 on the bars three times.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  A-A
2000  9.825  9.85   --      --     --

Jennifer Exaltacion Jr. 4-10 Ontario, Canada Two-Time All-American

As a junior in 2000: Earned a berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing in a tie for third place at the NCAA Region I Championships in the all-around with a score of 39.3... Finished eighth in session 2 of the preliminaries of the all-around with a score of 39.225 at the NCAA Championships... Scored a 9.8 on the vault, 9.75 on the bars, 9.85 on the beam and 9.825 on the floor at the NCAA Championships... Named Second-Team All-America in the all-around and the balance beam... Competed in the all-around competition in eight of the team's 11 meets this season ... Took second in the all-around twice, including as the Cardinal's top finisher at the Arizona State quadrangular ... She set new career highs in the vault at Penn State with a score of 9.9, good for third place, and in the floor against Boise State with a score of 9.9.
As a sophomore in 1999: Stanford's top performer on the balance beam... Current Stanford record holder on beam with a score of 9.975... Ranked 11th in the country on the beam (RQS 9.8937)... Finished third at NCAA Regional Four in the balance beam with a score of 9.850... Took 10 individual titles, the second highest on the team, with six first place finishes on the beam, and three first place finishes on the vault... Ranked 23rd in the country on the uneven bars... Posted a career-high 9.950 on the bars at the meet versus California... Named Stanford's "Most Outstanding Gymnast" with teammate Jenny Wilson.
As a freshman in 1998: Competed on the bars and beam... Helped lead the Cardinal to the Pac-10 Championship... Finished fourth on the balance beam at the Pac-10 Championship with a 9.850, her season high... Scored a season-high of 9.800 on the bars at the NCAA West Regionals.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam   Floor  A-A
2000  9.9    9.85   9.9    9.9    39.35
1999  9.850  9.950  9.975  9.875  39.525
1998   --     9.8    9.85    --       --

Larissa Fontaine Sr. 5-1 Deerfield, IL

As a Senior in 2000: Ranked as the top gymnast in the nation in the all around for three consecutive weeks, Fontaine was twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week... Led the team in titles won with 24, including ten won in the meets against Cal and BYU... During the regular season, Fontaine placed no lower than third on the vault, including seven first-place finishes in nine meets... Finished second at the NCAA Regional Championships with a score of 9.925... In the nine meets in which she competed in the all-around, she took first in six of them, including against BYU, when she scored a new school record 39.825... At that same meet, she recorded a perfect 10 on the floor, the first 10 of her career... Named All-Conference on the all-around, vault and bars... Earned First-Team Academic All-Conference honors.
As a junior in 1999: Only competed in three meets before a broken hand sidelined her for the rest of the regular season... Came back to compete in the NCAA Regionals and Championship... Took third in the vault at the NCAA Regionals with a score of 9.800... Finished third in the vault at the NCAA Championships with a score of 9.8125... Named First Team All-American in the vault for the second year... Also named Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic.
As a sophomore in 1998: NCAA Champion in the vault... First NCAA Champion in Stanford women's gymnastics history... Selected First Team All-American in the vault... Captured the NCAA West Regional vault title with a career-high 9.950, tying her for the season's third-best mark in the conference... Scored no lower than a 9.8000 on the bars, including five 9.9-plus performances... An honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic Team selection.
As a freshman in 1997: Second team All-American in the vault, bars and floor... Pac-10 All-Conference selection on the bars and in the all-around... Tied for 30th in the all-around at the NCAA Championships... Tied for third in the all-around and eighth on the beam at the NCAA West Regionals.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam   Floor  A-A
2000  9.975  9.95   9.925  10     39.825
1999  9.925  9.775  9.725  9.750  38.625
1998  9.950  9.950  9.800  9.825  38.150
1997  9.925  9.925  9.900  9.875  39.550

Abby Gair Fr. 5-5 Manitou Springs, CO

As a freshman in 2000: Competed in all 11 of the team's meets this season, including in the all-around in eight meets... Placed second in the all-around against Arizona, and third in the all-around three times over the course of the season... Took two event titles this season... Recorded the first event title of her collegiate career in the bars against Arizona with a career-high 9.9... Took the beam at Boise State with a career-high score of 9.925.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars  Beam   Floor  A-A
2000  9.75   9.9   9.925  9.85   39.25

Sarah Harding Sr. 5-6 Honolulu, HI

As a senior in 2000: One of Stanford's best performers on the floor... Harding competed on the floor in all 11 meets, and on the bars in ten of 11... Her best meet came against BYU, when she scored a 9.875 on the bars and a 9.95 on the floor... Placed second on the floor four times, including at the ASU quadrangular with a score of 9.9... Scored a career-high 9.875 on the bars twice... Finished in a tie for fourth place on the floor at the NCAA Regional Championships... Named First-Team Academic All-Conference.
As a junior in 1999: Scored a perfect 10.000 in the floor exercise at the Cal meet... Shares school record in the floor exercise with former teammate Tracey Kohl and Amy Murakami with a score of 10.000... Was ranked 11th in the country on the floor at the end of the regular season (RQS 9.9125)... Named 1st team All-American in the floor exercise... 2nd team Pac-10 All-Academic.
As a sophomore in 1998: Finished fifth in the floor at the NCAA Regionals with a score of 9.825... Named Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention... Recipient of the Cardinal Spirit Award.
As a freshman in 1997: Named Stanford's "Most Inspirational" gymnast... Missed the majority of the season due to a stress fracture in her lower back... Worked her way back into competition at the end of the season to post a 9.800 at the Pac-10 Championships... Made the Stanford Honor Roll.

Year-by-year High Marks:
     Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  A-A
2000   --    9.875  --    9.925   --
1999   --     --     --    10      --
1998   --     --     --    9.800   --
1997   --    9.825  --     --      --

Katy Herbert So. 5-4 Chandler Heights, AZ First-Team All-American

As a sophomore in 2000: The bronze medalist on the balance beam at the NCAA Championships with a score of 9.863... Tied for third at the preliminaries with a score of 9.875, which earned her a berth to the event finals, where she took third place... Named a First-Team All-America for her performance on the beam... The 1999 NCAA Region I Champion on the balance beam, she shares the title with UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj with a score of 9.925... Second on the team in event titles won with three... Took one event title on the bars at Boise State with a score of 9.9, and two titles on the beam... Competed in the all-around in eight meets... Finished second in the all-around twice, and third twice... Placed in the top three in individual events five times over the course of the season... Broke her career-high scores in three events... Earned Second-Team Academic All-Conference accolades.
As a freshman in 1999: Tied as the NCAA Regionals Champion in the balance beam with a score of 9.825... Named Stanford's "Most Improved Gymnast"... Posted a career-high 9.925 in the beam against Massachusetts, which put her at third on the Cardinal's all-time high performance list... Won three individual titles in the regular season in the balance beam... Competed in all four events, posting a career-high 9.925 in the uneven bars and season highs in the floor with a 9.850 and a 38.775 in the all-around.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam   Floor  A-A
2000  9.800  9.900  9.925  9.875  39.4
1999  9.700  9.925  9.925  9.850  38.775

Kristin Jensen So. 5-4 Easton, PA

As a sophomore in 2000: Competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career against BYU... Recorded new career highs in four events.
As a freshman in 1999: Named Second Team All-America in the uneven bars... Second on the All-Time Top Performance list in the bars with a 9.975... Scored a 9.825 or better in six of her 11 meets.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam  Floor  A-A
2000  9.7    9.775  9.75  9.775  38.5
1999  9.625  9.975   --    9.625   --

Becky Meldrum So. 5-2 Mertztown, PA

As a sophomore in 2000: Recorded a 9.55 or better in every meet on the beam... Tied for 13th place on the beam at the NCAA Regionals with a season-high and career-high matching 9.825... Turned in a 9.775 on the beam at the Pac-10 Championships, good for a tie for 16th place... Best finish was on the beam against Arizona in the Cardinal's season home opener when she tied for fourth place.
As a freshman in 1999: Competed in all four events... Strongest in the bars... Recorded career-highs of 9.875 in the bars, 9.875 in the floor exercise and 9.825 on the balance beam... Chosen for the "Cardinal Spirit Award".

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam   Floor  A-A
2000    --    9.45   9.825  9.875   --
1999  9.675  9.875  9.825  9.875  39.225

Kelsey Stillinger Fr. 5-2 Monte Sereno, CA

As a freshman in 2000: Took the event title on the beam against Arizona with a score of 9.875... Scored no less than a 9.6 on the vault in all ten meets... Scored a career-high 9.875 on the beam twice, including at the NCAA Regional Championships... Scored a career-high 9.825 on the vault at Regionals.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  A-A
2000  9.825   --    9.875   --     --

Jenny Wilson Jr. 5-1 Portland, OR

As a junior in 2000: Competed in four meets this season, including the Pac-10 Championships and the NCAA Regional Championships... At the Arizona State quadrangular, Wilson turned in a third place finish on the vault... Turned in a 9.7 on the vault and a 9.86 on the floor at the Pac-10 Championships... Scored a season-high 9.825 on the vault at Regionals.
As a sophomore in 1999: Tied for third in the all-around competition at NCAA Regionals... Recorded her career-high in the all-around against California with a score of 39.500... All-around score of 39.500 puts her at fourth in the team's all-time top performances... Named Stanford's "Most Outstanding Gymnast" with teammate Jen Exaltacion... Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic... Academic All-American.
As a freshman in 1998: Competed in all four events for the Cardinal... Scored nothing lower than a 9.600 in the vault all season.

Year-by-year High Marks:
      Vault  Bars   Beam   Floor  A-A
2000  9.825   --      --     9.775   --
1999  9.875  9.900  9.875  9.950  39.500
1998  9.875  9.775  9.275  9.750  38.300

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