Women's Gymnastics Ready For NCAA Championships

April 19, 2001

Upcoming Action . . .The Stanford women's gymnastics team will head to Athens, Georgia for the NCAA Championships. The championships, hosted by the University of Georgia, will be held in Athens, Georgia, at Stegeman Coliseum, April 19-21. The National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships consist of 12 teams and 12 all-around competitors (who are not on a qualifying team) and event specialists. The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors from each regional received automatic berths to the national championships. In addition, the event winners at the regional championships who scored at least a 9.8 were able to advance to the national championships (in their specific event) if they were not part of a qualifying team or the all-around qualifiers. Preliminary team and all-around competition will be conducted in two sessions, Thursday, April 19. The top three teams from each session will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 20. The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) from the preliminary team and all-around competition will compete in the individual-event competition Saturday, April 21. The championships will air tape-delayed on CBS on Sun., April 29 at 10 a.m. PT.

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 a berth to the NCAA Championships. He also saw three gymnasts take four titles at the Northeast Regionals in Michigan. Cook was also named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year. The Cardinal set new records in every category this year, and almost every top performance has been set by an athlete during Cook's tenure.

Regional Recap. . .The Cardinal claimed second place behind Michigan with 196.725 as both teams advance to the NCAA Championships in Athens, GA. Freshman Lindsay Wing tied with Michigan's Bridget Knaeble for first in the All-Around with scores of 39.525. Senior Jen Exaltacion finished fourth in the All-Around with a 39.200. Stanford claimed six of the top-three spots in each individual event with three champions. Wing took first on beam with a 9.950. Wing also claimed third on floor with a 9.900, while teammate Lise L�veill� snagged first place with a 9.950. Exaltacion and junior Katy Herbert tied with Michigan's Elise Ray for second on beam with a 9.900. On vault, freshman Robin Phelps finished in a tie with Michigan's Chrissy Michaud for first place with a 9.925.

Pac-10 Champs!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 L�veill� claimed part of a six-way tie for second on floor with a 9.950. L�veill� 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.

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