NO. 5 STANFORD TO FACE CALIFORNIA
Feb. 13, 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 travel to Berkeley to face California in a Pac-10 dual meet on Sunday, February 18. The Cardinal and Golden Bears will square off at Haas Pavilion beginning at 2 p.m. California dropped out of the nation's top 25, but still boasts the top-ranked gymnast on the beam, Kareece Stone (9.887). The Golden Bears are 20th nationally in the floor exercise, while they are 23rd on the beam and 24th on vault. The meet will also feature the men's gymnastics teams, as California hosts both Stanford squads. Fox Sports Bay Area will televise the meet on tape delay on March 7.
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 appearance 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 little more than a month into the 2001 season, Stanford is making its presence felt on the national scene. On the strength of the record-breaking performance against Minnesota, the Cardinal has attained the No. 5 national ranking, the highest in program history. Stanford is ranked in the top four in three of the four events, peaking with the top spot on beam (49.080 average). The Cardinal is also best in the West region and third nationally on vault (49.035) and is fourth on bars at 49.250 (2nd - West). Individually, freshman Lindsay Wing is the fifth-rated gymnast in the country with a 39.675 all-around average. Four Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 20 on beam, with freshman Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ placing third (9.875), Wing capturing fifth (9.865), senior Jen Exaltacion ranking 13th (9.840) and Becky Meldrum 17th (9.825). On bars, freshman Caroline Fluhrer's 9.894 average ranks ninth, while junior Becky Meldrum improved her season ranking to 10th (9.887). Finally, two Card gymnasts are in the top 15 on vault: Wing moved up to ninth (9.865) and Fluhrer places 11th (9.860).
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 Lï¿½veillï¿½: 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).