Tabitha Yim Prepares For NCAA Championships

April 18, 2005

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WHAT: NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship
WHEN: April 20-23, 2005
WHERE: Auburn, AL - Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum

Freshman Tabitha Yim will travel to Auburn, Alabama to participate in the NCAA Championship as an individual competitor this week. Yim qualified for the NCAA Championship after finishing fifth in the all-around at the West Regional in Seattle on April 9th to earn one of the two automatic berths to the NCAA's reserved for individuals on non-automatic qualifying teams. Yim enters the NCAA Championship as the highest scoring all-around performer among the at-large individual competitors going into nationals, having posted a 39.250 mark at the West Regional.

Tabitha Yim competed in the all-around for the first time this season at the West Regional on April 9th, and placed fifth with a 39.250 score to qualify for the NCAA Championship as an individual competitor. Yim, a 2004 Olympic Trials participant, has rebounded from an injury to her Achilles to post an outstanding freshman campaign. The Irvine, CA native did not compete in Stanford's first two meets of the season, and made her debut on bars and beam at Central Michigan on February 4th. Yim added the floor exercise to her repertoire the following week at Arizona and competed on vault for the first time this season at the West Regional, scoring a 9.750.

Yim's strongest event is the uneven bars, where she helped the Cardinal to a No. 11 national team ranking heading into post-season competition. Entering the West Regional, Yim ranked seventh in the nation on bars with a 9.900 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). She currently has a 9.892 season average, and posted a personal season-high 9.925 score on bars at Arizona, which is tied for the third best score posted by a Stanford gymnast this season.

Yim has also excelled on the balance beam, where she has averaged a 9.772 score. She set a team season-high with a 9.925 score on beam at San Jose State on March 19th, and has received 9.875 marks twice this season.

Tabitha Yim will compete on Thursday, April 21st in the team preliminaries, rotating with the University of Nebraska's squad. The group will compete in Olympic order, beginning the meet on vault in the first rotation. After a bye, the group will move on to the uneven bars and balance beam, before resting with a bye in the fifth rotation and wrapping up competition on the floor exercise in the sixth rotation. The gymnasts that post the top four scores in each of the four events in the first session will advance to the event finals, scheduled for Saturday at 7:00 pm.

The Stanford women's gymnastics team fell short in its bid for a fifth straight NCAA Championship appearance, scoring a 194.750 to finish fourth at the NCAA West Regional in Seattle on April 9th. UCLA captured the top spot with a 197.025 score, and Penn State finished in second place with a 195.375 to advance to the NCAA Championship. Stanford's 194.750 mark fell just short of host Washington's 195.000 team score, as the Huskies captured third place. Rounding out the field at the West Regional was Boise State in fifth place with a 194.500 score and Central Michigan in sixth place with a 194.125 team mark.

The Cardinal proceeded in Olympic order throughout the six-team meet, beginning on vault in the first rotation. The squad registered a team score of 48.225, with junior Natalie Foley and Yim each scoring a 9.750 to lead the team. Following a bye in the second rotation, the Cardinal competed on the uneven bars in the third rotation. Yim scored a team-high 9.875, and Foley chipped in with a 9.800 as the team registered a 48.750 team mark.

The squad excelled on the balance beam in rotation four, posting a season-high team score of 49.000, thanks in large part to freshman Lauren Elmore's personal season-high 9.900 score that tied for third place. Yim and Foley also contributed to the team score with identical 9.800 marks. Stanford headed into the floor exercise in the final rotation within striking distance of the top two spots. Yim continued to impress, tying a personal season-high with a 9.825 to capture fifth place in the event. Elmore contributed to the team mark with a 9.775 score, but the Cardinal could only muster a 48.775 team total on floor.

Due to injuries, only seven different gymnasts competed for the Cardinal at the West Regional, and five of them competed in the all-around. Yim competed in the all-around for the first time this season, and scored a 39.250 to finish fifth overall. Foley scored a 39.025 in the all-around to place eighth, while Pintchouk finished ninth with a personal season-high score of 38.950. Elmore placed 11th with a 38.875 and Precourt competed in the all-around for the first time this season, scoring a 38.525 to finish 17th.

Junior Natalie Foley and freshman Tabitha Yim were named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team as announced by the conference office last Wednesday. Foley, who earned three all-conference honors last season, was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference Team in the all-around, while Yim received All-Pac-10 accolades on the uneven bars. Foley has competed in the all-around in each of the Cardinal's last seven meets, posting a personal season-high score of 39.250 at the Utah Quad on March 4th. Yim received All-Pac-10 honors for the first time after establishing herself as one of the top performers in the nation on bars with a 9.900 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) ... UCLA led all Pac-10 teams with 13 selections, while Stanford and Arizona State had two and Arizona received one ... The All-Conference team consists of the top-six all-around competitors, plus the top three competitors in each individual event. A gymnast's score is determined by a combination of 50 percent RQS (entire season composite) and 50 percent Pac-10 Championship score.

Coach Smyth welcomes a highly-touted six-member freshman class to The Farm for the 2005 season. The group was recently ranked as the nation's second best recruiting class by, being narrowly edged out by Georgia's incoming group. Headlining the incoming class is a pair of gymnasts that competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials last summer. Liz Tricase (Itasca, IL) will jump right into the Cardinal lineup as an all-around performer, while Tabitha Yim (Irvine, CA) continues to rebound from an injury and will be ready to compete early in the season. Stephanie Gentry (Plano, TX) joins the squad after competing in the Junior Olympic Nationals twice, and participating as a member of the National Team from 2000-2001. Lauren Elmore (Bloomington, IN) is a five-time Junior Olympic Nationals Competitor, a former Junior Olympic National all-around champion (2003), and will contribute immediately on a number of events. Alex Pintchouk (Mt. Laurel, NJ) is a two-time Level 10 New Jersey state champion, and competed for Will-Moor Gymnastics. Aimee Precourt (Pasadena, TX) is a two-time Junior Olympic Nationals competitor, and captured the Texas State all-around championship in 2004.

Tabitha Yim, Freshman
2005: World class gymnast and exciting competitor has seen increased action after rebounding from an injury to her Achilles last summer ... Has proven to be one of the team's top performers on beam and bars ... Named Pac-10 All-Conference on the uneven bars ... Entered the post-season ranked seventh in the nation on the uneven bars with a 9.900 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) ... Competed in the all-around for the first time this season at the West Regional in Seattle (4/9), scoring a 39.250 to finish fifth and earn one of the two automatic berths to the NCAA Championship reserved for individuals on non-qualifying teams ... Her all-around score ties for the second-highest mark posted by a Stanford gymnast this season ... Competed on vault for the first time this season at the West Regional, scoring a 9.750 ... Matched a personal season-high in the floor exercise at the West Regional with a 9.825 score ... Tied a personal season-high on bars at the Pac-10 Championship (3/26), scoring a 9.900 to finish second ... Also scored a 9.800 on beam and a 9.625 on floor at the Pac-10 Championship ... Captured first place on bars and beam at the San Jose State tri-meet (3/19) ... Scored a 9.875 on bars and set a team season-high on beam with a 9.925 mark ... Also competed on floor at SJSU ... Tied for second on beam with a 9.875 against Alabama (3/6), and finished third on bars with a 9.825 ... Was impressive at the Utah Quad (3/4), tying for second on bars (9.900) and fourth on beam (9.875) ... Tied her own team individual season-high on beam at Utah ... Competed on bars against Arizona State (2/25), scoring a 9.925 to finish second ... The bars mark against ASU tied a personal season-high ... Tied for second on bars against UCLA (2/18), scoring a 9.900 ... Was one of three Cardinal gymnasts to tie for fourth on floor with a 9.825 against the Bruins ... Placed first on bars and beam in just her second collegiate meet at Arizona (2/11) ... Set a then-team season-high on beam with a score of 9.875 ... Also placed first on bars with a 9.925, the second highest score posted by a Cardinal gymnast this season ... Also competed on floor against the Wildcats ... Was outstanding in her first appearance on the competition floor at Central Michigan (2/4) ... Scored a 9.850 to finish second on bars, and also finished second on beam with a score of 9.825 against the Chippewas ... Performed an exhibition on bars against Oregon State (1/28).

Season Highs
Vault - 9.750 (at West Regional 4/9/05)
Bars - 9.925 (at Arizona 2/11/05, vs. Arizona State 2/25/05)
Beam - 9.925 (at San Jose State 3/19/05)
Floor - 9.825 (vs. UCLA 2/18/05, at West Regional 4/9/05)
All-Around - 39.250 (at NCAA West Regional 4/9/05)

Club/High School: Participated in the 2004 Olympic Trials ... Competed for the Charter Oak Gliders club ... Coached by Steve and Beth Rybacki ... Member of Bronze medal team at the 2001 World Championships ... A 2003 graduate of Northwood High School.

Personal: Born November 2, 1985 in Los Angeles, CA ... Daughter of Howard and Inja Yim ... Has an older brother named Jonathan ... Undeclared major.

Coach Smyth Says: 'Tabitha is an absolutely stunning gymnast. She's rebounding from an injury, but she will light up the crowd once she's back. She is a world class performer and is very fun to watch.'

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