No. 5 Women's Gymnastics Will Host No. 15 Arizona State

Feb. 6, 2001

This week's action

The Stanford women's gymnastics team, which has attained the highest ranking in program history at No. 5 nationally, will host No. 15 Arizona State in a Pac-10 dual meet on Friday, February 9. The Cardinal and Sun Devils will square off at Burnham Pavilion beginning at 7:30 p.m. Stanford will be looking for its fifth victory of the year over an opponent ranked in the Top 20. Arizona State, which has a high team score of 196.350, averages 194.300 per meet. Junior transfer Laura Moon ranks 21st in the country on beam and is tied for 25th on bars. The Sun Devils have already posted upset victories over No. 1 UCLA and No. 12 Washington.

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

A month into the 2001 season, Stanford is making its prescence felt on the national scene. On the strength of last weekend's record-breaking performance, the Cardinal has attained the No. 5 national ranking, the highest in program history. Stanford is ranked in the top three in three of the four events, peaking with the top spot on vault (49.069 average). The Cardinal is also best in the West region and second nationally on beam (49.000) and is third on bars at 49.206 (2nd - West). Individually, freshman Lindsay Wing is the fourth-rated gymnast in the country with a 39.300 all-around average. Three Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 20 on beam, with freshman Lise L�veill� placing seventh (9.862), senior Jen Exaltacion ranking eighth (9.856) and Wing 18th (9.837). On bars, freshman Caroline Fluhrer's 9.894 average ranks ninth, while junior Becky Meldrum makes her season rankings debut at No. 12 (9.875). Finally, three Card gymnasts are in the top 15 on vault: Wing and Fluhrer are each tied for tenth at 9.856, while fellow rookie Robin Phelps ranks 14th (9.844).

Record Breakers

Stanford's 197.425-195.775 victory over No. 13 Minnesota last Friday was one for the ages, as the Cardinal established school records on the beam and in overall score while several gymnasts entered their names onto the program's top-10 lists. The 197.425 team score was the highest in school history, bettering the 197.275 scored against Massachusetts on Mar. 12, 1999. Stanford posted four 9.9's or better on beam to score a program-best 49.500. Individually, three Cardinal freshmen entered the school record books in just their fourth collegiate meets:

* Lindsay Wing: all-around (4th, 39.625), beam (tied for 2nd, 9.925), floor (6th, 9.950).* Caroline Fluhrer: bars (tied for 4th, 9.950), vault (tied for 5th, 9.925).* Lise L�veill�: beam (2nd, 9.950)

Stanford also set a season-high with a 49.325 mark on floor and received solid efforts from senior Jen Exaltacion, who tied for second on floor, junior Katy Herbert, who took third on beam, and freshmen Shelly Goldberg and Robin Phelps, each of whom tied for fourth on vault. Cardinal gymnasts won all four events, while Wing took the all-around crown. In addition to setting the two records, Stanford also set season highs on bars (49.400) and floor (49.325).

On a Wing and a Prayer

Fan favorite Lindsay Wing just seems to get better with each passing week. The freshman sensation fashioned one of the best all-around meets in school history last Friday against No. 13 Minnesota. She won the floor exercise with a 9.950 - the sixth-best mark in program history - finished second on beam with a 9.925 (tied for second in Stanford history), and won the all-around with a 39.265, the fourth-highest score ever by a Cardinal gymnast. Her heroics against the Golden Gophers earned her Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week accolades, the first Stanford gymnast thus honored in 2001. Counting the all-around, Wing has competed in 20 events over her first four meets and leads the team with 14 top-5 finishes and six individual titles. The following is a list of her top-5 finishes by meet:

at Super Six Challenge* Beam: t-1st (9.850)* All-Around: t-4th (38.950)

vs. UCLA* Vault: 1st (9.925)* All-Around: 3rd (39.250)* Floor: t-3rd (9.825)

at Fox Sports Northwest Challenge* All-Around: 1st (39.375)* Beam: 1st (9.875)* Bars: t-2nd (9.900)* Vault: 4th (9.800)

vs. Minnesota* All-Around: 1st (39.625)* Floor: 1st (9.950)* Vault: 2nd (9.900)* Beam: 2nd (9.925)* Bars: t-5th (9.850)

A Flurry of Wins

Freshman Caroline Fluhrer also enjoyed a fantastic meet against Minnesota, capturing the first individual crowns of her career when she won on both vault and bars. Her 9.950 mark on bars was tied for the fourth-best mark in Stanford history, while her 9.925 performance on vault was tied for the fifth-highest mark in school annals. While the wins against the 13th-ranked Golden Gophers were her first of the season, she has taken second four times among eight top-5 finishes.

Vaulting Over the Competition

Stanford continues to be the top-ranked vaulting team in the country with an average score of 49.069. The Cardinal beat Minnesota last Friday, 49.200-48.850, for its third consecutive win on the event. Caroline Fluhrer won the individual title to become the third different Stanford gymnast to do so, following Lindsay Wing against UCLA and Robin Phelps at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge.

Passing the Bar

With an average score of 49.206, Stanford is now the third-best bar squad in the nation and the second best in the West region. For the second straight week, the Cardinal established a season-high, this time posting a 49.400 to win the event against No. 13 Minnesota. Caroline Fluhrer again led the way, placing first at 9.925. Junior Becky Meldrum matched her career-high with a 9.875 to tie teammate Jen Exaltacion for second place.

Balancing Act

Coming off a season-low performance on beam at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge, a record-breaking performance against Minnesota would seem unlikely. That is exactly what the Cardinal did, however, notching a school-record 49.500 on beam against the Golden Gophers. Stanford posted four 9.9's or better, led by freshman Lise L�veill�, who won the event with a 9.950. Lindsay Wing finished second at 9.925, while senior Jen Exaltacion and junior Katy Herbert each tied for third at 9.900. Stanford's previous high score was 49.350, set at Boise State on Feb. 13, 2000.

Floor Facts

In Stanford's first two meets (at the Super Six Challenge and vs. UCLA), the Cardinal struggled on floor, averaging just a 47.963. However, in the last two meets (at the Fox Sports Net Northwest Challenge and vs. Minnesota), Stanford has averaged a 49.213. After recording two 9.9 or better scores in Seattle, the Cardinal won the event against Minnesota with a season-high 49.325. Lindsay Wing captured the indivdiual title with a 9.950, while Jen Exaltacion and Lise L�veill� tied for second at 9.900.

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