Six Shooters

April 14, 2009


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The Stanford women's gymnastics team competes this week in the NCAA Championships, having qualified for the 10th time while working toward its third consecutive Super Six appearance. On Thursday, the Cardinal participates in the team preliminaries. The top three in each of the six-team sessions advance to Friday's Super Six team final. Results of Thursday's sessions also determine the NCAA all-around champion -- with Stanford's
Carly Janiga and Nicole Ourada vying for that honor -- and qualifiers for Saturday's Individual Event Championships.

National Television
CBS will broadcast the NCAA Championships on a tape-delayed basis. It will be shown on May 9, at 11 a.m. PDT. Tim Brando and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will call the action.

Live Stats
Live stats of all of the competition will be available online at and

Rotation Schedule
Here is the order for the first session of the team preliminaries, Thursday at 11 a.m. PDT.

Session I VaultByeBarsBeamByeFloor
Rotation 1 StanfordPenn StateOklahomaLSUGeorgiaFlorida
Rotation 2 FloridaStanfordPenn StateOklahomaLSUGeorgia
Rotation 3 GeorgiaFloridaStanfordPenn StateOklahomaLSU
Rotation 4 LSUGeorgiaFloridaStanfordPenn StateOklahoma
Rotation 5 OklahomaLSUGeorgiaFloridaStanfordPenn State
Rotation 6 Penn StateOklahomaLSUGeorgiaFloridaStanford

Team Seeding
The following is the seeding for Thursday's afternoon session: No. 1 Georgia, No. 4 LSU, No. 5 Florida, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 Penn State. The seeding for Thursday's evening session: No. 2 Utah, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Oregon State, No. 7 UCLA, No. 10 Arkansas, No. 11 Illinois. The top three teams in each session advance to Friday's Super Six team final.

Stanford's Most Recent Lineup (used at NCAA South Central Regionals)
This was the lineup Stanford used in its last meet, at the NCAA South Central Regionals (in order):Vault: Blair Ryland, Danielle Ikoma, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada, Shelley Alexander, Catherine Nguyen.
Uneven bars: Kelly Fee, Shelley Alexander, Nicole Pechanec, Allyse Ishino, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada.
Balance Beam: Heather Purnell, Allyse Ishino, Nicole Ourada, Danielle Ikoma, Carly Janiga, Shelley Alexander.
Floor Exercise: Shelley Alexander, Blair Ryland, Nicole Pechanec, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada, Tenaya West.

Stanford vs. Other NCAA Qualifiers
The Cardinal is 2-4 against NCAA Championship teams this season, with the following results:
Jan. 2 (Cancun): Stanford 195.6, Oregon State 194.575.
Feb. 15 (Stanford): Stanford 197.025, Oregon State 196.6.
March 6 (Tuscaloosa, Ala.): Alabama 197.15, Stanford 196.775.
March 21 (Stanford): UCLA 196.725, OSU 196.55, STAN 196.525.
April 4 (Fayetteville, Ark.): Arkansas 196.3, Stanford 196.2.

Stanford faced Oregon State in an invitational, tri-meet and in the Pac-10 Championships, where the Cardinal also faced UCLA. Stanford competed against Alabama in a dual meet and Arkansas in the NCAA South Central Regional.

Stanford's NCAA Championship History
The Cardinal has reached the NCAA Championships 10 times, all since 1992, and has qualified seven of the past 10 years. Stanford has reached the Super Six four times, all since 2002, and has advanced the past two years. Its best finish has been third, achieved in 2004 and 2008.

Stanford in 2008 NCAA's
Stanford emerged from a third-place finish in the NCAA Preliminaries in Athens, Ga., to finish third in the Super Six. Stanford crowned four All-Americans, including three first-team selections -- Tabitha Yim (all-around, uneven bars, balance beam), Nicole Ourada (beam) and Liz Tricase (bars). Yim , Ourada and Tricase each qualified for the NCAA Individual Event Finals, highlighted by Yim's fifth place on beam.

Individual Top Finishes
By place, here are the top individual NCAA finishes by current Stanford gymnasts:
3rd: Nicole Ourada, beam, 2007
4th: Carly Janiga, all-around, 2007
8th: Carly Janiga, floor, 2007

Regional Champions
Stanford gymnasts earned three individual titles at the NCAA South Central Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Carly Janiga won the all-around (39.425), Allyse Ishino won the bars (9.9), and Nicole Ourada won the vault (9.875).

Local Ties
Stanford has Nebraska connections. Freshman Jenny Peter is a native of Lincoln, having graduated from Lincoln Southeast High. Peter is writing a daily blog on her NCAA experiences for Assistant coach Chris Swircek is a native of Omaha, having attended Omaha South High and was inspired as a youngster by neighbor Phil Cavoy Jr., a 1980 Olympic gymnast.

The All-Arounders
Stanford junior Carly Janiga and senior Nicole Ourada will be competing for individual all-around honors on Thursday while attempting to lift Stanford into the Super Six. In her past two meets, Janiga has won the Pac-10 Conference and NCAA South Central Regional all-around championships. She is a three-time first-team All-American and was one of 10 elite gymnasts invited to the United States Olympic selection camp in 2004, though she ultimately did not make the team. Ourada was a relatively unknown coming into college, but has blossomed into one of the best in the country. She is a five-time All-American and has the team's highest all-around score this season (39.625).

Returning All-Americans
Stanford boasts four All-Americans. Nicole Ourada has five such honors, earning first team on the beam (2007, 2008), and second team in the all-around (2007, 2008) and vault (2007). Carly Janiga earned three first-team honors as a freshman, in all-around, vault, and floor (2007), and was second team on the floor as a sophomore (2008). Kelly Fee captured first-team honors on the beam (2007) and Blair Ryland was second team on the vault (2007).

Head Coach Kristen Smyth
Kristen Smyth has coached the Stanford women's gymnastics team to unprecedented success during her eight seasons. This season, she was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the fourth time and also has won Regional and National Coach of the Year awards. Since Smyth arrived in 2002 after spending five seasons as an assistant at Arizona State, Stanford has twice finished third in the nation and has four Super Six appearances in the past seven seasons. In all, Smyth has coached 12 gymnasts to 56 All-America honors and has coached 20 different Academic All-Americans. As an athlete, Smyth was a three-time All-American and three-time Academic All-American at Cal, and is the only gymnast in the school's Hall of Fame.

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