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Tri-Meet On Tap

Jan 15, 2014

No. 12 Stanford (5-0, 1-0 Pac-12)No. 19 Arizona (1-0, 0-0 Pac-12)Sacramento State (2-4, 0-0 WAC)Sunday, Jan. 19 – 2 p.m. (PT)Burnham Pavilion – Stanford, Calif.Tickets – Free Admission

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 12 Stanford will look to keep its perfect record intact Saturday, playing host to No. 19 Arizona and Sacramento State at 2 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

The Cardinal improved to 5-0 after a 196.325-196.150 victory over No. 8 Georgia that included multiple highlight performances, including two Stanford gymnasts claiming three individual victories. It was the first time the Cardinal defeated Georgia in a dual meet in program history. Stanford had beaten the Gym Dogs once, placing higher at the 2004 NCAA Semifinals (196.850-196.775).

It will be Arizona’s first trip to The Farm since 2012 when the Cardinal defeated the Wildcats 196.575-195.025. Stanford saw Sacramento State earlier this season at the NorCal Quad Meet, won by the Cardinal with a 194.825. The Hornets placed third, posting a 194.400.

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Big Dog on Campus• Stanford earned its first dual meet victory over Georgia in program history, defeating the Gym Dogs 196.325-196.150. Taylor Rice earned victories in the all-around (39.325) and on floor with a collegiate-best 9.900. Rice tied her collegiate best on beam with a 9.850.

Amanda Spinner claimed her second consecutive beam victory, posting a 9.875 to tie three Georgia gymnasts for the top score. Spinner claimed the beam individual honor at the NorCal Quad Meet (Jan. 5) and was named last week’s Pac-12 Specialist of the Week.

Kristina Vaculik delivered big scores on bars (9.875), beam (9.850) and floor (9.875) against Georgia. Vaculik has scored 9.800 or higher on all three events in two meets this season and her floor performance against the Gym Dogs was a collegiate best.

• Stanford entered the final rotation against Georgia with a slim 147.075-147.000 lead and needed a strong performance to seal the victory. The Cardinal did just that with all gymnasts scoring 9.775 or higher, including four posting a 9.825 or higher.

Shona Morgan posted a 9.775 with a confident routine to begin the event. In just the second meet of their collegiate careers, Rachel Daum and Jenna Frowein delivered big performances under pressure, recording scores of 9.775 and 9.825, respectively.

Pauline Hanset, who missed the end of the 2013 season due to injury, had a strong 2014 debut and kept Stanford rolling with a 9.875. Rice followed with a meet-best 9.900 and Vaculik anchored the event with a 9.875. The Cardinal outscored Georgia 49.250-48.675 on the event.

Melissa Chuang has led Stanford on vault in each of the first two competitions this year. She went 9.825 at the NorCal Quad Meet and posted a 9.800 against Georgia.Watch the video recap of Stanford's win over Georgia.

Sunday’s Opponents: No. 19 Arizona, Sacramento State• No. 19 Arizona opened its season with a 194.750-190.000 victory over Illinois-Chicago. The Wildcats won all four events, highlighted by a 49.175 on floor to close the meet. Arizona individuals tied or won all four events. Kristen Klarenbach led the Wildcats, placing first on vault (9.850) and floor (9.900).

Stanford topped Arizona in two meetings during 2013, first in a quad meet in Tucson, Ariz. (196.025-195.850), then at the Pac-12 Championships (196.625-195.525). The Cardinal has won 20 consecutive meets against Arizona, dating back to the Cancun Classic on Jan. 6, 2006. Stanford’s last loss to the Wildcats was March 26, 2005, at the Pac-10 Championships (195.925-194.600).

• Sacramento State traveled to Tempe, Ariz., last weekend and posted a 192.225 to finish third behind San Jose State (194.200) and Arizona State (193.525). Junior Kalliah McCartney led the way for the Hornets, finishing first on vault (9.875), tying for first on beam (9.825) and placing second in the all-around (38.650).

Stanford and Sacramento State saw each other in their season-openers at the NorCal Quad Meet on Jan. 5, hosted at Sacramento State. The Cardinal finished first with a 194.825, while the Hornets tallied a 194.400.

In the Rankings• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of its scores:Vault: 23rd, 48.825Bars: 11th, 49.075Beam: 10th, 48.950Floor: 23rd, 48.725

• Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of their scores:BarsKristina Vaculik, 23rd, 9.875BeamAmanda Spinner, 17th, 9.863FloorTaylor Rice, t-22nd, 9.875Pauline Hanset, t-22nd, 9.875