Stanford women earn a spot in the NCAA gymnastics final


Ivana Hong won the beam title at the NCAA Morgantown Regional Saturday, helping the Stanford women's gymnastics team finish second and qualify for the NCAA championships, which begin April 17 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Stanford finished behind only two-time defending national champions and No. 2 Florida, which scored 197.475 to Stanford's 197.000. Th Gators won their fourth consecutive regional title.

The Cardinal qualified for the championships for an eighth time in nine years. Stanford had to outperform a loaded field that included five (of six) nationally ranked teams.

Illinois was third at 196.675, followed by Arkansas (196.50), West Virginia (195.65) and New Hampshire (194.825).

The event drew a crowd of 1,445 at West Virginia's Coliseum.

Hong recorded a 9.950 in winning the beam. She also tied for third on bars.

Taylor Rice tied for second on vault (9.950) and placed third on floor (9.900).

Pauline Hanset tied for third on beam (9.900) and fourth on floor (9.875).

Kristina Vaculik placed sixth among the all-around performers, scoring a 39.225.

Elizabeth Price and Samantha Shapiro also placed in the top five of their respective events. Price recorded 9.925 for a fifth-place showing on the vault and Shapiro scored 9.850 to finish fifth on the bars.

Florida's Bridget Sloan was the all-around champion with a score of 39.800. She won the vault title and tied for first on the bars.

Pac-12 rivals Utah, UCLA and Oregon State join Stanford, ranked 11th in the latest GymInfo poll, at the championships. The Beavers are ranked 12th, the Utes are third and the Bruins are seventh.

Top-ranked Oklahoma, No. 10 Georgia, No. 6 Michigan, No. 8 Auburn, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 5 Alabama and No. 4 LSU also earned spots at the postseason party.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Win it all
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on Apr 5, 2015 at 9:44 am

Stanford's team this year appears close enough to win it all. And Stanford could use the points in the annual calculation of the top sports program in the NCAA. So, ladies, TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP.

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