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Stanford Takes On Washington
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/07/2014

No. 12 Stanford (10-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
No. 24 Washington (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, Feb. 8 – 4 p.m. (PT)
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion – Seattle
Live StatsLive Stream

 

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 12 Stanford will compete in its second competition in the Pacific Northwest this week, traveling to Washington for a dual meet Saturday at 4 p.m.

The Cardinal (10-1, 2-1 Pac-12) will look to start a new winning streak after going 10-0 to begin the season before falling 197.100-195.750 at Oregon State on Monday. A tough start on bars, combined with a season-best performance by the Beavers, was too much for the Cardinal to overcome.

Despite dropping its first decision of the year, there were plenty of individual highlights from Stanford gymnasts, including individual victories on vault by Nicolette McNair and Kristina Vaculik.

Washington is coming off a season-best team performance at Arizona with a 195.175, but fell to the Wildcats which posted a 196.500.

Follow the Action
• The competition will be streamed online by Washington and live stats will be available via gostanford.com. Fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordWGym and #gostanford.

Taking on the Pacific Northwest
• Stanford’s night at Oregon State was highlighted by a variety of individual performances, including individual victories on vault by Nicolette McNair and Kristina Vaculik, who shared the win with scores of 9.900.

• It was the second consecutive individual victory on vault for McNair, who claimed the win at UC Davis in a quad meet with a collegiate-best 9.925. McNair shared the Cardinal’s top score on bars with Vaculik, posting a 9.875.

• Vaculik continued to be a force in multiple events, recording 9.900 on vault to place first, tied her collegiate best of 9.925 on floor and posted a 9.875 on bars. Vaculik has scored a 9.800 or higher in 15 of 17 events this season and accumulated six scores of 9.900 or higher in the past three meets.

• A week after scoring a collegiate-best 9.950 on beam, Shona Morgan again delivered a strong performance to earn a 9.900.

• Rachel Daum turned in another great performance on floor, earning a 9.850. It was her fourth consecutive meet scoring 9.825 or higher in the event. She also tied her collegiate best with a 9.875 on vault.

Approaching 200

• Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth’s next win will be the 200th of her career. 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 199-53-1 all-time record.

Saturday’s Opponent: No. 24 Washington

• Washington posted a season-best team score in its most recent matchup against Arizona, but fell to the Wildcats, 196.500-195.175.

• Stanford defeated the GymDawgs twice in 2013, first at the Pac-12 Championships and again at the NCAA Norman Regional. The Cardinal has defeated Washington in 15 of the past 16 meetings, dating back to a Feb. 24, 2004, dual meet at Stanford.

• Key contributors for Washington will be Aliza Vaccher and Allison Northey who are slated to compete in the all-around. Northey claimed the all-around victory in the GymDawgs most recent meet at Arizona with a 39.050.

In the Rankings (as of Feb. 2)
• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of its scores:

Vault: 15th, 49.056
Bars: 8th, 49.113
Beam: 11th, 48.956
Floor: 19th, 48.963

• Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of their scores:

Bars
Kristina Vaculik, 5th, 9.894
Samantha Shapiro, 17th, 9.869

Beam
Amanda Spinner, 9th, 9.888
Rachel Daum, T-11th, 9.875

Floor
Pauline Hanset, T-17th, 9.892
Taylor Rice, T-24th, 9.875
Kristina Vaculik, T-24th, 9.875

All-Around
Kristina Vaculik, T-7th, 39.425


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