Feb. 11, 2011
IGI Chicago Style Invitational
Friday, 5:30 p.m. PT
At Navy Pier, Chicago
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 6 Oregon State and No. 10 UCLA
Upcoming: The No. 2 Stanford women’s gymnastics team has two meets within three days in the Midwest, against a total of four Top 10 teams.
On Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT, Stanford (9-0) takes on Pac-10 Conference rivals Oregon State (No. 6, 9-4) and UCLA (No. 10, 6-4) at the IGI Chicago Style Invitational at Navy Pier on Chicago.
On Sunday, Stanford travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a tri-meet against No. 8 Michigan (9-1) and No. 9 Nebraska (4-4), beginning at 10 a.m. PT.
To watch: Gymnastike.org will provide full-blown coverage of the meet, complete with a live Webcast and post-meet interviews, at this link.
In addition, SWG Live, the team’s Facebook platform for video content, will cover the meet as well. Go to this link for up-to-the-minute video.
Friday's Matchup: Friday’s meet will mark the second time Stanford has faced Oregon State and the third time the Cardinal has competed against UCLA, the defending national champions. All were part of the Pac-10 Showcase on Feb. 9 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Stanford won the meet with a season-opening 196.625, with UCLA second at 195.925 and Oregon State third, with 195.375.
Stanford followed with a dual meet against UCLA at Burnham Pavilion and captured the home meet 196.200-194.825 with a final-rotation rally before a packed house.
Stanford is scheduled to face each team four times this season. The Cardinal takes on Oregon State in a quad meet at California on March 6, and will meet both at the Pac-10 Championships March 19 at Pauley Pavilion. These three teams have combined to win every Pac-10 title in the 24 years the conference has sponsored the sport.
No. 1 on Floor: Stanford sophomore Ashley Morgan and freshman Shona Morgan (no relation) are among three gymnasts tied for the national lead in scoring average on floor exercise. Ashley has competed in four meets and scored a 9.925 in each one of them. Shona made her collegiate debut on Saturday against San Jose State and earned the same score in her only routine to date. The third member of the leading trio, Florida’s Ashanee Dickerson, has competed on floor four times with two 9.95’s.
No. 1 on Beam: Stanford has proven to be tough and poised on the balance beam, perhaps the most typically nerve-racking of the four events. The Cardinal leads the nation with a 49.188 scoring average on beam, which has been the event that has decided both of Stanford’s dual-meet victories, against UCLA and Utah. Stanford’s average team score breaks into a 9.838 individual average for the team’s top five.
Top Three: Stanford also is No. 2 on floor as a team with a 49.225 average, which breaks down to 9.845 on countable scores. And Stanford is No. 3 on the uneven bars, with a 49.188 average.
Last week: Giving giving its seniors a bit more rest than usual, Stanford scored a season-high 196.975 to beat San Jose State in a dual meet Saturday at Burnham Pavilion. Stanford scored five 9.9s, including three on the floor exercise, to close out the victory. Ashley Morgan and Shona Morgan tied for first on both the floor and balance beam. It was the first collegiate meet for Shona Morgan, the 2008 Australian Olympian. Ashley Morgan also captured the all-around, with 39.325 points.
The Pechancova: Starting in the anchor position of Stanford's uneven bars lineup against San Jose State last week., and with five clean routines in front of her, Nicole Pechanec was able to take some risks in a dual-meet against San Jose State on Saturday at Burnham Pavilion. She unveiled a twisting release move off the high bar that she invented. That's how the "Pechancova" -- so named because of the surname she used in the World Championships while competing for the Czech Republic -- came to be used in collegiate competition for the first time. That move, combined with her artistry, execution, and exquisite lines, gave the junior a collegiate career-high score of 9.925 to win the event and earn Pac-10 Special Performance of the Week honors.
Chicago Style Rotation Schedule
Stanford - Floor, Vault, Bars, Beam.
Oregon State - Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor.
UCLA - Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault.