Price delivers all-around effort for Cardinal women gymnasts


The No. 17 Stanford women's gymnastics team scored a season-best 196.675 to earn a first-place finish in its home debut Sunday against No. 23 California and San Jose State.

In front of a capacity crowd in Burnham Pavilion, the Cardinal (6-1, 1-1 Pac-12) utilized balanced lineups to score 49.050 or higher in each event and earn meet-best scores in three of the four events.

California (6-2, 1-1 Pac-12) finished second in the meet with a 195.650, followed by San Jose State (0-7) with a 194.875.

Stanford gymnasts scored 9.800 or higher 18-of-24 performances and counted at least four scores of 9.800 or higher in each event.

"They put a lot of heart into what they're doing and are trying to do the best they can for their teammates and the program," said Stanford coach Kristen Smyth. "I'm really proud of the girls, they're doing the best we could ask for right now. We're going to add difficulty and I know we'll continue to get even better."

Elizabeth Price continued her strong start, scoring a season-best 39.550 in the all-around, her third consecutive victory. She also earned individual event victories in vault (9.925) and bars (9.925), finished third on floor (9.875) and tied for fifth on beam (9.825).

Ivana Hong claimed the individual victory on beam with a 9.925 and was followed by teammate Melissa Chuang who earned a 9.875 for second place.

Hong's performance was particularly impressive and clutch, as it came immediately following a missed routine and it helped Stanford finish the rotation on a high note.

"Ivana did a perfect routine on beam," said Smyth. "It was absolutely beautiful."

Nicolette McNair, who battled through sickness earlier in the week, produced a 9.875 on bars to finish second. She added scores of 9.825 on bars and 9.800 on vault.

McNair has been one of Stanford's most consistent gymnasts, scoring 9.800 or higher in eight-of-nine performances this season.

Stanford got off to a great start on vault with five-of-six gymnasts scoring 9.800 or higher, highlighted by Price's 9.925.

Taylor Rice went 9.850 to place third, while Danielle McNair, Taryn Fitzgerald and Nicolette McNair each produced a 9.800 to give the Cardinal an early lead with a team score of 49.175.

Stanford continued its momentum on bars, producing a 49.200 to extend its lead. Nicolette McNair led off with a 9.875 to place second. After a fall in the second position, Danielle McNair provided a clutch routine to earn a 9.775 and get the Cardinal back on track.

Dare Maxwell capitalized on Danielle McNair's strong routine to produce a 9.825 and tie for fourth.

After Price delivered her meet-best 9.925, Hong closed the rotation with a 9.800 to give Stanford a 98.375-97.350 advantage over California and San Jose State at the midway point of the meet.

The Cardinal produced its highest score of the night on beam with a 49.250. Hong led the way with a 9.925, followed by Melissa Chuang who placed second with a 9.825, and Nicolette McNair and Price who tied for fifth with scores of 9.825.

Stanford capped its victory on floor with the same consistency it had shown throughout the duration of the meet with all six gymnasts hitting their routines.

Jenna Frowein led off with a 9.800 and set the stage for Chuang and Haley Spector to tie for fourth with scores of 9.825.

Price provided the exclamation point in the final performance of the afternoon with a terrific routine to score 9.875 and finish third.

"January is about being consistent and doing base routines," said Smyth. "Throughout the year we'll add difficulty but I was really pleased and we are right where we need to be."

The Cardinal will look to continue its momentum when it heads to the Metroplex Challenge on Saturday at 5 p.m. (PT) in Fort Worth, Texas. Stanford will take on Oklahoma, LSU, Missouri and Washington.

Men's gymnastics

No. 2 Stanford collected two more wins on the season, beating No. 3 Ohio State and No. 5 California with a season-high team score of 445.550, its best road score since 2012 when the scoring system was adjusted.

Akash Modi took individual titles in four events while taking home the all-around title as well with the team winning five of six events on the day.

The Cardinal (5-0, 3-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) was dominant on the day as they came out to post season-high team bests in floor and pommel horse. Modi led the way with a career-best 16.000 on the floor to lead Stanford and claim the individual title.

Pommel horse was no different for Modi, who took his second individual title on the night with a 15.400, another career best for Modi.

Brian Knott followed Modi's lead with a season-high 15.100 to send the Cardinal to its second event win on the day.

On rings, Taylor Seaton added another strong performance in the event, tying for the event title with a 15.050 score, a career-best.

Seaton stepped up again for Stanford with a 15.200 on the vault. Grant Breckenridge and Gabe Flores shared second for the Cardinal with a score of 14.700.

Modi was unbeatable again in parallel bars with a season-best score of 15.250. Ryan Sheppard also added in a huge season-best 15.000. Stanford bested its season high as well in the event with a 74.350.

Modi recorded a score of 15.550 on high bar to clinch his fourth event. Robert Neff helped Stanford post a team season-best of 75.050 as the Cardinal remained perfect on the season with its highest team score since March 8, 2014.

The Cardinal returns home Saturday to host the Stanford Open at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion

Men's tennis

No. 18 Stanford knocked off No. 14 Virginia Tech, 4-0, Sunday to open the ITA Kick-Off Weekend at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

The Cardinal (3-0) meet host Columbia on Monday with a berth in the ITA Indoor Championships at stake.

The Lions beat Minnesota, 4-0, to advance into the second round.

Stanford won the doubles point by the closest of margins as the Hokies Jai Corbett and Mitch Harper earned a 6-0 win over David Wilczynski and Yale Goldberg to open the action.

The Cardinal fired back as Maciek Romanowicz and Nolan Paige battled to a 7-6 (3) win in the No. 1 spot before a gritty 7-6 (5) win by Tom Fawcett and Sameer Kumar clinched the point for Stanford.

In singles, Cardinal Tom Fawcett ripped past Joao Montiero, 6-1, 6-4, to make it 2-0. Nolan Paige, in the No. 4 spot, defeated Edoardo Tessaro 6-3, 6-4, to make it 3-0 and freshman Sameer Kumar ended the match with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Corbett.

— Stanford Athletics

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