Allyse Inshino Sidelined As Cardinal Opens 2007 Season

Jan. 5, 2007

Stanford, Ca - Allyse Ishino, one of the top gymnasts in the United States and a freshman at Stanford University, has been sidelined after recently being diagnosed with having two pulmonary emboli (blood clots in her lungs), according to Cardinal head coach Kristen Smyth.

Ishino, who was one of the nation's top recruits as a high school senior last year at Foothill High School (Santa Ana, Calif), was expected to be a major contributor to the success of the nationally-ranked Stanford team in 2007. Ishino has not been able to train thus far.

According to Smyth, Ishino felt poorly after Thanksgiving, and had pains in her chest. Ishino was referred to the team physician by the certified athletic trainer that works daily with the team.

'Thankfully, Allyse's condition was diagnosed early and she has been able to receive the necessary medical treatment, along with continued support from family and friends.'

Ishino is one of the best athletes to ever join the Stanford women's gymnastics program. Ishino finished fifth at the United States Olympic Team Trials in 2004. Ishino served as an alternate on the U.S. Olympic team. Ishino, who has been a member of the U.S. National team for more than four years, captured the Junior Olympic National All-Around championship in 2006.

'As far as gymnastics goes, Allyse's future is unknown,' according to Smyth. 'We will take this day-by-day. Since beginning her treatment, Allyse has been in the gym everyday, conditioning, and dancing through on floor. She looks better than ever and I am confident that when Allyse is cleared she will be ready to go.'

Ishino will travel with the team when the eighth-ranked Cardinal opens the 2007 season on Saturday (1/6/07) against top-ranked Georgia in Athens.

'We will be happy to have her close, and cheer her on towards full recovery,' said Smyth. 'She brings a positive attitude, and words of support and encouragement for her team. Her positive outlook remains a great lesson for us all.'

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