Jan. 29, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - After opening the season with four road meets, the No. 11 Stanford women's gymnastics team (7-1) will participate in its first home meet against No. 4 UCLA (3-0) Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. (PT) in Burnham Pavilion.
What: Dual Meet vs. UCLA
When: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. (PT)
Where: Burnham Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.
Follow the Action: Live updates will be posted on the Stanford women's gymnastics Twitter page (@StanfordWGym) and live stats will be available through www.gostanford.com.
Programming Note: The meet will be webcasted through gostanford.com. It will not be televised on the Pac-12 Networks as previously scheduled.
Cardinal Update: Stanford recorded a season-high team score on Saturday, Jan. 26 to defeat California on the road, 196.450-195.775, in a meet that included individual and season bests for multiple Cardinal gymnasts. Stanford outscored Cal on three of four events and recorded the highest individual scores on all four events and the all-around.
It was Stanford's 28th consecutive victory over Cal, dating back to 2000. The Cardinal improved to 37-1 against the Golden Bears since 1996.
Stanford Top 25 in All Events: Along with being ranked No. 11 overall, the Cardinal is ranked in the NCAA top 25 in every event. Stanford is seventh on balance beam, ninth on vault, 10th on uneven bars and 25th on floor exercise.
Cardinal to Watch
Ashley Morgan - The senior captain claimed three individual titles against Cal, finishing first on vault, floor exercise and the all-around. The All-American had an outstanding meet, tying her career-best on vault (9.925), recording a new season-best on floor (9.925) and tying her season-best on uneven bars (9.850).
Morgan also won her second all-around title of the week with a 39.225, after claiming her first of the season on Monday at Georgia with the same score.
At Georgia, Morgan was perhaps the most consistent performer for the Cardinal, competing in the all-around and recording at least a 9.800 on three of her four events. Morgan contributed scores on uneven bars (9.850), floor exercise (9.850) and balance beam (9.800).
Morgan's tremendous week was recognized as she was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-27. It was Morgan's second Gymnast of the Week honor of her career and marks Stanford's 23rd selection all-time and first this season.
Amanda Spinner - The junior All-American delivered a career-high performance on balance beam at Georgia, scoring 9.925 to lead Stanford on the only event it outscored the Gym Dogs.
Spinner continued to thrive on the event at Cal, posting a 9.825 for a third-place finish.
Following a fourth-place finish on beam at the 2012 NCAA Championships, Spinner has been a rock for the Cardinal on the event this season, claiming two individual titles in just four meets.
Spinner also made her first collegiate appearance on uneven bars at Georgia due to a last-minute lineup change. Competing in the sixth position, Spinner delivered a much-needed clean routine, scoring 9.725 to keep the Cardinal within striking distance of Georgia. She stayed in the bars lineup at Cal and delivered a 9.750.
Samantha Shapiro - Shapiro earned her first individual title of the year at Cal with a career-best 9.950 performance on uneven bars - the highest of any Cardinal this season. The sophomore All-American has improved her score on the event in each consecutive meet this season.
Shona Morgan - The junior from Melbourne, Australia continued to be one of Stanford's most consistent performers contributing scores on all three of her events at Cal. Morgan scored a season-best 9.850 on uneven bars and finished third on floor exercise with a 9.875. She also delivered a solid routine on balance beam, good for a 9.800.
Nicole Dayton - The senior captain has dominated on vault this season with three individual titles in four meets. Dayton's three individual titles this season exceed her total during the entire 2012 season (two). She is currently ranked 14th in the NCAA on the event with an average score of 9.888.
Melissa Chuang - The freshman has established herself as a strong competitor in the vault and floor lineups, contributing scores in all four meets for the Cardinal this season. Chuang recorded a pair of 9.825's at Georgia on vault and floor exercise. Her score on floor was a new career best.
Chuang followed her consistent performance at Georgia with impressive routines at California, scoring 9.825 on vault and 9.775 on floor. The freshman has never scored lower than a 9.750 on any event this season.
Breakout Week: Sophomore Pauline Hanset had a great week contributing scores at Georgia and Cal. Hanset began the week at Georgia by leading the Cardinal on floor and tying her career-high score of 9.875 - good for a third place finish. Hanset also tied her career best on beam with a 9.750 and tied for the third-highest Stanford score on vault (9.800) at the meet.
Hanset continued to deliver at Cal by setting a new season high on vault with a 9.825, good for third place. Hanset also tied for Stanford's third-highest score on floor with a 9.775.
Pac-12 Winning Streak: Stanford has won its last five regular-season Pac-12 matchups. Its last regular-season Pac-12 loss occurred Feb. 24, 2012 at then-No. 5 Utah (196.300-196.100).
Saturday's Opponent: UCLA
This Season: UCLA is undefeated and coming off its third consecutive dual meet, defeating Arizona State, 196.375-195.600. The Bruins scored a season-high 49.35 on vault with all six gymnasts scoring a 9.800 or higher. The Bruins also had a strong performance on balance beam with four gymnasts recording season highs.
The Bruins are led by Senior Vanessa Zamarripa who has notched two Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week awards this season for a total of seven in her career, a Pac-12 record.
The UCLA Series: Stanford last saw UCLA at the 2012 NCAA Super Six where the Cardinal finished fourth, just behind the third-place Bruins by a score of 197.750-197.500. Stanford dropped its only 2012 regular season meeting with UCLA in Los Angeles, 197.250-196.450.
Stanford's most recent victory over UCLA came on Feb. 11, 2011 in the Chicago Style Invitational, when the Cardinal defeated the Bruins, 196.475-196.300. It was the third consecutive victory for Stanford against UCLA that season, with the Cardinal defeating the Bruins on Jan. 23, 2011 at home in Burnham Pavilion (196.200-194.825) and Jan. 9, 2011 in Los Angeles (196.625-195.925). The Jan. 23, 2011 victory also marks the last meeting between the two programs at Stanford.
The Cardinal has won its last two home meets against UCLA.
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