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Stanford women gymnasts see season end short of Super Six

 

Elizabeth Price earned first-team All-America honors in four-of-five events and Ivana Hong claimed first-team recognition on beam as Stanford finished fourth in the first session of the NCAA Championships on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

The Cardinal scored 195.575 to place behind first-place Florida (197.475), LSU (197.3375) and Georgia (196.725). Stanford battled through a couple early falls to finish ahead of Auburn (195.100) and Minnesota (194.9875).

The fourth-place finish, however, concluded the season for the Cardinal and the careers of Stanford's four seniors -- Melissa Chuang, Hong, Jenna Frowein and Taylor Rice. The quartet graduates as the second senior class in program history to qualify to the NCAA Championships each of their four years.

Price, meanwhile, finished third in the all-around (39.550), tied for third on vault (9.900) and bars (9.900), and tied for fourth on beam (9.8875). She also registered a ninth-place finish on floor with a 9.8625. Price is now a six-time All-American after earning two honors last year as a freshman.

Hong performed in the all-around for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Norman Regional and hit each of her routines. She tied for fourth on beam with a 9.8875 to claim the fifth All-America honor of her career and third on beam.

Despite not advancing to the Super Six, the Cardinal had plenty to be proud of in a season that included numerous highlights. Stanford competed in its ninth NCAA Championships in the past 10 years and 16th overall, tied for the highest score at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional and picked up four regular-season wins against NCAA Championships teams.

The Cardinal claimed a variety of individual honors throughout the season as well with Price being named Pac-12 Gymnast of the Year and earning NACGC/W Regular Season All-America honors with Hong. Price, Hong, Chuang and Rice earned All-Pac-12 honors, and Frowein claimed her third consecutive Pac-12 All-Academic First Team honor – becoming the third gymnast in program history to accomplish the feat.

Stanford got off to a decent start on bars, scoring 49.025 and covering for a missed routine in the second position. Price paced the Cardinal with a powerful routine to earn a 9.900 and tie for third. Hong and Nicolette McNair contributed 9.8125's, while Dare Maxwell and Danielle McNair earned a pair of 9.750's.

Stanford ran into trouble on beam with two gymnasts missing their routines and the Cardinal having to count a fall. The Cardinal managed a 48.4750 behind terrific performances by Hong and Price, both scoring 9.8875 to tie for fourth place. Nicolette McNair competed in the leadoff position and got Stanford off to a strong start with a 9.800. Rachel Daum concluded the rotation with a 9.7625.

The Cardinal returned from its bye in the third rotation and hit all six of its routines on floor. Price again led Stanford with a 9.8625 to tie for ninth. Hong performed on floor for the first time since the 2013 NCAA Norman Regional and went 9.7875. Chuang and Haley Spector contributed quality routines, both scoring 9.775.

Stanford capped the semifinal by tying its fourth-highest score of the season on vault with a 49.150. Cardinal gymnasts improved on the score before them in four-of-five opportunities.

Price led the Cardinal with a 9.900, followed by Nicolette McNair (9.850), Hong (9.8125) and Danielle McNair (9.800).

— Stanford Athletics

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