Stanford Gymnasts Topple No. 1 UCLA
Jan. 24, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
Six-time All-America Carly Janiga won two events, established one career high and tied another, to lift the Cardinal in a duel between schools that have won the past 13 Pacific-10 Conference team titles.
“Having UCLA here, it’s an amazing team, a great program, and our team was going to bring their very best,” Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. “They were really excited. It was an amazing crowd. They wanted to shine, and they did just that.”
Stanford trailed at the meet’s midway point, but gathered momentum when sophomore Alyssa Brown (9.9) and seniors Allyse Ishino (9.9) and Janiga (9.95) reeled off a strong series on the uneven bars to close out the second rotation only 0.10 off the lead.
The third rotation proved to be the meet’s turning point when three Bruins fell during their floor routines and two from Stanford fell during balance beam. However, Janiga thrust Stanford boldly into the lead with a 9.875 on Stanford’s final routine, creating a gap in the team score.
Another UCLA fall, on floor during the final rotation, seemed to seal the victory for Stanford. But the Cardinal left nothing to chance by hitting four consecutive floor routines – from freshman Ashley Morgan (9.925), sophomore Nicole Pechanec (a tie for first with a career-high 9.95), Shelley Alexander (9.9) and Janiga (9.95) – to close the meet.
The Cardinal showed it on Sunday in what could be the first of as many as five meetings with UCLA this year. They will meet again in a dual meet Feb. 14 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and then March 27 at the Pac-10 Championships in Tucson, Ariz., Beyond that, they could see each other again at the NCAA Championships, in the team preliminaries and Super Six finals in Gainesville, Fla.
Stanford will once again get to compete against the likes of UCLA sophomore Vanessa Zamarripa, who scored a 9.975 on beam and a 9.95 on vault, and all-round winner Anna Li, who edged defending Pac-10 all-round champion Janiga (season-best 39.550) with a 39.575. Janiga (No. 4) and Li (No. 6) entered the meet ranked among the top all-arounders in the country.
Individual Results (Winners and Stanford scores)
Vault: Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 9.950. Stanford: Shelley Alexander 9.90, Danielle Ikoma 9.80, Allyse Ishino 9.80, Ashley Morgan 9.80, Carly Janiga 9.775, Blair Ryland 9.75.
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