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Stanford (3-4, 0-1 Pac-12)
Southern Utah (0-0)
Fri., Jan. 20 • 6 p.m. (PT)
Centrum Arena Cedar City, Utah
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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford will compete in its third consecutive road meet this Friday at 6 p.m. (PT) when it travels to Southern Utah for a dual meet.
 
The Cardinal (3-4, 0-1 Pac-12) is undefeated with a 4-0 record against the Flippin’ Birds (0-0) all-time. Friday’s meet is the first of the season for Southern Utah.
 
Stanford battled through adversity to earn a second-place finish at the UC Davis Quad Meet this past Friday – the Cardinal’s second meet in five days. Eight Stanford gymnasts combined for 13 top-10 finishes.
 
Kaylee Cole had an excellent meet and earned her first individual event victory on vault with a 9.875. She added a 9.800 on beam to tie for sixth and contributed a 9.700 on floor.
 
A live stream will be available for a fee through FloGymnastics and live statistics will be available via GoStanford.com.
 
Leading the Way
Stanford is led this season by co-captains Nicolette McNair and Elizabeth Price. The All-America duo possess a wealth of experience and accomplishments throughout their careers.
 
Lots of Experience
Stanford returns six gymnasts and 14 routines from last year’s NCAA Championships roster. The Cardinal has four gymnasts who were part of the lineups that competed in the 2015 NCAA Super Six finals in Fort Worth, Texas, on the Cardinal’s fifth-place team. They are: Danielle McNair, Nicolette McNair, Elizabeth Price and Haley Spector.


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Nicolette McNair has been a regular in the vault, bars and beam lineups during her career. (Photo by Mike Rasay/ISIPhotos.com)

Consistently One of the Best in the Country
Stanford is one of seven teams in the nation to make at least seven Super Six appearances in the past 15 years (2002-16). (Alabama-14, Utah-11, Georgia-11, UCLA-10, Florida-10, Stanford-7, Nebraska-7)
 
Stanford has competed in the NCAA Championships in 13 of the past 16 years, including nine times in the past 10 seasons.
 
A misconception about the Cardinal is that it comes out of nowhere during championship season. However, it should not be a surprise and is not a fluke, as evidenced by the team consistently finishing among the top in the nation.
 
The Cardinal coaching staff enters each season with a carefully calculated outline of goals for different points during the season. A major focus for the beginning of the season is on consistency, building depth in lineups and health. As the season continues, the Cardinal adds difficulty and unique elements to routines to ensure it peaks during postseason competition.
 
Price Continues to Dominate
Elizabeth Price picked up where she left off last season, winning vault and bars with scores of 9.950 at the season-opening NorCal Classic at California. She has scored 9.900 or higher in 45-of-71 (63 percent) performances during her collegiate career. Price was named the Pac-12 Specialist of the Week for her standout performance.
 
Price became the second Cardinal gymnast to earn Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year honors in program history last season. She also claimed Regular Season All-America recognition in the all-around, vault and bars. She has accumulated four honors through her first two years after earning first-team honors on vault as a freshman in 2015.


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Elizabeth Price became the second Stanford gymnast to be named the Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year in 2016. (Photo by Hector Garcia-Molina/ISIPhotos.com.)

Price won or tied for three 2016 NCAA Ann Arbor Regional honors, finishing first in the all-around (39.575) and bars (9.975) and tying for first on floor (9.900).
 
Price tied for the 2016 Pac-12 title on bars (9.900), tied for second on vault (9.900), and tied for seventh on floor (9.875). She placed fourth in the all-around with a 39.475.
 
Price won the all-around in eight of the 10 meets she competed in the event last season, including a season-best 39.675 at UCLA and Georgia (March 6). She finished the regular season tied for fifth in the nation in the all-around with an RQS of 39.570.
 
Price scored 9.825 or higher in 40-of-43 performances in 2016. She won 57 percent of the events she competed in last season (30 individual event victories in 53 possible events).
 
Price became the fifth gymnast in Pac-12 history to earn four Gymnast of the Week honors in one season in 2016 (Kirsten Maloney, UCLA, 2005; Vanessa Zamarripa, UCLA, 2013; Makayla Stambaugh, Oregon State, 2013; Georgia Dabritz, Utah, 2015; Elizabeth Price, Stanford, 2016).
 
Cole Continues Strong Start
Freshman Kaylee Cole earned her first individual event victory this past Friday at UC Davis with a 9.875 on vault. She added scores of 9.800 on beam and 9.700 on floor. Cole has scored 9.875 in both vaults this season.
 
Consistency from McNair
Nicolette McNair continued her role as one of the Cardinal’s most consistent gymnasts, hitting both of her bars routines this years for scores of 9.875 (NorCal Classic) and 9.800 (UC Davis Quad Meet).
 
McNair was one of Stanford’s most consistent gymnasts in 2016. She scored 9.800 or higher in 31-of-37 routines in 2016 and has hit 108-of-117 routines (92 percent) on vault, bars and beam in her career.
 
Daum Establishes Role in the All-Around
Senior Rachel Daum made her collegiate debut in the all-around at the season-opening NorCal Classic and went 38.700 to finish third overall and improved on her score four days later at the UC Davis Quad Meet with a 38.975 to finish second.


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Rachel Daum has competed in the all-around in both meets this season. (Photo by Hector Garcia-Molina/ISIPhotos.com)

A Welcome Return
Sophomore Taryn Fitzgerald returns to Stanford’s lineups after having her debut season in 2016 cut short due to injury. She tied her career best of 9.800 at the UC Davis Quad Meet.
 
Fitzgerald was establishing herself as a regular in Stanford’s lineup on vault, beam and floor before she was injured in practice last season.
 
Early Impact
Four gymnasts made their collegiate debuts at the NorCal Classic including freshmen Kaylee Cole, Ashley Tai and Aleeza Yu, and redshirt freshman Hailee Hoffman. The quartet have been regulars in lineups through the first two competitions this season.
 
Yu is coming back from an offseason injury and competed on bars in the first two meets, posting a 9.825 in both performances. Tai has been in each vault, beam and floor lineup this year.
 
Consistency Counts
Danielle McNair has contributed scores on a weekly basis throughout her career. She has been a regular on vault and bars throughout her career, and has become a contributor on beam as well during her senior season. She made her collegiate debut in the all-around at UC Davis and excelled on beam (9.825) and vault (9.775).
 
Spector Provides Power on Floor
Haley Spector provided big scores on floor in 2016 and will be a crucial member of the lineup this season. She went 9.775 or higher in nine meets last year, including two scores of 9.925.
 
Stanford at the 2016 NCAA Championships
Stanford returned to the NCAA Championships for the 13th time in the past 16 years, two gymnasts combined for five All-America honors and the Cardinal finished fourth in its semifinal (195.575) – its 11th top-10 finish since 2002.
 
Elizabeth Price earned first-team All-America honors in the all-around, vault, bars and beam. Ivana Hong claimed first-team recognition on beam.
 
Four Named 2016 All-Pac-12
The Cardinal was well-represented on the All-Pac-12 team with Elizabeth Price (all-around) and Melissa Chuang (beam) named to the first team, and Taylor Rice (all-around) and Ivana Hong (beam) earning second team honors.
 
It is the fourth all-conference honor for Hong, second for Rice and Price, and the first for Chuang.
 
Super Six in the Classroom
Six Stanford gymnasts earned 2016 Pac-12 All-Academic recognition, including Jenna Frowein (architecture) who claimed her third consecutive first-team honor. Honorable mention selections included Melissa Chuang (international relations), Rachel Daum (human biology), Ivana Hong (human biology and sociology), Taylor Rice (international relations) and Haley Spector (human biology).
 
In the Rankings
Stanford finished is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its season average:
Vault: t-14th, 48.925
 
Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on their season average:
Vault
Elizabeth Price, t-2nd, 9.950
Kaylee Cole, t-20th, 9.875
 
Bars
Elizabeth Price, T-1st, 9.950
 

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