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(L-to-R) Taylor Rice, Melissa Chuang, Jenna Frowein, Ivana Hong. (Photo by Mike Rasay)
Stanford Celebrates Seniors
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/20/2016

 VAULT 49.150 49.275 
 BARS  48.650 49.150
 BEAM 49.125  49.300 
 FLOOR 48.950  49.425 
 TOTAL 195.875 197.150

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 12 Stanford produced multiple individual highlight performances but was unable to overcome counting a missed routine on bars as the Cardinal fell to No. 5 Utah, 197.150-195.875.

The defeat did not spoil the afternoon, however, as Stanford celebrated its seniors Melissa Chuang, Jenna Frowein, Ivana Hong and Taylor Rice. Stanford’s seniors have hit 87 percent of their routines during their time with the team and is one of four classes in Cardinal history to lead the team to three NCAA Championships appearances. The quartet was honored before the meet and during a post-meet ceremony.

Stanford claimed three-of-four individual event victories and six Cardinal gymnasts combined for nine top-four finishes.

Highlights from Stanford's meet against Utah.

Elizabeth Price debuted a new vault and scored 9.925 to earn the individual victory. She also won floor with a meet-best 9.925 and tied for fourth on beam with a 9.850.

Price has scored 9.825 or higher in 24-of-27 performances this season and 9.900 or higher in 34-of-52 performances during her collegiate career. She has registered 20 individual event victories in 32 possible events this season.

Ivana Hong punctuated her Senior Day with a 9.875 on bars to earn the individual win. She has registered an individual victory in five of seven meets this season – three on beam and two on bars.

Chuang picked up a crucial second-place result on beam with a 9.925, with a gymnast falling ahead of her in the lineup.

Nicolette McNair continued to deliver for the Cardinal, tying for second on bars (9.850), tying for fourth on beam (9.850) and contributing a 9.825 on vault. She has scored 9.800 or higher in 20-of-21 routines this season and has hit 92-of-98 routines (94 percent) on vault, bars and beam in her career.

Haley Spector scored 9.900 or higher on floor for the second consecutive week, posting a 9.900 to tie for second.

Taryn Fitzgerald had another strong showing on vault with her second consecutive 9.850 to tie for fourth.

Stanford got off to a strong start on vault with a 49.150 but ran into trouble on bars. The Cardinal had two gymnasts fall and had to count a score of 9.375 contributing to a team total of 48.650.

Despite quality efforts on beam (49.125) and floor (48.950), Stanford could not overcome the missed routine to catch Utah who outscored the Cardinal as a team in every event.

Stanford looks to get back in the win column when it travels to Oregon State next Monday at 7 p.m. (PT).



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