April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The No. 2 ranked Stanford University women's gymnastics team advanced to the program's second-ever Super Six Thursday afternoon by tying Florida for the top score in Session I at the NCAA Championships with a 196.850. Georgia finished third with a score of 196.775 to advance to the Super Six. The Cardinal will compete for the national championship Friday night with Florida, Georgia and three teams from the second session.
Stanford captured two of the top three spots in the all-around en route to the win. Leading the way for the Cardinal were sophomore All-American Natalie Foley and senior All-American Lise LÚveillÚ. Foley tied for first place in the all-around with a score of 39.525, while LÚveillÚ finished third with a score of 39.475.
The Cardinal started the day on vault and tallied a team score of 49.050. Senior All-American Lindsay Wing got things started for the Cardinal with a 9.725. Fellow senior All-American Caroline Fluhrer followed Wing with a 9.675, while senior Shelly Goldberg earned a 9.725. Sophomore Jessica Louie earned a 9.825, while LÚveillÚ scored a 9.875. Foley wrapped up the Cardinal's rotation with a 9.900 to lead the team.
After a bye in the second rotation, the Cardinal moved to the uneven bars in rotation three, tallying a team score of 49.350. Louie got the Cardinal off to another good start, earning a 9.800, followed by freshman Stacy Sprando, who earned a 9.700. LÚveillÚ was next and the senior didn't disappoint, earning a 9.875. Wing and Fluhrer were next scoring a 9.875 and a 9.900, respectively.
The Cardinal moved to the balance beam in the fourth rotation, where they tallied a team score of 49.000. Senior All-American Kendall Beck and Fluhrer started the Cardinal off with identical scores of 9.750. The Cardinal would get stronger at the end of the rotation, getting a 9.800 from Foley, a 9.825 from LÚveillÚ and a 9.875 from Wing.
Trailing Georgia and Florida heading into the final rotation, the Cardinal needed a solid team score in the floor exercise to advance to the Super Six. Stanford would not just advance, but its score of 49.475 on floor, which was the highest of the night, was good enough to push the Cardinal into the lead. Goldberg got things going for the Cardinal with a 9.85, while Wing tallied a 9.875. After Louie scored a 9.825, the Cardinal rolled off three consecutive scores of 9.900 or better. Fluhrer and Foley posted back-to-back scores of 9.925, while LÚveillÚ closed out the night with a 9.900 to seal the win for the Cardinal.
Finishing fourth with a score of 196.150 was Nebraska, while Oklahoma took home fifth place with a 195.750 and Iowa finished sixth with a team score of 194.775.
The Cardinal, along with Florida and Georgia will face off with three of the teams from Session II for the national championship tomorrow night at 7:00 pm in Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. Competing in the second session is Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, Utah and host UCLA.