SWG Family Gathers for Fontaine Baby Shower
July 27, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - One of the qualities that makes the Stanford Women's Gymnastics experience so special is its family atmosphere. Indeed, No. 1 among coach Kristen Smyth's five foundational principles of her program is Family.
Not only does Stanford stress the importance of bonding as a team, but over generations of teams. The gymnasts that come through the program are permanent members of the SWG family.
The family theme was evident recently when Larissa Fontaine, the only national champion thus far in the Stanford program, was honored with a recent baby shower. Fontaine, who now works for Google, and husband Peter Langenfeld are expecting their first baby in September.
Among those in attendance were Mandy Delgado, the 2002 Pac-10 freshman of the year who just started in the UCSF nursing school program; Shelly Goldberg, a member of the 2004 Pac-10 championship team; Sarah Harding, a 1999 first-team All-American on floor who recently retired from Cirque du Soleil; Amy Murakami, a 1996 first-team All-American in the all-around who now works at Oracle; and Ann Thananopavarn, who works for the Joseph Drown Foundation in Los Angeles.
Fontaine earned five All-America honors, including two first team, from 1997-99. Fontaine returned as an assistant coach and was part of Smyth's staff on the 2004 team that won the Pac-10 and NCAA North Central Regional titles, and was third in the NCAA Super Six finals.