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In Search of Seven
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/15/2014

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 10 Stanford will compete at the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in eight years, and 14th time overall, as it heads to Birmingham, Ala., on April 18-20.

The Cardinal is ranked 10th in the 12-team field and will compete in the first of two six-team semifinal groups on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT) at the BJCC Arena. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday at 4 p.m. The top four individual finishers in each semifinal (including ties) will qualify for the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday at noon.

The last time Stanford competed as the 10th seed was in 2012 when the team recorded its highest NCAA Championships team scores in program history on vault (49.550), bars (49.350) and beam (49.375). Stanford’s score on vault was the second-highest in program history at any competition.

Stanford is seeking its seventh Super Sixth berth since 2002. The Cardinal is one of seven teams in the nation to make six Super Six appearances in the past 12 years (2002-13).

What: No. 10 Stanford at NCAA Championships
When: April 18-20
Where: BJCC Arena • Birmingham, Ala.

NCAA Championships Schedule
Semifinals: Friday, 11 a.m. PT (session I); 5 p.m. (session II)
Super Six: Saturday, 4 p.m.
Individual Event Finals: Sunday, noon

Broadcast Information
Friday: Semifinals, ncaa.com webcast
Saturday: Super Six, ESPN3.com
Sunday: Individual Event finals, ESPN3.com
Wednesday: Super Six tape delay broadcast, ESPNU, 5 p.m. PT

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.

Cardinal Update
• Stanford tied its season-best team score of 197.275 to finish second at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional (April 5) and qualify to the NCAA Championships. The Cardinal’s team score was its second-highest all-time at a regional competition.

• Stanford recorded its second-highest event scores on the year on beam (49.450) and floor (49.325), and its third-best total on bars with a 49.325.

• Samantha Shapiro and Kristina Vaculik tied for the regional title on bars with scores of 9.950. Shapiro tied her career best, while Vaculik set a career high.

• The Cardinal has 13 victories against teams ranked in the top-25, including three in the top 10, on the season.

Full Circle
• Stanford last competed at the NCAA Championships in Alabama during head coach Kristen Smyth’s first season in 2002. The Cardinal qualified to its first Super Six in program history that year, placing sixth with a 196.025. It was a pivotal moment for Stanford, which has qualified for five additional Super Six competitions since 2002.

Super Frosh
• Freshman Nicolette McNair was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. She is Stanford’s fourth recipient of the honor, joining Carly Janiga (2007), Mandy Delgado (2002) and Lindsay Wing (2001).

• McNair continued to thrive at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, tying for seventh on vault (9.875), tying for eighth on bars (9.850) and contributing a 9.850 on beam.

• McNair earned six individual victories and hit 94 percent (34-of-36) 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 nine meets of the year and scoring 9.850 or higher in 24 of 27 routines during that span.

Vaculik Does It All
• Redshirt junior Kristina Vaculik has been one of Stanford’s most consistent gymnasts this season, competing in the all-around in nine of 12 meets. She leads Stanford with 15 individual victories, hitting 91 percent (41-for-45) of her routines. She led the conference with three Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week selections.

• Vaculik continued her outstanding season at the Baton Rouge Regional, tying for the bars title with a career-best 9.950, and posting strong performances on beam (9.875), floor (9.850) and vault (9.800).

Senior Leadership
• Stanford’s two seniors, Amanda Spinner and Shona Morgan, have been significant contributors throughout their collegiate careers and excelled in their final season.

• Spinner has hit 100 percent of her routines on balance beam throughout her entire career and posted five individual victories this season. She was the 2013 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year in the event.

• 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.

• Morgan has been consistent throughout her career, typically performing in the leadoff position in her three events (bars, beam, floor) for Stanford to ensure a strong start.

• She is coming off a regional meet in which she tied her career high on bars (9.900) to tie for third, scored 9.925 on beam to tie for third and went 9.875 on floor to tie for ninth.

Heat Watch
• Samantha Shapiro has been heating up just in time for postseason competition, hitting each of her past six bars routines. She tied her career-best of 9.950 at the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional to tie for first and went 9.925 at the Pac-12 Championships to tie for third.

Consistent Contributor
• Rachel Daum hit 100 percent of her routines and scored 9.800 or higher in 23 of 28 events as a freshman.

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 208-56-1 all-time record.

Rotation Schedule
• Here is the rotation order for the first session of the Pac-12 Championships:

Oklahoma: beam, bye, floor, vault, bye, bars
LSU: bye, floor, vault, bye, bars, beam
Georgia: vault, bye, bars, beam, bye, floor
Michigan: bars, beam, bye, floor, vault, bye
Stanford: floor, vault, bye, bars, beam, bye
Illinois: bye, bars, beam, bye, floor, vault

Athletes and Honors: Here is a listing of collegiate titles and honors for current Stanford gymnasts.
Ivana Hong, jr.:
2013 Norman Regional champion (beam)
2013 Norman Regional champion (vault)
2013 All-Pac-12 first team (beam)
2012 All-America first team (beam)
2012 All-America second team (vault)
2012 Pac-12 champion (vault)
2012 All-Pac-12 second team (vault)

Nicolette McNair, fr.:
2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year
2014 All-Pac-12 first team (vault, bars)

Shona Morgan, sr.:
2012 All-America second team (bars)
2012 All-Pac-12 second team (beam)

Taylor Rice, so.:
2013 All-America second team (floor)

Samantha Shapiro, jr.:
2014 Baton Rouge Regional champion (bars)
2014 All-Pac-12 second team (bars)
2012 All-America first team (bars)

Amanda Spinner, sr.:
2014 All-Pac-12 second team (beam)
2013 Pac-12 champion (beam)
2013 Pac-12 Specialist of the Year
2013 All-Pac-12 first team (beam)
2012 All-America first team (beam)
2012 NCAA Champaign Regional champion (beam)

Kristina Vaculik, rs jr.:
2014 Baton Rouge Regional champion (bars)
2014 All-Pac-12 first team (all-around)

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 HansetIvana Hong, Shona MorganSamantha ShapiroRebecca Wing and Amanda Spinner.

Stanford NCAA Championships Facts
• Team is competing in its 14th NCAA Championship meet.
• Has reached the Super Six six times.
• Most recent Super Six appearance was 2012 (fourth place).
• All of team's Super Six appearances have come since 2002
• The Cardinal is one of seven teams in the nation to make six Super Six appearances in the past 12 years (2002-13).
• The program's highest finish has been third in 2004 and 2008.
• Team's highest NCAA score was 197.500 in 2012 Super Six (fourth place).
• There have been two individual NCAA champions from Stanford.
• Larissa Fontaine tied for first on vault in 1998 (9.8625).
• Carly Janiga won the bars in 2010 in Gainesville, Fla.
• Janiga’s score of 9.9375 is the program's highest on the event in NCAA competition.
• Stanford has had 29 individual All-Americans that have garnered a total of 96 honors.
• Program has 20 first-team All-Americans in its history.
• Those individuals totaled 52 first-team All-America honors.
• Current assistant coach Tabitha Yim has the most first-team All-America honors in school history, with 13 from 2005-08.
• The highest all-around finish was Carly Janiga's third in 2010 (39.525).

Stanford Against NCAA Opponents
• Here are the results from Stanford’s most recent matchup against each opponent in Session I:

Oklahoma: April 6, 2013 (Norman, Okla.), NCAA Norman Regional: Oklahoma (first) 197.375, Stanford (second) 196.800.
LSU: April 5, 2014 (Baton Rouge, La.), NCAA Baton Rouge Regional: LSU (first) 198.325, Stanford (second) 197.275.
Georgia: Jan. 12, 2014 (Stanford, Calif.), dual meet: Stanford (first) 196.325, Georgia (second) 196.150.
Michigan: April 2, 2011 (Ann Arbor, Mich.), NCAA Ann Arbor Regional: Michigan (first) 197.075, Stanford (T-fourth) 195.225.
Illinois: April 19, 2013 (Los Angeles), NCAA Semifinals: Illinois (fifth) 195.700, Stanford (sixth) 194.700.

• Here are the results from Stanford’s most recent matchup against each opponent in Session II:
Florida: April 19, 2013 (Los Angeles), NCAA Semifinals: Florida (first) 197.775, Stanford (sixth) 194.700.
Alabama: March 7, 2014 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), dual meet: Alabama (first) 198.250, Stanford (second) 196.300.
Utah: March 22, 2014 (Berkeley, Calif.), Pac-12 Championships: Utah (first) 197.925, Stanford (second) 197.175.
UCLA: March 22, 2014 (Berkeley, Calif.), Pac-12 Championships: Stanford (Second) 197.175, UCLA (fourth) 196.525.
Nebraska: April 20, 2012 (Duluth, Ga.), NCAA Semifinals: Stanford (third) 197.125, Nebraska (fifth) 196.625.
Penn State: April 6, 2013 (Norman, Okla.), NCAA Norman Regional: Stanford (second) 196.800, Penn State (fourth) 195.875.

International Experience
Stanford's roster includes six gymnasts with senior national team experience. The list includes three Olympians, one Olympic alternate, two U.S. senior national team competitors, and four World Championships veterans.

• Junior Ivana Hong, a national champion on vault and beam in 2009, was a 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate. She was a bronze medalist on the beam at the 2009 World Championships and a team gold medalist at the 2007 worlds. Hong also earned a 2007 Pan Am Games bronze in the all-around.

• Junior Pauline Hanset represented Belgium, the country of her birth, in a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011.

• Senior Shona Morgan competed for Australia in the 2008 Olympics, finishing 15th in the all-around. She was a five-time national champion and competed in three World Championships.

• Junior Samantha Shapiro competed for the U.S. senior national team from 2009-11, winning several international meet titles. Earlier, she won three U.S. junior national championships.

• Junior Becky Wing competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics. She also competed in two World Championships and two European Championships.

• Redshirt junior Kristina Vaculik competed for Canada at the 2012 Olympics, helping the team to a fifth-place finish - its highest-ever team finish. She has won nine Canadian national championships, including three all-around titles (2007, 2010, 2012). She is a three-time competitor at the World Championships.


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