Ishino set to make Stanford debut

A year later than expected, Allyse Ishino is set to compete in a Cardinal leotard.

Allyse Ishino

The Stanford sophomore, who was Olympic alternate no. 1 in 2004, will make her Cardinal debut this winter after being sidelined with two pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lungs) in late 2006, according to Stanford coach Kristen Smyth.

Although Ishino didn’t compete in 2007, she is listed on the roster as a sophomore, which makes me wonder if Stanford chose not to redshirt her last season.

Allyse Ishino, 2004 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

In her 2008 preseason report, Smyth noted that “getting Allyse back is a real bonus.”

Ishino, who was fifth at the 2004 U.S. Championships and dropped back to level 10 while she prepared to go to Stanford, would add depth to any squad in the country.

Not that Stanford isn’t rather chalked with talent already. Its senior class — Tabitha Yim, Liz Tricase, Stephanie Gentry, Alex Pintchouk, Aimee Precourt and Lauren Elmore — is likely to be the most competitive in the country. The Cardinal, which graduated nobody last year, also boasts sophomore Carly Janiga and juniors Kelly Fee and Nicole Ourada and three freshmen.

That’s a lineup that rivals the Georgia Gymdogs. Stay tuned.

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