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  Alissa Cooper
Alissa Cooper

Player Profile

Silver Spring, MD

High School:




As a Junior in 2002: Participated mainly on the vault and bars for the Cardinal ... On vault, chalked a 9.800 in Stanford's victory at Oregon State for her high score of the season ... Against Seattle Pacific in the season finale, scored a 9.850 to tie for fourth place honors ... Earned a 9.700 on vault at the Pac-10 Championships and a 9.750 at NCAA Regionals ... Earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades ... Named to the NACGA Academic All-America Team.

As a Sophomore in 2001: Saw limited action due to an ankle injury ... Competed in two meets during the season on the vault … Set a high score of 9.600 at the Super Six Challenge to open the season ... Garnered Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors … Earned "Cardinal Spirit Award" for 2001.

As a Freshman in 2000: Competed in all 11 meets in her rookie campaign on both the vault and bars … Along with Larissa Fontaine, was chosen most consistent Stanford gymnast on the bars … In the first meet of her career, the Arizona State Quadrangular, was Stanford’s top finisher on the bars, placing eighth with a score of 9.775 … Helped the Cardinal to a dual meet victory over Arizona on Jan. 21, finishing in a tie for third on bars (9.85) and fourth on vault (9.625) … Scored a 9.80 on bars in a Pac-10 defeat of Washington on Jan. 28 … Equaled her career-high with a 9.85 mark on the bars at Boise State on Feb. 13 … Enjoyed her best performance in a defeat of BYU on Feb. 21, placing second on the vault with a career-best 9.825 while matching her career-high 9.85 score on the bars … Had a solid 9.725 showing on the vault at the Pac-10 Championships, then bettered that with a 9.75 mark at the NCAA Regionals.

Club/High School: Was on the Senior National Training Squad for two years … Took first place on the bars at the 1999 Gym Festival … Competed on the Region VII team for four years … 1997 Level 10 National Qualifier … Graduated from Springbrook High School with a 4.0 GPA … A National Merit Finalist and Maryland Distinguished Scholar.

Personal: Born June 23, 1982 … Daughter of Carol and Mark Cooper … Brother Steve recently graduated from the University of Virginia .. Enjoys listening to music and going to the beach.

Cooper Year-by-Year High Marks

YearVaultBarsBeamFloor AA
2000 9.825 9.850 --- --- ---
20019.600 --- ------ ---
20029.800 9.850 ------ ---

Getting to Know Alissa Cooper:
What is your favorite spot on campus? Rodin's Gates of Hell. Every time you look at them, you see something new, and I like to think about why he put certain figures in certain positions. They're also situated in a beautiful part of campus near Palm Drive.

What is your favorite Stanford tradition? Gaities. I like to be humored, and one of the best ways to be humored is to listen to jokes about Cal.

What is your favorite restaurant in Palo Alto? Zibibbo. The menu is really exotic and diverse. I like trying dishes that I've never had before, and their menu is full of them.

What is your favorite residence on campus? 592 Mayfield. I lived there my sophomore year, and my drawmates and I dominated the third floor. We had a really big room, a nice roof, a good cook, and a lot of fun times there.

What is your favorite campus group that performs? The Band. The band rocks. I wish that one day I'll be cool enough to join the band.

What has been you favorite concert that's been on campus? The Everyday People 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert. For how passionate I am about music, I haven't actually been to that many concerts on campus. But I liked EP 15 because of how many different kinds of performances there were, and there was a rendition of "Fever" that was amazing.

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