Super Sunday for Morgan, Stanford
Feb. 7, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Morgan won the vault (9.875) and balance beam (9.875), was second on the floor exercise (9.90) and sixth on the uneven bars (9.80) on the way to capturing the all-around title with 39.450 points - the most for a Stanford freshman in three years - with her parents Theresa and Joe, the Hall of Fame second baseman, on hand.
'Morgan had a tremendous day,' said Stanford coach Kristen Smyth, whose team improved to 6-2. 'She's been working on upgrades on her routines, such as her dismount on bars. She's a gamer. She's going to be solid for us.'
Stanford's overall team score was a season high, and Morgan's all-around score was a season best for the Cardinal, which is quite an achievement considering teammate Carly Janiga is the defending Pac-10 champion. Shelley Alexander was second with a season best of 39.300 and Janiga (39.100) was third.
An individual highlight was the performance of sophomore Nicole Pechanec, who scored 9.925 to win the floor. The former Czech Republic international has averaged 9.91 in the event over her past three meets.
Ishino, a senior who was a 2004 U.S. Olympic team alternate, had a big day as well. She averaged 9.83 in three events and scoring a 9.85 in a floor exercise exhibition. Though it wasn't official, she scored 39.350 in her first collegiate all-around.
Her floor routine is vibrant and unique, taking advantage of her dance skills, and including only two tumbling passes. Ishino choreographed the routine herself and is expected to unveil it in true competition next Sunday at No. 6 UCLA.
1. Stanford - (VT- 49.000; UB-49.325; BB- 49.075; FX- 49.250; FINAL-196.650)
2. Washington - (VT- 48.525; UB- 48.700; BB- 48.075; FX- 48.775; FINAL- 194.075)
3. Sacramento State - (VT- 48.200; UB-48.550; BB- 48.300; FX- 48.175; FINAL-193.225)
4. San Jose State - (VT- 48.125; UB- 48.675; BB- 47.175; FX- 48.825; FINAL- 192.800)
Individual Results (Winners and Stanford scores)
Vault: Ashley Morgan (Stanford) 9.875. Other Stanford: Allyse Ishino 9.80, Blair Ryland 9.80, Carly Janiga 9.775, Danielle Ikoma 9.75, Shelley Alexander 9.70.