Stanford Wins Pac-10 Showcase To Open Season
LOS ANGELES - Beginning her 10th season as Stanford's women's gymnastics coach, Kristen Smyth was sure of one thing: The Cardinal has never scored as high in an opening meet as it did Sunday in winning the Pac-10 Showcase over No. 1 UCLA and the rest of the conference at Pauley Pavilion.
No. 6 Stanford, coming off a fourth-place NCAA finish in 2010, scored 196.625 points to finish ahead of defending champion UCLA's 195.925, with Oregon State third at 195.375 in an inaugural meet that drew all seven conference programs - six of which are ranked among the nation's preseason Top 25 - and attracted a crowd of 4,028.
"It was a great place to start," Smyth said. "It was a strong team effort, and the senior class was pretty amazing."
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