No. 6 Women's Gymnastics Heads to Ann Arbor for NCAA Regionals
April 3, 2001
Upcoming Action . . .
The sixth ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team will head to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the NCAA Regionals on April 7. Stanford will compete with No. 7 Michigan, No. 18 LSU, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in the Northeast Region. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each regional will receive an automatic berth to the national championships in Athens, Georgia on April 19-21, hosted by the University of Georgia. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships who score at least a 9.8 may advance to the national championships (in that event only) if they are not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers. The Northeast Regional Championship can be followed live on Michigan's website at www.MGoBlue.com. Competition will begin at 6 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, April 7.
The Cook File . . .
Stanford head coach Mark Cook is now in his fourth year at the helm of the Cardinal women's gymnastics program. In his first three seasons, Cook has guided Stanford to the 1998 Pac-10 Championship and an appearance in the 1999 NCAA Championships. Cook has produced the Card's first-ever individual National Champion, three Regional Champions and seven All-Americans, while Stanford gymnasts have established nearly every school record under his tenure. This season, Cook has added another Pac-10 Championship to his resume and is looking for a second berth to the NCAA Championships.
A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings . . .
After claiming the Pac-10 Championship on March 24, Stanford held onto the No. 6 spot nationally while retaining the No. 2 spot in the West Region behind national leader UCLA. The Cardinal is ranked in the top 10 in all four events as a team and has at least one gymnast ranked in the top 25 nationally for each event. Lindsay Wing remains the No. 1 gymnast in the West Region, claiming the third spot nationally in the All-Around with a 39.545. After an impressive showing at the conference championships, freshman sensation Wing ranks nationally in three individual events: she is third on the beam (9.935), 11th on floor (9.935) and tied for 14th on vault (9.890). Senior Jen Exaltacion is in a tie for 6th on the beam with a 9.920. Freshman Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ tied for the 20th spot on floor with a 9.920. Freshman Caroline Fluhrer rounds out the impressive list, snagging a tie for 15th on bars with a 9.920.
Stanford captured its second Pac-10 title in four years on Sat., March 24 as it upended the top-ranked UCLA Bruins with a school-record score of 197.850. UCLA finished second with a 197.800. Washington captured third place with a 197.475. All seven Pac-10 teams qualified for the NCAA Regionals. Cal and Oregon State will compete in the West, where UCLA will host. Arizona State will be in the Central Region, while Arizona and Washington will head to the South Central Region. The Cardinal also set new school records on vault (49.375) and beam (49.575) and tied the season-high score on floor with a 49.600. Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ claimed part of a six-way tie for second on floor with a 9.950. Lï¿½veillï¿½ also tied for first place with teammate Lindsay Wing on beam with a 9.975 - tying the school record set by teammate senior Jen Exaltacion in 1999. Freshman Caroline Fluhrer tied with UCLA's Mohini Bhardwaj for first on vault with a 9.975, which also tied the school record. Wing also placed third in the All-Around, posting a 39.625.
Stellar Stars . . .
The Cardinal gymnasts have been shining throughout the season. Freshman Lindsay Wing has captured the nation's No. 3 spot in the All-Around after an incredible rookie season. She was named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week on Feb. 6 after posting a 39.625 AA score against Minnesota to help the team set a new school record for overall score (197.425). Wing continued to improve, recording a 39.750 on Mar. 3 against BYU - the second best score ever recorded by a Stanford gymnast. Wing then went on to capture the third spot in the All-Around and a tie for first on beam at the Pac-10 Championships with teammate Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½. Jen Exaltacion finished her senior campaign at BYU with an exclamation - tying for first in the All-Around and taking the top spot on beam. Caroline Fluhrer also compiled a remarkable freshman season. Fluhrer is tied for 15th in the country on bars and leads the Cardinal with a 9.920 season average and a 9.950 season-high score.