No. 3 Women's Gymnastics Heads to Nebraska

Feb. 22, 2007

Stanford, CA -

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What's Happening This Week...

The Stanford women's gymnastics team is ranked No. 3 nationally in the latest GymInfo poll released Monday. The poll, which is calculated by regional qualifying score, also ranks Stanford first in both the West region and the Pac 10 Conference. In her sixth season Head Coach Kristen Smyth has followed up last season's Pac-10 Conference Championship title with a remarkable 2007 run that includes an undefeated record in the Pac-10 and a 7-1 record overall. This week the Card head to Lincoln, Nebraska, where they will participate in the Masters Classic on Sunday, Feb. 25. The annual competition, which features Stanford, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 LSU and NC State, is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

The Card in Action Last Week....

The third-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team (SWG) kept their undefeated streak in the Pac-10 alive with a solid win on the road at the University of Arizona's McKale Center. The Card again put together four solid events for a team score of 196.4 that should be enough to secure their top three ranking for another week. Freshman Carly Janiga added another All Around victory to her rapidly growing list of accomplishments, with a 39.425 in front of a large crowd of friends, family, and former coaches sporting 'I know Carly Janiga' T-shirts. Janiga showed few signs of nerves. 'I was actually really excited and not nervous at all...I was just going to do what I do in practice every day.' Arizona turned in one of their best meets of the season, but suffered several falls on the balance beam that led to a 195.375 loss for the Wildcat.

Gymnasts of the Week...

Stanford gymnasts have sewn up the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week award for the previous three weeks--Tabitha Yim, Carly Janiga, and Nicole Ourada all earned honors for outstanding All Around performances. The streak was broken this week as the conference recognized Oregon State sophomore Jamie Lanz.

The Rankings: Stanford enters competition this week ranked No. 3 in the country, with an average team score of 196.53. In individual events, the Card rank No. 9 on vault (49.035), No. 3 on bars (49.23), No. 3 on beam (49.105) and No. 4 on floor (49.15). Individually, Carly Janiga is ranked No. 3 (9.9) on bars, No. 7 on floor (9.875) and No. 2 in the All Around (39.345).

About the Rankings: Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastic teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 15-Feb. 12, teams and individuals were ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 19, teams and gymnasts are ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team's top six regular-season scores, with at least three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team's or gymnast's highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.

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