No. 7 Women's Gymnastics Returns Home To Face No. 13 Minnesota

Jan. 29, 2001

This week's action

The No. 7-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team, coming off victories over No. 12 Washington and Seattle Pacific at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge, returns home this weekend to face No. 13 Minnesota. The Cardinal and Golden Gophers will square off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Ford Center. Friday's competition will continue Stanford's run of facing ranked opponents, as only Seattle Pacific has been unranked thus far.

The Cook File

Stanford head coach Mark Cook is now in his fourth year at the helm of the Cardinal women's gymnastics program. In his first three seasons, Cook has guided Stanford to the 1998 Pac-10 Championship and an apperance in the 1999 NCAA Championships. Cook has produced the Card's first-ever individual National Champion, three Regional Champions and seven All-Americans, while Stanford gymnasts have established nearly every school record under his tenure.

A Cardinal Tint to the National Rankings

Stanford continues to make its presence felt in both the team and individual national rankings. The 196.050 score on Sunday lifted Stanford to No. 7 nationally with a team season average of 195.342. The Cardinal is now the top-ranked vaulting team in the country with a 49.025 average, the first No. 1 ranking on the apparatus in school history. Stanford is also fourth on beam and fifth on bars, and is second in the West region in both events. Individually, freshman Lindsay Wing ranks 11th in the all-around, while senior Jen Exaltacion is 15th. On vault, Robin Phelps is tied for 10th in the country, Wing is tied for 14th and Caroline Fluhrer is tied for 17th. Fluhrer is the one Cardinal ranked on bars, as her 9.875 average is 17th-best in the NCAA. Exaltacion, at No. 14 nationally, leads the way on beam, followed by Lise L�veill� at 18th.

Up to the Challenge

Stanford posted its first victory of the 2001 season with an impressive performance at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge, held at the Bank of America Arena in Seattle, Wash. Cardinal gymnasts won individual titles in two events, including a sweep of the top six spots on vault, while freshman Lindsay Wing captured the all-around crown and Robin Phelps won on vault. Stanford scored a season-best 196.050 to defeat Pac-10 foe Washington (195.925) and Seattle Pacific (191.875). Phelps' 9.900 set the standard for a dominating Stanford performance on vault, as five other Cardinal gymnasts finished second through sixth: Caroline Fluhrer (9.850), Shelly Goldberg (9.825), Wing (9.800), Jen Exaltacion (9.775) and Lise L�veill� (9.750). Goldberg also sparked Stanford to its best showing on floor this season with a second-place 9.925 mark.

On a Wing and a Prayer

Freshman all-around competitor Lindsay Wing brought impressive credentials with her to the Farm and, just three meets into her collegiate career, it looks as though her Stanford career will soar. The four-year member of the U.S. National Team has won three individual event titles (beam at the Super Six Challenge, vault vs. UCLA and beam at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge), while finishing with a career-best 39.375 to win the all-around last Sunday in Seattle.

Exaltacion Excellence

Senior Jen Exaltacion enjoyed one of the best all-around performances of her career Sunday at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge. She scored no lower than a 9.775 and tied for second on bars by matching her career-high with a 9.900. Exaltacion also tied for second on beam with a 9.850 mark while taking third with a 39.300 all-around score.

Fantastic Phelps

Freshman Robin Phelps captured the first individual title of her career on Sunday, winning the vault competition with a 9.900 score. In the first three meets of her collegiate career, Phelps has posted three top-5 finishes on vault, as she took third at the Super Six Challenge and fifth against UCLA.

Vaulting Over the Competition

Stanford, the top-ranked vaulting team in the country with a 49.025 average score, won the event for the second consecutive week. At the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge, the Cardinal swept the top six spots en route to a season-best 49.150 mark. Robin Phelps, currently ranked No. 10 in the country, led the way with a 9.900, followed by Caroline Fluhrer (9.850), Shelly Goldberg (9.825), Lindsay Wing (9.800), Jen Exaltacion (9.775) and Lise L�veill� (9.750). Stanford's No. 1 ranking is the first time the Cardinal has held the top spot on vault in program history.

Passing the Bar

Stanford continues to perform well on bars, as the Cardinal is the No. 4 team in the country and No. 2 in the West. Sunday in Seattle, three Card gymnasts tied for second as the squad matched its season-best with a 49.175 mark. Lindsay Wing set a career high with a 9.900, while the 9.9's recorded by Jen Exaltacion and Caroline Flurher matched their career bests.

Balancing Act

Although Stanford posted a season-low 48.625 on beam at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge, the Cardinal still holds the nation's No. 5 ranking. Stanford gymnasts did take three of the top five spots in Seattle, as Lindsay Wing won the event at 9.875 while both Jen Exaltacion and Lise L�veill� scored a 9.850 to tie for second.

Floor Facts

After struggling on floor in its first two meets, Stanford scored an impressive 49.100 in Seattle. A pair of freshmen led the way, as Shelly Goldberg and Lise L�veill� posted the first two Cardinal 9.9's this season. Goldberg performed a 9.925 routine to finish in a tie for second, while L�veill� scored a 9.900 to place fourth.

An All-American Trio

Stanford features a pair of returning All-Americans in junior Katy Herbert and junior Jennifer Exaltacion. With a 9.863 performance on beam at the 2000 NCAA Championships, Herbert placed third and earned First Team All-America accolades. Exaltacion was named to the Second Team on beam and in the all-around with 9.85 and 39.225 scores, respectively. Junior Kristen Jensen is just one year removed from her 1999 First Team All-America performance on bars.

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