Feb. 6, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
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Forget the Super Bowl, the No. 8 Stanford women’s gymnastics team hopes to create its own version of Super Sunday as it takes on No. 24 Washington, No. 36 San Jose State and No. 44 Sacramento State at Burnham Pavilion for a 2 p.m. quadrangular meet. Stanford (3-2) takes on its fifth Top 25 team of the season so far, while Washington (0-4) meets its fifth Top 10 team.
Follow the Meet
Live stats and a live webcast are available. The free live stats can be found at gostanford.com. The live stats can be found on women’s gymnastics schedule page, by clicking on the event, and then the “live stats” link. The premium webcast can be found at osubeavers.com. Look for the “watch” link. Kevin Danna and Tim Swartz will call the action.
This Week: Washington
The Huskies are ranked No. 24 by GymInfo.com and have been as high as No. 19 despite an 0-4 start. However, the record is misleading because Washington has faced only Top-10 teams this year: current No. 10 Nebraska, No. 6 UCLA, No. 5 Oregon State and No. 4 Utah. Stanford will be Washington’s fifth consectutive Top 10 opponent. The schedule doesn’t get much easier in the coming weeks when the Huskies take on No. 7 Arkansas and No. 2 Oklahoma. Sophomore Hatsune Akaogi has been the team’s most impressive performer so far, competing in the all-around in each meet so far. Akaogi tied UCLA’s Anna Li for first in the all-around with 39.175 points in their dual meet.
The Washington Series
Stanford has won the past eight meetings between the two programs during a streak that began in 2006. Last year, Stanford beat the Huskies at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, with the Cardinal finishing third (196.525) and Washington fourth (194.375). A few months earlier, in a Seattle quad meet, Stanford won 196.45-194.25. In each of the eight consecutive victories, Stanford scored at least 196 points and the Huskies under 195. The last time Washington beat Stanford was at the 2005 NCAA West Regionals in Seattle, when the Huskies were third (195.00) and the Cardinal fourth (194.75).
This Week: San Jose State
San Jose State (5-3) is coming off its best team performance of the season, scoring 193.300 in a loss to Southern Utah. Sophomore Thomasina Wallace scored a 9.90 to win the uneven bars and ranks No. 34 in the nation in that event with a 9.812 average, with a season best of 9.925. Last year, Wallace became the first Spartan to win a Western Athletic Conference title (floor, 9.90) and the first to win an NCAA regional crown (bars, 9.95). Wallace is one of three in school history to reach the NCAA Individual Event finals.
The San Jose State Series
San Jose State shocked No. 3 Stanford on Feb. 27, 2009, scoring 194.700 to Stanford’s 193.950 in a tri-meet at UC Davis. Thomasina Wallace scored 39.350 to win the all-around and Lily Swann tied Stanford’s Shelley Alexander for first in the vault, at 9.85. It was San Jose State’s first victory in the series since 2005, breaking a four-meet Stanford winning streak. Wayne Wright is in his ninth season as San Jose State’s head coach after serving as a Stanford assistant for six seasons from 1996-2001. While he was at Stanford, the Cardinal earned its first Pac-10 title (1998) and first regional championship (1999).
This Week: Sacramento State
The Hornets are ranked No. 44 in the country and No. 4 in the Western Athletic Conference, just behind No. 3 San Jose State. Sacramento State is coming off its best performance, scoring 192.775 in a tri-meet, beating Cal State Fullerton, but losing to Southern Utah at home on Jan. 29. The Hornets are coached by Kim Hughes, now in his 29th year.
The Sacramento State Series
Stanford is 9-0 all-time against the Hornets, including a victory last season in a quad meet in Seattle. Stanford (196.45) won and the Hornets scored 193.55 for third.
The following is the rotation schedule for Sunday’s meet:
Stanford: Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor.
Washington: Bars, Beam, Floor, Vault.
San Jose State: Beam, Floor, Vault, Bars.
Sacramento State: Floor, Vault, Bars, Beam.
Stanford’s Most Recent Lineup (used at Oregon State):
This was the lineup Stanford used in its most recent meet Jan. 29, at Oregon State. The Cardinal will begin with the vault, and continue with the bars, beam and floor:
Vault: Ryland, Ikoma, Janiga, Ishino, Morgan, Alexander.
Bars: Alexander, Dayton, Pechanec, Brown, Ishino, Janiga.
Beam: Brown, Ishino, Morgan, Ikoma, Alexander, Janiga.
Floor: Ryland, West, Morgan, Pechanec, Alexander, Janiga.
Stanford pushed No. 6 Oregon State to the end of the final rotation in a 196.225-195.775 loss between Pac-10 powers in Corvallis, Ore. Shelley Alexander gave the Cardinal its only individual victory, scoring a 9.90 to tie for first on the vault, which was the team’s strongest event. Stanford beat Seattle Pacific (188.100) in the tri-meet, nearly took advantage when Oregon State was forced to count a fall on its final rotation.
Stanford in the National Rankings
Stanford opened the season ranked No. 7 in the GymInfo coaches’ poll. However, all subsequent rankings during the season are empirical, based on average team scores. Therefore, Stanford’s scores in its first two meets became the team’s new determining factor in the rankings.
The following are the leaders in the current rankings:
1, Alabama 196.494; 2, Oklahoma 196.325; 3, Florida 196.156; 4, Utah 195.956; 5, Oregon State 195.919; 6, UCLA 195.905; 7, Arkansas 195.894; 8, Stanford 195.819; 9, Georgia 195.512; 10, Nebraska 195.406; 11, Kentucky 195.262; 12, LSU 195.106; 13, Iowa State 195.069; 14, Missouri 195.006; 15, Michigan 194.950.
Team Scores in Rankings
In every event, Stanford is among the national top 20 in average score. Here is how the Cardinal ranks, and its season averages:
Overall: 8th, 195.819
Vault: 4th, 49.150
Bars: 4th, 49.044
Beam: 13th, 48.581
Floor: 4th, 49.044
Individual Scores in Rankings
Here is how Cardinal individuals rank among the nation’s top 25, with their season averages:
All-around: 6th, Carly Janiga, 39.331
Vault: 8th, Shelley Alexander 9.875
Bars: 8th, Carly Janiga, 9.875
Beam: 23rd, Carly Janiga, 9.819M
Floor: 16th, Ashley Morgan, 9.850
Next Home Meet: Cal, North Carolina, Eastern Michigan
Stanford will take on rival California, as well as North Carolina and Eastern Michigan in its final home meet of the season, Feb. 28 at Maples Pavilion (2 p.m.). The competition will mark the final home meet for seniors Stephanie Carter, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Blair Ryland, and Tenaya West. North Carolina is ranked No. 31 in the country with a 192.912 average, Eastern Michigan is No. 42 at 191.262, and Cal is No. 48 at 190.517. North Carolina includes two sisters -- freshman Michelle Ikoma and senior Christine Nguyen -- of Stanford gymnasts.