Stanford Returns to Women's Gymnastics Championships
April 19, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
The Stanford women’s gymnastics team returns to the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive season and eighth time in the past 10 years. The meet takes place April 22-24 in Gainesville, Fla., and begins with the team preliminaries where Stanford is among 12 remaining teams. Each prelim in broken up into groups of six (Stanford is in the evening session, 4 p.m. PDT), with the top three teams in each advancing to Friday’s Super Six finals, which determines the national team champion. The all-around champion, All-American status, and qualifiers for Saturday’s Individual Events finals are also determined at the team prelim event. Stanford has reached the Super Six a total of four times, and has finished a school-best third on two occasions.
Follow the Action
Links to a live stats and live streaming video can be found at gostanford.com, or on ncaa.com. The meet will be televised by CBS and aired May 8, from noon-2 p.m. PDT. Tim Brando and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Borden will call the action.
Stanford collected its fifth regional championship April 10 by building two strong scores on its first two rotations (floor and vault) and carried the momentum to the NCAA Southeast Regional title in Morgantown, W.Va. Stanford scored 196.775 points, its second highest of the season, to join Michigan as the region’s two qualifying teams. Shelley Alexander won two events, the vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.90), and was among Stanford gymnasts to finish second through fourth in the all-around.
• Carly Janiga is a six-time All-American with four first-team selections. Janiga, a senior captain, enters this year’s NCAA meet as one of only three returning second-place finishers from 2009 (there are no individual champions back). Janiga became Stanford’s highest individual NCAA finisher since 2001 when she finished second on the uneven bars (9.9125) behind only Georgia’s Courtney Kupets (9.95), in Lincoln, Neb., last year. She also has top-10 finishes in all-around (fourth, 2007) and on floor (eighth, 2007).
• Blair Ryland, a senior, earned second-team All-America honors in 2007 as a freshman. Ryland has grown into a vital leadoff role on the vault, providing solid scores with precision and setting the tone for the rest of the team on meet day.
Top All-America Contenders
• Shelley Alexander, a junior captain, won the vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.90) at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Morgantown, W.Va., on April 10. It marked the first time in her collegiate career that Alexander won multiple events in the same meet. Alexander set personal collegiate career bests on the vault and in the all-around (39.500). In the latter, she placed third overall. Last year, Alexander missed first-team All-America recognition, and qualifying for the Individual Event finals, by one place on the vault.
• Allyse Ishino, a senior captain, was the 2009 NCAA regional champion on the uneven bars, and is having her best season in 2010. She missed her entire freshman year and the postseason of her sophomore year because of illness and injury, and needed additional time in the fall of her junior year to rehab. Now, she is fully healthy and has added floor and the all-around. She was fourth all-around at regionals.
Stanford is competing in the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive year. The following are current Stanford gymnasts with experience in past NCAA Championships.
• NCAA Championships (7): Shelley Alexander (2009), Danielle Ikoma (2009), Allyse Ishino (2009), Carly Janiga (2007, 2008, 2009), Nicole Pechanec (2009), Blair Ryland (2007, 2008, 2009), Tenaya West (2009).
• Super Six (2): Carly Janiga (2007, 2008), Blair Ryland (2007).
The following is the seeding for Thursday’s evening session (4 p.m. PDT), based on national rankings: No. 2, Florida; No. 3 Alabama; No. 6 Stanford; No. 7 Arkansas; No. 10 Missouri; No. 11, Michigan.
Stanford vs. Other NCAA Qualifiers in 2010
The Cardinal is 4-2 against NCAA Championship teams this season, with the following results:
• Jan. 24 (Stanford): Stanford 196.425, UCLA 195.825.
• Jan. 29 (Corvallis, Ore.): Oregon State 196.225, Stanford 195.775.
• Feb. 14 (Los Angeles): Stanford 195.975, UCLA 195.625.
• March 27 (Pac-10 Championships; Tucson, Ariz.): UCLA 197.350, Stanford 196.550, Oregon State 195.950.
• April 10 (NCAA Southeast Regional; Morgantown, W.Va.): Stanford 196.775, Michigan 195.800.
Stanford’s NCAA Championship History
The Cardinal has reached the NCAA Championships 11 times, all since 1992, and has qualified eight of the past 10 years. Stanford has reached the Super Six four times, all since 2002 under current coach Kristen Smyth. Stanford has reached the Super Six two of the past three years. Its best finish has been third, achieved in 2004 and 2008.
Stanford at the 2009 NCAA Championships
Stanford was fourth in Session I of the 2009 team preliminaries, scoring 196.225 points, missing the Super Six by 0.075 behind third-place LSU in Lincoln, Neb., and was eighth overall. Carly Janiga (second) and Nicole Ourada (10th) advanced to the uneven bars finals and were named first-team All-Americans.
|Lineup (April 10)||Vault||Uneven Bars||Balance Beam||Floor Exercise|
|1||Blair Ryland||Shelley Alexander||Alyssa Brown||Tenaya West|
|2||Carly Janiga||Nicole Pechanec||Allyse Ishino||Allyse Ishino|
|3||Ashley Morgan||Alyssa Brown||Danielle Ikoma||Ashley Morgan|
|4||Alyssa Brown||Allyse Ishino||Carly Janiga||Nicole Pechanec|
|5||Allyse Ishino||Carly Janiga||Tenaya West||Carly Janiga|
|6||Shelley Alexander||Jenny Peter||Shelley Alexander||Shelley Alexander|
No Stanford squad has had a better record than the 19-3 mark of this year’s team (including dual meets and conference championship). The .864 winning percentage edges the .857 set in 2006 and 2001 during 18-3 seasons. Including NCAA events, no previous Stanford team has gone this far into the season with fewer than three losses. Overall (including the NCAA regional), Stanford is 24-3 and has beaten 21 of its past 22 opponents over a span of eight meets. The Cardinal has a 9-3 record this season against teams in the final GymInfo Top 25.
Last Time: Stanford vs. Other NCAA Competitors
The following are results of Stanford’s most recent meetings with teams from Session II:
• Alabama: In a dual meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala., the Crimson Tide beat Stanford, 197.150-196.775 on March 6, 2009.
• Arkansas: Won the 2009 NCAA South Central Regional on its home floor with 196.300 to second-place Stanford’s 196.200, with both advancing to the NCAA Championships.
• Florida: The Gators finished second (196.375) to Stanford’s fourth (196.225) in Session I of the 2009 NCAA team preliminaries in Lincoln, Neb.
• Michigan: Stanford (196.775) and Michigan (195.800) finished 1-2 at the NCAA Southeast Regional on April 10 in Morgantown, W.Va., with Stanford bettering Michigan’s team scores on three of the four events.
• Missouri: At the 2008 NCAA Central Regional in Baton Rouge, La., Stanford (197.525) finished second to advance, with Missouri (195.100) finishing fourth.
The following are results of Stanford’s most recent meetings with teams from Session I:
• LSU: The third-place Tigers (196.300) edged Stanford (196.225) for the final qualifying spot in Session I of the 2009 NCAA team preliminaries in Lincoln, Neb.
• Nebraska: On March 7, 2008, Stanford (196.775) was first, Nebraska (196.050) second, and Alabama third in a tri-meet at Stanford’s Burnham Pavilion.
• Oklahoma: Stanford (196.225) finished fourth to Oklahoma’s sixth (195.825) in Session I of the 2009 NCAA team preliminaries in Lincoln, Neb.
• Oregon State: Stanford split its 2010 season series with the Beavers, losing in a tri-meet in Corvallis, Ore., on Jan. 29, and finishing just ahead (196.550) of third-place OSU (195.950) at the Pac-10 Championships on March 27 in Tucson, Ariz.
• UCLA: Stanford and UCLA faced each other three times this season, with Stanford winning both ends of their home-and-home dual-meet series, and finishing second (196.550) behind the Bruins (197.350) at the Pac-10 Championships March 27 in Tucson, Ariz.
• Utah: At the 2008 Super Six in Athens, Ga., Utah (197.125) finished second to Stanford’s third (196.750), both behind Georgia.