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Stanford Takes on No. 8 Georgia

Jan 9, 2014

No. 9 Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
No. 8 Georgia (0-0, 0-0 SEC)
Sunday, Jan. 12 – 2 p.m. (PT)
Maples Pavilion – Stanford, Calif.
Tickets – Free Admission

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 9 Stanford plays host to No. 8 Georgia in women’s gymnastics action Sunday at 2 p.m. (PT) in Maples Pavilion. It will be the first meeting between teams on The Farm since 2008.

Georgia got the best of Stanford in two meetings in 2013, earning a home victory over the Cardinal on Jan. 21 (197.000-195.400) and placing higher at the NCAA Semifinals (197.150-194.700). Stanford will look to avenge a 2008 home loss to the Gym Dogs when the Cardinal was edged in its home-opener, 196.875-196.150.

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• Live stats will be available via Fans can follow along on Twitter by following @StanfordWGym and #gostanford.

UPDATE: The meet will not be web streamed as previously noted.

Season Opening Comeback
• Stanford opened the season Jan. 5 with a victory at the NorCal Quad Meet, defeating No. 22 California, Sacramento State, UC Davis and San Jose State. The Cardinal entered the final rotation on bars needing a 48.775 to match then-leader California. Behind a meet-best 9.875 from Kristina Vaculik, Stanford scored a 49.050 on the event to earn the win.

• It was the third consecutive year Stanford won its season opener. The last time the Cardinal did not win its first meet of the year was 2010 at Georgia (195.150-195.050).

• Stanford had gymnasts claim or tie for the individual title in each event, including two top-scorers on vault. Individual title winners included Sophia Lee and Melissa Chuang on vault (9.825), Vaculik on bars (9.875), Amanda Spinner on beam (9.850) and Taylor Rice on floor (9.850).

• Six gymnasts made their collegiate debut for the Cardinal, including Rachel Daum, Lee, Danielle McNair, Nicolette McNair, Jenna Frowein and Haley Spector. The group contributed seven scores to the final team total. In addition, Taylor Rice made her collegiate debut in the all-around and bars.

Senior Special
• Spinner, the reigning Pac-12 Specialist of the Year and Pac-12 co-champion on beam, was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week on Jan. 7. Spinner scored a team-best 9.850 on beam to tie for the individual title at the NorCal Quad Meet.

Spinner’s clutch performance in the anchor position was especially important considering the gymnast before her missed her routine. By hitting her set and recording Stanford’s highest score on the event, Spinner helped give Stanford an early lead and eventually win the compeition.

Spinner has hit 100 percent of her collegiate routines, dating back to Feb. 12, 2012.

Sunday’s Opponent: Georgia

• Georgia recorded its highest finish since 2009 when the Gym Dogs placed sixth at the 2013 NCAA Championships. Georgia returns 11 gymnasts from that squad including four of seven gymnasts who earned All-America honors in 2013. Brittany Rogers was a second-team All-American and shared the SEC championship on bars. The additional returning 2013 All-Americans include Brandie Jay, Lindsey Cheek and Chelsea Davis.

The Gym Dogs open their season on Jan. 10 at Oklahoma before traveling to Stanford.