Feb. 20, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
The 10th-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team (8-2, 3-1 Pac-12) hits the road for a key Pac-12 matchup at No. 7 Utah (6-1-1, 3-1-1 Pac-12) at 7 p.m. (PT) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.
What: Dual Meet at Utah
When: Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. (PT)
Where: Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City
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.
The meet will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Click here to find out if you get the network and what channel it is on in your area.
Cardinal Update: Stanford posted its highest team-score on the season in its last meet against Arizona State, outscoring the Sun Devils 197.275-195.250. Stanford swept the individual titles with four different gymnasts earning awards. Stanford also recorded higher scores than Arizona State as a team in each event.
Stanford is 6-1 in its last seven Pac-12 regular season meets with its last loss occurring on Feb. 2, 2013 against No. 5 UCLA.
Stanford Top 25 in Every Event: Along with being ranked No. 10 overall, the Cardinal is ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four events. Stanford is fourth on balance beam (49.096 avg.), 10th on vault (49.179 avg.), ninth on uneven bars (48.979 avg.) and 22nd on floor (48.875 avg.).
Stanford has scored higher than all 10 opponents on beam this year, scored higher than nine of 10 on vault and eight of 10 on bars.
Cardinal to Watch
Ashley Morgan - The senior co-captain had an outstanding meet against Arizona State, finishing with a career-high in the all-around with a 39.550. Morgan has been one of Stanford's most consistent performers and has either matched or increased her all-around total in five consecutive meets.
In addition to her all-around title, Morgan tied her career-best on floor with a 9.950 to claim the event's individual title. She also tied her career-best on beam with a 9.900 to finish second and she earned a season-best on bars with a 9.875, good for a third-place finish.
Morgan has also been one of Stanford's most durable competitors, competing in all five meets and in 23 of 24 possible events.
Morgan ranks 16th in the nation in the all-around (39.310 avg.) and 14th on floor (9.880 avg.).
Morgan was named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Week for the week of Jan. 21-27. It was the second Gymnast of the Week honor of her career and marks Stanford's 23rd selection all-time and first this season.
Ivana Hong - The sophomore All-American claimed the individual title on vault against Arizona State, tying her season-best of 9.900. Hong was also strong on bars, delivering a 9.850 to finish fourth.
In her previous meet against UCLA, Hong had a career-best performance in the all-around, scoring at least a 9.875 on all four events. She finished first on uneven bars (9.875) and second on vault (9.900), balance beam (9.900) and floor exercise (9.875).
Hong ranks third in the nation in the all-around (39.550 avg.), 16th on floor (9.875 avg.) and 21st on vault (9.881 avg.)
Shona Morgan - The junior from Melbourne, Australia has been one of Stanford's most consistent performers and continued to deliver against Arizona State. Morgan tied her career best on floor, finishing second with a 9.925. She also contributed a 9.825 on beam.
Morgan has competed on bars and beam in all six meets and on floor in five of six meets this season.
Amanda Spinner - The junior All-American has been a staple for Stanford on beam, helping the team remain undefeated on the event. Spinner tied her career-best against Arizona State with a 9.925, good for first place.
Spinner has scored a 9.825 or higher in five of six meets on the season. She ranks 10th in the nation with a 9.863 average score.
Kristina Vaculik - The 2012 Canadian Olympic gymnast continues to improve her scores and consistency. She claimed the individual title on bars with a meet-high 9.925, tying her career-best. Vaculik also produced 9.825s on vault and beam.
Vaculik has competed on bars and beam in all five meets this season and has also made two lineups on vault and floor.
Pauline Hanset - The sophomore has been a stable performer for Stanford and has hit her routines consistently. Hanset delivered 9.800s on beam (career-best) and vault in the anchor position, and added a 9.775 on floor.
Hanset has scored a 9.775 in five of six meets on both vault and floor.
Nicole Dayton - The senior co-captain has been strong on vault this season with three individual titles in six meets. She tallied a second-place finish against Arizona State with a 9.875.
Dayton's three individual titles this season exceed her total during the entire 2012 season (two). She is ranked 24th in the NCAA on the event with an average score of 9.875.
Saturday's Opponent: Utah
Last Meet: Utah is coming off a 195.975-195-975 tie at No. 22 Washington. Utes sophomores Tory Wilson won vault (9.95) and beam (9.875) and Georgia Dabritz won bars (9.825).
The Utah Series: Stanford last saw Utah at the 2012 NCAA Super Six, where the Cardinal outscored the Utes 197.500-197.375. The victory came just a day after Utah outscored Stanford in the NCAA Team Semifinals 197.200-197.125.
In its last regular season meeting on Feb. 24, 2012, Stanford was narrowly edged at Utah, 196.300-196.100.
Utah holds a 19-5 all-time lead in the series with 12 of its past 16 meetings coming in NCAA postseason competition, including six in the Super Six. Stanford has defeated Utah once in Salt Lake City, a 196.825-196.500 victory on Jan. 28, 2011.
Current Stanford Stats