Feb. 21, 2001
This week's action... The fifth ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team hits the road this week, traveling to Tuscon, Ariz. for a Pac-10 dual meet against the Wildcats on Fri., Feb. 23. The Cardinal will be looking for its third conference victory. Arizona fell to Washington last week, causing the Wildcats' record to fall to 4-12 overall, 1-5 in the Pac-10. Arizona was ranked No. 20 in the preseason poll, but fell out of the Top-25. Arizona ranks 23rd (48.375) on the balance beam, but Stanford holds the top spot with a 49.125 average.
The Cook File... Stanford head coach Mark Cook is now in his fourth year at the helm of the Cardinal women's gymnastics program. In his first three seasons, Cook has guided Stanford to the 1998 Pac-10 Championship and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA Championships. Cook has produced the Card's first-ever individual National Champion, three Regional Champions and seven All-Americans, while Stanford gymnasts have established nearly every school record under his tenure.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings... Stanford's average score of 196.242 gives the Cardinal the No. 5 ranking in the country and the No. 2 spot in the West Region behind No. 1 UCLA. By event, the Card is ranked No. 1 nationally on beam, is fourth on vault and the bars, as well as 22nd on the floor exercise. Individually, five different Stanford gymnasts enjoy national rankings, four of whom earn the nod on the beam. Senior Jen Exaltacion ranks seventh on the beam with a 9.858 average. Freshman Caroline Fluhrer is ranks eighth on the bars (9.895) and 15th on vault (9.837). Junior Becky Meldrum is tied for 14th on the beam (9.875) and places 17th on the bars (9.825). Freshman Lise L?veill? ranks sixth on the beam, just ahead of Exaltacion with a 9.875. Finally, rookie Lindsay Wing has 39.379 All-Around score, good for a No. 5 national ranking. Wing adds a No. 4 ranking on the beam (9.879) and 23rd on vault with a 9.821.
California Recap... Stanford met cross-bay rival California at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. on Sunday. The dual also featured the men's teams and will be broadcast on March 7 by Fox Sports Bay Area. Stanford took the victory, 196.950-196.075. Freshman Lindsay Wing captured her fourth All-Around title as she finished the day with a 39.400. Wing earned a tie for first place on beam as she tied with Jen Exaltacion with a 9.950. Wing also tied for first on bars with teammate Caroline Fluhrer (9.900). The Cardinal had an impressive outing on the floor exercise, setting a season-high mark of 49.550. Freshman Lise L?veill? recorded a new career-high on the floor exercise setting the season-high for the team with a 9.975 to claim first place.
Record Breakers... Stanford's 197.425-195.775 victory over No. 13 Minnesota on Fri., Feb. 2, was one for the ages, as the Cardinal established school records on the beam and in overall score while several gymnasts entered their names onto the program's top-10 lists. The 197.425 team score was the highest in school history, bettering the 197.275 scored against Massachusetts on Mar. 12, 1999. Stanford posted four 9.9's or better on beam to score a program-best 49.500. Individually, three Cardinal freshmen entered the school record books in just their fourth collegiate meets: * Lindsay Wing: all-around (4th, 39.625), beam (tied for 2nd, 9.925), floor (6th, 9.950). * Caroline Fluhrer: bars (tied for 4th, 9.950), vault (tied for 5th, 9.925). * Lise L?veill?: beam (2nd, 9.950)