Cardinal Garner 15 All-American Awards; Smyth Named NACGC Coach of the Year
April 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - On Friday night, the Stanford University women's gymnastics team made history, finishing in the top three in the Super Six for the first time in school history. Saturday morning, the Cardinal received the accolades for their magical and historic season, garnering a program-best 15 All-American awards, while Head Coach Kristen Smyth was named the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) Coach of the Year.
The 15 All-American awards nearly doubles the previous program-best of eight, which the Cardinal earned last season.
Lï¿½veillï¿½ earned first team in the all-around and second team distinction on the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and the floor exercise. Lï¿½veillï¿½ finishes her career on The Farm as one of the most decorated gymnasts in school history with eight All-American awards.
Not to be out done, Foley also garnered five All-American awards to give her eight as well in her first two seasons at Stanford. Foley earned first team honors in the all-around, vault, bars, and floor exercise and second team accolades on the balance beam.
Wing has also tallied eight All-American honors during her time at Stanford, including an unprecedented four awards on the balance beam. This season, Wing earned first team honors on the beam, and second team accolades in the all-around and on the uneven bars. Wing was also named a Honda Award nominee. The Honda Award is given to the top senior gymnast in the country.
Fluhrer captured two first team All-American awards to round out the honors for Stanford. Fluhrer, one of the best all-around performers in the country, earned first team honors on the uneven bars and the floor exercise. Fluhrer has now tallied three All-American awards while at Stanford.
For Smyth, the NACGC Coach of the Year award was the culmination of an outstanding season that saw her team finish third at last night's Super Six, marking the best finish in school history. Smyth is the first women's gymnastics coach in Stanford history to earn NACGC Coach of the Year honors.
'This award (NACGC Coach of the Year) really recognizes the program and how far it has come,' said Smyth. 'It really is a tribute to my coaching staff, to the student-athletes, the athletic administration at Stanford, and everyone who has contributed to the success of the program. I couldn't have won this award without all of them.'
Smyth has been no stranger to awards this season, having already been named Pac-10 and West Region Coach of the Year.
Foley, Fluhrer and Wing will compete in the individual event finals Saturday night with the hopes of bringing a NCAA title back to The Farm. Stanford Assistant Coach Larissa Fontaine is the only Stanford gymnast to have captured an NCAA individual event final, winning the vault back in 1998.
NACGC Coach of the Year