Stanford Gymnasts Prepare For Pac-10 Meet at California

Feb. 2, 2006

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Stanford, Ca - The nationally-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team (6-2 overall, 0-1 Pac-10) continues competition in the Pacific-10 Conference with a trip to Berkeley on Friday (February 3) against the California Golden Bears (2-6 overall, 0-2 Pac-10). The meet begins at 7:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion.

For Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth, she will be returning to her alma mater. Smyth, a 1993 graduate of California, is one of the top gymnasts in both Pac-10 and University of California history. Smyth was named the Golden Bears' Gymnast of the Decade, and was a nominee for Pacific-10 Conference Gymnast of the Decade honors. Smyth was both a three-time All-American and a three-time Academic All-American, and led the Golden Bears to their first-ever NCAA championship berth in 1992.

Stanford has dominated the series against California. The Cardinal has won ten straight meets against the Golden Bears dating back to the 1996 season.

Stanford's next home meet is February 17 against tenth-ranked Arizona at Burnham Pavilion (Burnham Pavilion, 7:30 p.m.).

A quick look at the 2006 Stanford Gymnastics Team

Stanford is averaging 194.475 points in three meets this year ... The Cardinal attained its season-best mark of 194.950 in the season opener at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06) ... That point total is fourth-best in the Pac-10 and 13th-best in the nation.

Lauren Elmore, Sophomore, Bloomington, In
Has not competed this year.

Kelly Fee, Freshman, St. Charles, Il
Has emerged as one of Stanford's top gymnasts this year ... Has competed in the All-Around in two of the three meets this year, with a season-best mark of 38.725 ... Is seventh in the Pac-10 on Beam (9.750).

Natalie Foley, Senior, Englewood, Co
Has competed in the All-Around in all three meets this year with a season-best total of 39.150 against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Ranks in the Top 10 in two events in the Pac-10 ... Her score of 9.833 in Floor Exercise is third-best in the conference behind teammates Tabitha Yim (9.892) and Nicole Ourada (9.850) ... She is tenth in the Pac-10 on Bars (9.783).

Stephanie Gentry, Sophomore, Plano, Tx
Has not competed this year.

Jessica Louie, Senior, Loomis, Ca
Has competed on Bars in two meets this year with a season-best of 9.750 against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06).

Nicole Ourada, Freshman, Germantown, Wi
Has been outstanding thus far during the 2006 season ... Her average All-Around score of 38.992 is fifth-best in the Pac-10 and 19th-best nationally ... Has a season-best point total of 39.100 in the All-Around in a meet against Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State (1/15/06) ... Second in the Pac-10 behind teammate Tabitha Yim in Floor Exercise (9.850, 14th nationally), and ninth on Beam (9.692).

Alex Pintchouk, Sophomore, Mt. Lauren, NJ
Has competed on Vault, Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Her season-best average of 9.800 on Vault is seventh-best in the Pac-10.

Aimee Precourt, Sophomore, Pasadena, Tx
Has competed on Beam and Floor Exercise this year ... Has a season-best mark of 9.750 in Floor Exercise in the season opener at the Cancun Classic (1/6/06).

Heather Purnell, Freshman, Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada
Made her season debut on Bars in Stanford's last meet at Oregon State (1/27/06).

Stacy Sprando, Junior, Portland, Or
Performed on Bars at Oregon State (1/27/06).

Glyn Sweets, Senior, Reston, Va
Has competed on Vault, Bars and Beam this year.

Liz Tricase, Sophomore, Itasca, Il
Among the Pac-10 leaders on Bars (9.892, #2) and Vault (9.808, #5).

Tabitha Yim, Sophomore, Irvine, Ca
The national leader in the All-Around with a career-best score of 39.600 in a four-way meet against UC Davis, San Jose State and Sacramento State (1/15/06) ... Her previous best was 39.250 last year as a freshman at the NCAA West Regional ... Also ranks in the national Top 10 in Floor Exercise (9.850, #4) and on Bars (9.900, #6) ... Ranks first in the Pac-10 in the All-Around, Floor Exercise and Bars.

Tough Teams
Stanford has embarked on an extremely challenging schedule in 2006 ... Seven of Stanford's opponents are ranked in the GymInfo Women's National Top 25 ... The list includes top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia, #6 Oklahoma, #10 Arizona, #10 UCLA, #16 Denver, and #19 Oregon State ... Stanford will face tenth-ranked Arizona on Feb. 17 at Burnham Pavilion (7:30 p.m.).

Cancun Classic (1/6/06)
The Cardinal opened the 2006 season on Jan. 6 with an impressive effort at the Cancun Classic in Mexico ... Stanford tallied a team score of 194.950, just behind the winning effort of top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Georgia ... Victories by Glyn Sweets in the Vault (9.925), Liz Tricase on Bars (9.875) and Natalie Foley on Beam (9.775) helped the Cardinal in the five team meet ... Denver finished third with 193.850 points followed by Oklahoma with 193.325, and Arizona with 192.925 ... Three Cardinal athletes competed in the All-Around ... Senior Natalie Foley, an eight-time All-American, finished third (39.025) while freshmen Nicole Ourada placed fifth (39.025) and Kelly Fee placed sixth (38.725).

Sacramento State, San Jose State, UC Davis (1/15/06)
In its home opener, Stanford looked impressive in a four-way meet with Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State ... The Cardinal chalked up 194.350 points to easily outdistance runnerup Sacramento State (191.525), San Jose State (190.575) and UC Davis (186.875) ... The Cardinal captured first, second and third place in each of the four events (Bars, Beam, Floor Exercise, Vault) in addition to placing 1-2-3 in the All-Around ... Tabitha Yim, competing in only her third collegiate All-Around, tallied a career-best 39.600 to finish first ... Yim gained first place honors in the All-Around thanks to victories on Floor Exercise (9.925, tied her career-best), Vault (9.900, career-best), and Beam (9.875) ... Liz Tricase tied her career-best on Bars with an impressive effort of 9.950.

Oregon State (1/27/06)
Despite an upset loss to Oregon State (195.150 - 194.125), several Cardinal athletes performed with high marks ... Liz Tricase won the Bars competition with a score of 9.850 ... Sophomore Tabitha Yim, who is the national leader in the All-Around (39.600), competed in three events (Vault, Beam, Floor) and collected wins on Floor (9.850) and Vault (9.900).


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