NCAA Baton Rouge Regional
No. 10 Stanford (19-4, 11-3 Pac-12)
Saturday, April 5 • 2 p.m. (PT)
Pete Maravich Assembly Center • Baton Rouge, La.
Live Stream • A free live stream will be available via GoStanford.com.
Live stats • Live scoring will be available via GoStanford.com.
Tickets • Adults ($8/5), Youth ($5/3)
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 10 Stanford will pursue a spot at the NCAA Championships this Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT) when it competes in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional.
The Cardinal (19-4, 11-3 Pac-12) will look to earn its sixth regional title and qualify to the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in the past eight years. Stanford has competed in the Baton Rouge Regional twice, winning the competition in 1999 and finishing second in 2008. Stanford has qualified to the NCAA regional competition in 31 consecutive years and 34 overall.
Joining the Cardinal in Baton Rouge will be top-seeded LSU, and (in order of seeding) Auburn, Arizona, Kent State and Iowa State. The top two teams in the regional competition will receive a berth to the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., April 18-20.
The Cardinal is coming off a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships – the team’s highest finish since 2010. Seven gymnasts combined for 10 top-10 finishes and Nicolette McNair was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Follow the Action
• The meet will be streamed online and live stats will be available via GoStanford.com. Fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordWGym and #gostanford.
• Stanford posted its second-highest team score on the season with a 197.175 to finish second at the Pac-12 Championships – the team’s best result since 2010. Stanford was outstanding on three events, punctuating its second-place result with a season-best 49.450 on bars to close the meet.
• Stanford recorded its second-highest event scores of the year on beam (49.350) and vault (49.400). The Cardinal’s beam score was the highest in the competition and its vault score was the second-highest.
• The Cardinal has 11 victories against teams ranked in the top-25, including three in the top 10, on the season.
• Freshman Nicolette McNair had a terrific conference championships debut, finishing second on bars (9.950), tying for fifth on vault (9.925), and tying for ninth on beam with a 9.875. McNair’s 9.950 on bars was a career-best and crushed her previous high of 9.875. Her 9.925 on vault tied her career-high.
• McNair earned six individual victories and hit 94 percent (31-of-33) of her routines in her regular lineup spots on vault, bars and beam on the year. McNair got stronger as the year went on and the competition got tougher, hitting each vault, bars and beam routine in the final eight meets of the year and scoring 9.850 or higher in 21 of 24 routines during that span.
• McNair was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year for her outstanding performance throughout the season. She is Stanford’s fourth recipient of the honor, joining Carly Janiga (2007), Mandy Delgado (2002) and Lindsay Wing (2001).
• Kristina Vaculik continued her outstanding season at the Pac-12 Championships, tying for third on bars with a 9.925 and tying for ninth on beam with a 9.875.
• Vaculik was terrific all season and led Stanford with 15 individual victories, hitting 90 percent (37-for-41) of her routines. She led the conference with three Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week selections.
• Amanda Spinner hit 100 percent of her routines on balance beam for the third consecutive season and posted five individual victories on the year. She tied for ninth on beam at the Pac-12 Championships with a 9.875.
• 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.
• Samantha Shapiro has been heating up just in time for postseason competition, hitting each of her past five bars routines. She tied her season-best of 9.925 at the Pac-12 Championships to tie for third.
• Shona Morgan left a strong impression in the final Pac-12 Championships of her collegiate career, scoring 9.825 or higher in three events. Morgan tied her season best to finish 10th on floor with a 9.875, went 9.850 on beam and 9.825 on bars. Her performances in the leadoff position on each event were particularly crucial to the Cardinal’s success because she ensured Stanford started with a strong score.
• 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 20 of 25 events.
• 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 208-56-1 all-time record.
• Here is the rotation order for the first session of the Pac-12 Championships:
LSU: bye, bars, beam, bye, floor, vault
Stanford: bye, floor, vault, bye, bars, beam
Auburn: vault, bye, bars, beam, bye, floor
Arizona: floor, vault, bye, bars, beam, bye
Kent State: bars, beam, bye, floor, vault, bye
Iowa State: beam, bye, floor, vault, bye, bars
Stanford Against Regional Opponents
• Here are the results from the last time Stanford faced each regional opponent:
LSU: April 19, 2013 (Los Angeles), NCAA Team Semifinals: LSU (second) 197.325, Stanford (sixth) 194.700.
Auburn: April 24, 2003 (Lincoln, Neb.), NCAA Team Semifinals: Stanford (fifth) 196.200, Auburn (sixth) 193.525.
Arizona: March 22, 2014 (Berkeley, Calif.), Pac-12 Championships: Stanford (second) 197.175, Arizona (sixth) 196.250.
Kent State: April 2, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), NCAA Ann Arbor Regional: Kent State (second) 195.450, Stanford (T-fifth) 195.225.
Iowa State: April 2, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), NCAA Ann Arbor Regional: Stanford (T-fifth) 195.225, Iowa State (sixth) 194.800.
Stanford’s NCAA Regional History
• Stanford has qualified in 31 consecutive seasons and 34 overall.
• The Cardinal has finished in the top two to advance to the NCAA’s in six of the past seven seasons.
• Under head coach Kristen Smyth, Stanford has won four regional titles, were runners-up five times, and have a third- and two fourth-place finishes.
• The Cardinal has had 25 gymnasts combine for 42 individual titles, including 37 since 1998.
• Stanford is seeking its sixth NCAA regional title, all since 1999.
Individual Cardinal Experience at NCAA Regional
• The following are current Stanford gymnasts (nine) who competed as part of past regional lineups:
Three: Shona Morgan (2011, 2012, 2013)
Two: Kristina Vaculik (2011, 2013), Ivana Hong (2012, 2013), Samantha Shapiro (2012, 2013), Amanda Spinner (2012, 2013)
One: Pauline Hanset (2012), Rebecca Wing (2012), Taylor Rice (2013), Alex Archer (2013)
Super Six Experience
• Stanford has six gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2012 NCAA Super Six finals in Duluth, Ga., on the Cardinal’s fourth-place team. They are: Pauline Hanset, Ivana Hong, Shona Morgan, Samantha Shapiro, Rebecca Wing and Amanda Spinner.
In the Rankings
• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its Regional Qualifying Average:
Vault: T-9th, 49.325
Bars: 9th, 49.305
Beam: 5th, 49.260
Floor: T-23rd, 49.120
• Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its Regional Qualifying Score:
Kristina Vaculik, T-21st, 39.335
Nicolette McNair, 20th, 9.910
Kristina Vaculik, 17th, 9.910
Amanda Spinner, T-23rd, 9.875