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Cardinal women gymnasts celebrate senior night with big win

 

The No. 13 Stanford women's gymnastics team made sure its Senior Night would be a night full of celebration, erupting for a season-best score to defeat visiting No. 25 Washington, 197.525-196.125, Monday night in Maples Pavilion.

The Cardinal matched its highest score since the 2008 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, allowing Stanford to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Stanford (5-6-1, 3-4 Pac-12) registered season-best scores in bars (49.525) and floor (49.450), and tied its season high on vault (49.325). Five Cardinal gymnasts combined for six individual event victories.

The victory and season-best performance was icing on the cake for seniors Pauline Hanset, Ivana Hong, Samantha Shapiro, Kristina Vaculik and Rebecca Wing, who were honored during the meet for their commitment and contributions to the program and university.

"It was a magical moment," Vaculik said. "I've been in this sport a long time but nothing has brought me more joy than being in this program."

Elizabeth Price made her collegiate debut on floor and was nearly flawless, scoring a 9.975 to place first. She earned a first-place result on vault earlier in the night with a 9.950. Price has accumulated nine individual event victories on the season.

Wing was terrific in the leadoff position on bars and beam for the Cardinal, earning a first-place finish in the latter event with a 9.900 to tie her season best. She tied her career high of 9.900 on bars to finish fifth.

Nicolette McNair, Vaculik and Hong each scored a 9.925 on bars to tie for first in the event.

McNair went 9.900 on vault to tie for second, while Hong and Vaculik tied for third on beam with scores of 9.850.

Taylor Rice matched her career best on vault with a 9.900 to tie for second. She tied for third on beam (9.850) and floor (9.875).

Haley Spector tied her career best on floor with a 9.925 to finish second.

Stanford will look to carry momentum into its next meet Saturday at 4 p.m. at No. 8 UCLA.

"At the beginning of the season we had our ups and downs," Vaculik said. "We've had to put people in here and there and we haven't always had six people in every event. We've had to rely on people stepping up. We're healthy now and I think we have a lot of potential going into postseason. Watch out for Stanford."

— Stanford Athletics

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