Aug. 21, 2002
Stanford, Calif. -
The Stanford women's gymnastics team finished the 2002 season ranked eighth nationally with a 3.467 Team GPA in the NACGC Academic All-America Team Rankings. The Cardinal also had eight individuals on the Academic All-America Team: Michelle Goldberg, Katy Herbert, Lise Leveille, Alissa Cooper, Caroline Fluhrer, Abby Gair, Becky Meldrum and Robin Phelps all received honors.
Goldberg had the team's highest GPA with a 3.93. The Mequon, Wis., native was a Pac-10 All-Academic First Team selection and primarily competed on the vault and floor exercise for the Cardinal.
Herbert earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades and competed in the All-Around seven times, including a 38.525 at the NCAA Championships. Leveille placed sixth on the balance beam with a 9.838 at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American status and was also a member of the Pac-10 All-Academic Second Team with her 3.75 GPA.
Cooper, who competed on vault for the Cardinal, earned Academic All-American honors and was a Pac-10 Academic Honorable Mention selection. Fluhrer recorded a 39.150 in the All-Around at the NCAA Championships in her first appearance in all events since Feb. 10 due to injury. The Seattle, Wash., native also was named to Pac-10's All-Academic Second Team.
Gair was also selected to the conference's All-Academic Honorable Mention Team and competed in every meet for Stanford on the uneven bars. Meldrum was a Academic Honorable Mention selection and notched five first-place event finishes. Phelps, did not compete for the Cardinal this year, but had a strong showing last year as a freshman on The Farm.
The 2002 team capped the best season in program history with its first-ever appearance in an NCAA Super Six. Stanford ended the regular season at 13-5 overall.