March 16, 2004
THIS WEEK: Stanford (8-3) at Pac-10 Championship
WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2004 - 6:00 PM (MST)
WHERE: Tucson, Ari. - University of Arizona - McKale Center
WHAT: Conference championship meet
LAST TIME AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
March 29, 2003 - Los Angeles, Calif.
Stanford finished 2nd - 197.700
ON THE HORIZON
NCAA Regional Championships
Saturday, April 3, 2004
THIS WEEK: After a restful two weeks off, the Cardinal (8-3) travel to Tucson, AZ to compete in the Pac-10 Championship this Saturday. Stanford will be looking to capture its third overall Pac-10 title, and its second in the last four seasons.
TV TIME: The Pac-10 Championship will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a tape delayed basis. Stanford fans can watch the Cardinal on March 25th at 12:00 pm on Fox Sports West and Fox Sports Bay Area. The action will be called by Kathy Johnson-Clarke and Barry Tompkins.
STANFORD AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: The Cardinal last captured the Pac-10 Team Championship in 2001 when they tallied an amazing score of 197.850 to edge then-top ranked UCLA ... Stanford is just one of three schools to claim the Pac-10 crown ... The Cardinal own two of the top five scores in Pac-10 Championship history. Stanford set the second highest score in championship history with a 197.850 in 2001 and is tied with UCLA for the fifth best score with a 197.700, which the Cardinal registered in 2003 ... Three Cardinal gymnasts have captured individual event crowns at the conference championship in senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill?, and Lindsay Wing. Fluhrer earned the vault title in 2001, while Wing is the reigning three-time balance beam champion, sharing the award with L?veill? in 2001 and 2002.
BEAMING WITH CONFIDENCE: Over the last three years, senior All-American's Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing have had a stranglehold on the Pac-10 balance beam title. Wing is a three-time conference beam champion, while L?veill? has captured the title twice. The duo shared top honors on the beam in 2001 and 2002, while Wing claimed last year's title. The Cardinal's one-two punch should once again be formidable competitors, as Wing ranks sixth in the country and L?veill? 19th on the beam.
STANFORD'S UPCOMING ROTATION ORDER: At the Pac-10 Championship, the Cardinal will begin the evening with a bye in the first rotation before moving to the uneven bars in rotation two. Stanford will then move to the balance beam in the third rotation and receive a bye in the fourth rotation. The Cardinal finish up with floor in the fifth rotation, a bye in the sixth and cap the night on vault in the seventh rotation.
Rotation I - Bye
Rotation II - Uneven Bars
Rotation III - Balance Beam
Rotation IV - Bye
Rotation V - Floor Exercise
Rotation VI - Bye
Rotation VII - Vault
RANKINGS REVIEW: Stanford enters the Pac-10 Championship as the No. 6 ranked team in the country with a regional qualifying score of 197.350. The Cardinal are ranked in the top 25 in all four events and in the top 10 in three of the four. Stanford is ranked No. 3 on the balance beam (49.425), No. 5 on the uneven bars (49.385), No. 10 on the vault (49.310) and No. 13 in the floor exercise (49.410). Individually, four Stanford performers are ranked among the nation's elite. Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley is ranked No. 11 in the all-around (39.565), tied for 18th on bars (9.910) and tied for 24th on vault (9.905). Senior All-American Lindsay Wing is tied for 24th in the country in the all-around (39.420), tied for sixth on beam (9.935) and tied for 20th on bars (9.905). Senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer is tied for seventh on the bars (9.925) and tied for 20th on floor (9.925), while fellow senior All-American Lise L?veill? is tied for 19th on the beam (9.910).
Natalie Foley NAMED PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK: Sophomore All-American Natalie Foley was named the Pacific-10 Gymnast of the Week for the week of February 23-29th. Foley finished first in the all-around, helping Stanford record an amazing 197.850-197.175 win at Oregon State. That score of 197.850 tied UCLA for the top road score in the nation this season and is the 8th best overall score. Foley has led Stanford to an incredible feat as the Cardinal reached the top home and away scores in the country in back-to-back weeks. Versus Oregon State, the Englewood, CO native tallied a 39.725 and captured first place on the vault (9.925), bars (9.950) and floor (9.950) en route to capturing the all-around. This is the first Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for Foley and the first for Stanford this season.
CARDINAL SET NATIONAL SEASON-HIGH MARKS: The Cardinal own the highest overall national regular season dual meet score and the second highest road score this season. Stanford shares both records with Pac-10 rival UCLA. The Cardinal set the national season-high mark on Feb. 20th when Stanford defeated Cal 198.875-195.750 in Burnham Pavilion. During that meet, the Cardinal also set national event season-highs on floor (49.925) and the beam (49.750). The very next week, Stanford turned in an outstanding performance with a 197.850-197.175 win at Oregon State on Feb. 27th.
LAST MEET: For the third straight meet, the Cardinal topped the 197 mark and for the third straight meet, the Cardinal walked away with an impressive win. Stanford won three of the four events to defeat the host Maryland Terrapins, 197.775-197.375 on March 6th in the Comcast Center Gymnasium. With the win, the Cardinal improve to 8-3 on the season. Sophomore Jessica Louie's career-high 9.975 on the vault and senior All-American Kendall Beck's 9.925 on beam highlighted an evening of extraordinary performances. Senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer tied for first in the all-around with a score of 39.600.
CARDINAL REACH PROGRAM-BEST NO. 3 RANKING: The Cardinal reached a program-best No. 3 ranking in the March 8th national listings. The Cardinal have since slipped to No. 6 in the rankings after taking the last two weeks off to rest and prepare for the postseason. Stanford turned in a dominant performance at Maryland to jump into the national top three. The Cardinal have been arguably the hottest team in the country over the past four weeks. In that four-week span, Stanford rose from No. 9 to No. 3 in the rankings. The Cardinal's rise in the rankings began with an unbelievable performance at home on Feb. 20, which saw Stanford set the national season high score of 198.875 in a win over Cal.
ABSOLUTE PERFECTION: Stanford senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer, Lise L?veill? and Lindsay Wing have all earned perfect 10s this season. Fluhrer earned her perfect score in the floor exercise in the Cardinal's dual meet versus Cal (2/20). The score marked the first perfect score in Fluhrer's career and is the eighth on floor in program history. L?veill? earned two perfect 10s, one on beam and one on floor, in the dual meet versus Cal. L?veill? joined Wing as the only Cardinal performers to earn a perfect score on the beam and became just the seventh gymnast in Stanford history to earn a perfect score in the floor exercise. Her two perfect scores are the first two of her career. Wing is no stranger to perfect scores. Earlier this season, Wing made Stanford women's gymnastics history when she earned her second career 10 on the balance beam in a dual meet versus Washington (1/30). The Cypress, TX native became just the second Cardinal to have earned two perfect scores in any event. Wing earned her first career perfect score on floor, and her third career 10 in the dual meet versus Cal. With three career 10s, Wing trails only former Stanford standout Amy Murakami (4 perfect scores) for most perfect scores in program history.
ALL-AMERICANS: The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise L?veill? (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. L?veill? garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05: Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team.
THE SMYTH FILE: Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.