2005-06 Honor Roll: Tabitha Yim

It was highly anticipated event in April when Stanford hosted the 2006 women's gymnastics NCAA West Regional at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal were crushed with a third-place finish that kept them out of the NCAA Championships, but a bright spot was sophomore Tabitha Yim, crowned in two exercises and the All-Around champion. She vaults into our eighth announced spot on the Honor Roll.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Ben Wildman-Tobriner, David Sender, Arianna Lambie, Laura Shane, Chris Minaker, Alice Barnes and Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners.  Our eighth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is women's gymnastics performer Tabitha Yim.

After entering the season a national title contender, women's gymnastics missed the NCAA Tournament altogether with a third-place showing at Regionals.  One of the few bright spots however was Tabitha Yim, who followed up a freshman season of four All-American honors with an equally impressive sophomore campaign.

On a day when few things went right for the Cardinal – who lost to Alabama and heavy underdog Oregon State in front of their home fans – Yim put together one of her finest days of gymnastics yet at the NCAA West Regional.  Yim captured the bars title, tied for first on beam and took third on floor en route to claiming the All-Around title – ahead of graduating senior Natalie Foley in third.

Even though the Card failed to advance as a team, Yim wrote her own ticket to Nationals in Corvallis (Ore.) with her individual performance at Regionals.  There, she dominated her favorite events yet again, taking third in floor and ninth at bars.  Those performances were each All-American worthy and they catapulted her to All-American distinction in the All-Around.

At Pac-10s, Yim won beam and took second on floor en route to yet another All-Around title.  The conference named her All Pac-10 in beam, floor and vault for her efforts over the season.

Just halfway through her Stanford career, Yim is on pace to graduate with an insane 14 All-American honors.  Her biggest challenge then may be leading this squad next year.  With Foley and Glen Sweets both lost to graduation, only one senior remains on the 2006-07 roster.  Given the loaded junior class, it will be up to Yim and her classmates to spark the Cardinal to a better finish than last season.


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