No. 8 Stanford Travels To No. 3 Alabama
March 9, 2006
Stanford, Ca - A challenging and exciting week awaits the eighth-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team. The Cardinal travels to the South to face the third-ranked team in the nation, the Crimson Tide of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Friday night (7:30 p.m. ct).
Stanford, 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10, has jumped from 12th to eighth in this week's national poll with an average score of 195.905. That mark is tops in the Pac-10. Alabama is third nationally with a team RQS of 195.905. The Crimson Tide features Terin Humphrey and Ashley Miles ... Humphrey won two silver medals at the 2004 Olympics, while Miles has won 16 post-season championships during her career, including three NCAA, five SEC and eight NCAA Regional championships.
Stanford will host the NCAA West Regional which is slated for April 8 at Maples Pavilion (6:00 p.m.).
Stanford sophomore Liz Tricase has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Week for Feb. 27 - Mar. 6 ... Tricase, a sophomore from Itasca, Ill., helped lead Stanford to two victories at Cal State Fullerton 3/3/06) and at then-No. 8 UCLA (3/5/06) last week ... At Cal State Fullerton, Tricase scored a perfect 10.000 on bars to win the competition as the Cardinal scored a 194.675 - 191.175 victory ... Tricase also won the vault with a career-best effort of 9.950 ... Two days later at Pauley Pavilion, Tricase again scored a perfect 10.000 on bars to help Stanford beat UCLA, 195.950 - 191.150 ... It was the third straight week that Tricase had scored a 10.000 on bars ... Tricase finished second on vault (9.900) ... Featured on 'Faces in the Crowd' in the latest Sports Illustrated, Tricase is now the nation's leader on bars (9.955).
Stanford has jumped to eighth in the latest national rankings (195.905) ... Stanford is 12-2 overall and 5-1 in the Pac-10 ... Stanford is coming off of its first ever dual meet victory over UCLA last weekend ... Stanford, then ranked 12th in the nation, beat then No. 8 UCLA at Pauley Paviion, 195.950 - 195.150 ... As a team nationally, Stanford is ranked second on Bars (49.265), fifth on Floor Exercise (49.140), seventh on Vault (49.240) an 12th on Beam (48.810) ... Sophomore Liz Tricase leads the nation on Bars (9.955) ... Tricase has scored a perfect 10.000 on Bars in the last three meets (Washington, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA) ... Tricase also is fourth in the nation on Vault (9.905).
Head coach Kristen Smyth is in her fifth season at Stanford ... Smyth has chalked up a record of 80-30 during that span ... Smith has coached Stanford to three NCAA appearances (2002, 2003, 2004) and an appearance in the NCAA Super Six twice (2002, 2004) ... Stanford has won the Pac-10 championship twice (2001, 2004) during her tenure, and coached the Cardinal to the NCAA Regional title in 2002 and 2004 ... In her four previous seasons at Stanford, Smyth has coached six Stanford gymnasts to 31 All-American honors.
Stanford is continuing to build momentum as it prepares for its final dual meet of the year at Alabama, the Pac-10 Championship (3/25/06 at Oregon State), the NCAA West Regional (4/8/06 at Stanford), and a possible berth at the NCAA Championship (April 20-22 at Oregon State) ... In three of the past four weeks, Stanford's team total has been more than 196.000 points ... The Cardinal scored 196.325 points in a win at Arizona State (2/10/06) followed by a team total of 196.875 (season-best) in a victory over Arizona (2/17/06) ... On February 24, the Cardinal tallied 196.375 points in a victory over Washington.
The Crimson Tide is third in the nation (196.230) ... Alabama is second nationally on Floor Exercise (49.220), third on Vault (49.240), sixth on Bars (49.050), and 13th on Beam (48.790) ... Alabama features three top stars in Ashley Miles, Terin Humphrey and Brittany Magee... Miles has won 16 postseason championships during her career, including three NCAA, five SEC and eight NCAA Regional championships ... Miles was a four-year member of the United States National Team (1997-98, 1999-2002) and helped the U.S. National Team to a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships ... Miles is currently ranked first in the nation on Vault (9.930) and second in the nation on Floor Exercise (9.905) ... Humphrey won the NCAA Bars championship last year, and earned first team All-American honors on Beam, Bars and Floor Exercise at the 2005 NCAA's ... Humphrey, a member of the 2004 United States Olympic Team, earned two Olympic silver medals, one as part of the USA squad, and individually on Bars ... Humphrey is Alabama's first Olympic gymnast ... Magee is a freshman, who is 15th nationally on Floor Exercise (9.870) ... Alabama has one Californian on its roster, Mari Bayer, a senior from San Jose ... Bayer won the Beam against Stanford last year.
A quick look at the 2006 Stanford Gymnastics Team
Lauren Elmore, Sophomore, Bloomington, In
Has not competed this year.
Kelly Fee, Freshman, St. Charles, Il
Has emerged as one of Stanford's top gymnasts this year ... Ninth in the Pac-10 on Bars (9.835) ... Has competed in the All-Around in two of the six meets this year, with a season-best mark of 38.725 at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06).
Natalie Foley, Senior, Englewood, Co
Has competed in the All-Around in all eight of the nine meets this year with a season-best total of 39.325 against Washington (2/24/06) ... Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in the All-Around (39.125, 24th nationally) and sixth on Beam (9.835, 21st nationally) ...Produced four season-best marks (Vault, Bars, Beam, All-Around) against Washington (2/24/06).
Stephanie Gentry, Sophomore, Plano, Tx
Made her season debut on Vault against Washington (2/24/06).
Jessica Louie, Senior, Loomis, Ca
Has competed on Bars in four meets this year with a season-best of 9.750 against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Made her season-debut on Floor Exercise against Washington (2/24/06).
Nicole Ourada, Freshman, Germantown, Wi
Has been outstanding thus far during the 2006 season ... Her average All-Around score of 39.1555 is fifth-best in the Pac-10 and 18th in the nation ... Has a season-best point total of 39.300 in the All-Around vs Washington (2/24/06) ... Third in the Pac-10 in Floor Exercise (9.880, #14 in the nation).
Alex Pintchouk, Sophomore, Mt. Lauren, NJ
Has competed on Vault, Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best 9.925 on Vault, 9.850 on Beam and 9.875 on Floor Exercise.
Aimee Precourt, Sophomore, Pasadena, Tx
Has competed on Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best mark of 9.750 in Floor Exercise at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06) and against Washington (2/24/06).
Heather Purnell, Freshman, Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
The 2004 Canadian Olympian made her collegiate debut in the All-Around in Stanford's victory at UCLA (3/5/06) with a score of 38.425.
Stacy Sprando, Junior, Portland, Or
Performed on Bars at Oregon State (1/27/06).
Glyn Sweets, Senior, Reston, Va
Has competed on Vault, Bars and Beam this year ... Ranked fourth in the Pac-10 on Vault (9.880, 14th nationally) ... Has scored a 9.900 on Vault in her last two meets at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06) and UCLA (3/5/06).
Liz Tricase, Sophomore, Itasca, Il
Tops in the Pac-10 and first in the nation on Bars (9.955) ... Tied the school record with a perfect 10.000 on Bars against Arizona (2/17/06) at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06) and at UCLA (3/5/06) ... Also first in the Pac-10 on Vault (9.880, #4 in the nation) ... Had a season-best 9.950 on Vault at California (2/3/06) and at Arizona State (2/10/06) ... Produced a season-best 9.900 on Floor Exercise against Arizona (2/17/06) ... Recently featured on 'Faces in the Crowd' in Sports Illustrated.
Tabitha Yim, Sophomore, Irvine, Ca
Stanford's top All-Arounder this year ... Has a season-average of 39.475 ... Against Arizona (2/17/06), tallied a career-best 39.625 ... Voted Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week when she collected a 39.600 in a four-way meet against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 and 20th nationally on Floor Exercise (9.865) ... Is ranked fourth in the Pac-10 on Beam (9.840, #18 nationally) ... Ranks eighth in the Pac-10 on Vault (9.880).
Stanford is in the midst of an extremely challenging schedule in 2006 ... Nine of Stanford's opponents are ranked in the GymInfo Women's National Top 25 ... The list includes top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia, #3 Alabama, #5 Oklahoma, #10 UCLA, #14 Arizona State, #15 Arizona, #17 Oregon State and #19 Denver.
The 2006 Season in Review
at Cancun Classic (1/6/06)
The Cardinal opened the 2006 season on Jan. 6 with an impressive effort at the Cancun Classic in Mexico ... Stanford tallied a team score of 194.950, just behind the winning effort of top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia ... Victories by Glyn Sweets in the Vault (9.925), Liz Tricase on Bars (9.875) and Natalie Foley on Beam (9.775) helped the Cardinal in the five team meet ... Denver finished third with 193.850 points followed by Oklahoma with 193.325, and Arizona with 192.925 ... Three Cardinal athletes competed in the All-Around ... Senior Natalie Foley, an eight-time All-American, finished third (39.025) while freshmen Nicole Ourada placed fifth (39.025) and Kelly Fee placed sixth (38.725).
Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Davis (1/15/06)
In its home opener, Stanford looked impressive in a four-way meet with Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State ... The Cardinal chalked up 194.350 points to easily outdistance runnerup Sacramento State (191.525), San Jose State (190.575) and UC Davis (186.875) ... The Cardinal captured first, second and third place in each of the four events (Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise, Vault) in addition to placing 1-2-3 in the All-Around ... Tabitha Yim, competing in only her third collegiate All-Around, tallied a 39.600 to finish first ... Yim gained first place honors in the All-Around thanks to victories on Floor Exercise (9.925, tied her career-best), Vault (9.900, career-best), and Beam (9.875).
at Oregon State (1/27/06)
Despite an upset loss to Oregon State (195.150 - 194.125), several Cardinal athletes performed with high marks ... Liz Tricase won the Bars competition with a score of 9.850 ... Sophomore Tabitha Yim competed in three events (Vault, Beam, Floor) and collected wins on Floor (9.850) and Vault (9.900).
at California (2/3/06)
Stanford recorded a convincing 195.925 - 192.150 victory at California ... The Cardinal dominated the meet in every meet ... The Cardinal recorded first place wins in the All-Around (Tabitha Yim, 39.300), Vault (Liz Tricase, 9.950), Bars (Liz Tricase, 9.925), Beam (Tabitha Yim, 9.875) and Floor Exercise (Nicole Ourada, 9.900) ... Stanford went 1-2-3 in the Vault and Floor Exercise.
at Arizona State (2/10/06)
Stanford looked sharp and the result was a 196.325-195.725 victory over tenth-ranked Arizona State ... A 1-2-3 finish on Bars by Liz Tricase (9.900), Tabitha Yim (9.875) and Glyn Sweets (9.875) helped in the win ... Arizona State had been ranked #1 nationally on Beam, but that didn't deter Stanford from posting a 48.800 - 48.550 victory ... The Cardinal's upset victory on Beam was aided by 3-4-5 finishes by Yim (9.850), Heather Purnell (9.825) and Natalie Foley (9.825).
Stanford, fueled by several impressive career-best efforts including a perfect 10.000 by Liz Tricase on Bars, stormed to a convincing 196.875 - 194.625 victory over 14th-ranked Arizona ... Tricase tied the school record with a perfct 10.000 not only on her first effort but her second effort as well ... Her point total gave the Cardinal a team total of 49.425, their best effort of the 2006 season ... Individually, eight career-best marks were set ... That included a 39.625 in the All-Around, a 9.950 on Bars, and a 9.950 on Beam by Tabitha Yim.
Stanford swept all three places in the four events (Vault, Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise) in Stanford's 196.375 - 189.600 victory over the visiting Washington Huskies ... Natalie Foley won the All-Around with a season-best mark of 39.325 ... Foley won on Beam (9.900), and finished second on Bars (9.875) ... Several of Stanford's gymnasts set career marks against the Huskies ... The listed included Kelly Fee on Bars (9.850), Beam (9.850) and Floor Exercise (9.825), Nicole Ourada in the All-Around (39.300), Bars (9.850) and Beam (9.850), Alex Pintchouk on Floor Exercise (9.875) and Vault (9.925), and Tabitha Yim on Vault (9.925).
at Cal State Fullerton (3/3/06)
Stanford swept three (Vault, Bars, Beam) in posting a 194.675 - 191.175 non-league victory at Cal State Fullerton ... Liz Tricase scored a perfect 10.000 on Bars ... Tricase also tallied a 9.950 (career-best) to win the Vault competition ... Natalie Foley won the All-Around (39.175) and Beam (9.875), and finished second on Floor Exercise (9.675) and third on Vault (9.900) and Bars (9.825).
at UCLA (3/5/06)
No. 12 Stanford posted a dramatic 195.950 - 195.150 victory at No. 8 UCLA ... San Jose State also competed and tallied a score of 193.225 ... Once again, the star for Stanford was sophomore Liz Tricase, who posted a perfect 10.000 on Bars for the third straight meet ... Tricase also placed second on Vault (9.900) ... Stanford scored on an important victory on Beam ... The Cardinal was ranked eleventh in the nation while UCLA was ranked seventh ... However, Stanford scored the upset with a team score of 48.600 while UCLA was awarded 47.525 points.