Stanford Vaults Past UC Davis
March 21, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The No. 8 Stanford women's gymnastics team earned four career bests on the vault on the way to a 196.600-194.575 victory over UC Davis in a dual-meet finale Sunday.
Senior captain Carly Janiga led the way with a 9.95 on vault, setting a collegiate career best for the six-time All-America. She would win the vault, balance beam and all-around (39.575) as the Cardinal swept to victories in each event. Freshman Ashley Morgan (floor exercise) and sophomore Alyssa Brown (uneven bars) were the other Stanford winners.
Stanford (14-2) extended its winning streak to 11 heading into the Pacific-10 Championships next Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., while UC Davis ended its dual-meet season at 13-4.
The Cardinal counted five scores of 9.875 or above to score a season-high 49.450 on the vault and take a substantial 98.800-97.175 lead after the first two rotations, with Brown contributing heavily.
Brown, a 2008 Canadian Olympic alternate, scored three season bests, tying her career best in two. She began with a 9.9 to win the uneven bars and followed with a 9.85 in her first competitive vault in a year - Brown injured her knee during vault warmups at the Pac-10 Championships last year.
Brown and Janiga rescued the Cardinal to some extent on the beam. Stanford appeared on the way to a season-high score in the 197s, but wound up with two falls and three low scores on the beam to drop the team's overall score substantially. Janiga immediately followed both falls with a 9.925, after Brown had led off the rotation with a career best 9.875 to allow Stanford to still earn its fourth-best score in 10 meets this season.
1. Stanford - (VT- 49.450; UB- 49.350; BB- 48.525; FX- 49.275; FINAL- 196.600)
2. UC Davis - (VT- 48.650; UB- 48.525; BB- 48.550; FX- 48.850; FINAL- 194.575)
Records - Stanford 14-2, UC Davis 13-4.