No. 10 Women's Gymnastics Prepares For NCAA Championships
April 10, 2002
2002 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships
Tuscaloosa, Alabama (Hosted by the University of Alabama)
Thu., Apr. 18...NCAA Championships...7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT
Fri., Apr. 19...NCAA Super Six...7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT
Sat., Apr. 20...NCAA Individual Finals...7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT
***Televised by CBS on a tape-delayed basis- Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. PDT
***Bonnie Bernstein, Amanda Borden and Dominique Dawes will provide the broadcast chores
Stanford women's gymnastics will be represented at the NCAA Championships for the second straight season this week, when it competes in the preliminary round of the 2002 championship field. The Cardinal captured the North Central Region Championship, tallying a 196.125 overall score to tie Georgia for first place honors. No. 10 Stanford was tabbed as the regional champion, after winning an event score tiebreaker with the Gym Dogs. The Cardinal will be making just its fifth national championship appearance in school history, and will be attempting to advance to the Super Six for the first time.
Scouting The Championship Field
Twelve of the nation's top-schools will compete at the 2002 NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships. In a random draw conducted by the NCAA, the following six-team rotation has been scheduled for Thursday. The morning session, slated for 1 p.m. EDT/10 a.m. PDT, includes Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, LSU, Utah and Nebraska. Stanford will compete in the night session, scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT, with the following schools: Alabama, Florida, Minnesota, Oregon State and UCLA. The evening rotation schedule is as follows:
ROTATION 1: Minnesota (vault), Florida (bye), Stanford (bars), UCLA (beam), Alabama (bye), Oregon State (floor)
ROTATION 2: Oregon State (vault), Minnesota (bye), Florida (bars), Stanford (beam), UCLA (bye), Alabama (floor)
ROTATION 3: Alabama (vault), Oregon State (bye), Minnesota (bars), Florida (beam), Stanford (bye), UCLA (floor)
ROTATION 4: UCLA (vault), Alabama (bye), Oregon State (bars), Minnesota (beam), Florida (bye), Stanford (floor)
ROTATION 5: Stanford (vault), UCLA (bye), Alabama (bars), Oregon State (beam), Minnesota (bye), Florida (floor)
ROTATION 6: Florida (vault), Stanford (bye), UCLA (bars), Alabama (beam), Oregon State (bye), Minnesota (floor)
The top three schools in the evening session advance to the Super Six, slated for Friday, Apr. 19, at 7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT.
The Smyth File
Kristen Smyth is currently in her first year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth arrived on The Farm in June of 2001 after serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State over the last five seasons. Smyth came to Tempe as an assistant coach prior to the 1997 season, and was promoted to associate head coach in 2000. She was named the 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her tenure, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.
Cardinal Claims Top Finish In Denver
Stanford captured its first NCAA Regional Championship since 1999 on Apr. 6 in Denver, Colo., notching a 196.125 overall team score to finish in a first-place tie with No. 3 Georgia at the North Central Regional Championships. Stanford was declared the regional champion, however, as a result of an event score tiebreaker over the Gym Dogs. When both teams' sixth score was taken into account and included in the average total on each event, the Cardinal was awarded first place honors. Stanford and Georgia paced the field of six schools, which competed in front of 3,479 fans at the Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. The host No. 14 Pioneers took third at 196.000, followed by No. 23 Missouri in fourth at 195.000, Air Force in fifth place with a 193.775 and Utah State taking sixth at 193.400. The Cardinal finished with the highest team score on bars (49.325), and tied for first on vault with a 49.075.
Several Cardinal gymnasts turned in impressive performances at NCAA Regionals, as Stanford earned its fifth NCAA Championship berth in school history. Leading the field was sophomore Lindsay Wing, who finished in a first place tie with Missouri's Alisha Robinson in the All-Around with a season-best 39.500- the second NCAA Regional All-Around Championship of her career. Wing and sophomore Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ were co-champions on balance beam, pacing the field with a 9.900. Sophomore Caroline Fluhrer, participating in her first meet since Feb. 10 due to injury, took first place honors on bars with a 9.925.
A Balanced All-Around Lineup
According to the national rankings posted on Mar. 25, the Cardinal find themselves among the top-25 in the country in three of the four events and in the top-10 in two. Stanford is currently ranked No. 6 on bars at 49.240, and tied for seventh on the balance beam with a 49.170. In adddition, the vaulting corps check in at No. 13 with a 49.015. All national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average.
Two Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top-25 of the Mar. 25 individual rankings according to GymInfo. Sophomore Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ is tied for 10th on the balance beam at 9.900. On the uneven bars, senior Becky Meldrum is in a three-way tie at No. 11 with a 9.910 overall score. All national scoring is governed by regional qualifying average.
Stanford in the Postseason
The Cardinal produced its best season in program history last year, as the squad earned a runner-up finish (196.725) to host Michigan at the 2001 NCAA Regional Championships. In addition, the club's eighth-place effort (195.400) at last season's NCAA Championships represents the highest finish in school history.
***BOLD indicates advanced to NCAA Championships as a team
***Records not available prior to 1990 season
YEAR...NCAA REGIONALS (FINISH)...NCAA CHAMPS. (FINISH)
2002...Denver, Colo. (1)...Tuscaloosa, Ala. (TBA)
2001...Ann Arbor, Mich. (2)...Athens, Ga. (8)
2000...Corvallis, Ore. (3)...Boise, Idaho (N/A)
1999...Baton Rouge, La. (1)...Salt Lake City, Utah (12)
1998...Seattle, Wash. (3)...Los Angeles, Calif. (N/A)
1997...Boise, Idaho (5)...Gainesville, Fla. (N/A)
1996...Los Angeles, Calif. (3)...Tuscaloosa, Ala. (9)
1995...Corvallis, Ore. (3)...Athens, Ga. (15)
1994...Boise, Idaho (7)...Salt Lake City, Utah (22)
1993...Corvallis, Ore. (3)...Corvallis, Ore. (15)
1992...Berkeley, Calif. (4)...St. Paul, Minn. (10)
1991...Corvallis, Ore. (6)...Tuscaloosa, Ala. (N/A)
1990...Los Angeles, Calif. (5)...Corvallis, Ore. (N/A)