March 18, 2002
This Week's Action
Sat., Mar. 23...Pac-10 Championships...6 p.m...Stanford, Calif.
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After completing yet another successful regular season, No. 10 Stanford hopes to keep things going as it enters conference competition this weekend. Stanford University will be the host site for the 2002 Pac-10 Women's Gymnastics Championships, which get underway Saturday, Mar. 23, at 6 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will be attempting to defend its 2001 conference crown, as the Red and White notched a 197.850 overall score last season in Seattle. Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington will join the Cardinal in this weekend's event-the final hurdle before NCAA Regionals.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal checks in at No. 10 this week following a two-week stay at No. 8 in the latest edition of the GymInfo National Rankings. National scoring is determined by regional qualifying score (RQS)- with the Cardinal sitting at 196.210. Currently, Stanford is tabbed as the second- best Pac-10 program in the country. This week's top-10 is as follows: No. 1 UCLA, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Georgia, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 Oklahom, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 8 Iowa State, No. 9 LSU along with the Cardinal at No. 10. Other Pac-10 schools in the rankings include No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State, and No. 16 Arizona State.
Scouting the Field...2002 PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIPS
Five of the seven schools in the Pac-10 are ranked in the top-25, and that group along with California and Washington will be looking to improve their postseason status on Saturday.
No. 12 ARIZONA (10-6, 4-3 Pac-10):The Wildcats recently took second place in their season finale, scoring a 196.125 to edge Northern Illinois and Washington. Minnesota's 196.850 led the field. Randi Lijenquist's posted a school-best 39.775 All-Around score earlier this year, and her 10.0 on beam is Arizona's first on the event.
No. 16 ARIZONA STATE (8-5-1, 2-3-1 Pac-10): Arizona State's 196.100 in its final meet of the season was enough for a first-place finish against Utah State and Southern Utah. The Sun Devils' Amber Giorgianni was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for March 4-11 after netting a 9.925 on balance beam to pace the Wildcats.
CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (5-9, 1-5 Pac-10): The Golden Bears finished fourth with a 191.975 in their finale against San Jose State, Boise State and Sacramento State. Freshman My-Lan Dodd continues to perform well for Cal, as she finished first on the uneven bars and second on the All-Around in the meet.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS (7-7-1, 2-3-1 Pac-10): The Beavers took second with a 196.675 in the final meet of the season against Michigan, Michigan State and Seattle Pacific at the Shanico Inn-vitational. Annie Campbell won the floor event with a career-best 9.975, and tied her career-high on beam with a 9.925 to tie for first place on that event.
UCLA BRUINS (13-5, 5-1 Pac-10):
UCLA suffered a tough defeat to Alabama on the road last weekend, 197.650-197.000, to end the season. The nation's top squad is paced by sophomore Jamie Dantzscher, who has scored a national-record of seven consecutive 10s on the floor exercise. The Bruins are two-time defending NCAA champions (2000 and 2001).
WASHINGTON HUSKIES (5-9, 2-5 Pac-10):
The Huskies took third with a 194.425 in their final meet of the season, a quadrangular with Arizona, Northern Illinois and Minnesota. Sophomore Emily Pritchard has tied two career records in 2002: on vault (9.950- 1st place finish) and floor exercise (9.900- 2nd place finish).
The competition rotation for the Cardinal on Saturday is as follows:
Rotation 1: FLOOR EXERCISE
Rotation 2: BYE
Rotation 3: VAULT
Rotation 4: BYE
Rotation 5: UNEVEN BARS
Rotation 6: BALANCE BEAM
Rotation 7: BYE
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth is in her first year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth arrived in June of 2001 after serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State over 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.
A Balanced All-Around Lineup
The Cardinal find themselves ranked among the top-25 nationally in three of the four events and in the top-10 in two. Stanford is currently ranked No. 6 on the balance beam (49.170) and No. 4 on the uneven bars (49.240). In adddition, the vaulting corps check in at No. 12 with a 49.015. All national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average.
Four Stanford gymnasts are currently ranked in the top-25 (RQS) of the individual event rankings according to GymInfo. Sophomore Lise L?veill? is tied for 8th (9.900) and sophomore Lindsay Wing is 25th (9.865) in the country on balance beam. Senior Becky Meldrum checks in at No. 10 among competitors on the uneven bars at 9.910. On the vault, sophomore Kendall Beck is tied for 25th with a 9.870.
Cardinal Knocks Off Seattle Pacific
Stanford had no trouble in its regular season finale, besting Seattle Pacific 195.800-192.450 on Senior Night at Burnham Pavilion on Mar. 8. The Cardinal dominated the vault and bars, taking the top five places in each. Senior Katy Herbert and sophomore Lindsay Wing tied for first on the balance beam with a 9.850, while Herbert captured the All-Around title with a season-high score of 39.200. Senior Becky Meldrum, who tied for first place on bars with fellow senior Kristin Jensen at 9.950, placed first on the floor exercise with a 9.900.
The Final Party of the Year
The RQS (regional qualifying score) format is figured by taking a team's top-six meet totals, of which three must be from away contests, dropping the highest score and averaging the remaining five. After the conference championships, the top-18 teams in the nation are seeded out and grouped three-apiece into the six NCAA Regionals, where they will be joined by three teams from within the corresponding region to form a field of six. The top-two finishers at each regional qualify for the 12-team NCAA Championships field.