STANFORD, Calif. – No. 12 Stanford will look to earn its second win against a top-10 opponent this week when it takes on No. 9 UCLA on Saturday at 6 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Stanford (12-1, 4-1 Pac-12) is coming off its second-highest team performance, defeating No. 4 Utah 197.000-196.300. It was the Cardinal’s second win over a top-10 opponent on the season and first against Utah since the 2012 NCAA Super Six. Stanford improved to 2-0 against the Utes at home, with the first win coming in 1998.
UCLA (4-2, 4-1 Pac-12) defeated Washington in its most recent meet, 196.675-195.650. Sydney Sawa and Sadiqua Bynum delivered career-best performances and Olivia Courtney notched three scores of 9.900 or higher to secure the victory.
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• The competition will be streamed online and live stats will be available via gostanford.com. Fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordWGym and #gostanford.
• No. 12 Stanford hit all 24 routines and six Cardinal gymnasts recorded collegiate bests Monday, as the Cardinal pulled the upset over No. 4 Utah, 197.000-196.300. Stanford scored 9.775 or higher in every routine and went 9.850 or higher in 13 of 24 performances.
• Kristina Vaculik continued to shine in the all-around, picking up the individual victory with a 39.475. Vaculik punctuated the Cardinal’s win with a collegiate-best 9.950 on floor in the anchor position to close the competition.
• Vaculik has scored a 9.800 or higher in 23 of 25 events this season and accumulated 10 scores of 9.900 or higher in the past five meets.
• Shona Morgan had a terrific competition and embodied the consistency delivered all afternoon by the Cardinal against Utah. Competing in the leadoff position in three events, Morgan tied for first on beam (9.850), tied her collegiate best on bars to place second (9.900) and tied her season best on floor to tie for fifth (9.875).
• Stanford had a great meet on beam, claiming each of the top six spots. Morgan, Nicolette McNair and Amanda Spinner tied for the individual victory with scores of 9.850. Rebecca Wing, Taylor Rice and Vaculik tied for fourth, each posting a 9.825.
• Nicolette McNair notched the Cardinal’s top score on vault in the fifth consecutive competition with a 9.850. The freshman has been a force in her debut season and has scored 9.850 or higher on vault, bars and beam over the past three meets – including three scores of 9.900 or higher.
• Amanda Spinner scored 9.850 on beam to finish to tie for first. She has scored 9.850 or higher in all seven meets this season, highlighted by a collegiate-best 9.975 at UC Davis (Jan. 26). She has hit 100 percent of her routines throughout her collegiate career.
• Four gymnasts tied or set collegiate bests on bars as Stanford tallied a season-best 49.425 in the event.
• Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth earned the 200th win of her career when Stanford defeated Washington on Feb. 8. Since Smyth arrived as Stanford’s head coach in 2002, the program has had unprecedented success. Now in her 13th year with the program, Smyth has posted a 201-53-1 all-time record.
Saturday’s Opponent: No. 9 UCLA
• UCLA is averaging 196.517 through six meets this season and is ranked in the top 10 on floor (6th, 49.271), bars (7th, 49.229) and vault (10th, 49.204).
• The Bruins defeated Washington in their most recent meet, 196.675-195.650. Olivia Courtney notched three scores of 9.900 or higher, and Sydney Sawa and Sadiqua Bynum turned in collegiate-best performances in the victory.
• Sawa was named this week’s Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week after winning the all-around with a career-best 39.450. She also posted individual victories on beam (9.925) and floor (9.900).
• UCLA holds a 47-15-1 regular season record against Stanford all-time and went 2-0 against the Cardinal in 2013. Stanford last defeated the Bruins at the Chicago Style Invitational tri-meet Feb. 11, 2011.
In the Rankings
• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of its scores:
Vault: 13th, 49.121
Bars: 12th, 49.038
Beam: 7th, 49.054
Floor: 22nd, 48.942
• Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of their scores:
Kristina Vaculik, 15th, 39.300
Kristina Vaculik, 8th, 9.896
Amanda Spinner, 5th, 9.883
Taylor Rice, T-25th, 9.825
Rachel Daum, T-25th, 9.825
Kristina Vaculik, 13th, 9.890
Taylor Rice, T-19th, 9.875