No. 7 Stanford Prepares for Pac-10 Championships

March 26, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Pac-10 Championships
March 29, 2008 4:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.

What's Ahead
No. 7 Stanford women's gymnastics will enter the postseason this Saturday when they head to Seattle, Wash. and compete at the Pac-10 Championships. After a big weekend in Davis in which they achieved their second highest score of the season (197.000), the Cardinal will enter the meet as the highest rated Pac-10 program. The Cardinal will need to continue to be at their best this weekend as four other Pac-10 schools are also currently rated in the Troester Top 20.

Last Week
Stanford's last meet was completed after the deadline for the updated rankings, but their RQS score of 196.600 currently places them seventh in the nation. Oregon State is currently 8th with an RQS score of 195.995 and UCLA is in the 10th spot with a score of 196.465. After the Pac-10 Championships the Cardinal will await their fate when the NCAA Regionals are announced on Monday, Mar. 31.

Stanford Wins Finale in Davis
No. 10 Stanford women's gymnastics did not miss a beat after a 16-day break during finals, and posted their second highest score of the season in a runaway victory in the UC Davis quad meet. The Cardinal posted a score of 197.000, which was only behind their score of 197.375, earned earlier this season in the 'Big Flip' against California.

On vault, senior Liz Tricase led the way with a score of 9.950 and senior Tabitha Yim was right behind with a score of 9.925. Junior Nicole Ourada scored a 9.875 and freshman Shelley Alexander earned a 9.775. In the bars competition, Stanford put forth a score of 49.275 with five scores of 9.825 or higher.

On beam the Cardinal were led by Kelly Fee, who obtained a score of 9.850. Stanford earned a 49.050 in the event, which was tops in the quad-meet. Two Stanford gymnasts competed in the all-around and performed strongly in all four events. Sophomore Carly Janiga earned a 39.200 in the all-around and senior Tabitha Yim acheived a score of 39.450.

Cardinal in the Postseason
The Cardinal have had eight appearances in the NCAA Championships as a program and three 'Super Six' appearances, including earning a berth in the 2007 event. If the Cardinal is able to get back to the 'Super Six' this season it will be the first time in the program's history that they will have back-to-back berths in the event.

Cardinal wins final home meet
No. 10 Stanford came out strong on senior night in their defeat of No. 6 Alabama and No. 16 Nebraska, two weeks ago at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal achieved their second highest score of the season (196.775) and defeated two high-caliber opponents, both of whom made the Super Six in 2007.

In the Rankings
As the last week of NCAA competition approaches, the Cardinal rank among the nation's best in all of the events. The Cardinal are seventh place nationally on vault, with a team score of 49.255. Stanford also rank 13th nationally on beam, with a team score of 49.010. The team ranks seventh 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.

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 included San Jose State and UW-Oshkosh and the Cardinal achieved 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.

Carly Janiga Named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week
Stanford women's gymnast Carly Janiga has been named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week, for March 18-24, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Janiga, a sophomore from Paradise Valley, Ariz., gave the Cardinal a huge lift in their victory in the quad-meet last weekend in Davis, Calif. Janiga scored a 39.200 in the all-around competition, which was third best out of all four teams. In four of her five competitions on the day, Janiga tied for fifth or better. She collected a pair of shared third places as a result of a 9.850 bar routine and 9.875 floor exercise. The 197.00 team score for the Cardinal was their second-best score of the season as they prepare for postseason play starting this weekend.

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. 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 were named Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week and Pac-10 Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, for February 5-11. Yim performed in the all-around competition 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 is in 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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