April 4, 2012
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Stanford women's gymnastics team received a No. 2 seed to the NCAA regionals and is headed to Champaign, Ill., to compete in the six-team event Saturday at 2 p.m. PT for the right to qualify for the NCAA Championships. This marks the 29th consecutive season that Stanford has qualified for NCAA regional competition. In the Champaign Regional - one of six around the country - Oklahoma is the No. 1 seed. Others, in order of seeds, are Denver, Illinois, Kentucky, and Illinois-Chicago. The top two advance to the 12-team NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga., April 20-22.
What: No. 11 Stanford (14-6) at NCAA Champaign Regional
When: Saturday, 2 p.m. PT
Where: Assembly Hall, Champaign, Ill.
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Team Scores in the National Rankings: Stanford ranks in the national top 20 in three events by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Team: 11th, 196.410 (196.033)
Vault: 14th, 49.145 (49.058)
Bars: 9th, 49.180 (49.055)
Beam: 7th, 49.170 (48.960)
Floor: 26th, 49.015 (48.960)
Individuals in the National Rankings: Here are Stanford gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in each event, by Regional Qualifying Scores, with average scores in parentheses:
Bars: 7th, Nicole Pechanec, 9.900 (9.763); 24th, Ashley Morgan, 9.875 (9.773)
Beam: 17th, Shona Morgan, 9.880 (9.838)
Floor: 5th, Ashley Morgan, 9.915 (9.885)
Average Scores Throughout the Lineup: Here is Stanford's average-score range from 1-6 in each event:
Vault: 9.870 (Alyssa Brown)-9.773
Bars: 9.811 (Rebecca Wing)-9.710
Beam: 9.835 (Amanda Spinner)-9.728
Floor: 9.885 (Ashley Morgan)-9.697
All-Around: 39.206 (Nicole Pechanec)-38.809 (two total)
Rotation Schedule: Here is Stanford's rotation order for the NCAA Champaign Regional on Saturday: bye, floor, vault, bye, bars, beam.
Stanford at the Pac-12 Championships: Stanford finished fourth at the Pac-12 Championships March 24 in Salt Lake City, despite scoring a season-high 196.825 points. The Cardinal had two individual champions and had 11 scores of 9.90 or above, including five on the balance beam and three on vault. Its' team scores of 49.500 on beam, 49.450 on vault and 49.425 on floor were season bests. The Cardinal led through three rotations, but struggled on the final rotation, the uneven bars, to fall to fourth. UCLA captured the title.
Stanford's Individual Pac-12 Champions: Stanford's two 2012 individual champions are:
Ivana Hong, fr.: Hong led a Stanford charge with another 9.950. Hong, the 2009 U.S. senior national champion on vault and beam, scored a collegiate career high to tie for first on vault with UCLA's Olivia Courtney and Vanessa Zamarripa.
Ashley Morgan, jr.: Morgan took sole possession of the floor title by matching her season and collegiate career best of 9.950, with senior teammate Nicole Pechanec second at 9.925. Morgan won her second consecutive floor title and Stanford's fourth consecutive, extending a streak that began with Carly Janiga in 2009 and 2010.
All-Conference Gymnasts: Stanford had three All-Pac-12 selections in 2012:
Ashley Morgan, jr.: First team, floor exercise; first team, uneven bars; Also, 2011 first team, floor; 2010 second team, floor.
Ivana Hong, fr.: Second team, vault.
Shona Morgan, so.: Second team, balance beam.
Previous all-conference selections:
Alyssa Brown, sr.: 2011 first-team, beam; 2010 second team, beam.
Nicole Pechanec, sr.: 2011 and 2010 second team, floor.
The Fab Five: The Stanford freshman class figures to be one of the best in school history. The class is comprised of two-time U.S. senior national champion and 2012 Pac-12 vault champion Ivana Hong, U.S. national team member Samantha Shapiro, 2008 British Olympian Rebecca Wing, and two-time Junior Olympic national qualifiers Alex Archer and Pauline Hanset. Hong and Shapiro were limited by injuries, but are now in the lineup in multiple events. All have made an impact in the lineup. Shapiro has scored 9.875s on bars and vault, Hong has scored 9.9's on vault and beam, Wing has performed at leadoff in three events, Hanset has scored four 9.85's on floor, and Archer has been in the vault lineup in four meets.
NCAA Regional Experience: This is Stanford's 29th consecutive NCAA regional appearance. The following are current Stanford gymnasts (six) who competed as part of past regional lineups:
Three regionals: Nicole Pechanec (2009, 2010, 2011).
Two: Alyssa Brown (2010, 2011), Ashley Morgan (2010, 2011).
One: Jenny Peter (2010), Nicole Dayton (2011), Shona Morgan (2011).
Stanford's NCAA Regional History
Stanford has qualified 29 consecutive seasons.
Stanford has finished in the top two to advance to NCAA's in four of the past five seasons.
Stanford teams under Kristen Smyth (since 2002) have won four regional titles, were runners-up three times, and have a third- and two fourth-place finishes.
Twenty Stanford gymnasts have combined for 36 individual titles, including 31 since 1998.
Stanford is seeking its sixth NCAA regional title, all since 1999.
Team Seeding: The following are the seedings and national rankings, based on each team's Regional Qualifying Score:
Seedings: No. 1 Oklahoma (197.360), No. 2 Stanford (196.410); No. 3 Denver (196.090), No. 4 Illinois (195.695), No. 5 Kentucky (195.490), No. 6 Illinois-Chicago (194.940).
GymInfo Rankings: No. 2 Oklahoma; No. 11 Stanford; No. 14 Denver; No. 22 Illinois; No. 24 Kentucky; No. 32 Illinois-Chicago.
Stanford's Most Recent Lineup: This was the lineup Stanford used at the Pac-12 Championships:
Vault: Ashley Morgan, Pauline Hanset, Nicole Pechanec, Ivana Hong, Alyssa Brown, Nicole Dayton.
Bars: Rebecca Wing, Shona Morgan, Samantha Shapiro, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec, Alyssa Brown.
Beam: Rebecca Wing, Nicole Pechanec, Ivana Hong, Shona Morgan, Amanda Spinner, Alyssa Brown.
Floor: Nicole Dayton, Ivana Hong, Pauline Hanset, Samantha Shapiro, Nicole Pechanec, Alyssa Brown.
Stanford vs. Other Regional Opponents: Here are the results from the last time Stanford faced each regional opponent:
Oklahoma: April 23, 2010 (Gainesville, Fla.), NCAA Super Six: Oklahoma (2nd place) 197.250, Stanford (4th place) 197.100.
Denver: March 6, 2011 (Berkeley, Calif.), Quad meet: Stanford (2nd place) 196.500, Denver (3rd place) 194.625.
Illinois: Feb. 8, 2008 (Chicago), Chicago Style Invitational: Stanford (2nd place) 196.700, Illinois (3rd place) 194.775.
Kentucky: April 12, 2008 (Baton Rouge, La.), NCAA Central Regional: Stanford (2nd place) 197.525, Kentucky (5th place) 194.950.
Illinois-Chicago: April 14, 2007 (Tucson, Ariz.), NCAA South Central Regional: Stanford (1st place) 196.600, Illinois-Chicago (6th place) 190.925.
Super Six Experience: Stanford has four gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2010 NCAA Super Six finals in Gainesville, Fla., on the Cardinal's fourth-place team. They are: Alyssa Brown, Ashley Morgan, Nicole Pechanec, and Jenny Peter.
International Experience: Stanford's roster includes seven gymnasts with senior national team experience. The list includes two Olympians, two Olympic alternates, two U.S. senior national team competitors, and five World Championships veterans. This list doesn't include Kristina Vaculik, who is taking a year off from school to prepare for the 2012 Olympics, which her Canadian team has qualified for.
Senior Alyssa Brown was a 2008 Canadian Olympic team alternate, competed in two World Championships, and won a silver on vault at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. She is a two-time Canadian champion.
Freshman Pauline Hanset represented Belgium, the country of her birth, in a four-nation meet in Germany in 2011.
Freshman Ivana Hong, a national champion on vault and beam in 2009, was a 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate. She was a bronze medalist on the beam at the 2009 World Championships and a team gold medalist at the 2007 worlds. Hong also earned a 2007 Pan Am Games bronze in the all-around.
Sophomore Shona Morgan competed for Australia in the 2008 Olympics, finishing 15th in the all-around. She was a five-time national champion and competed in three World Championships.
Senior Nicole Pechanec competed in three World Championships and two European Championships for the Czech Republic, the home country of her parents, and won a Czech national title on floor.
Freshman Samantha Shapiro competed for the U.S. senior national team from 2009-11, winning several international meet titles. Earlier, she won three U.S. junior national championships.
Freshman Rebecca Wing competed for Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics. She also competed in two World Championships and two European Championships.