Three Cardinal Compete In Individual Event Finals
April 17, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Stanford University women's gymnastics team closed its historic season with three competitors competing in the individual event finals Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. Senior All-American's Caroline Fluhrer and Lindsay Wing, along with sophomore All-American Natalie Foley were in action. Foley captured third place on the vault, while Fluhrer tied for fifth place in the floor exercise and Wing tied for sixth place on the balance beam.
Wing started the evening for the Cardinal, competing on the balance beam. Wing, the only four-time beam champion in Pacific-10 Conference history, was the third competitor up on the beam and earned a 9.850. Wing would finish tied for sixth out of 12 competitors. Arizona State sophomore Ashley Kelly would take home top honors with a 9.950, while Alabama's Jeana Rice captured second with a score of 9.913. Michigan's Elise Ray and Nebraska's Kristi Esposito would tie for third with a score of 9.900 and UCLA's Yvonne Tousek took home fifth place with a 9.875.
Up next was Foley on the vault, an event in which she had received first team All-American accolades for earlier in the morning. Needing to big vaults, Foley nailed a Yurchenko full on her first attempt to earn a 9.875. Foley stepped it up in her second attempt, sticking a Yurchenko one and a half to earn a 9.913. Her average for the two scores was 9.894, good enough for third place overall. Alabama's Ashley Miles nailed two big vaults to earn an average of 9.944, while Annabeth Eberle of Utah finished second with a score of 9.919.
The competition moved to the uneven bars and the floor exercise where Fluhrer and Foley competed in both events. Foley was the fourth competitor up on the bars and earned a 9.813. Competitors later it was Fluhrer's turn and she nailed a double layout and earned a 9.825. Ray would take home first place with a score of 9.975.
Fluhrer and Foley moved from the uneven bars to the floor exercise. Fluhrer was the first competitor up in the second set and nailed a two and a half twist punch front in her first pass. After a near flawless front double twist, Fluhrer ended with a whip half, front full sequence to earn a 9.888 and tie for fifth place. Foley was the third competitor in the second set and landed a full in on her first pass. After a whip half layout, pike front sequence, Foley ended with a double pike to earn a 9.850. North Carolina's Courtney Bumpers and Miles tied for first place with a 9.938.