Stanford Takes No. 1 Seed to South Central Regional

April 2, 2009

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford hopes to send its women's gymnastics team to the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season when it competes at the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday at Barnhill Arena on the campus of University of Arkansas. Stanford is the No. 1 seed and will advance by finishing among the top two in the six-team field. This regional is one of six across the country, with 12 teams advancing to the NCAAs in Lincoln, Neb., April 16-18.

Free Webcast
Live free streaming video of both the Friday press conference (11:45 a.m. PT) and Saturday meet (4 p.m. PT) are available at:

The webcast link can be found at At the bottom of the main page, click on the 'Watch' link on the Calendar of Events. A login is required, but the webcasts are free. The press conference will include Stanford coach Kristen Smyth and gymnast Carly Janiga.

Live Stats
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Stanford vs. Regional Opponents
The Cardinal is 4-0 against South Central Regional teams this season, with the following results:

Jan. 22: at Stanford 196.775, Arizona State 194.6
Jan. 30: Stanford 195.575, at Arizona 195.175
March 21: Stanford 196.525, Arizona 194.325, ASU 194.000, in Pac-10 Championships at Stanford.

Stanford's Regional History
The Cardinal is competing in the NCAA regional championships for the 26th consecutive season (every season since 1984). The team has won four regional titles, in 1999, 2002, 2004, and 2007. This will be Stanford's first postseason trip to Fayetteville, Ark. Last year, Stanford was edged by LSU at the Central Regional in Baton Rouge, La., 197.625-197.525. Stanford has finished among the top two in regionals seven of the past 10 years.

Road to Nationals
There are 36 teams competing in six six-team regionals. The top two teams in each regional and top two individuals not on advancing teams, move on to the NCAA Championships in Lincoln, Neb., April 16-18. There, teams are divided into two six-team sessions based on RQS. The top three in each session advance to the Super Six, the Final Four of women's gymnastics.

Pac-10 Championships
Stanford junior Carly Janiga captured the all-around title at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships on March 21 at Stanford's Maples Pavilion. Kristen Smyth was awarded Coach of the Year honors in a vote by her peers and the Cardinal earned at least a share of four individual titles out of five events. Stanford recorded nine season bests, but was unable to duplicate its 2008 team championship, scoring 196.525 points to finish third to champion UCLA (196.725) and runner-up Oregon State (196.55) before a crowd of 3,035.

Stanford's 2009 Pac-10 titles:
All-around: Carly Janiga (39.575).
Beam: Carly Janiga (9.95)
Bars: Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada (9.9)
Floor: Nicole Ourada (9.9)
Coach of the Year: Kristen Smyth

Stanford Takes on Former Coaches
Stanford has never faced Arkansas or former coaches Mark and Rene Cook, who led the Cardinal program for four seasons, with Mark as the head coach from 1998-2001. During that time Stanford captured its first two Pac-10 titles (1999, 2001), won its first regional championship (1999), reached two NCAA Championships (1999, 2001) and had its first NCAA individual champion (Larissa Fontaine, vault, 1998). The Cooks left in 2001 to become co-head coaches of the new Arkansas program, which competed for the first time in 2003.

The Rankings ...
This week's national top 10 rankings, based on Regional Qualifying Scores: 1, Georgia 197.255; 2, Utah 197.19; 3, Alabama 196.925; 4, Stanford 196.825; 5, LSU 196.76; 6, Florida 196.715; 7, UCLA 196.58; 8, Oregon State 196.52; 9, Oklahoma 196.465; 10, Arkansas 196.44.

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

Overall: 4th, 196.825
Vault: 7th, 49.26
Bars: 6th, 49.26
Beam: 3rd, 49.265
Floor: 12th, 49.18

What is an RQS?
RQS stands for Regional Qualifying Score, which averages a team's top six scores (three must be away meets), and the top score is thrown out. The RQS is used to determine national and individual rankings, NCAA regional berths, and championship seeds.

NOTE: The Rotation Schedule can be found on the PDF version of the release at the top of this page.

NOTE: Stanford's Possible Lineup can be found on the PDF version of the release at the top of this page.

NOTE: Comparative scores of the regional teams can be found on the PDF version of the release at the top of this page.

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