A milestone coaching win and a season best score for Stanford


Stanford's Kristen Smyth earned the 200th victory of her coaching career as the No. 12 Cardinal posted its second-highest team score of the season to beat No. 24 Washington, 196.825-196.200.

The Cardinal (11-1, 3-1 Pac-12) outscored the GymDawgs (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) in three of four events and Stanford gymnasts recorded individual victories in each event.

Kristina Vaculik continued to be a rock for the Cardinal, putting together an outstanding all-around performance to earn a collegiate-best 39.600. Vaculik claimed individual victories on bars (9.925, tied collegiate best), beam (9.925, collegiate best) and floor (9.900).

Vaculik has scored 9.800 or higher in 19 of 21 events this season and accumulated nine scores of 9.900 or higher in the past four meets.

Stanford got off to a great start on bars, with Shona Morgan posting a 9.875 in the leadoff position to finish second, followed by a collegiate-best 9.825 by Taylor Rice.

Vaculik delivered her meet-best performance in the anchor position, following a fall by the gymnast before her, to give Stanford the early lead, 49.275-48.875.

The Cardinal's bars score of 49.275 is the team's second-highest on the year.

Stanford continued its hot start on vault with Nicolette McNair claiming her fourth consecutive individual win with a 9.900.

She was followed by Danielle McNair and Vaculik who both scored 9.850 to tie for third. Rice helped add to the lead, posting a season-best 9.825.

Vaculik led the way on floor (9.900), followed by a season-best 9.875 from Shona Morgan to place second. Pauline Hanset also contributed a strong performance to earn a 9.850.

The Cardinal continued to roll on beam, highlighted by top-two performances from Vaculik (9.925) and Amanda Spinner (9.900). Nicolette McNair, Morgan and Rice tied for fourth with scores of 9.825.

Stanford finished with a 49.300 on beam – the second-highest score in the event on the season.

The Cardinal hosts Utah on Monday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. It will be the Utes first trip to Stanford since March 6, 1998, which the Cardinal won, 195.550-194.875.

Men's gymnastics

No. 5 Stanford scored season-highs in three events to post a season-best team score but fell at No. 1 Oklahoma, 447.700-437.250.

Oklahoma's score of 447.700 is the highest in the nation this year and the second-highest in the NCAA since the scoring system was adjusted in 2008.

Stanford scored season-bests on pommel horse (72.750), vault (74.400), and parallel bars (74.550).

Dennis Zaremski claimed the Cardinal's lone individual victory of the night, posting a collegiate-best 15.800 on parallel bars. Brian Knott competed for the first time in the 2014 season and placed second in the event with a 15.200.

Stanford opened the meet on pommel horse and was led by Knott, who posted a collegiate-best 14.800. Sean Senters, also competing in his first meet of the season after returning from injury, recorded the Cardinal's second highest score (14.700) and was followed by Akash Modi (14.550).

Modi had a great night on floor, tying his collegiate-best of 15.400 to place third. Michael Levy added a 15.250, followed by Jonathan Deaton (14.400) and Paul Hichwa (14.150).

Stanford's season-best performance on vault was highlighted by Modi's collegiate-best 15.150 to place second and a 15.100 by Taylor Seaton to finish third.

Zaremski tabbed the Cardinal's highest score on rings with a 15.100, while Modi (14.750) and Jordan DeClerk also contributed good routines.

Modi and Cale Robinson paced Stanford on parallel bars, each scoring 14.150.

Stanford will return to action Friday at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas.

— Stanford Athletics


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