March 1, 2000
This week's matchup: No. 8 Stanford (8-2, 5-2 Pac-10) will travel to University Park to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions. The match against Penn State will be the last meet of the regular season for the Cardinal before the Pac-10 Championships held at Arizona State on March 18.
Stanford in the Rankings: Stanford is currently ranked 8th by GymInfo with a regional qualifying score of 195.210. The squad is also ranked 17th on the vault (48.585), 8th on the bars (48.935), 6th on the balance beam (48.880) and 13th on the floor with a regional qualifying score of 48.980. The Cardinal also boasts three athletes ranked in the top 20 on individual events, including senior Larissa Fontaine, who is ranked the No. 1 gymnast in the nation on the all-around with an RQS of 39.460. Fontaine is also ranked second in the nation on the vault with a score of 9.925, 20th on the bars (9.865) and 3rd on the floor with an RQS of 9.915. Sophomore Katy Herbert is ranked 17th on the balance beam with a regional qualifying score of 9.835 and senior Sarah Harding is 22nd with a score of 9.870.
Gyminfo Rankings as of 2/29 Rank/team RQS 1 Georgia 196.715 2 UCLA 196.550 3 Michigan 196.485 4 Alabama 196.320 5 Nebraska 195.925 6 Utah 195.790 7 LSU 195.705 8 Stanford 195.210 9 Oklahoma 195.080 10 BYU 194.825 11 W. Virginia 194.815 12 Arizona State 194.725 13 Iowa State 194.695 14 Denver 194.655 15 Washington 194.645 16 Minnesota 194.625 17 Penn State 194.535 18 Florida 194.400 19 N. Carolina St. 194.350 20 Maryland 194.280 21 New Hampshire 194.040 22 Utah State 193.855 23 Kent State 193.725 24 Oregon State 193.650 25 Arizona 193.620
Last Week In Review: The Cardinal traveled to Corvallis to take on Oregon State and narrowly defeated the Beavers 195.1-194.8. The win is the first time the Cardinal 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 don 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.
The 2000 Season: The 2000 season has been a strong one so far for the Cardinal squad. The team is 8-2, 5-2 in the Pac-10, and is ranked 8th in the nation. Here are recaps of the meets in the 2000 season to date.
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. 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.
Fabulous Fontaine: The top gymnast in the nation in the all around, Fontaine holds an outstanding regional qualifying score of 39.460. She is also ranked No. 2 in the nation on the vault with an RQS of 9.925. Twice named the Pac-10 Gymnast of the week, senior Larissa Fontaine has been a pillar for the Cardinal this season. She leads the team in titles won with 22, including ten won in the meets against Cal and BYU. She recorded a perfect 10 on the floor in the meet against BYU, the first 10 of her career. Fontaine also broke the school record in the all-around competition against BYU when she turned in a score of 39.825. Fontaine is also ranked third on the floor with an RQS of 9.915 and 20th on the bars with a score of 9.865.
First Class Freshmen: The class of 2003 has made an immediate impact on the squad this season. With Abby Gair, Kelsey Stillinger and Alissa Cooper all competing for the Cardinal. The three gymnasts' contributions to the team's success have been essential this season. Freshman Abby Gair has been a vital scorer for the Cardinal this season. Gair is second on the team in event titles with two. 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 took third place on the bars against Cal, and recorded a new career-high all-around score in the meet against BYU with a total of 39.475. Kelsey Stillinger has 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 is ranked 22nd in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 9.870. Over the course of the 2000 season, 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. Sophomore Katy Herbert is also a strong performer on the floor, averaging 9.735. She placed fourth on the floor against Cal with a score of 9.85.
On The Beam: Sophomore Katy Herbert has emerged as one of Stanford's strongest performers on the beam this season. Ranked 17th on the balance beam with an RQS of 9.835, Herbert is the only Cardinal ranked in the top-25 on that event. At Oregon State last weekend, 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. She has competed on the beam at every meet this season, and has an average of 9.75. Junior Jen Exaltacion is also a strong competitor for the Cardinal on the beam, averaging 9.67. She has competed on the beam in every meet this season, as well, recording a season-high 9.875 three times this year.
Scouting the Nittany Lions: Penn State is ranked 17th in the nation with a regional qualifying score of 194.535. The team is also ranked on the bars with an RQS of 48.515, 13th on the balance beam (48.560) and 14th on the floor with a score of 48.940. Katie Rowland is the only Nittany Lion ranked individually, ranked 20th on the vault with a regional qualifying score of 9.835.