Posts Tagged ‘Alex Pintchouk’

Darlene Hill: Olympic sleeper now?

April 2, 2008

No post on this blog has had as many comments as one written in October about 18-year-old Darlene Hill, who trains at the Will-Moor School of Gymnastics in Mt. Laurel, N.J.

Will-Moor, by the way, has produced some very respectable alumni, including Arizona State’s Beate Jones and Stanford’s Alex Pintchouk.

But back to Hill. In October, some said she has Olympic potential. Others didn’t think so. All that was before she won floor at the Pacific Rim Championships last weekend.

The Pacific Rim is an interesting meet because it’s about the last time any Olympic contenders emerge from the woodwork if they haven’t already done so. In 2004, it was Allyse Ishino’s coming out party – after all, she beat Carly Patterson there.

Is the same true for Darlene Hill?

Darlene Hill, 2008 Pacific Rim Championships Team Finals, Floor Exercise:

Darlene Hill, 2007 Glasgow Grand Prix Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

Ishino set to make Stanford debut

November 2, 2007

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.