Feb. 27, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
The No. 6 Stanford women’s gymnastics team competes in its final home meet, taking on rival California, North Carolina, and Eastern Michigan at Maples Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m. It marks the final home meet for seniors Stephanie Carter, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland, and Tenaya West. The meet also will be special for Stanford junior Danielle Ikoma and sophomore Catherine Nguyen, who will be competing against their sisters: North Carolina senior Christine Nguyen and freshman teammate Michelle Ikoma.
Follow the Meet
There will be live stats and streaming video from Maples Pavilion. Both can be found at gostanford.com. Kevin Danna will call the meet on the All-Access webcast. Look under Multimedia or click on the Watch link. Also, look for the Live Stats link on the Calendar of Events on the gostanford.com home page, or on Stanford’s women’s gymnastics schedule page.
Returning home to compete for the final time as a collegian, Phoenix-area native Carly Janiga set a collegiate career best of 39.650 to win the all-around in Stanford’s 196.675-195.900 dual-meet victory over Arizona State. Janiga won three events in addition to her all-around victory. In two previous collegiate meets in the Valley of the Sun - she grew up in the suburb of Paradise Valley - Janiga had never won. But Janiga tied a career best of 9.95 in the balance beam, and also scored high to win the floor exercise (9.925) and uneven bars (9.925), in addition to a non-winning 9.85 in the vault.
• Stephanie Carter: Injuries have prevented the Sacramento-area native from competing since her freshman year, but Carter has been invaluable for her support and as an unofficial coach.
• Allyse Ishino: Ishino is in the midst of her best, and healthiest, season. She captured the NCAA regional uneven bars title in 2009 and has added a spectacular floor routine this year, and an all-around.
• Carly Janiga: The six-time All-America is the defending Pac-10 all-around champion, was the 2009 NCAA uneven bars runner-up, and is in her second year as team captain. She scored a career-high all-around score of 39.650 last week at Arizona State.
• Blair Ryland: The Virginia native has established herself as the leadoff vaulter, providing consistency and the ability to set the tone for her teammates.
• Tenaya West: The Davis native has specialized on the floor, providing the highest and most spectacular tumbling on the team.
The following is the rotation schedule for Sunday’s meet:
Stanford: Vault, bars, beam floor
California: Bars, beam, floor, vault
North Carolina: Beam, floor, vault, bars
Eastern Michigan: Floor, vault, bars, beam
Sunday’s Opponent: California
Stanford has an 18-meet winning streak in the series, including both dual and conference-meet competitions. The last time Cal beat Stanford was in the 2000 Pac-10 Championships, when Cal was fifth and Stanford sixth. In duals, Stanford holds a 14-meet winning streak. Cal’s last dual victory was March 29, 1996 in Berkeley, 194.1-193.05. In all-time dual meets, Stanford holds a 29-15 lead. But in all meets, Stanford is 27-1 in their past 28 meetings. Cal (0-8) has been led by freshman Madisyn O’Brien, who scored a personal best of 38.425 in the all-around last week.
Sunday’s Opponent: North Carolina
The Tar Heels (6-3) feature the sisters of Stanford gymnasts Catherine Nguyen and Danielle Ikoma. Senior Christine Nguyen is a former U.S. national team performer and has won the past four all-around competitions for UNC. Nguyen was the 2009 East Atlantic Gymnastics League MVP and is its reigning gymnast of the week. Ikoma is a UNC freshman and has been competing in the all-around alongside Nguyen.
Sunday’s Opponent: Eastern Michigan
The Eagles (2-5) begin a two-meet road trip at Stanford, and continue with a March 5 tri-meet at UC Davis that also includes Sacramento State. Eastern Michigan, of Ypsilanti, Mich., is coming off a 193.175-191.875 loss at Bowling Green State last week. Eastern Michigan was fifth in the Mid-American Conference last season.
Stanford in the National Rankings
Stanford opened the season ranked No. 7 in the GymInfo coaches’ poll. However, subsequent rankings are empirical, based on average team scores. Starting with the Feb. 22 rankings, the order is based on Regional Qualifying Scores. The following is the current rankings:
1, Oklahoma 196.615; 2, Alabama 196.595; 3, UCLA 196.365; 4, Florida 196.285; 5, Georiga 196.205; 6, Stanford 196.170; 7, Oregon State 196.150; 8, Arkansas 196.050; 9, Utah 195.995; 10, LSU 195.745; 11, Nebraska 195.630; 12, Kentucky 195.630; 13, Iowa State 195.315; 14, Penn State 195.290; 15, Michigan 195.275; 16, Auburn 195.210; 17, Illinois 195.150; 18, Denver 194.945; 19, Missouri 194.905; 20, Arizona 194.590; 21, Southern Utah 194.545; 22, Arizona State 194.510; 23, Michigan State 194.390; 24, North Carolina State 194.140; 25, West Virginia 194.085.
What the Rankings Mean
Unlike other collegiate athletics rankings, gymnastics is not based on wins and losses or votes, but by season scoring average. Starting Feb. 22, teams and gymnasts are now ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score, which is based on each team’s top six regular-season scores. At least three scores must come from away meets. The highest score is then dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged. The 36 teams with the highest RQS earn NCAA regional berths. Stanford is shooting for an RQS among the top six, which would enable the Cardinal to earn a No. 1 seed.
Individual Scores in Rankings
Here is how Cardinal individuals rank among the nation’s top 25, with their season Regional Qualifying Average:
7th, Carly Janiga, 39.330
21st, Shelley Alexander, 38.995
21st, Ashley Morgan, 9.845
25th, Shelley Alexander, 9.840
2nd, Carly Janiga, 9.895
8th, Allyse Ishino, 9.865
12th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.875
16th, Carly Janiga, 9.855
16th, Ashley Morgan, 9.855
Team Scores in Rankings
In every event, Stanford is among the national top 20 in Regional Qualifying Scores. Here is how the Cardinal ranks, and its RQS’s:
Overall: 6th, 196.170
Vault: 9th, 49.105
Bars: 3rd, 49.145
Beam: 12th, 48.755
Floor: 9th, 49.045