Five Stanford women named to All-Pac-10 gymnastics team


Seniors Shelley Alexander and Danielle Ikoma led a group of five Stanford athletes named to the All-Pac-10 Conference women's gymnastics team, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday.

The honor was the first for Ikoma, who earned the recognition for her performance in the all-around during her first season attempting the discipline.

She was among four Cardinal to be named to the first team. The others are Alexander (all-around), junior Alyssa Brown (balance beam), and sophomore Ashley Morgan (floor exercise).

Junior Nicole Pechanec earned her second consecutive second-team honor on floor.

Ikoma scored 39 points or more four times, including in her final home meet when she scored a personal best 39.275 against Arizona State to earn her first all-around victory.

Alexander earned her third first-team conference honor and first in the all-around. She won all-conference honors on vault and floor in 2009. Alexander scored a season-best 39.400 in a tri-meet against Michigan and Nebraka, and won three all-around competitions during the season.

Brown earned her first first-team honor after receiving second-team honors on beam last season. Brown holds the vital leadoff spot on Stanford's beam team and has been steady all season, winning two competitions.

Morgan has been Stanford's breakout star this season, tying for the Pac-10 title on floor to extend her winning streak in the event to nine consecutive meets. Morgan has the nation's highest season average on floor, at 9.915, which is the highest for any Pac-10 competitor in any event. This is Morgan's second all-conference honor and first time on first team.

Pechanec's average score on floor is 9.825, which is fourth-highest in the Pac-10.

The total of four first-team honorees is the most for Stanford since Kelly Fee, Carly Janiga, Nicole Ourada, and Tabitha Yim received first-team honors in 2007.

Women's tennis

Stanford's nonconference match at Pepperdine was suspended because of rain on Wednesday.

All six Cardinal singles players won their first set, with Veronica Li leading 6-0, 4-0 when the match was halted for the day.

The match is scheduled to continue Thursday.

Track and field

Stanford hosts the Stanford Invitational this weekend at Cobb Track and Angell Field. The annual meet will be all day Friday and Saturday and feature some of the top high school and collegiate talent from around the nation.

The Stanford Invitational begins at 9 a.m. on Friday with the field events. Running events begin at 11 a.m. with the fourth section of the men's 5,000 meters.

Learfield Cup

Stanford has retained the overall lead in the first winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings with 674 points. The Cardinal placed fourth at the NCAA swimming championship;s, eighth in men's indoor track and field, 11th in wrestling and 15th in women's indoor track and field.

Penn State moved into second place with 528.25 points while Florida State is third with 505.50.

The next Division I standings will be released April 7.

— Stanford Athletics

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