March 9, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The fifth-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team posted its highest team score of the year Saturday with a 438.600 to defeat No. 14 Army and Springfield.
Stanford (9-1) earned a season-best 75.850 on floor exercise and outscored Army (6-6) and Springfield (7-12) in all six events.
Army finished second overall with a 413.500, while Springfield posted a 403.300.
Reining National Gymnast of the Week, Eddie Penev, won his fourth floor and fourth all-around individual titles on the season, posting season-highs of 16.050 and 89.100. Penev was just one-tenth of a point off from his career-high in the all-around (89.200).
Penev also recorded a career-best 14.700 on pommel horse, tied his career-high on high bar with a 14.800 and earned a season-best 14.700 on rings.
Sean Senters had strong performances on floor, both tying their career-bests of 15.200, good for third-place finishes.
John Martin led Stanford on pommel horse, posting a season-best 15.100. Martin's score is the highest of any Cardinal gymnast this season. Martin now holds Stanford's top two scores on pommel horse this season.
Stanford also received strong performances on pommel horse from Sean Senters and Gabe Alvarado who posted scores of 14.800 and 14.500, respectively.
Freshman Dennis Zaremski has come on strong on rings in the latter half of the season and won his second individual title in as many weeks, earning a 15.200. Zaremski was followed by Jordan Nolff (14.700) and Mike Levy, who tied his career-best on rings with a 14.600.
The Cardinal had a strong performance on vault and was led by Penev who finished second with a 15.200. He was followed by Senters (14.550) and Kevin Baker (14.650).
Sophomore Brian Knott set a career-high on parallel bars with a 15.250 to claim his second first-place finish on the season. Martin earned a season-high 14.450 to place second.
Hichwa delivered his second career-best performance of the day on high bar, earning a 15.300 to finish first overall. His score is the highest of any Stanford gymnast this season.
Freshman Jonathan Deaton and Penev posted 14.800s on high bar to tie for second. It was a career-best for Deaton, while Penev matched his career-high.
Stanford will head to Norway for its next competition, as it takes on the Norwegian and Italian national teams on March 23. The Cardinal will return stateside for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on April 6.