No. 9 Stanford Hosts No. 6 Alabama/No. 16 Nebraska On Senior Night

March 6, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 6 Alabama/No. 16 Nebraska
March 7, 2008 7:00 PM
Maples Pavilion, Stanford, Calif.

Coming Up:
No. 9 Stanford women's gymnastics will compete for the final time at home this Friday, Mar. 7 at 7:00 p.m. in their only meet of the season at Maples Pavilion. Accompanying in them in Maples are two highly ranked opponents from power conferences in No. 16 Nebraska (195.200 Team Avg.) and No. 6 Alabama (196.420 Team Avg.). The Cornhuskers are 5-3 on the season and finished sixth at the 2007 'Super Six'. Alabama is 6-1 and had an NCAA finish of 9th in 2007.

Last Week:
Cardinal wins UNO 'Flip for a Cure':The Cardinal finished off their road Pac-10 schedule by winning the UNO 'Flip for a Cure' meet on the campus of Arizona State. The meet also included San Jose State and UW-Oshkosh and the Cardinal put forth a team-score of 195.800. The Cardinal was led by senior Liz Tricase, who scored a 9.925 on bars and junior Nicole Ourada competed in the all-around and scored a 38.875.

In the Rankings:
After four weeks of NCAA competition, the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. The Cardinal rank sixth nationally on vault, with a team score of 49.205 after the five meets. Stanford also rank 12th nationally on beam, with a team score of 48.910. The team ranks sixth on bars and 11th on floor.

Impact Freshmen:
The Cardinal has had fantastic contributions from their freshman class in 2008. Shelley Alexander continued to make a strong contribution when she scored a 9.825 on vault in the UNO meet. Alexander also scored a 9.750 on vault against UCLA and a 9.775 on vault in the Chicago Style meet. Danielle Ikoma made an appearance in the Chicago Style meet and scored a 9.800 on vault. Ikoma also appeared against UCLA on vault and scored a 9.800. Gretchen O'Henley didn't appear against UCLA but has competed in all other meets. O'Henley earned a 9.700 on bars in the Chicago Style meet. She also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and gave the team a big lift when she came back with a 9.700 in the same event against Arizona. Alexander also scored a 9.825 on vault against Georgia and a 9.800 against Arizona. Ikoma sat out against Georgia, but scored a 9.825 on vault against Arizona.

Scouting Alabama:
Alabama (6-1) has had a very strong season and will be one of the main competitors for the 2008 'Super Six'. Sarah Patterson is in her 30th season coaching the Crimson Tide and is led by her four All-Americans that returned for the 2008 season. Patterson has Terin Humphrey, Morgan Dennis, Brittany Magee and Kassi Price, who have all come back for the Crimson Tide and have All-American accolades. As a team, Alabama is ranked sixth on floor, eighth on bars and ninth on vault and beam.

Scouting Nebraska:
Nebraska (5-3) is another talented team that joined the Cardinal in the 'Super Six' in 2007. Head Coach Dan Kendig is in his 15th season leading the Cornhuskers and is a two-time National Coach of the Year (1999 and 2003). Nebraska is led by senior Emily Parsons who has earned nine All-American honors in her three seasons.

Liz Tricase wins Specialist of the Week:
Stanford women's gymnast Liz Tricase has been named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, for February 18-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Tricase, a senior from Itasca, Ill., has been a huge lift for the Cardinal since returning from injury. She continued her great run in the Battle of the Bay against California. Tricase put together pristine routines on vault and bars that notched scores of 9.95 and 9.9, respectively. She nabbed a tie for first place on both apparatuses. The meet was the Cardinal's best showing this season as they crossed the 197-point threshold for the first time in 2008. In the past three weeks, Tricase has scored no lower than 9.875 on either of her event specialties.

Yim and Ishino Sweep Pac-10 Gymnastics Awards:
Stanford women's gymnasts Tabitha Yim and Allyse Ishino have been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 5-11, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Yim performed in the all-around competition last Friday at the IGI Chicago Style Meet and placed in the top three on each of the four individual apparatuses. Yim showcased a trio of 9.900s on vault (2nd), bars (T-1st), and floor (T-1st). Each event score was a season-best, including the 9.875 she hit on beam (3rd). Yim led the Cardinal to a second-place finish with her all-around sum of 39.575. The impressive mark is eighth-best in the nation this year and next to best in the Pac-10.

Janiga Named Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week:
Sophomore Carly Janiga picked up where she left off last season by scoring a 9.900 on beam and a 9.825 on bars. Last year's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, Janiga picked up honors from the Conference when she was named the inaugural Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week (Jan. 7-Jan.13). The Cardinal also had a very strong performance from junior Nicole Ourada, who was the only Cardinal gymnast to perform in the all-around. Ourada scored a 9.850 on beam, 9.750 on bars, 9.800 on floor and 9.900 on vault, which was good for a 39.300 score in the all-around.

Head Coach Kristen Smyth:
Kristen Smyth returns for her seventh year as Stanford women's gymnastics Head Coach, following a historic 2007 season. The season included the first undefeated Pac-10 season in school history, and the second highest finish at the NCAA Championships in school history. The team featured six All-Americans, all of whom have returned for the 2008 season.

During her time at Stanford, Smyth has quickly turned the Cardinal program into one of the nation's elite. Smyth came to The Farm in June of 2001 and in her first season led Stanford to its first-ever NCAA Super Six appearance. In 2002, she led the Cardinal to another strong season and produced five All-Americans. She followed that performance with another NCAA Championship appearance in 2003, marking the third straight year that the Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Championships. In 2004, she guided Stanford gymnastics to its fourth straight NCAA Championships, and capped the most successful season in program's history, by tying for third at the NCAA Super Six Championships. 2005 was a rebuilding year for the young Cardinal team, but the experience helped the Cardinal in capturing their fourth Pac-10 Championship in the 2006 season.

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