Janiga Wins National Title

April 24, 2010


Individual Event Results in PDF Format

Stanford senior Carly Janiga capped off her outstanding collegiate gymnastics career with a national championship on Saturday, the first individual title for Stanford since 1998 and the second in school history.

Janiga scored a 9.9375 to win the uneven bars - bettering her 2009 runner-up finish in the event - and a 9.8875 to tie for second on the balance beam, at University of Florida's O'Connell Center. In addition, fellow Cardinal senior Blair Ryland placed ninth on the vault with a 9.7625, in her final meet.

The title was the first outright individual championship in Stanford history and the first title since Larissa Fontaine tied for the vault crown in 1998. It also was the highest score a Stanford gymnast has ever received in the Individual Event Finals.

'Tonight Carly was what she has been for our team for the past four years: Amazing, and an absolute rock for our team and our program,' Stanford coach Kristen Smyth said. 'She is going to be impossible to replace because she has been such a privilege to work with someone with her work ethic and character.

'She has made Stanford history for her team and herself because she is the second national champion in school history. I can't think of a better way to cap off her career than she did tonight.'

Janiga finished her career with nine All-America honors, tying her with current volunteer assistant coach Lindsay Wing as the third-most decorated gymnast ever at Stanford. Her five first-team All-America honors - including three this year - tie her with Wing and Natalie Foley as the second-highest in that category in Cardinal history.

For her career, Janiga has four top-four NCAA finishes, and help guide the Stanford class of 2010 to three appearances in the NCAA Super Six finals (Stanford placed fourth on Friday), the most for any class in school history.

In addition, Janiga, a psychology major, carries a 3.78 cumulative GPA, was named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for gymnastics and is a finalist for the Honda Sports Award for her sport.

More comments from coach Kristen Smyth will be posted shortly.

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