No. 4 Women's Gymnastics Heads to Utah for Rematch With No. 21 BYU
March 6, 2001
This week's action...The fourth ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team will head to Provo, Utah this weekend to take on the BYU Cougars for the second time this season. Stanford defeated Brigham Young this past weekend, knocking them from an 18th ranking to No. 23 in the country. BYU is on track to have their best season ever, setting new school records on the floor, vault, bars and beam score. The Cougars are led by the country's seventh-ranked gymnast in the All-Around, Kelly Parkinson (39.295). BYU will head to Utah State on Friday night before competing against Stanford and Southern Utah on Saturday. After the meet, the Cardinal will return home to rest for two weeks before heading to Seattle, Wash. for the Pac-10 Championships on Saturday, March 24.
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...Stanford moved up a notch to the No. 4 spot in the national rankings after two impressive wins over top-20 teams - then No. 13 Oregon State and No. 18 Brigham Young. The Cardinal remains second in the West behind national leader and Pac-10 rival UCLA. The Cardinal have at least two nationally ranked top-20 gymnasts in all four individual events, while the team is ranked no lower than sixth in any event. Lindsay Wing is in third place (39.455) in the All-Around, and ranks first in the West overall. Wing is ranked in the top-20 on all four individual events, claiming a tie for third on beam (9.910), a tie for 12th on floor (9.910), a tie for 14th on vault (9.865) and 16th on bars (9.890). Senior Jen Exaltacion ended her career at The Farm on Saturday night and grabbed No. 5 on the beam (9.905) while Lise Lï¿½veillï¿½ captures a tie for 16th (9.860). Lï¿½veillï¿½ also moved into a tie for 19th on the floor (9.900). Caroline Fluhrer and Robin Phelps are ranked with Wing on the vault, Phelps taking a tie for 19th (9.850) and Fluhrer tying for 21st (9.845). Fluhrer also ties for the 9th spot on the bars with a 9.910.
Weekend Update...Stanford improved to 6-1 in dual meets, 4-1 in the conference after defeating Pac-10 rival No. 13 Oregon State 197.050-195.050 and No. 18 Brigham Young 196.875-195.225 for its fifth and sixth consecutive victories. Freshman Lindsay Wing finished first in both All-Around competitions and in seven of eight individual events in the two meets. The only event she did not finish first in - vault against OSU, she tied for second behind the No. 2 vaulter Katrina Severin. Against BYU, Wing set a new career-high for her All-Around score with a 39.750, finishing the night with two 9.950's and one 9.975. Robin Phleps had an exciting night against OSU, recording career-best scores in the All-Around (39.500) and tie floor (9.925) while tying her best beam score (9.850).
Excellent Exaltacion...Fan favorite Jen Exaltacion said good-bye to the Cardinal faithful on Saturday night. The senior competed in her final home meet on The Farm. The beam specialist is ranked No. 5 in the country and put up an impressive 9.950 - tying her season-best mark that she posted against California on Feb. 18. Exaltacion will continue to lead Stanford through the Pac-10 Championships and NCAA competition.