March 20, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - No. 11-ranked Stanford participates in the first Pac-12 women’s gymnastics championships. The addition of nine-time national champion Utah gives Pac-12 schools a combined 15 NCAA titles, matching it with the Southeastern for the most among any conference. Stanford, a five-time Pac-10 champion, has won eight conference titles altogether and is seeking its first since 2008. As one of the top four seeds, the Cardinal will compete in the second session, at 6 p.m. PT, along with Utah, UCLA, and defending champion Oregon State. Seeds Nos. 5-8 begin at 1 p.m. PT.
What: No. 11 Stanford (10-3) at Pac-12 Conference Championships
When: Saturday, 6 p.m. PT (second session)
Where: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City
Follow the Action
• Fox Sports Net will air the meet on a tape-delayed basis. Look for listings from cable providers in your area.
• Check for updates on Twitter (@StanfordWGym) and nearly up-to-the-minute video on the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics Facebook page.
• Live stats and updated scores can be found at gostanford.com.
Tickets for Pac-12 Championships
Stanford has an allotment of tickets for sale for the inaugural Pac-12 Championships on March 24 at Utah. Tickets can be purchased through the Stanford ticket office. Call 1-800-STANFORD, purchase online at gostanford.com or visit the ticket office at Stanford Stadium during business hours.
Team Scores in the National Rankings
Stanford ranks in the national top 20 in three events by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Team: 11th, 196.315 (195.944)
Vault: 17th, 49.075 (49.014)
Bars: 9th, 49.180 (49.122)
Beam: 10th, 49.105 (48.900)
Floor: 29th, 48.925 (48.908)
Individuals in the National Rankings
Here are Stanford gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in each event, by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Bars: 5th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.900 (9.822)
Beam: 19th, Shona Morgan, 9.865 (9.831)
Floor: 14th, Ashley Morgan, 9.895 (9.878)
Average Scores Throughout the Lineup
Here is Stanford’s average-score range from 1-6 in each event:
• Vault: 9.863 (Alyssa Brown)-9.764
• Bars: 9.822 (Nicole Pechanec)-9.710
• Beam: 9.835 (Amanda Spinner)-9.708
• Floor: 9.878 (Ashley Morgan)-9.682
• All-Around: 39.342 (Nicole Pechanec)-38.342 (two total)
Here is the rotation order for the second session of the Pac-12 Conference Championships on Saturday:
Utah: vault, bars, beam, floor
UCLA: floor, vault, bars, beam
Stanford: beam, floor, vault, bars
Oregon State: bars, beam, floor, vault
Stanford’s All-Conference Gymnasts
Stanford has three gymnasts who have earned all-conference honors:
• Alyssa Brown, sr.: A first-team All-Pac-10 selection on balance beam in 2011 and a 2010 second-team selection ... tied for fifth in the conference on vault the past two seasons, and was seventh on beam and eighth on bars in 2011 ... is in her second year as team captain ... Canadian national champ on vault and beam in 2006 ... limited to beam for much of the season because of a injury, now competing on vault and is expected to add bars in the postseason.
• Ashley Morgan, jr.: Tied for the 2011 Pac-10 championship on floor with a score of 9.90 ... named to the All-Pac-10 first team on floor ... an All-Pac-10 second-team choice on the floor as a freshman ... had the nation’s highest average on the floor in 2011 (9.914) ... has earned 13 meet victories on floor over the past two seasons.
• Nicole Pechanec, sr.: An All-Pac-10 second-team selection on the floor in both 2011 and 2010 ... won Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week on March 5 ... team leader on all-around with a best of 39.450 ... hit 9.9’s in three events last season and 9.925 on the bars and floor this year ... has competed in three World Championships for the Czech Republic ... invented a release move on bars that is officially named after her, and is called the “Pechancova,” for her Czech surname.
The Fab Five
The Stanford freshman class figures to be one of the best in school history. The class is comprised of two-time U.S. senior national champion Ivana Hong, U.S. national team member Samantha Shapiro, 2008 British Olympian Becky Wing, and two-time Junior Olympic national qualifiers Alex Archer and Pauline Hanset. Hong and Shapiro were limited by injuries, but are now in the lineup in multiple events. All have made an impact in the lineup. Shapiro has scored 9.875s on bars and vault, Hong has scored 9.9’s on vault and beam, Wing has performed at leadoff in three events, Hanset has scored four 9.85’s on floor, and Archer has been in the vault lineup in four meets.
The following are current Stanford gymnasts with experience in past Pac-12 Championships. There are six gymnasts in all:
Alyssa Brown: Competed in 2010 and 2011 on vault, bars and beam.
Nicole Dayton: Competed in 2011 on vault.
Ashley Morgan: Competed on vault, beam, and floor in 2010 and all-around in 2011.
Shona Morgan: Competed on beam in 2011.
Nicole Pechanec: Stanford’s most experienced conference-meet competitor. This will be her fourth Pac-12 Championships. She has competed on bars and floor the past three years, and vault in 2011.
Jenny Peter: Competed on bars in 2010.
The following is the seeding for Saturday’s evening session (6 p.m. PT), based on each team’s Regional Qualifying Score:
No. 1 UCLA (197.140), No. 2 Utah (196.705), No. 3 Oregon State (196.550), No. 4 Stanford (196.315).
The afternoon session (1 p.m. PT) consists of seeds 5-8:
No. 5 Arizona (195.870), No. 6 Washington (195.595), No. 7 Arizona State (195.145), No. 8 Cal (193.070).
Regardless of the session, every team and individual are competing for titles and honors.
Stanford’s Most Recent Lineup
This was the lineup Stanford used March 9 in the final dual-meet, at Arizona State:
Vault: Hanset, A. Morgan, Hong, Brown, Dayton, Pechanec
Bars: Wing, Peter, S. Morgan, Shapiro, A. Morgan, Pechanec
Beam: Wing, Hong, A. Morgan, S. Morgan, Spinner, Brown
Floor: Dayton, Hong, Shapiro, Hanset, A. Morgan, Pechanec
Stanford vs. Other Pac-12 Teams in 2012
The Cardinal is 5-3 against Pac-12 teams this season, with the following results:
• Jan. 22 (Stanford): Stanford 195.925, Washington 195.725.
• Jan. 27 (Corvallis, Ore.): Oregon State 196.800, Stanford 194.525.
• Feb. 5 (Los Angeles): UCLA 197.250, Stanford 196.450.
• Feb. 12 (Berkeley, Calif.): Stanford 196.175, Cal 194.725.
• Feb. 24 (Salt Lake City): Utah 196.300, Stanford 196.100.
• March 4 (Stanford): Stanford 196.575, Arizona 195.025, Cal 191.450.
• March 9 (Tempe, Ariz.): Stanford 196.475, Arizona State 194.975.
Stanford’s Pac-12 History
Stanford has finished no lower than fourth over the past 11 conference championships, including all 10 seasons under coach Kristen Smyth. In the Smyth Era, Stanford has finished first three times, second three times, third twice, and fourth twice. Stanford has won five Pac-12 titles, most recently in 2008 in Seattle. That total is the second-highest in the conference.
All-Time Pac-12 Championships:
1. UCLA (15)
2. Stanford (5)
2. Oregon State (5)
4. Everyone else (0)
Regional Fields to be Announced Monday
Stanford will find out its NCAA regional destination on Monday. Six groups of six will compete on April 7 for the 12 team spots for the April 20-22 NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga. Stanford has reached regionals for the past 28 years.
Super Six Experience
Stanford has four gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2010 NCAA Super Six finals in Gainesville, Fla., on the Cardinal’s fourth-place team. They are: Alyssa Brown, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec, and Jenny Peter.
Stanford’s roster includes seven gymnasts with senior national team experience. The list includes two Olympians, two Olympic alternates, two U.S. senior national team competitors, and five World Championships veterans. This list doesn’t include Kristina Vaculik, who is taking a year off from school to prepare for the 2012 Olympics, which her Canadian team has qualified for.
• Senior Alyssa Brown was a 2008 Canadian Olympic team alternate, competed in two World Championships, and won a silver on vault at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She is a two-time Canadian champion.
• Freshman Pauline Hanset represented Belgium, the country of her birth, in a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011.
• Freshman Ivana Hong, a national champion on vault and beam in 2009, was a 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate. She was a bronze medalist on the beam at the 2009 World Championships and a team gold medalist at the 2007 worlds. Hong also earned a 2007 Pan Am Games bronze in the all-around.
• Sophomore Shona Morgan competed for Australia in the 2008 Olympics, finishing 15th in the all-around. She was a five-time national champion and competed in three World Championships.
• Senior Nicole Pechanec competed in three World Championships and two European Championships for the Czech Republic, the home country of her parents, and won a Czech national title on floor.
• Freshman Samantha Shapiro competed for the U.S. senior national team from 2009-11, winning several international meet titles. Earlier, she won three U.S. junior national championships.
• Freshman Rebecca Wing competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics. She also competed in two World Championships and two European Championships.
2011 in Review
Stanford went 20-4 in the 2011 regular season, opening with a school-record 15 consecutive victories. The Cardinal went 6-2 against teams that advanced to the NCAA Super Six finals, including handing Utah its first home loss in four years and Michigan its first in three. The Cardinal also displayed a measure of perseverance, three times rallying from behind or a tie in the final rotation to win.
But with six gymnasts sidelined for the season with injuries, there was added responsibility on the remaining nine, who, by the end of the year, were tired. The Cardinal finished fourth in the Pac-10 and fourth in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional, finishing one place from a fifth consecutive NCAA Championships berth.