Jan. 22, 2001
This week's action
The No. 10-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team hits the road this week, traveling to the Pacific Northwest for a Pac-10 dual meet at Washington on Sun., Jan. 28. The Huskies began the year ranked No. 16 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, however, they have not scored high enough to remain in the Top 25. On January 28, 2000, Stanford rode a second-place beam finish by Jen Exaltacion and a third-place showing on floor from Abby Gair to edge the Huskies 195.050-194.750 at Burnham Pavilion.
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 apperance 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 high score of 195.300, established at the season-opening Super Six Challenge, gives the Cardinal the No. 10 ranking in the country and the No. 2 spot in the West Region. By event, the Card is ranked No. 3 nationally on vault, is tied for fifth on beam and is tied for 10th on bars. Individually, four different Stanford gymnasts enjoy national rankings. Senior Jen Exaltacion, despite battling illness during the UCLA meet, is tied for 13th on beam and ranks fourth in the West region with a 9.900. Freshman Caroline Fluhrer is tied for 13th in the all-around (No. 5 in the West), tied for 16th on bars (7th - West) and tied for 15th on vault (6th - West). Robin Phelps has a 9.900 high score on bars in her freshman campaign, which is tied for the 16th-best mark in the nation (7th - West). Finally, rookie Lindsay Wing has hit a 9.925 on vault, tying her for the best in the West and No. 4 nationally. Wing also is tied for 18th in the country in the all-around (9th - West).
Stanford opened its' 2001 home schedule last Friday with a meet against now-No. 1 UCLA at Maples Pavilion. The competition, which UCLA rallied to win 196.925-194.675, featured five 2000 Summer Olympians and drew 2,150 spectators. Down by .025 after the first two rotations, the Bruins staged a comeback in the third. Kristen Parker and Jamie Dantzscher posted consecutive perfect 10's on floor to offset a strong Stanford effort on beam, and the Cardinal could not rally in the fourth rotation. Stanford jumped out to a slim edge after two rotations thanks to Lindsay Wing, who won the vault title with a 9.925, and 9.900 performances on bars by both Robin Phelps and Caroline Fluhrer.
A Super Start
Stanford opened the 2001 season in impressive fashion, taking third place - just 5/100ths behind - at the prestigious Super Six Challenge in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No. 5 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia shared the meet title with a score of 195.300, barely edging out the 195.300 posted by the Cardinal. All six teams at the meet were ranked in the Top 10 of the GymInfo Preseason Coaches' Poll, as Stanford defeated No. 3 Michigan (194.475), No. 10 Florida (194.425) and No. 9 Penn State (193.275). As a team, the Cardinal took second on both vault and bars, finished third on beam and tied for fifth on floor.
Stories from the Road
The meet at Washington marks Stanford's first road dual meet of the 2001 season. In such competitions last year, the Cardinal finished 2-2, posting impressive wins at Boise State and Pac-10 foe Oregon State while falling at UCLA and Penn State. The Card's first meet of the 2001 campaign was in Alabama's home gym at the Super Six Challenge, where Stanford took third.
On a Wing and a Prayer
Freshman all-around competitor Lindsay Wing has launched her Stanford career in fine fashion. A four-year member of the U.S. National Team, Wing has competed in two meets and has two individual titles - in two different events. At the Super Six Challenge, she scored a 9.850 to tie with three others for beam honors. Last Friday against top-ranked UCLA, she tallied a 9.925 mark to capture the vault crown over All-American Mohini Bhardwaj. The 9.925 also represents the top 2001 vault score in the West Region and the fourth-best national mark.
Senior Jen Exaltacion continues to have a strong start to her final campaign, fighting through illness to finish second on beam against UCLA with a career-high tying 9.900. She also scored a 9.850 on bars and has yet to score lower than a 9.700 on any event this year. At the Super Six Challenge, featuring some of the nation's top gymnasts, Exaltacion finished in a tie for fourth in the all-around with a 38.950 mark.
Vaulting Over the Competition
Stanford held its No. 3 national ranking on vault by scoring a 49.100 to win the event against UCLA. Five freshmen had the five top scores against the Bruins - including Lindsay Wing's title mark of 9.925 - as Cardinal gymnasts occupied three of the top five spots. Wing was backed by Caroline Fluhrer (9.875), Robin Phelps (9.825), Shelly Goldberg (9.750) and Lise L?veill? (9.725).
Passing the Bar
The Cardinal enjoyed another strong meet on bars against UCLA, matching the defending national champions with a 49.175. Stanford, ranked No. 10 nationally on the event, received a pair of 9.9's from freshmen Caroline Flurher and Robin Phelps, a 9.850 from senior Jen Exaltacion and a 9.800 from rookie Lindsay Wing. In the ten scores used to compute team totals over the first two meets, the Card has accumulated eight scores of 9.800 or better.
All five of Stanford's scores on beam against UCLA were a 9.800 or better, propelling the Cardinal into the No. 5 national ranking on the event. Senior Jen Exaltacion placed second with a 9.900, while Caroline Fluhrer, Katy Herbert, Lise L?veill? and Robin Phelps all notched a 9.800.
An All-American Trio
Stanford features a pair of returning All-Americans in junior Katy Herbert and junior Jennifer Exaltacion. With a 9.863 performance on beam at the 2000 NCAA Championships, Herbert placed third and earned First Team All-America accolades. Exaltacion was named to the Second Team on beam and in the all-around with 9.85 and 39.225 scores, respectively. Junior Kristen Jensen is just one year removed from her 1999 First Team All-America performance on bars.