Cardinal Gymnasts Seek Conference Repeat

March 19, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford will attempt to defend its Pacific-10 title when it plays host to the conference championship meet for the first time since 2002, at Maples Pavilion on Saturday, at 4 p.m. No. 3 Stanford is the defending champion and has won three Pac-10 titles in the past five years. In its history, Stanford has won five conference titles, all since 1998. However, none of those have been in consecutive years, so the Cardinal will be seeking its first back-to-back championships.

On the Net
There will be live streaming video of the meet. The free webcast can be found on Look for the All-Access button on the top of the page, or scroll down to the Calendar of Events and click on the 'Watch' link next to the gymnastics listing.

On the Air
The meet will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net, with Jim Watson and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden providing the call.

Pac-10 Tickets on Sale
Call 800-STANFORD or visit All seating is general admission. Adult tickets are $8 and discounted tickets of $5 are available for youth, seniors, and students. A pre-purchased group rate of $3/person is also available.

Pac-10 Championships Web Page
For any information on the event, including ticket information, directions and links to the gymnastics page for each Pac-10 school, please view the Pac-10 Tournament Central Web site at:

Stanford's Probable Lineup
Though there is the possibility of late changes, the following is the probable lineup for Stanford on Saturday. The Cardinal will cycle through its rotations in the regular order for a home team: vault, bars, beam and floor.

Vault1, Blair Ryland
2, Danielle Ikoma
3, Carly Janiga
4, Nicole Ourada
5, Shelley Alexander
6, Alyssa Brown
Alt., Jenny Peter

Uneven bars1, Kelly Fee
2, Nicole Pechanec
3, Alyssa Brown
4, Allyse Ishino
5, Carly Janiga
6, Nicole Ourada
Alt., Shelley Alexander

Balance beam
1, Heather Purnell
2, Allyse Ishino
3, Danielle Ikoma
4, Kelly Fee
5, Carly Janiga
6, Nicole Ourada
Alt., Shelley Alexander

Floor exercise
1, Kelly Fee
2, Shelley Alexander
3, Danielle Ikoma
4, Nicole Pechanec
5, Carly Janiga
6, Nicole Ourada
Alt., Tenaya West

Stanford's Pac-10 Matchups
The Cardinal is 6-0 against Pac-10 teams this season, with the following results:

Jan. 2: Stanford 195.6, Oregon State 194.575, in Cancun, Mexico.
Jan. 16: Stanford 196.45, Washington 194.25, in Seattle.
Jan. 22: Stanford 196.775, Arizona State 194.6, at Stanford.
Jan. 30: Stanford 195.575, Arizona 195.175, in Tucson, Ariz.
Feb. 15: Stanford 197.025, Oregon State 196.6, at Stanford
Feb. 22: Stanford 197.175, California 190.625, in Berkeley, Calif.

Stanford is 14-0 against Pac-10 schools since its last loss, Feb. 15, 2008, at Oregon State.

Stanford vs. UCLA
The schools have combined to win the past 12 Pac-10 titles, but have not faced each other this year. No. 7 UCLA was scheduled to come to Stanford on Feb. 8 for a dual meet at Burnham Pavilion, but the Bruins were forced by the Pac-10 to cancel after more than half the team was struck by an illness days before the meet, making the gymnasts unfit to travel. UCLA has won 13 Pac-10 championships and Stanford five. They faced three times last year, with Stanford winning twice, at the Pac-10s and NCAA prelims.

Final Home Meet for Stanford Seniors
This will be the final home meet for Stanford seniors Kelly Fee, Nicole Ourada and Heather Purnell. Here is some background:

Kelly Fee (St. Charles, Ill.)
Team captain
2007 first team All-American, balance beam
Three-time Academic All-American

Nicole Ourada (Germantown, Wis.)
Five-time All-American
2007 and 2008 first-team All-American, balance beam
Two-time Pac-10 All-Academic team

Heather Purnell (Metcalfe, Ontario, Canada)
Team captain
2004 Canadian Olympic gymastics team captain
Two-time Pac-10 All-Academic team

The Rankings
This week's Top 10 national rankings, based on Regional Qualifying Scores: 1, Georgia 197.255; 2, Utah 197.03; 3, Stanford 196.825; 4, LSU 196.76; 5, Alabama 196.72; 6, Florida 196.337; 7, UCLA 196.48; 8, Oklahoma 196.465; 9, Arkansas 196.44; 10, Oregon State 196.4.

What the Rankings Mean
Unlike other collegiate athletics rankings, gymnastics is not based on wins and losses or votes, but by a Regional Qualifying Score, which is based on each team's top six regular-season scores. At least three must come from away meets. The highest score is dropped and the remaining five are averaged. The 36 teams with the highest RQS earn NCAA regional berths. Stanford's score in the Pac-10 meet will be the last result to be factored into its RQS. A top six national RQS ranking will get Stanford a No. 1 regional seed.

There are six teams in each of six regionals. The top two in the regionals to advance to the NCAA team preliminaries, where teams are divided into two six-team sessions. The top three in each session advance to the Super Six, the Final Four of women's gymnastics.

Stanford's Team Scores in the Rankings
In every event, Stanford is among the national leaders in average score. Here is how the Cardinal ranks, and its RQS:

Overall: 3rd, 196.825
Vault: 9th, 49.205
Bars: 5th, 49.255
Beam: 2nd, 49.265
Floor: 10th, 49.18

Stanford's Individual Scores in the Rankings
Here is how Cardinal individuals rank among the top 25 in each event, based on RQS (with conference rank in parentheses). Some Stanford gymnasts are not included because they haven't competed in enough meets in a specific event:

All-around: 9th, Carly Janiga, 39.425
Vault: 24th (t), Shelley Alexander, 9.875
Bars: 6th, Carly Janiga, 9.895
16th (t), Allyse Ishino, 9.875
Beam: 7th, Carly Janiga, 9.89
14th, Nicole Ourada, 9.88

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