STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford officially wrapped up the 2013-14 season this past Saturday at its year-end banquet, with conference and national honors distributed to gymnasts who earned awards during the season.
Team awards were also announced, highlighted by the first co-Cardinal Gymnast of the Year award presented to seniors Amanda Spinner and Shona Morgan. The award is the highest honor a Stanford gymnast can receive.
Spinner hit 100 percent of her routines for the third consecutive season and was named All-Pac-12 Second Team on beam. She posted five individual victories and earned Pac-12 Specialist of the Week honors Dec. 30-Jan. 5. The three-time team co-captain helped lead a Stanford team that relied heavily on its underclassmen to 15 victories over ranked opponents, including four in the top 10.
Morgan earned the second All-America award of her career, claiming first-team honors on bars. She placed ninth at the NCAA Individual Event Finals with a 9.8375. Morgan, one of the Cardinal’s most consistent gymnasts, finished her collegiate career hitting 93 percent of her routines on beam, 92 percent on bars and 89 percent on floor.
Morgan also garnered the team’s Academic Award. She was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team for the third consecutive year and earned Capital One Academic All-Region District 8 recognition.
Kristina Vaculik took home Most Valuable Gymnast honors after compiling a team-high 16 individual victories and hitting 90 percent (46-for-51) of her routines on the season. She earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, bars and floor. She placed third on bars (9.900) and seventh on beam (9.875) at the NCAA Individual Event Finals. Vaculik led all conference gymnasts with three Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week honors.
Jenna Frowein claimed the Most Improved Award, working her way into the floor lineup this season and becoming a mainstay by the end of the year. After not competing in 2013, Frowein worked on increasing her difficulty in routines and competed in 11 of 13 meets this season. She stepped up when it mattered most, posting a career-high 9.850 at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to help Stanford earn a berth to the NCAA Championships.
Carinne Gale earned the team’s Most Inspirational Award in a unanimous vote by the coaches and teammates. Sidelined by injury during the season, Gale provided encouragement and a positive attitude for her teammates in practices and competitions to help ensure team success.
The Cardinal competed in its seventh NCAA Championships in the past eight years, and 14th time in program history, during the 2014 season. Stanford has made 31 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances (34 overall) and accumulated 101 All-America honors (including 81 since 2002).
It was a year full of accomplishments for Stanford which finished with a 25-8 record – tying for the third-most wins in program history. The Cardinal placed second at the Pac-12 Championships, recorded its second-highest team score at an NCAA regional competition (197.275) and three gymnasts combined for five First Team All-America honors.