Cardinal Women's Gymnastics Heads To No. 20 Arizona

Feb. 8, 2005

THIS WEEK: at Arizona
WHEN: Friday, February 11, 2005 - 7:30 PM (PT)
WHERE: Tucson, AZ - McKale Center
WHAT: Dual Meet- Stanford at No. 20 Arizona

January 23, 2004 - Stanford, CA
Stanford def. Arizona - 197.300-194.625

Friday, February 18, 2005
vs. UCLA
Stanford, CA (Maples Pavilion)

Arizona jumped to a No. 20 ranking following a 194.900-189.850 win at California last weekend. The Wildcats dominated the team competition against the Golden Bears, registering their highest score of the season and their largest margin of victory to date. Arizona gymnasts swept the three top spots on vault, beam, and floor, while senior Monica Bisordi won the all-around title with a score of 39.125. Bisordi also placed first on beam (9.900), while senior Katie Johnson took the top spot on vault (9.850) and floor (9.900).

The Cardinal fell to Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant on Friday evening, 195.925-194.675. Despite the loss, Stanford set team season-highs on the uneven bars (48.700), balance beam (48.825), and floor exercise (48.950), in addition to a season-high overall team score. Freshman Liz Tricase was outstanding on bars, placing first for the third straight meet with a score of 9.925. Tricase also registered a 9.850 to tie for second in the floor exercise. Fellow freshman Tabitha Yim made her collegiate debut on the competition floor against the Chippewas, and was outstanding on bars and beam. Yim finished second in both events, receiving a 9.850 on bars and a 9.825 on beam. Freshman Lauren Elmore finished third in the all-around with a personal-high score of 38.850, aided by a fourth place finish in the floor exercise (9.825). Also competing in the all-around was freshman Alex Pintchouk, who posted a 38.550 all-around score. Pintchouk registered personal season-highs on vault (9.625) and floor exercise (9.800). Junior Natalie Foley returned to competition after sitting out last week's win over Oregon State, and received a 9.800 score on the uneven bars. Junior Glyn Sweets set a personal season-high with a 9.775 on beam.

Stanford begun its climb in the national team rankings by posting a season-high 194.675 at Central Michigan last Friday. The Cardinal's average score increased to 193.408, moving the squad up to No. 26 in the nation. The team also ranks in the top-26 in three events, checking in at No. 18 on beam (48.325), No. 23 on floor (48.583), and No. 26 on bars (48.275). Following an outstanding performance against the Chippewas, freshman Liz Tricase moved up to No. 3 in the nation on bars, with an average score of 9.900. Tricase also ranks 25th on vault with an average of 9.842. Freshman Tabitha Yim also jumped into the rankings with a pair of top-notch performances on bars and beam last Friday. Yim ranks 11th on bars with an average of 9.850, and 15th on beam with an average of 9.825.

Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors after leading the Cardinal to its first dual meet win of the season against Oregon State on January 28. The Itasca, IL native was outstanding on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.950), capturing first place in both events for the second straight week. Tricase finished second to teammate Alex Pintchouk in the all-around, with a score of 38.525.

With no seniors on the 2005 squad, the Cardinal are led by a trio of juniors. Natalie Foley (Englewood, CO) returns after an outstanding season in which she garnered five All-American honors. Foley established herself as one of the top gymnasts in Cardinal program history, receiving first team All-American honors on the vault, uneven bars, floor exercise, and all-around, while garnering second team honors on the balance beam. Foley will serve as the team's co-captain along with junior Jessica Louie (Loomis, CA), who competed on the vault, bars, and floor exercise at last season's NCAA Super Six. Louie tied for first on the vault at last season's North Central Regional, scoring a 9.900. Glyn Sweets (Reston, VA), the third junior on the squad, earned second team All-American honors on the vault and bars as a freshman, and is back to full strength after battling injuries throughout much of her sophomore campaign. The Cardinal roster also features a pair of sophomores in Brittany Billmaier (Woodinville, WA) and Stacy Sprando (Portland, OR). Billmaier sat out her freshman season and did not compete due to injury. She is expected to contribute on the beam and floor in 2005. Sprando saw considerable action on the competition floor as a freshman, competing primarily on the bars and balance beam.

The Cardinal received the highest preseason ranking in program history, checking in at No. 3 in the 2005 preseason coaches poll. The squad received four first place votes, and tallied 554 total votes, just 11 shy of No. 2 ranked Georgia. Defending NCAA Champion UCLA grabbed the top spot, receiving 15 first place votes.

Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six-member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and should be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately in a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level -10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

Season passes for Stanford women's gymnastics are now available for purchase through the Cardinal ticket office. The passes cost $20.00, include entry to all four home meets of 2005 and will be prorated throughout the season. To purchase, please call the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD.

The 2004 Stanford Cardinal gymnastics team capped off a record-setting season with a program-best third-place tie with Alabama at the Super Six last April. The Cardinal also garnered a program-best 15 All-American awards, easily eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. After guiding Stanford to its most successful season in school history, head coach Kristen Smyth swept the annual coaching awards, being named Pac-10 Coach of the Year, West Region Coach of the Year, and NACGC National Coach of the Year. The Cardinal began the season on a high note, entering the campaign with a school-best No. 6 preseason ranking. But the team didn't hit its stride until February, when the squad started posting record-setting numbers. On February 20, Stanford's five seniors put on a show to remember in their final home meet, leading the Cardinal to a 198.875-195.750 win over California. The team score established a national season-high, while the team scores of 49.925 on the floor and 49.750 on the beam were also the best scores in the country. The Cardinal continued to roll along, as the then-No. 2 ranked squad edged the top-ranked UCLA Bruins for the Pac-10 Championship, 197.900-197.875. Stanford entered the North Central Regional as the hottest team in the country, and captured first place with a 196.575 team score. The team then moved on to the NCAA Championship, where more records crumbled as the Cardinal wrapped up the best season in program history.

Kristen Smyth returns for her fourth year as Stanford women's gymnastics coach, following an incredible 2004 campaign that saw her sweep the annual coaching awards, garnering Pac-10, West Region, and NACGC National Coach of the Year honors. During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season, led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. The Cardinal continued to flourish under Smyth's guidance in 2003, advancing to the program's third consecutive NCAA Championship. Last season she guided Stanford to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the Super Six. Under Smyth's tutelage, the Cardinal garnered a program-record 15 All-American honors in 2004.

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