Stanford women qualify for NCAA gymnastics championship


A strong finish propelled the Stanford women's gymnastics team to a tie for first place at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional and a berth in its ninth NCAA Championships over the past 10 years on Saturday.

After a quality start on floor and vault in the first half of the meet, the Cardinal exploded for scores of 49.500 on bars and 49.250 on beam to finish with a 196.525. Auburn tied Stanford for first in the sixth rotation to also qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Elizabeth Price
Michigan put together a late surge but it was not enough to catch Stanford and Auburn, as the Wolverines finished third by five-hundredths of a point. Eastern Michigan finished fourth (196.250), followed by Penn State (195.125) and New Hampshire (193.900).

Elizabeth Price won or tied for three NCAA Regional honors, finishing first in the all-around (39.575) and bars (9.975) and tying for first on floor (9.900).

Ivana Hong tied for the regional title on beam with a 9.900. It is Hong's third regional championship on beam and fourth regional title overall in her career.

Stanford opened the meet with a 48.975 on floor, tied for its fifth-highest score in the event this season.

Price paced the team with a 9.900, followed by Rachel Daum (9.850) and Taylor Rice (9.800).

Stanford had a balanced showing on vault with all six gymnasts hitting their routines and five hitting for scores of 9.700 or higher. Price again paced the Cardinal with a 9.850, while Nicolette McNair and Hong posted scores of 9.775.

Stanford entered the midway point of the meet with a 97.775 and headed to a bye on the third rotation.

The Cardinal returned to the competition in the fourth rotation and exploded for a 49.500 on bars – Stanford's second-highest score in the event this season.

Four gymnasts scored 9.900 or higher, including a meet-best 9.975 by Price. Nicolette McNair and Dare Maxwell scored season-bests of 9.900, while Hong also went 9.900 for her third score of 9.900 or higher this season.

Maxwell's performance was particularly important as it came immediately after a missed routine and got the Cardinal back on track.

Stanford finished strong with all six gymnasts scoring 9.800 or higher to score 48.975 – tying the Cardinal's third highest score in the event this season. Hong went 9.900, while Melissa Chuang, Nicolette McNair and Price each scored 9.850. Taylor Rice and Rachel Daum provided scores of 9.800.

The Cardinal will compete at the NCAA Championships April 15-16 in Fort Worth, Texas.

— Stanford Athletics

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