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Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/19/2014

Pac-12 Championships
No. 10 Stanford (13-3, 5-2 Pac-12)
Saturday, March 22 • 1 p.m. (PT)
Haas Pavilion  Berkeley, Calif.
Television  The meet will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
Live stats  Live scoring will be available via GoStanford.com.
Tickets  Adults ($15), Seniors/Youth ($10)

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 10 Stanford will pursue its sixth conference title at the Pac-12 Championships Saturday at 1 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif. The Cardinal (13-3, 5-2 Pac-12) won its most recent conference championship in 2008 and finished fourth or higher in each of the past 13 seasons.

The Cardinal will compete in Session I and is joined by top-seeded Utah, No. 2 UCLA and No. 4 Oregon State. The field is wide open this year with each of the four teams in the first session holding at least one victory over another team in the session. Stanford defeated Utah earlier this season, 197.000-196.300.

Session II will consist of No. 5 California, No. 6 Arizona, No. 7 Arizona State and No. 8 Washington, and take place at 6:30 p.m.

Follow the Action
 The meet will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network and live stats will be available via GoStanford.com. Fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordWGym and #gostanford.

Cardinal Update
 Stanford finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and went 5-2 against Pac-12 competition. The Cardinal defeated six top-25 teams, including two in the top 10.

 The Cardinal had last weekend off after competing in two meets the week before against No. 22 California and No. 4 Alabama.

 The Cardinal delivered a strong performance to defeat No. 22 California, 196.750-196.025. The Cardinal won three of four events and four gymnasts combined for eight individual victories. Stanford improved to 41-1 against the Golden Bears dating back to 1996.

 An outstanding night that included three top-four finishes by Nicolette McNair wasn’t quite enough to take down No. 4 Alabama. McNair tied her career best on bars (9.875) to finish fourth, tied her career high on vault (9.925) to place third and went 9.875 on beam to finish third.

 Kristina Vaculik continued her outstanding season against California, claiming individual wins on four of five events including the all-around (39.550), bars (9.925), beam (9.875) and floor (9.900). Vaculik’s score on beam tied her collegiate best.

 Vaculik was terrific all season and led Stanford with 15 individual victories, hitting 92 percent (34-for-37) of her routines. She led the conference with three Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week selections.

 Nicolette McNair had a great debut season, earning six individual victories and hitting 93 percent (28-of-30) of her routines in her regular lineup spots on vault, bars and beam. McNair got stronger as the year went on and the competition got tougher, hitting each vault, bars and beam routine in the final seven meets of the year and scoring 9.850 or higher in 18 of 21 routines during that span.

 Amanda Spinner hit 100 percent of her routines on balance beam for the third consecutive season and posted five individual victories on the year. Spinner began the season with four consecutive individual wins, capped by a career-high 9.975 at the UC Davis quad meet on Jan. 26. She earned the fifth individual victory against then-No. 4 Utah to help lead Stanford to a 197.000-196.300 win.

 Rachel Daum has been one of Stanford’s most consistent gymnasts this season, hitting 100 percent of her routines and scoring 9.800 or higher in 18 of 22 events.

Reaching 200
 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 202-55-1 all-time record.

Rotation Schedule
 Here is the rotation order for the first session of the Pac-12 Championships:
Utah: vault, bars, beam, floor
UCLA: bars, beam, floor, vault
Stanford: beam, floor, vault, bars
Oregon State: floor, vault, bars, beam

Stanford Against Other Pac-12 Teams in 2014
 The Cardinal is 5-2 against Pac-12 teams this season with the following results:
Jan. 5 (Sacramento, Calif.): Stanford 194.825, California 194.650
Jan. 19 (Stanford): Stanford 195.925, Arizona 195.850
Feb. 3 (Corvallis, Ore.): Oregon State 197.100, Stanford 195.750
Feb. 8 (Seattle): Stanford 196.825, Washington 196.200
Feb. 17 (Stanford): Stanford 197.000, Utah 196.300
Feb. 22 (Los Angeles): UCLA 197.000, Stanford 196.250
March 3 (Stanford): Stanford 196.750, California 196.025

Stanford’s Pac-12 Championships History
 Stanford has finished no lower than fourth over the past 13 conference championships, including all 12 seasons under head coach Kristen Smyth. Since the conference championships began in 1987, UCLA has won 16 titles, Oregon State has claimed six and the Cardinal boasts five victories. No other school has won.

 Stanford finished first at the conference championships in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2008.

In the Rankings
 Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its Regional Qualifying Average:
Vault: 11th, 49.300
Bars: 10th, 49.240
Beam: 6th, 49.230
Floor: 21st, 49.120

 Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its Regional Qualifying Average:
Vault
Nicolette McNair, T-18th, 9.905

Bars
Kristina Vaculik, T-15th, 9.900

Beam
Amanda Spinner, T-23rd, 9.870

Floor
Kristina Vaculik, 19th, 9.895


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