The Stanford Cardinal fell to the Washington Huskies at home in Palo Alto by just three tenths, posting a 195.475 to the Huskies’ 195.825. Both teams had a solid meet, as lineups are becoming solidified and teams work on perfecting execution and hitting consistently. Stanford still struggled a bit with their bars lineup, but managed to avoid counting a fall. Washington only competed five vaults, where their lower start values held them back a bit.
Stanford started off on vault, scoring a 48.750. They struggled a bit through the first half of the lineup, with just mediocre Yurchenko fulls keeping the scores around 9.600 to 9.700. Rachael Flam stuck her Omelianchik vault for a 9.850, the highest score of the night. Aleeza Yu followed with a powerful Yurchenko full, though a hop on the landing kept her score to a 9.825. On the uneven bars, the Huskies had five clean routines with nearly-stuck dismounts and tricky connections to score a 48.925. Evanni Roberson posted the highest score for Washington with a 9.825, placing second on the event. They went on to score four identical scores of 9.775, all tying for third on the event.
On vault, Washington scored a 48.875 without the luxury of being able to drop a score as Kristyn Hoffa scratched her vault due to a lingering injury. Madison Copiak stuck her Yurchenko full for a 9.775, while Roberson and Geneva Thompson scored 9.800 for their vaults and tied for third on the event. Stanford was able to count five hit routines on the uneven bars for a 48.475, showing improvement over past weeks. The Cardinal will want to continue improving their scores, as they were only able to count one score over a 9.800 this week. Kyla Bryant scored a 9.850, winning the event with a big double layout dismount to close.
Stanford fared better on beam than on the uneven bars, scoring a 49.075 in the third rotation. All five counting scores were at least a 9.800, with Bryant, Taryn Fitzgerald, and Wesley Stephenson tying for second on the event with a 9.825. Taylor Lawson also hit a huge standing Arabian to score a 9.800. Washington put up fantastic performances on floor to score a 49.025. Amara Cunningham started the Huskies off with a powerful tumbling but well-controlled landings, scoring a 9.725. Kristyn Hoffa showed a difficult routine and placed third with a 9.875, anchoring Washington’s lineup. Overall, the Huskies did a good job cleaning up their landings and were able to count three scores over a 9.800.
Ending on the balance beam, the Huskies had six steady performances for a total of 49.000. Roberson posted the highest score of the night on beam, scoring a 9.850. Small wobbles here and there kept Washington from having a stellar beam rotation, as their scores got stuck between 9.775 and 9.800. Stanford also finished strong on the floor exercise, where they scored a team total of 49.175. Kyla Bryant and Morgan Hoang continued to be top floor workers for the Cardinals. They finished first and second on the event, with Bryant scoring a 9.925 and Hoang scoring a 9.875. The rest of Stanford’s lineup also showed big tumbling, and could be a top ten floor team with more controlled landings.Tags: Aleeza Yu, Amara Cunningham, Evanni Roberson, Geneva Thompson, Kristyn Hoffa, Kyla Bryant, Madison Copiak, Morgan Hoang, NCAA Gymnastics, Pac 12, Rachael Flam, Stanford, Stanford Cardinal, Taryn Fitzgerald, Taylor Lawson, Washington, Washington Huskies, Wesley Stephenson