March 8, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. -
The Stanford women’s gymnastics team will head to Norman, Okla., for its final regular season meet of the year as it takes on No. 2 Oklahoma and North Carolina at 11:30 a.m. (PT) on Sunday, March 10, at the Lloyd Noble Center.
What: Tri-Meet with No. 2 Oklahoma (16-0) and North Carolina (5-5)
When: Sunday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. (PT)
Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman, Okla.
Follow the Action: The meet will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest+ and FOX College Sports Pacific. Live updates will be posted on Twitter @StanfordWGym and live stats will be available through www.gostanford.com.
Pac-12 Championships: Stanford's next meet will be at the Pac-12 Championships on Saturday, March 23, at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. The format calls for two sessions: Seeds 5-8 compete at 1:30 p.m. (PT), and Seeds 1-4 at 7 p.m. (PT). Stanford almost certainly will be in the second session, competing along with UCLA, Utah, and Oregon State.
Since the conference championships began in 1987, UCLA has won 16 titles, and Stanford and Oregon State have five each. No other school has won. Both sessions will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. Click here for tickets and additional information.
Cardinal Update: Stanford (10-3, 5-2 Pac-12) is coming off a first-place tri-meet victory over No. 10 Oregon State and California, posting its second-highest team score on the season with a 197.200. The Cardinal recorded season-highs on vault (49.425), uneven bars (49.400) and floor exercise (49.500).
Stanford Top 25 in Each Event: Along with being ranked No. 9 overall, the Cardinal is ranked in the NCAA top 25 in all four events for the third consecutive week. Stanford is sixth on balance beam (49.160 avg.), ninth on vault (49.255 avg.), ninth on uneven bars (49.180 avg.) and 15th on floor (49.090 avg.).
Stanford has scored higher than 12 of 13 opponents on beam this year, higher than 10 of 13 on vault, and nine of 13 on bars.
Cardinal to Watch
Ashley Morgan – The senior co-captain continues to shine in her final year and has established herself as one of the nation’s top all-around competitors. She is ranked 15th in the nation in the all-around with an average of 39.290, 21st on bars (9.860 avg.) and 16th on floor (9.885 avg.).
Morgan finished second and tied her career-best on bars with a 9.925, and added a second 9.925 on floor to place third against Oregon State and Cal.
In the previous meet at Utah, Morgan finished second on bars, tying her season-best of 9.875, and had strong performances on vault (9.875), beam (9.850) and floor (9.850).
Morgan has also been one of Stanford’s most durable competitors, competing in all eight meets and in 31 of 32 possible events.
Amanda Spinner – The junior All-American has been a staple for Stanford on beam, helping the team outscore 12 of 13 opponents. In the most recent meet against Oregon State and Cal, Spinner earned a 9.900 to tie teammate Shona Morgan for second.
Spinner recorded a career-high 9.950 to claim the individual victory a week earlier at Utah. It was her fourth individual title of the season.
Spinner ranks third in the nation on beam with a 9.900 average. She has scored a 9.825 or higher in seven of eight meets on the season.
Shona Morgan – The junior from Melbourne, Australia, has been one of Stanford’s most consistent performers and continued to deliver against Oregon State and Cal. Morgan tied her career-high on floor (9.925) to place third, earned a season-best 9.900 on beam and tied her season-high on bars with a 9.850.
Morgan has competed on bars and beam in all eight meets, and on floor in seven of eight competitions this season. She’s scored a 9.800 or higher on beam in seven of eight competitions.
Pauline Hanset – The sophomore has been a stable performer for Stanford and has hit her routines consistently. Hanset is coming off a career-best performance, recording career-highs on vault (9.925) and floor (9.900), and tying her career-best on beam with a 9.800. Hanset’s scores on vault and floor were good for second- and third-place finishes, respectively.
Kristina Vaculik – The 2012 Olympian earned two fourth-place finishes against Oregon State and Cal with a career-best 9.900 on vault and a 9.900 on bars.
Vaculik is ranked 16th in the nation on bars with an average of 9.880. She has competed on bars and beam in all eight meets this season and has made five lineups on vault and four on floor.
Nicole Dayton - The senior co-captain has been strong on vault with four individual victories in eight meets. Dayton tied her career-high of 9.950 for the second time this season to claim the individual title at Utah on Feb. 23.
Dayton doubled her total number of individual vault titles from the 2012 season when she claimed two. She is ranked 11th in the NCAA on the event with an average score of 9.900.
Ivana Hong – The sophomore All-American finished first on beam against Oregon State and Cal tying her career-high of 9.925. Hong has scored 9.850 on beam in six of the seven meets she has competed in this season and claimed three individual victories on the event.
In the meet against UCLA on Feb. 2, 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).
Sunday’s Opponents: No. 2 Oklahoma, North Carolina
Oklahoma: Oklahoma is coming off a 197.275-195.300 victory over Texas Woman’s University. Senior Brie Olson placed first on vault and bars and tied teammate Lara Albright for the top-spot on floor. Sophomore Erica Brewer scored a 39.300 to win the all-around title. The Sooners will play host to No. 16 Arizona on Friday, March 8, before its tri-meet with Stanford and North Carolina.
In its most recent meeting on April 21, 2012, at the NCAA Team Semifinals, Stanford edged Oklahoma 197.125-196.925 for the final position in the NCAA Team Finals. The victory came just two weeks after Oklahoma topped Stanford 197.075-196.675 at the NCAA Champaign Regional.
North Carolina: The Tar Heels recorded its highest team score in an away meet to defeat Pittsburgh 196.175-195.600. Elizabeth Durkac and Haley Watts finished with the top two scores in the all around competition.
Stanford last saw North Carolina on Feb. 28, 2010, at a Stanford quad-meet and finished ahead of the Tar Heels, 196.525-192.975.
Current Stanford Stats