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No. 8 Stanford Makes Final Preparations For NCAA West Regional
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/06/2006

April 6, 2006

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Stanford, Ca - For the first time in school history, Stanford University is hosting the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Regional at Maples Pavilion. The six-team event will be held on Saturday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. The field includes #8 Stanford, #5 Alabama, #16 Oregon State, San Jose State, Sacramento State and Boise State.

Stanford (West Region) is one of six schools to host the NCAA Regional along with Iowa State (North Central Region), Arkansas (South Central Region), LSU (Central Region), Michigan (Northeast Region) and Georgia (Southeast Region).

Six teams, five all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and one individual event specialist per event (who has a minimum Regional Qualifying Score - RQS - of 9.40) were named to each of the six regions. The top teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championship at Corvallis, Oregon, April 20-22, hosted by Oregon State University. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships will advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers.

Stanford, 18-3 overall and the 2006 Pac-10 champion, is ranked eighth in this week's national poll with a Team RQS score of 196.290. That mark is tops in the Pac-10. Defending NCAA champion Georgia is #1 in the nation (197.305).

Tickets are now on sale for the NCAA West Regional at Stanford University. Reserved tickets are $10, and general admission tickets are $8 (adult) and $6 (student/child/senior). Groups of 20 or more can purchase general admission tickets for $3 each (pre-sale only). The first 150 college students with their ID cards will be admitted free.

Coaches Corner
Head coach Kristen Smyth, the 2006 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year, is in her fifth season at Stanford ... Smyth has chalked up a record of 86-31 during that span ... Smith has coached Stanford to four NCAA post-season appearances (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006) and an appearance in the NCAA Super Six twice (2002, 2004) ... Stanford has won the Pac-10 championship two (2004, 2006) during her tenure, and coached the Cardinal to the NCAA Regional title in 2002 and 2004 ... In her four previous seasons at Stanford, Smyth has coached six Stanford gymnasts to 31 All-American honors.

Team Tally
Stanford is continuing to build momentum as it prepares for the NCAA West Regional (4/8/06 at Stanford, 6:00 p.m.), and a possible berth at the NCAA Championship (April 20-22 at Oregon State) ... In four of the last seven meets, Stanford's team total has been more than 196.000 points ... The Cardinal scored 196.325 points in a win at Arizona State (2/10/06) followed by a team total of 196.875 in a victory over Arizona (2/17/06) ... On February 24, the Cardinal tallied 196.375 points in a victory over Washington ... Then at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06), the Cardinal tallied a season-high 197.100 points to earn the conference title.

A quick look at the 2006 Stanford Gymnastics Team

Lauren Elmore, Sophomore, Bloomington, In
Saw her first action of the season on Beam at Alabama (3/10/06) ... Finished eighth on Beam (9.875) at the Pacific-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Selected to the All Pacific-10 Academic team.

Kelly Fee, Freshman, St. Charles, Il
Has emerged as one of Stanford's top gymnasts this year ... Placed tenth on Bars (9.800) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Has competed in the All-Around in two meets this year, with a season-best mark of 38.725 at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06).

Natalie Foley, Senior, Englewood, Co
Has competed in the All-Around in all ten of the eleven meets this year with a season-best total of 39.350 at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in the All-Around (39.125, 24th nationally) and sixth on Beam (9.835, 21st nationally) ... Named to the All Pac-10 team in the All-Around ... Produced two season-best marks (Vault, Bars) against Washington (2/24/06) ... Finished second on Beam (9.950, season-best), sixth in the All-Around (39.350, season-best), seventh on Floor Exercise (9.850) and eighth on Vault (9.850) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Named a All Pacific-10 Academic selection for the third straight season.

Stephanie Gentry, Sophomore, Plano, Tx
Made her season debut on Vault against Washington (2/24/06) ... Selected to the All Pac-10 Academic team.

Jessica Louie, Senior, Loomis, Ca
Has competed on Bars in four meets this year with a season-best of 9.750 against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Made her season-debut on Floor Exercise against Washington (2/24/06).

Nicole Ourada, Freshman, Germantown, Wi
Has enjoyed a productive year ... Placed sixth on Beam (9.900, season-best), 15th in the All-Around (38.350) and 15th on Vault (9.800) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Has a season-best point total of 39.300 in the All-Around vs Washington (2/24/06) ... Third in the Pac-10 on Floor Exercise (9.880, 21st nationally) and seventh in the All-Around (39.155).

Alex Pintchouk, Sophomore, Mt. Lauren, NJ
Has competed on Vault, Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best 9.925 on Vault, 9.850 on Beam and 9.875 on Floor Exercise ... Placed 11th on Floor Exercise (9.800) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Selected to the All Pacific-10 Academic team.

Aimee Precourt, Sophomore, Pasadena, Tx
Has competed on Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best mark of 9.750 in Floor Exercise at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06) and against Washington (2/24/06) ... Named to the All Pacific-10 Academic team.

Heather Purnell, Freshman, Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
The 2004 Canadian Olympian made her collegiate debut in the All-Around in Stanford's victory at UCLA (3/5/06) with a score of 38.425.

Stacy Sprando, Junior, Portland, Or
Performed on Bars at Oregon State (1/27/06) ... For the second straight year, named to the All Pacific-10 Academic team.

Glyn Sweets, Senior, Reston, Va
Has competed on Vault, Bars and Beam this year ... Finished tenth on Bars (9.800) at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Ranked fifth in the Pac-10 on Vault (9.880, 24th nationally) ... Scored a 9.900 on Vault at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06) and at UCLA (3/5/06).

Liz Tricase, Sophomore, Itasca, Il
Tops in the Pac-10 and first in the nation on Bars (9.955) ... The 2006 Pac-10 champion on Bars (9.925) ... Also helped Stanford win the team title with a second place effort on Vault (9.900) and third place on floor Exercise (9.900) ... Tied the school record with a perfect 10.000 on Bars against Arizona (2/17/06) at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06) and at UCLA (3/5/06) ... Also first in the Pac-10 on Vault (9.905, #4 in the nation) ... Had a season-best 9.950 on Vault at California (2/3/06) and at Arizona State (2/10/06) ... Produced a season-best 9.900 on Floor Exercise against Arizona (2/17/06) and at the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06) ... Recently featured on "Faces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated ... Named All Pac-10 on Bars and Vault.

Tabitha Yim, Sophomore, Irvine, Ca
Named to the All Pac-10 team on Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise and Vault ... Stanford's top All-Arounder this year ... Captured the 2006 Pacific-10 title in the All-Around (39.650, career-best) and Beam (9.975, career-best) ... Finished second on Floor Exercise (9.925, career-best) at the conference championship ... Has a season-average of 39.510 ... Voted Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week when she collected a 39.600 in a four-way meet against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Ranks fourth in the Pac-10 on Floor Exercise (9.865, 18th nationally), fifth on Beam (9.855, 14th nationally), sixth on Bars (9.870, 14th nationally) and seventh on Vault (9.875, 20th nationally).

Tough Teams
Stanford is in the midst of an extremely challenging schedule in 2006 ... Nine of Stanford's opponents are ranked in the GymInfo Women's National Top 25 ... The list includes top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia, #5 Alabama, #6 Oklahoma, #9 UCLA, #11 Arizona State, #15 Arizona, #16 Oregon State and #19 Denver.

The 2006 Season in Review

at Cancun Classic (1/6/06)
The Cardinal opened the 2006 season on Jan. 6 with an impressive effort at the Cancun Classic in Mexico ... Stanford tallied a team score of 194.950, just behind the winning effort of top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia ... Victories by Glyn Sweets in the Vault (9.925), Liz Tricase on Bars (9.875) and Natalie Foley on Beam (9.775) helped the Cardinal in the five team meet ... Denver finished third with 193.850 points followed by Oklahoma with 193.325, and Arizona with 192.925 ... Three Cardinal athletes competed in the All-Around ... Senior Natalie Foley, an eight-time All-American, finished third (39.025) while freshmen Nicole Ourada placed fifth (39.025) and Kelly Fee placed sixth (38.725).

Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Davis (1/15/06)
In its home opener, Stanford looked impressive in a four-way meet with Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State ... The Cardinal chalked up 194.350 points to easily outdistance runnerup Sacramento State (191.525), San Jose State (190.575) and UC Davis (186.875) ... The Cardinal captured first, second and third place in each of the four events (Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise, Vault) in addition to placing 1-2-3 in the All-Around ... Tabitha Yim, competing in only her third collegiate All-Around, tallied a 39.600 to finish first ... Yim gained first place honors in the All-Around thanks to victories on Floor Exercise (9.925, tied her career-best), Vault (9.900, career-best), and Beam (9.875).

at Oregon State (1/27/06)
Despite an upset loss to Oregon State (195.150 - 194.125), several Cardinal athletes performed with high marks ... Liz Tricase won the Bars competition with a score of 9.850 ... Sophomore Tabitha Yim competed in three events (Vault, Beam, Floor) and collected wins on Floor (9.850) and Vault (9.900).

at California (2/3/06)
Stanford recorded a convincing 195.925 - 192.150 victory at California ... The Cardinal dominated the meet in every meet ... The Cardinal recorded first place wins in the All-Around (Tabitha Yim, 39.300), Vault (Liz Tricase, 9.950), Bars (Liz Tricase, 9.925), Beam (Tabitha Yim, 9.875) and Floor Exercise (Nicole Ourada, 9.900) ... Stanford went 1-2-3 in the Vault and Floor Exercise.

at Arizona State (2/10/06)
Stanford looked sharp and the result was a 196.325-195.725 victory over tenth-ranked Arizona State ... A 1-2-3 finish on Bars by Liz Tricase (9.900), Tabitha Yim (9.875) and Glyn Sweets (9.875) helped in the win ... Arizona State had been ranked #1 nationally on Beam, but that didn't deter Stanford from posting a 48.800 - 48.550 victory ... The Cardinal's upset victory on Beam was aided by 3-4-5 finishes by Yim (9.850), Heather Purnell (9.825) and Natalie Foley (9.825).

Arizona (2/17/06)
Stanford, fueled by several impressive career-best efforts including a perfect 10.000 by Liz Tricase on Bars, stormed to a convincing 196.875 - 194.625 victory over 14th-ranked Arizona ... Tricase tied the school record with a perfct 10.000 not only on her first effort but her second effort as well ... Her point total gave the Cardinal a team total of 49.425, their best effort of the 2006 season ... Individually, eight career-best marks were set ... That included a 39.625 in the All-Around, a 9.950 on Bars, and a 9.950 on Beam by Tabitha Yim.

Washington (2/24/06)
Stanford swept all three places in the four events (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise) in Stanford's 196.375 - 189.600 victory over the visiting Washington Huskies ... Natalie Foley won the All-Around with a season-best mark of 39.325 ... Foley won on Beam (9.900), and finished second on Bars (9.875) ... Several of Stanford's gymnasts set career marks against the Huskies ... The listed included Kelly Fee on Bars (9.850), Beam (9.850) and Floor Exercise (9.825), Nicole Ourada in the All-Around (39.300), Bars (9.850) and Beam (9.850), Alex Pintchouk on Floor Exercise (9.875) and Vault (9.925), and Tabitha Yim on Vault (9.925).

at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06)
Stanford swept three (Vault, Bars, Beam) in posting a 194.675 - 191.175 non-league victory at Cal State Fullerton ... Liz Tricase scored a perfect 10.000 on Bars ... Tricase also tallied a 9.950 (career-best) to win the Vault competition ... Natalie Foley won the All-Around (39.175) and Beam (9.875), and finished second on Floor Exercise (9.675) and third on Vault (9.900) and Bars (9.825).

at UCLA (3/5/06)
No. 12 Stanford posted a dramatic 195.950 - 195.150 victory at No. 8 UCLA ... San Jose State also competed and tallied a score of 193.225 ... Once again, the star for Stanford was sophomore Liz Tricase, who posted a perfect 10.000 on Bars for the third straight meet ... Tricase also placed second on Vault (9.900) ... Stanford scored on an important victory on Beam ... The Cardinal was ranked eleventh in the nation while UCLA was ranked seventh ... However, Stanford scored the upset with a team score of 48.600 while UCLA was awarded 47.525 points.

at Alabama (3/10/06)
The dual meet between third-ranked Alabama and eighth-ranked Stanford came down to the last rotation and the last competitor ... Stanford and Alabama were deadlocked going down the line through the last rotation, but the Crimson Tide used a 49.325 on Floor Exericse to overtake the Cardinal which scored a 48.850 on Beam ... Alabama beat Stanford in Tuscaloosa, 196.250 - 195.580 ... Stanford won the Bars competition led by a first place finish by Liz Tricase at 9.875 ... Tabitha Yim finished second (9.850).

at Pacific-10 Championship (3/25/06)
For the second time in the last three seasons, Stanford won the Pacific-10 championship ... Fueled by first place efforts by Tabitha Yim in the All-Around and Beam, and Liz Tricase on Bars, the Cardinal tallied a season-high 197.100 points to defeat runnerup UCLA (196.800) at the Pac-10 Championship at Oregon State ... Yim captured the Pac-10 title in the All-Around with a career-best total of 39.650 ... Yim also won first place honors on Beam with a carer-best 9.975 ... Yim also finished second on Floor Excerise with a career-best total of 9.925 ... Tricase, the national leader on Bars, won the Pac-10 title with a score of 9.925 ... Tricase also helped Stanford win the team title with a second place effort on Vault (9.900) and third place on Floor Exercise (9.900).


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