Stanford Gymnastics Set To Defend Pac-10 Title On Saturday
March 23, 2005
Stanford will look to defend last year's title at the Pac-10 women's gymnastics championship at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley on Saturday. The Cardinal will be seeking its fourth overall Pac-10 championship, and its third in the last five seasons. Originally scheduled to start at 6:00 pm, the start time of the meet has been moved up to 3:00 pm.
PAC-10 ON FOX SPORTS
The Pac-10 women's gymnastics championship will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a tape delayed basis. Stanford fans can check their local listings and watch the Cardinal in action on April 2nd. Barry Tompkins and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will call the action on the competition floor.
STANFORD AT THE PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP
The Cardinal captured the Pac-10 title last season, posting a 197.900 score to edge UCLA for the championship ... The team score from last year ranks as the second highest team score ever posted by a Stanford squad. The score is also the second highest team score recorded in Pac-10 championship history ... The Cardinal also won the Pac-10 title in 2001, registering a then-program best team score of 197.850 ... The program claimed its first-ever Pac-10 title in 1998, when the squad was led by former All-American and current Cardinal assistant coach Larissa Fontaine ... Stanford is one of just three schools to have claimed the Pac-10 crown. UCLA has won 11 conference titles, while Oregon State has won four Pac-10 championships.
FOLEY LOOKS TO DEFEND ALL-AROUND TITLE
Junior Natalie Foley became the first Stanford gymnast to win an all-around title at the Pac-10 championship, scoring a 39.800 to take first place in Tucson last season. Foley posted the first perfect 10.0 of her collegiate career to tie with UCLA's Jeanette Antolin for first on vault in 2004, and also tied with Antolin for first on bars with a 9.950 mark. Foley is the Cardinal's only returning individual event winner from last season's championship, as the squad lost three-time beam champion Lindsay Wing and 2004 co-beam champion Caroline Fluhrer to graduation.
STANFORD'S UPCOMING ROTATION ORDER
At the Pac-10 Championship, the Cardinal will begin the competition on the balance beam in the first rotation before having a bye in rotation two. Stanford will then move to the floor exercise in the third rotation and receive a bye in the fourth rotation. The Cardinal moves to the vault in the fifth rotation, and have a bye in the sixth rotation before closing the evening on bars, which has been the team's strongest event so far this season.
Rotation I - Balance Beam
Rotation II - Bye
Rotation III - Floor Exercise
Rotation IV - Bye
Rotation V - Vault
Rotation VI - Bye
Rotation VII - Uneven Bars
LAST WEEK AT THE SAN JOSE STATE TRI-MEET
Junior Natalie Foley captured second in the all-around and freshman Tabitha Yim placed first on the uneven bars and balance beam to lead the Stanford women's gymnastics team to a second place finish in a tri-meet at San Jose State last Saturday. The host Spartans took first place with a team score of 194.325, while the Cardinal registered a team score of 192.750 and California came in third with a 176.450 mark. Stanford took first place on vault, as Foley and freshman Stephanie Gentry posted 9.800 scores to tie for first place with SJSU's Michelle Minotti. The Cardinal were led on bars by Yim, as the freshman captured first place with a 9.875. Yim then set a team season-high on the balance beam with a 9.925 to finish first, and Foley matched a personal season-high score to place third with a 9.850. Foley was the team's top all-around finisher, capturing second place with a 39.075.
Stanford continues to be one of the top teams in the nation on the uneven bars, and the squad currently ranks 10th in the nation in the event. Freshmen Tabitha Yim and Liz Tricase have led the way, as the pair have an identical RQS of 9.895. Yim currently ranks sixth in the nation, while Tricase will not compete for the remainder of the season due to injury. Junior Natalie Foley ranks No. 60 in the nation with a 9.815 RQS on bars, while junior Jessica Louie's return from injury has provided the Cardinal with a spark in the event over the past three meets.
Conference awards for Gymnast of the Year, Freshman of the Year, and Coach of the Year will be presented at the conclusion of the Pac-10 championship meet. Head coach Kristen Smyth took home Coach of the Year honors last season, becoming the second Cardinal coach to receive the honor. Former Stanford coach Mark Cook garnered Pac-10 Coach of the Year accolades in 2001.
The 2005 campaign has proven to be another strong one for the Pac-10 conference. Five of the seven conference gymnastics squads rank in the top-25, with Stanford and California not far behind. The Cardinal, who are tied for No. 29 in the current rankings, have defeated No. 12 ranked Oregon State and No. 25 Arizona State in dual meets this season, and have edged Cal on two occasions. UCLA is the top ranked Pac-10 squad at No. 3, while Arizona and Washington check in at No. 19 and No. 23, respectively.
Following a second place finish at the San Jose State tri-meet, Stanford's Regional Qualifying (RQS) score remained at 194.660, and the squad moved into a tie for 29th in the nation with West Virginia. Tabitha Yim is one of the nation's top ranked gymnasts on the uneven bars, as the freshman currently has a 9.895 RQS in the event and ranks sixth in the country. Freshman Liz Tricase, who will miss the remainder of the season due to injury, also has a 9.895 RQS on the uneven bars.
Liz Tricase EARNS TWO PAC-10 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK HONORS
Freshman Liz Tricase received Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week honors for the second time this season following her performance against Arizona State on February 25th. 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.
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 will 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. She followed that up with another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003, marking the third straight year that the Cardinal advanced to NCAA Championships. Last season, she guided Stanford gymnastics to its fourth straight NCAA Championship, and capped the most successful season in program history by tying for third at the NCAA Super Six Championships.
The 2004 Stanford gymnastics squad put together an amazing campaign, capturing the Pac-10 title as well as a championship at the North Central Regional. Then Cardinal garnered 15 All-American awards in 2004, eclipsing the previous season's program-high of eight. The team also posted a national season-high score with a 198.875 against California on February 20th, and set national event season-high scores on floor (49.925) and beam (49.750).
Smyth has also brought some of the nation's top talent to The Farm. Stanford's six-member recruiting class was ranked as one of the top incoming groups prior to this season, and features former Olympic Trial participants Liz Tricase and Tabitha Yim.
Smyth came to The Farm after previously serving as the associate head coach at Arizona State. 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 1998 Regional Assistant Coach of the Year after helping the Sun Devils to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. During her time in Tempe, Arizona State advanced to the NCAA Super Six in three of her five seasons.
The 2005 Stanford Cardinal
Brittany Billmaier, Sophomore
2005: Has yet to compete due to injury ... Hopes to contribute on beam and floor ... Did not compete last season due to injury.Season Highs Vault Bars Beam Floor All-Around
Lauren Elmore, Freshman
2005: Has emerged as a reliable all-around competitor ... Has competed in the all-around in seven of Stanford's eight meets this season ... Did not compete on vault at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19), but competed on bars, beam, and floor ... Had the best meet of her collegiate career against Alabama (3/6), setting personal season-highs in the all-around (39.050) and beam (9.800), while tying season-highs on vault (9.600) and floor (9.800) ... Finished 10th in the all-around at the Utah Quad (3/4) with a 38.950 score ... Also notched a personal season-high at Utah on vault with a 9.600 ... Finished fourth in the all-around against Arizona State (2/25) with a 38.700 ... 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 ... Finished third in the all-around at Central Michigan (2/4), scoring a 38.850 ... Also set personal season-high in the floor exercise with a 9.825 ... Captured third in the all-around in win over Oregon State (1/28) with a 38.000 ... 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 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 ... Has seen a steady climb in her all-around scores since rebounding from an early season injury ... Captured second place in the all-around at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19), scoring a 39.075 ... Set a personal season-high on bars at SJSU with a 9.800, while tying personal season-highs on vault (9.800) and beam (9.850) ... Tied for first on vault at SJSU with teammate Stephanie Gentry ... Finished second in the all-around against Alabama (3/6) with a 39.225 ... Had a solid showing at the Utah Quad (3/4), finishing sixth in the all-around with a 39.250 ... Her all-around score is the second highest posted by a Stanford gymnast this season ... Registered a 9.900 score in the floor exercise at Utah to tie for third place ... 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 one of Stanford's top performers on vault, and a solid competitor on beam and floor ... Tied for first place with teammate Natalie Foley on vault at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19) with a 9.800 ... Tied a personal season-high with a 9.800 score on beam at SJSU ... Competed on vault, beam, and bars against Alabama (3/6) ... Scored a 9.850 on vault for the second straight week, tying a personal season-high ... Set her personal season-high with a 9.850 on vault at the Utah Quad (3/4) ... Also received a 9.825 in the floor exercise at Utah ... 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 on 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 ... Just recently began to compete following early season injuries ... Scored a 9.500 on vault and a 9.700 on bars at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19) ... Competed on vault for the first time this season against Alabama (3/6), scoring a 9.550 ... Also registered a 9.825 on bars against the Crimson Tide ... Competed for the first time this season at the Utah Quad (3/4), scoring a 9.675 on bars ... 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: Solid performer has competed in the all-around four times this season, while participating on vault and floor in all nine meets ... Tied a personal season-high with a 9.750 on bars at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19) ... Also competed on vault and floor at SJSU ... Was outstanding against Alabama (3/6), registering personal season-highs on vault (9.800) and bars (9.750) ... Finished fifth in the all-around against the Crimson Tide with a score of 38.575 ... Saw action on vault and floor at the Utah Quad (3/4), scoring a 9.775 on vault, and matching a personal season-high on floor with a 9.800 ... 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 then-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 her first collegiate 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 against the Huskies ... 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: Competed on vault for the first time in her collegiate career at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19), scoring a 9.625 ... Also competed on beam and floor at SJSU ... Registered a personal season-high 9.800 score on floor against Alabama (3/6) ... Saw action on beam and the floor exercise for the second straight meet at the Utah Quad (3/4) ... 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 ... Competed on bars and beam at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19), tying a personal season-high with a 9.725 on beam ... Saw action on bars against Alabama (3/6), receiving a 9.725 ... Competed on bars at the Utah Quad (3/4), scoring a 9.750 ... 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 ... Has not competed in Stanford's last four meets due to injury ... Hopes to return to competition for the NCAA Regional Championship ... 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 ... Is out for the season after re-injuring her ankle prior to the meet against Alabama (3/6) ... Was Stanford's top all-around performer at the Utah Quad (3/4), scoring a 39.375 to finish fourth and set a team individual season-high ... Set a personal season-high on beam with her 9.825 score at Utah ... Captured fifth on vault (9.850), sixth on beam (9.825), and third in the floor exercise (9.900) at the quad meet ... 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 after rebounding from an injury to her achilles last summer ... Has proven to be one of the team's top performers on beam and bars ... Currently ranks sixth in the nation on bars with a 9.895 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) ... Captured first place on bars and beam at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19) ... Scored a 9.875 on bars and set a team season-high on beam with a 9.925 mark ... Also competed on floor at SJSU ... Tied for second on beam with a 9.875 against Alabama (3/6), and finished third on bars with a 9.825 ... Was impressive at the Utah Quad (3/4), tying for second on bars (9.900) and fourth on beam (9.875) ... Tied her own team individual season-high on beam at Utah ... 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 then-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.