Stanford Narrowly Misses Super Six

April 16, 2009

LINCOLN, Neb. - Through 24 routines and 3½ hours, the Stanford women's gymnastics team finished 0.075 of a point short of a third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Super Six finals.

The Cardinal was edged out of the third and final qualifying spot by LSU on the final rotation at the afternoon session of the team preliminary round at the Devaney Center on Thursday.

Stanford's season will conclude Saturday when senior Nicole Ourada (fourth, 9.875) and junior Carly Janiga (second, 9.9) compete in the individual event finals in the uneven bars. Each earned first-team All-America honors in the event and advanced by finishing among the top four in the session.

In addition, Ourada earned second-team honors in the floor exercise (sixth, 9.85) and Janiga was second team in the all-around (eighth, 39.25). Second-team is awarded for places fifth through eighth in each of the two sessions.

Team scores, Session I (top three advance to Super Six): 1, Georgia 197.45; 2, Florida 196.375; 3, LSU 196.3; 4, Stanford 196.225; 5, Penn State 196.1; 6, Oklahoma 195.825.

Stanford's first team All-Americans: Carly Janiga (bars), Nicole Ourada (bars). NOTE: Each qualifies for Saturday's Individual Event Finals (4 p.m.).

Second-team All-Americans: Janiga (all-around), Ourada (floor).

Further details, and comments from coach Kristen Smyth, will be posted shortly.

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