Feb. 4, 2003
This Week's Action
Fri., Feb. 7 ......... vs. UCLA
After picking up three wins last weekend, the Stanford women's gymnastics team hopes to continue its winning ways on Friday night when they host 3rd-ranked UCLA. The Cardinal is the only team unbeaten in Pac-10 play and stands at 7-1 overall, 3-0 in the conference. Stanford, ranked No. 8, is coming off its season-best team total of 196.575 and set high marks on vault, bars and floor.
Stanford in the National Rankings
The Cardinal enters this week as the No. 8 team in the nation according to the GymInfo National Team Rankings. Alabama, Nebraska, UCLA, Utah and Georgia are tabbed as the top-five programs in the nation, respectively. In addition to Stanford and UCLA, four other Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top-25: No. 6 Arizona State, No. 9 Oregon State, No. 10 Arizona and No. 13 Washington.
Scouting the Opponents
UCLA broke the 198 barrier for the second time this season, totaling 198.175 in a home victory over Arkansas. Three Bruin gymnasts scored perfect 10s: Yvonne Tousek on bars and Kate Richardson and Onnie Willis on floor. UCLA counted no score lower than 9.800 and recorded a season-best 49.725 on the floor. The Bruins swept the top-five all-around placing with Richardson earning first place with a career-high and UCLA freshman record 39.750.
Recapping Last Week's Meet
Stanford picked up three wins in its 2003 home-opener in front of a soldout crowd of 852 last Friday night in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal finished with 196.575 team score, edging Oregon State (196.275), San Jose State (193.425) and Seattle Pacific (187.825). Stanford started with a career-high 9.900 on vault from Lise L?veill?, followed by teammate Kendall Beck with a 9.875 to tie for second. The Cardinal then moved to bars, where they recorded a season-high 49.275 team score led by Natalie Foley with a career-high 9.900 performance. Stanford held a slim lead heading into the final rotation when L?veill? iced the meet with a 9.925 to win floor, helping the Cardinal to a team season-high 49.200 on the event. L?veill? also tied for the top place in the all-around with a career-best 49.475.
In their first meet of the season, the Cardinal recorded a 49.525 team score on the balance beam at the Maui Invitational. The score goes down as the second-highest in school history. Stanford set the high mark with a 49.575 at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships. As a team on the beam, the Cardinal are ranked 10th in the nation with an average score of 49.025. Juniors Kendall Beck and Lindsay Wing have led Stanford on the event. Beck posted a career-high score 9.925 in the last two meets, while Wing has recorded a 9.975 in consecutive outings. Wing also ranks fourth individually with an average beam score of 9.937.
Junior Lise L?veill? had been consistent for the Cardinal in their first four meets of the season. L?veill?, ranked No. 13 in the all-around, scored a career-high 39.475 last Friday night. In four meets, L?veill? has won the all-around three times and placed third once. All four scores have been 39.125 or higher.
Freshmen Stepping Up
This year's freshmen class have contributed tremendously in their first season on The Farm. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) has competed in the all-around all four meets for the Cardinal. Foley's season-best score of 39.375 occurred at Denver and most recently picked up wins on vault (9.875) and bars (9.925) at California. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA) has been a solid performer on vault for Stanford, recording a 9.875 at the Maui Invitational and a 9.800 at Denver and Cal. Sweets also scored a 9.825 last weekend, marking a career-high. Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA) recorded her second collegiate action last weekend at Stanford, posting a 9.800 on vault for the Cardinal.
Leading the Charge
Juniors Kendall Beck, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing wrapped up the 2002 season for the Cardinal by garnering All-America honors at the NCAA Championships last April. Beck registered a 9.900 on vault for a second-place finish in the evening session to advance to the finals and was awarded First Team All-American honors for the first time in her collegiate career. L?veill? recorded a 9.838 on the balance beam to take sixth place and earn First Team All-America honors and was also named to the Second Team on floor as a result of her 9.875 showing at the NCAA Championships. Wing netted a 9.750 on beam for a 12th place finish overall and picked up First Team All-America honors.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth begins her second year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program after guiding the Cardinal to their most successful season in history. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. 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.