Stanford Wins Gymnastics Home Opener
Jan. 17, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Carly Janiga captured the all-around once again, scoring 39.325 to lead Stanford to victory in its home women's gymnastics opener Sunday, beating Arizona, 196.025-194.675, before 1,000 at Burnham Pavilion.
Janiga, a six-time All-America and the defending Pac-10 all-around champion, has won the all-around in each of the season's first two meets. Against Arizona, the senior added a floor exercise victory (9.875) and averaged a meet-high 9.83 for her four events.
Stanford (1-1) bounced back from a narrow season-opening loss at defending NCAA champion Georgia last week by scoring 49.250 on the first event, the vault. It was the team's season-best score on any event, and was punctuated by Shelley Alexander's 9.90 from the final position in the lineup.
Alexander's vault was the day's highest score and one of 15 season bests by the Cardinal, which also had three collegiate career bests, including a 9.85 on the floor by freshman sensation Ashley Morgan, who placed second.
'It was another strong performance,' Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. 'We made a few mistakes, but I felt the team did a good job covering for each other. To score a 196 this early with places to make big improvements, is a good sign.'
However, Arizona (0-2) closed to within, 147.100-146.825, after three rotations, when Stanford suffered a fall and a couple of minor mistakes on the backend of its beam lineup. Danielle Ikoma and Alyssa Brown had put the Cardinal in good position with back-to-back 9.800s, both season bests.
The Cardinal again suffered a fall on the floor, but scored well on the back end of its final event, with Alexander helping the cause with a 9.825. Meanwhile, Arizona suffered a pair of falls on the beam and was unable to mount a comeback.
Individual Results (Winners and Stanford scores)
Vault: Shelley Alexander (S) 9.90. Other Stanford: Allyse Ishino 9.85, Carly Janiga 9.85, Ashley Morgan 9.825, Blair Ryland 9.825, Danielle Ikoma 9.775.
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