Jan. 25, 2006
Stanford, Ca - The Stanford women's gymnastics team, ranked sixth in the nation, travels to the Pacific Northwest in the first of hopefully three trips to the campus of Oregon State. The first journey takes the Cardinal to Corvallis for a Friday night (7 p.m.) dual meet against 19th ranked Oregon State at Gill Coliseum. The second trip to the OSU campus takes place on March 25 where the Pacific-10 Championship will be held. Stanford is hoping for a berth in the NCAA Championship, and this year, the Nationals are taking place at Oregon State.
Stanford's next home meet is February 17 against 14th-ranked Arizona.
Below is a brief scouting report on both teams that will be competing on Friday night.
The Stanford team of 2006 is off to a strong start ... Their team score of 194.950 in the season opener at the Cancun Classic is sixth-best in the country ... Ranked ahead of the Cardinal is top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia (195.883), followed by Utah (195.417), Alabama (195.392), Michigan (195.250) and Florida (194.700) ... Stanford is the highest ranked team in the nation thus far ... UCLA is ninth (194.575), Arizona is 13th (194.225), Arizona is 14th (194.142), Oregon State is 19th (193.369), Washington is 30th (193.3325) and Californa is 35th (190.575) ... Stanford is ranked fourth nationally on Bars (48.900), sixth on Beam (48.550), sixth nationally on Vault (48.987) and 22nd in Floor Exercise (48.212) ... Individually, sophomore Tabitha Yim is the national leader in the All-Around (39.600) while Natalie Foley is ninth (39.087) and freshman Nicole Ourada is 12th (39.062) ... In Floor Exercise, Yim is ranked second nationally (9.912) behind Kelsey Ericksen of Georgia (9.925) while Ourada is seventh (9.875) ... On Beam, Yim is ranked second (9.875) behind Lindsey Bruck of Michigan (9.900) ... On Bars, Liz Tricase is second in the nation with an average score of 9.912 ... Becky Bernard of Michigan (9.950) is the national leader.
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).
In its home opener on Jan. 15, 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 career-best 39.600 to fnish 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) ... Liz Tricase tied her career-best on Bars with an impressive effort of 9.950.
Oregon State has enjoyed a very good season in 2006 ... OSU's Floor Exercise team is ranked 11th in the nation with a 48.569 average ... Individually, Chrissy Lamun has averaged 39.050 in two meets as an All-Arounder to rank 13th in the country.
Freshman Heather Purnell, who was the team captain for Canada's 2004 Olympic team, comes from an athletic family ... Heather's sister, Ashley, is one of the top sprinters on the Stanford track & field team ... Heather's father (Ted), played professional football in Canada, while her mother (Gini) is a former professional golfer ... Natalie Foley's father, Steve, spent 12 years playing for the NFL's Denver Broncos.