Posts Tagged ‘Liz Tricase’

The Spanish are coming…

April 21, 2008

…to Stanford, that is. announced today that Spain’s Lenika de Simone will be joining the Stanford women’s gymnastics team in 2009.

De Simone is actually a Florida-born Spanish transplant. Her big international year was 2006, when she nabbed a pair of gold medals on the World Cup circuit on balance beam and floor exercise. She’s very much in the thick of things for one of the two Spanish berths to the Olympic Games.

Lenika de Simone, 2006 World Cup Event Finals, Balance Beam:

Simone, like most of the underrated Spanish team, has wonderful form and execution. I was surprised she didn’t have a bigger impact at the 2006 World Championships.

This is a big plus for Stanford, which graduates a (literally) super senior class this year, including Tabitha Yim, Stephanie Gentry and Liz Tricase.

Also coming to Stanford in 2009 are Canada’s Alyssa Brown, WOGA’s Catherine Nguyen and New Jersey’s Nicole Pechanec.

Notes from the stands at the Pac-10 Championships

March 31, 2008

1. Stanford 197.000
2. Oregon State 196.550
3. UCLA 196.200
4. Arizona 195.725
5. California 193.400
6. Washington 193.375
7. Arizona State 191.925


Choreography a la Nancy Roach

December 28, 2007

All the talk about Chellsie Memmel getting a (new) new floor routine has made me think of Nancy Roach, the woman responsible for many of the most well-choreographed women’s floor exercises of the past 15 years.

Roach had a great ability to take a gymnast who wasn’t necessarily a ballerina and fit her out with an athletic and artistic routine that showcased the best of her abilities — and the sport.

Perhaps the best example can be found in the classy, elegant routine Vanessa Atler performed in 1998 and 1999.

Vanessa Atler, 1998 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

Gymnstands provides a great list of former international elites (from the USA and other countries) and who choreographed their floor routines. (Cool fact: Ukranian Alina Kozich’s 2003 and 2004 routines were choreographed by none other than 1985 World co-champion Oksana Omelianchik, who performed one of the best choreographed floor routines of all time herself.)

Roach has also worked her magic on Brittany Koncak, Lindsay Wing, and according to the Camp Flips USA website, Shannon Miller.

Brittany Koncak, 2003 U.S. Classic, Floor Exercise:

Liz Tricase told International Gymnast Magazine back in a 2002 interview that Roach also did her beam choreography.

Liz Tricase, 2004 Olympic Trials Day One, Balance Beam:

Tricase debuted her custom-made Roach floor routine in 2003. It was to a medley of “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago and complimented her jazzy personality wonderfully.

Liz Tricase, 2003 U.S. Championships Prelims, Floor Exercise:

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.