Stanford Advances to NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships

April 4, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The method wasn't what the Stanford women's gymnastics team had in mind, but the result was more than adequate for the Cardinal as it advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season.

Stanford, the No. 4-ranked team in the country, had some rough moments that put added pressure on the team late in an already pressured-packed NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday night. But the Cardinal did enough to finish second in the six-team event, scoring 196.2 points, behind Arkansas's 196.3. Michigan was third with 195.7.

Both Stanford and Arkansas, by virtue of finishing in the top two, advanced to the NCAA meet in Lincoln, Neb., April 16-18. There, the 12 remaining teams will be split into afternoon and evening sessions of six teams apiece on April 16. The top three in each advance the following day to the Super Six, the Final Four of women's gymnastics, where the national champion will be crowned.

Stanford has reached the Super Six each of the past two years, tying a school-best finish of third place in 2008, and is advancing to the NCAA Championships for the 10th time in school history.

Stanford was paced by junior Carly Janiga, the Pac-10 all-around champion, who scored 39.425 points in the all-around. And the team's best score of the night came from junior Allyse Ishino, who tied Michigan's Becky Bernard for the uneven bars title with a score of 9.9.

Further details and comments from coach Kristen Smyth will be posted shortly.

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