No. 7 Stanford Hosts No. 10 Washington
Jan. 28, 2004
THIS WEEK: vs. No. 10 Washington
WHEN: Friday, January 30, 2004 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Stanford, Calif. - Burnham Pavilion
WHAT: Dual meet: No. 7 Stanford (4-1/1-1 Pac-10) vs. No. 10 Washington (5-1/1-1 Pac-10)
LAST DUAL MEET VERSUS THE HUSKIES
Friday, Febuary 14, 2003 - Seattle, Wash.
Washington def. Stanford, 196.775-196.750
ON THE HORIZON
Sunday, February 8, 2004
at No. 6 UCLA
Los Angeles, Calif. - Pauley Pavilion
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
The Washington Huskies enter this week's meet with a 5-1 overall record, a 1-1 Pac-10 mark and a No. 10 national ranking. Washington returns nine letterwinners from last season's 21-11 squad that finished third in the NCAA West Regional. The Huskies suffered their first loss of the season at Oregon State last weekend. OSU narrowly edged the Huskies 196.050-196.025. Despite falling to the Beavers, UW gymnasts shared or captured the top individual scores in all four events during the meet. Senior Emily Pritchard leads the Huskies into action, ranking in the top 25 in the all-around (8th), bars (1st), and vault (20th), while fellow senior Molly Seaman ranks 12th in the nation on the balance beam.
The Cardinal find themselves back in the top 10 after slipping to No. 14 last week. Stanford jumped to No. 7 in this week's poll after last weekend's decisive win over Arizona. Alabama occupies the top spot, followed by Georgia, Utah, Florida and Iowa State to round out the top five.
The Cardinal responded to their first loss of the season with a convincing 197.300-194.625 win over No. 6 Arizona. Led by senior Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ and sophomore Natalie Foley, the Cardinal captured the top three spots in the all-around en route to tallying a season-high score of 197.300. Lï¿½veillï¿½ and Foley tied for first in the all-around with a score of 39.650, while teammate Lindsay Wing was right on their heels with a score of 39.500. Foley and Lï¿½veillï¿½ posted the top two scores of the evening on vault and bars, while Wing was brilliant on the balance beam, tying the fifth best score in program history with a 9.950. Senior Caroline Fluhrer and Lï¿½veillï¿½ tied Arizona's Katie Johnson for the top score in the floor exercise with a 9.950.
The Cardinal welcome back six All-Americans in seniors Kendall Beck (San Antonio, TX), Caroline Fluhrer (Seattle, WA) , Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ (Burnaby, B.C.), Lindsay Wing (Cypress, TX) and sophomores Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) and Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA). Last season, Stanford garnered two first team and six second team All-American honors for a program best eight awards. Wing garnered one of the Cardinal's first team honors for her performance on the balance beam, tying for second in her session with a 9.900. She also picked up a second team award for bars, tying for fifth. For Wing, it was her fifth career All-American honors as she was a first team All-American on beam in 2001 and 2002 and a first team All-American in the all-around in 2001. Fluhrer received her first All-American status in 2003 for a fifth place tie on bars, earning second team honors, while Sweets also earned her first All-American honor, gaining second team accolades on vault and beam. Sweets tied for sixth and seventh on the events, respectively. As a freshman last season, Foley took seventh overall (fourth in Stanford's session) in the all-around with a 39.375, earning her first career first team accolades and collected second team honors for her performance on vault and bars, tying for sixth and seventh, respectively. Lï¿½veillï¿½ garnered first team All-American honors on beam and second team All-American on floor in 2002 and earned first team accolades on floor in 2001. Beck earned first team honors on the vault in 2002.
The Stanford Cardinal welcome a talented freshman class in 2004. Brittany Billmaier, Erin Geary and Stacy Sprando should have an immediate impact on the team, not only this season, but for many to come. Sprando hails from Portland, Ore., where she competed for Metro Gymnastics. A former National Elite competitor, Sprando took the beam title at the 2003 National Championships, while finishing in fourth place in the all-around competition. She placed first on balance beam and in the all-around in the Regional Championships in consecutive years (2002, 2003). She also placed second on the floor exercise and on uneven bars at the 2003 regionals. Billmaier, a native of Woodinville, Wash., is a four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor and has earned seven regional gold medals. Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002. Geary is a seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor, a four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion. The Honolulu, Hawaii, native also twice qualified for the Region 2 All-Star Team. Geary competed for the Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Team.
A LOOK BACK AT 2003
Stanford followed up its first-ever Super Six appearance in 2002 with another strong year, just missing the Super Six in 2003. The Cardinal, who ended the season with a No. 6 national ranking, posted a 20-4-1 overall record and a 5-2-1 dual meet record. The Cardinal's lone tie came versus Pac-10 rival and eventually National Champion UCLA when the two teams scored identical 197.45 marks to end in a draw. The two national powerhouses would battle for the Pac-10 Championship, but in the end, the top-ranked Bruins held off the Cardinal. Stanford tallied 197.700 points, led by All-American Lindsay Wing's tremendous performance on the balance beam. Wing registered a 9.975 en route to capturing her third consecutive Pac-10 Beam title. The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where despite being placed in the most competitive regional in the nation, captured second, earning the teams third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. At the NCAA Championships, the Cardinal missed advancing to its second Super Six, but the team earned a program best eight All-American honors. On top of that, six Cardinal gymnasts were named 2003 National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Academic All-Americans (Shelly Goldberg, Alissa Cooper Caroline Fluhrer, Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½, Lindsay Wing and Natalie Foley).
STANFORD SIGNS STANDOUT CLASS FOR 2004-05
Stanford women's gymnastics is excited to announce the signing of five outstanding student-athletes for the class of 2008. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN), Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX), Alexandra Pintchouk (Princeton, NJ), Elizabeth Tricase (Itasca, IL), and Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) will join the Cardinal for the 2004-05 season. Elmore is the 2003 Junior Olympic National All Around Champion, while Gentry is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 23rd in the US. Pintchouk is an outstanding Level 10 gymnast and has been a Junior Olympic National Qualifier for the last three years. Tricase is an International Elite gymnast and currently ranks 12th in the U.S. Yim is an International Elite gymnast and is a leading member of the USA Senior National Team. Yim, Tricase and Gentry are training for spots on the 2004 Olympic Team. 'The five recruits we have signed for the 2004-2005 season are unbelievable students and phenomenal athletes. We have been building something special here at Stanford over the last three years. Tabitha, Liz, Stephanie, Lauren and Alex are going to play a huge role in our quest for an NCAA Championship title.' remarked Head Coach Kristen Smyth.
THE SMYTH FILE
Kristen Smyth is in her third-year at the helm of the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season as head coach, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance in 2002. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Under the tutelage of Smyth and her outstanding coaching staff, the Cardinal earned a program record eight All-American honors last season. Previously, Smyth served as the associate head coach at Arizona State. Smyth came to Tempe, AZ 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.
The 2004 Stanford Cardinal
Kendall Beck, Senior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Is expected to make an impact on vault and beam ... Last season, registered the only perfect 10.000 on vault in program history at San Jose State ... Earned First team All-American honors on vault in 2002.
Brittany Billmaier, Freshman
2004: Has yet to compete ... A four-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... Earned seven regional gold medals ... Competing for Gymnastics East of Bellevue, she earned a gold medal on balance beam in international competition in Santiago, Chile, in 2002.
Mandy Delgado, Junior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Competed primarily on floor and beam in 2003 ... A performer with National Championship experience. Made an appearance on floor at the 2003 NCAA Regional Championships scoring a 9.75. Competed on vault, beam and floor for the Cardinal at the 2002 NCAA Super Six, posting a season-high tying 9.850 on vault at the NCAA Championships.
Caroline Fluhrer, Senior
2004: Ranked 12th in the nation on bars with a 9.892 average ... Tied teammate Lindsay Wing for first place in the floor exercise with a season-high 9.950 versus Arizona (1/23) ... Turned in a 9.925 on the uneven bars at Arizona State (1/18) ... Competed in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular, finishing sixth overall ... An All-American on bars, she turned in the best performance of the night on that event at the Stanford Quad, registering a 9.925.
Natalie Foley, Sophomore
2004: Currently ranked 7th in the nation in the all-around with a 39.500 average ... Also ranked 9th on bars (9.900) and tied for 25th on the beam (9.875) ... Tied teammate Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ for top honors in the all-around with a 39.650 in Stanford's dual meet versus Arizona ... Her 39.650 in the all-around versus Arizona is the second highest score of her career ... Has now finished either first or second in the all-around in all of Stanford's meets ... Competed in the all-around at Arizona State, finishing second overall with a score of 39.475, her fifth best score ever in the all-around ... Finished second in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a 39.375 ... Registered a 9.900 on the uneven bars, good for second best ... Finished in the top four in all four events at the Stanford Quad ... Turned in the third best performance in the floor exercise at the Stanford Quad with a 9.850.
Erin Geary, Freshman
2004: Has yet to compete ... A seven-time Level-10 Junior Olympic competitor ... Four-time All-American on bars and a three-time Level-10 state champion ... Three-time Region 2 All-Star Team qualifier ... 2001 Region 2 Regional Champion.
Shelly Goldberg, Senior
2004: Turned in a solid performance versus Arizona, posting a 9.775 on both the vault and the floor exercise ... Competed on vault and floor versus Arizona State (1/18), registering a score of 9.650 on both events ... Competed on the vault and floor at the Stanford Quadrangular ... Registered a 9.800 on the vault, tying teammate Natalie Foley for the third best score of the evening.
Jessica Louie, Sophomore
2004: Registered a 9.775 on vault versus Arizona (1/23) ... Competed on vault, bars and floor at Arizona State (1/18). Posted a 9.650 on bars, the second best score in her collegiate career ... Competed in the all-around for the first time in her collegiate career at the Stanford Quadrangular, placing fifth overall with a score of 38.850 ... Registered a career-high 9.775 on beam.
Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½, Senior
2004: Tied teammate Natalie Foley for top honors in the all-around versus Arizona (1/23) with a score of 39.650 ... Her score of 39.650 in the all-around versus Arizona was the third best in her career ... Currently ranked 5th (9.933) in the country in the floor exercise ... Has captured or shared first place in the all-around in two of Stanford's three meets ... Competed in the all-around versus Arizona State (1/18). Placed first in the floor exercise with a score of 9.925 and tied for first on vault with a score of 9.825 ... Captured first place in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a score of 39.425 ... Turned in the best performance of the evening in the floor exercise with a 9.925 ... Finished in the top four in all four events at the Stanford Quad, including a second place finish on the vault with a score of 9.850.
Marla Ranieri, Junior
2004: Has yet to compete ... Is expected to contribute on floor and beam in 2004.
Stacy Sprando, Freshman
2004: Posted solid scores of 9.750 and 9.775 on bars and beam versus Arizona ... Competed on bars and beam versus Arizona State (1/18). Tied her career-high on bars with a 9.800 ... Competed on bars and beam at the Stanford Quadrangular ... Tied for fifth place in both events with a 9.800 on bars and a 9.775 on beam.
Glyn Sweets, Sophomore
2004: Competed on the vault and beam versus Arizona ... Posted a season-high 9.825 on beam versus the Wildcats ... Competed for the first time at the dual meet with Arizona State (1/18). Registered a 9.750 on vault and a 9.800 on balance beam.
Lindsay Wing, Senior
2004: Currently ranked 19th in the country on the balance beam (9.883) ... Competed in the all-around versus Arizona (1/23) finishing third with a score of 39.500 ... Captured first on the balance beam with a score of 9.950 versus Arizona ... Her 9.950 tied the fifth best score on the beam in program history ... Participated in the all-around versus Arizona State (1/18), placing fifth overall ... Finished third in the all-around at the Stanford Quadrangular with a score of 39.125 ... Finished in the top five in three of the four events, registering 9.850 on the bars and beam and a 9.800 in the floor exercise.