Stanford Women's Gymnastics Prepares For Big Weekend
March 2, 2005
FRIDAY: at Utah Quad (Utah, Florida, Cal)
WHEN: Friday, March 4, 2005 - 7:00 PM (MST)
WHERE: Salt Lake City, UT - Huntsman Center
COVERAGE: Live Scoring and Video at www.utahutes.com
SUNDAY: vs. Alabama
WHEN: Sunday, March 6, 2005 - 2:00 PM (PST)
WHERE: Stanford, CA - Maples Pavilion
COVERAGE: Live Scoring and Video at www.gostanford.com
ON THE HORIZON
Friday, March 19, 2005
at San Jose State (Cal) - 7:00 PM
Stanford travels to Salt Lake City for the Utah Quad on Friday, meeting the No. 3 Utes, No. 6 Florida, and Cal. The Cardinal then return home for a dual meet with No. 7 Alabama at Maples Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
SCOUTING THE FIELD AT THE UTAH QUAD
Half of last season's NCAA Super Six field will be competing at the Huntsman Center, as Stanford, Cal, Florida and Utah take to the competition floor on Friday. The Cardinal was the top finisher out of the three participants at last year's championship, tying for third while Florida captured fifth place and Utah finished sixth. The Utes have put together an impressive campaign so far, notching wins over No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 Michigan. Senior Annabeth Eberle is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in the all-around, with a 39.320 RQS. Florida has posted a 10-2 overall record and a 5-1 mark in SEC conference action. Gator freshman Ashley Reed was named the SEC Gymnast of the Week after capturing her second all-around title against Kentucky last week. Cal is currently 6-5, and has gone 0-5 against Pac-10 opponents this season. The Bears are led by senior My-Lan Dodd, who won the all-around title with a 39.200 against Oregon State last week.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON TIDE
The Crimson Tide, who tied with Stanford for third place at last year's NCAA Super Six, are coming off of a 194.800-193.750 win over Arkansas last week. Alabama is currently ranked No. 7 with an RQS of 196.210. The squad is led by junior Ashley Miles, who ranks first in the nation with an RQS of 9.950 on vault and first in the floor with a 9.935 RQS. Freshman Terin Humphrey, a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, captured her first all-around title with a score of 38.750 at Arkansas last week.
LAST WEEK VS. ARIZONA STATE
The Cardinal registered a season-high team score in defeating then-No. 21 ranked Arizona State at Burnham Pavilion last Friday, 195.300-191.575. Freshman Liz Tricase captured first place in three events and junior Natalie Foley scored a 39.025 to claim her first all-around title of the season, leading Stanford to its second dual meet win of the season and its first win since January 28th. Tricase started the night on a strong note, scoring a 9.875 on vault to place first, while Foley captured second with a 9.800. The Cardinal were extremely strong on bars, with Stanford gymnasts taking six of the top seven spots. Tricase tied the team season-high with a 9.950 score to lead the squad. After struggling on beam against UCLA the previous week, the Cardinal beam team put together several solid routines led by freshman Stephanie Gentry, who won her first-ever beam title with a 9.800 score. Coach Smyth's squad finished the night with a bang, registering a team season-high score of 48.975 in the floor exercise led by a 9.900 score from Tricase.
Following the win over Arizona State, Stanford currently has a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) of 193.715, and rank No. 28 in the nation. The Cardinal's top event so far this season is the uneven bars, where the squad ranks No. 19 with an RQS of 48.595.
Liz Tricase EARNS SECOND PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK HONOR
Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for the second time this season following her performance against Arizona State. Tricase captured first place in three events against the Sun Devils, winning vault (9.875), tying a team season-high on bars (9.950), and setting a team season-high on floor (9.900). Tricase was also named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week after leading the Cardinal to its first dual meet win of the season against Oregon State on January 28th. The Itasca, IL native was outstanding on the vault (9.900) and bars (9.950), capturing first place in both events against the Beavers.
CHALLENGING WEEKEND AHEAD
The Stanford women's gymnastics team begins its most challenging weekend of the year on Friday, as the Cardinal will meet up with three teams that competed in the NCAA Super Six last year and three teams that are currently ranked in the top-seven (No. 3 Utah, No. 6 Florida, and No. 7 Alabama). Stanford will also compete against Pac-10 rival California at the Utah Quad on Friday.
Sunday's dual meet with Alabama will be the final home appearance of the season for the Cardinal. Both of Stanford's dual meet wins this season have come on The Farm, including last weekend's win over Arizona State at Burnham Pavilion.
STANFORD GARNERS PROGRAM-BEST PRESEASON RANKING
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.
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.
FRESHMAN CLASS AMONG NATION'S ELITE
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 Collegegymfans.com, 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 on 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.
A LOOK BACK AT 2004
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.
THE SMYTH FILE
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.
The 2005 Stanford Cardinal
Brittany Billmaier, Sophomore
2005: Has yet to compete ... Did not compete last season due to injury ... Is expected to contribute on beam and floor.
Lauren Elmore, Freshman
2005: Has emerged as a reliable all-around competitor ... Has competed in the all-around in all six of Stanford's meets this season ... Finished fourth in the all-around against Arizona State (2/25) ... Was Stanford's top all-around finisher against UCLA (2/18), finishing fourth with a 38.700 ... Tied a season-high with a 9.825 on floor against the Bruins ... Competed in the all-around at Arizona (2/11), finishing fifth with a score of 38.350 ... Set a personal season-high in the all-around at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 38.850 and finishing third ... Also set personal season-high in the floor exercise with a 9.825, the fourth best score by a Stanford gymnast this season ... Captured third in the all-around in win over Oregon State (1/28) ... Placed first on the beam with a 9.750 against the Beavers, marking the second straight meet that she posted the highest Stanford score on the beam ... Finished third in the all-around in her first collegiate meet at Washington (1/21), scoring a 38.350 ... Recorded a team-high 9.700 on balance beam against the Huskies, and also posted a 9.600 on vault ... A five-time Level-10 Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... Junior Olympic all-around champion in 2003 ... Competed for Wright's American Gymnastics.
Natalie Foley, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Captured her first all-around title of the season, scoring a 39.025 to finish first against Arizona State (2/25) ... Matched a season-high on the vault with a 9.800 and posted her third straight 9.825 on bars against the Sun Devils to finish second and third in those events, respectively ... Competed in the all-around and posted a season-high vault score of 9.800 against UCLA (2/18) ... Participated in the all-around for the first time this season at Arizona (2/11), finishing third with a score of 38.875 ... Finished second on the balance beam against the Wildcats with a 9.850 ... Also placed third on the uneven bars with a score of 9.825 ... Competed on bars at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 9.800 ... Did not compete against Oregon State (1/28) ... Competed on vault, bars, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Tied for second with teammate Liz Tricase on the floor exercise with a 9.800 against the Huskies ... Emerged as one of the top all-around performers in the nation last year ... Garnered five All-American honors last season, including first team recognition in the all-around, vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise.
Stephanie Gentry, Freshman
2005: Has emerged as Stanford's top performer in the floor exercise and a solid competitor on beam ... Placed first on the balance beam with a score of 9.800 against Arizona State (2/25) ... Also tied for third on vault with a 9.775, and tied for third in the floor exercise with a 9.800 against the Sun Devils ... Participated on vault, beam, and floor against UCLA (2/18) ... Was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth in the floor exercise against the Bruins, scoring a 9.825 ... Competed on vault, beam, and floor at Arizona (2/11) ... Was the top Stanford finisher on floor against the Wildcats, scoring a 9.775 to tie for fourth ... Scored a 9.775 in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4) .... Also competed on vault and beam against the Chippewas ... Took first with a 9.850 in the floor exercise against Oregon State (1/28) ... Tied for third on the beam with a 9.700 against the Beavers ... Competed in vault, beam, and floor exercise against Washington (1/21) ... Helped the Cardinal win the floor exercise with a 9.725 score ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... A member of the National Team from 2000-2001.
Jessica Louie, Junior
2005: Co-captain of the 2005 squad ... Has yet to compete ... Competed on the vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise at the 2004 Super Six ... Tied for first on the vault at the North Central Regional with a score of 9.900.
Alex Pintchouk, Freshman
2005: Competed in the all-around for the first time since February 4th, finishing third against Arizona State (2/25) ... Set a personal season-high in the all-around with a 38.725 against the Sun Devils ... Set a personal season-high on vault with a 9.750 against UCLA (2/18) ... Appeared on vault, bars, and floor at Arizona (2/11), receiving a 9.725 on bars ... Posted an all-around score of 38.550 at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Continued to excel in the floor exercise, receiving a score of 9.800 against the Chippewas ... Captured the all-around title against Oregon State (1/28) with a score of 38.675 ... Scored a 9.725 on the beam to place second against the Beavers, and received a 9.775 on the floor exercise to tie for third ... Saw action on vault, beam, and floor exercise in collegiate debut at Washington (1/21) ... Registered a 9.700 on floor ... A two-time Level-10 New Jersey state champion ... A Level-10 Region 7 all-around champion in 2004. ... Competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics.
Aimee Precourt, Freshman
2005: Has competed on beam, bars and floor exercise for the Cardinal ... Competed on beam for the first time in her career against Arizona State (2/25), tying for third with a score of 9.725 ... Tied a personal season-high with a 9.700 on floor against the Sun Devils... Saw action on floor at Arizona (2/11), posting a 9.575 mark ... Competed in the floor exercise at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.700 score ... Made her collegiate debut, competing on bars against Washington (1/21) ... A two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor ... The Level-10 Texas state all-around champion in 2004 ... Competed for Champion Gymnastics Academy.
Stacy Sprando, Sophomore
2005: A strong beam and bar worker for the Cardinal ... Added the floor exercise to her repertoire this season ... Recorded a personal season-high on bars against Arizona State (2/25), tying for fourth with a 9.800 score ... Registered a then-personal season-high on bars with a 9.750 against UCLA (2/18) ... Saw action on bars and beam at Arizona (2/11), scoring a 9.725 on beam to tie for fifth ... Competed on beam and floor at Central Michigan (2/4), receiving a 9.725 on beam ... Competed on bars, beam, and floor against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.650 on bars ... Participated on floor exercise for the first time in her career at Washington (1/21), scoring a 9.525 ... Competed on uneven bars and balance beam as a freshman ... Saw action on the beam at the 2004 Super Six, scoring a 9.700.
Glyn Sweets, Junior
2005: Has shown the form that saw her garner All-American honors as a freshman ... Did not compete against Arizona State (2/25) ... Was outstanding against UCLA (2/18), scoring a 9.800 on vault, a personal season-high 9.850 on bars, and a team-high 9.725 on beam ... Continued to excel on vault, tying for first place at Arizona (2/11) with a score of 9.825 ... Also competed on bars and beam against the Wildcats ... Scored a 9.775 on beam at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Also competed on vault and bars against the Chippewas ... Was outstanding against Oregon State (1/28), scoring a 9.825 to tie for second on the vault ... Also tied for second on the bars with a 9.800, and scored a 9.700 to tie for third on the beam ... Recorded a 9.725 on bars at Washington (1/21) ... Also competed on vault and beam in season opener ... Competed on the uneven bars at the 2004 Super Six ... Received second team All-American honors as a freshman on the vault and balance beam.
Liz Tricase, Freshman
2005: Explosive performer is one of the top freshman gymnasts in the nation ... Earned her second Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honor after her performance against Arizona State (2/25) ... Captured first place in three events against the Sun Devils, scoring a 9.875 on vault, a 9.950 on bars, and a 9.900 on floor ... Her floor exercise score set a team season-high ... Returned to action against UCLA (2/18), placing first on bars with a 9.925 ... Also finished second on vault with a 9.900 against the Bruins ... Did not compete at Arizona (2/11) due to injury ... Placed first in bars at Central Michigan (2/4) with a score of 9.925, marking the third straight meet that she took first in that event ... Also competed on vault and recorded a team-high 9.850 on floor against the Chippewas ... Excelled against Oregon State (1/28), placing first in vault and bars with scores of 9.900 and 9.950, respectively ... Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week after her performance against the Beavers ... Was impressive in her collegiate debut, placing first in the all-around at Washington (1/21) with a score of 39.050 ... Captured first in vault (9.850) and bars (9.825) in season opener ... Helped Cardinal win the floor exercise with a score of 9.800, tying with teammate Natalie Foley for second ... A four-time U.S. National Team member ... Captured 10th place at the 2004 Olympic Trials and qualified to the final Olympic Selection Camp ... The 2002 U.S. vault champion ... Competed for the Illinois Gymnastics Institute.
Tabitha Yim, Freshman
2005: World class gymnast and exciting competitor has seen increased action as the season has progressed ... Competed on bars against Arizona State (2/25), scoring a 9.925 to finish second ... The bars mark against ASU tied a personal season-high ... Tied for second on bars against UCLA (2/18), scoring a 9.900 ... Was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth on floor with a 9.825 against the Bruins ... Placed first on bars and beam in just her second collegiate meet at Arizona (2/11) ... Set a team season-high on beam with a score of 9.875 ... Also placed first on bars with a 9.925, the second highest score posted by a Cardinal gymnast this season ... Also competed on floor against the Wildcats ... Was outstanding in her first appearance on the competition floor at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Scored a 9.850 to finish second on bars, and also finished second on beam with a score of 9.825 against the Chippewas ... Performed an exhibition on bars against Oregon State (1/28) ... A 2004 Olympic Trials participant ... Member of the bronze medal team at the 2001 World Championships ... Competed for Charter Oaks Gliders.