April 20, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Stanford men's gymnastics team delivered a strong team performance Saturday night - highlighted by a number of impressive individual performances - as it finished third at the NCAA Championships Finals at Penn State.
Six Stanford gymnasts recorded 10 top-10 finishes in five events and qualified to the individual event finals on Sunday. The Cardinal had at least one gymnast finish in the top six in five of six events.
The Cardinal finished with a 436.150 team score to finish behind NCAA champion Michigan (443.200) and Oklahoma (440.100). Penn State finished fourth with a 436.100, followed by Iowa (426.450) and Illinois (422.550).
Stanford's team score was its third-highest this season.
Brian Knott claimed the lone Stanford individual victory, recording a career-best 15.450 on parallel bars.
Eddie Penev earned his second consecutive All-America honor in the all-around, finishing third with an 87.350.
Stanford had the same rotation schedule as its preliminary round, sans the bye before pommel horse, and opened the meet on vault.
For the second consecutive day, Stanford began the competition with a hot start, notching a 74.000 vault team score. Penev led the way with a 15.200 to finish third, while Sean Senters followed in fourth with a 15.150. Both Penev and Senters qualified for the individual event finals in the event.
Kevin Baker (14.500) and Jonathan Deaton (14.450).
Stanford continued to heat up on parallel bars where Knott claimed his individual victory and Stanford finished with a season-best 73.700 parallel bars team score.
Dennis Zaremski and Cameron Foreman earned scores of 14.800 to tie for eighth. Knott, Zaremski and Foreman each qualified to the parallel bars event finals.
Stanford found itself in second place after two rotations and trailing Michigan by just .350 of a point.
Stanford tallied a 72.200 on high bar and sat in third place halfway through the competition, trailing Michigan by 1.200 points.
Penev and Senters earned top-10 finishes on floor, as Stanford recorded a 73.500 team score. Penev finished second with a 15.350, while Senters claimed a 14.950 to finish 10th.
Stanford remained in third place after its floor rotation.
The Cardinal dropped to fourth in the competition after its pommel horse rotation in which it tallied a 70.100.
Martin finished sixth with a 14.750, and was the lone Cardinal to qualify to the event finals in the event. Knott delivered Stanford's second-highest score of 14.300, a career best and impressive feat considering it was only his third time competing in the event this season.
Michigan and Oklahoma created separation from the field in the fifth rotation as they led the rest of the teams by at least 3.550 points.
Stanford continued to battle in its final event on rings and was rewarded with a 72.650, good enough to pass Penn State for third in the competition.
Dennis Zaremski (14.850) and Jordan Nolff (14.700).
The Individual Event Finals will begin on Sunday at 11 a.m. (PT). Live video and stats will be available via GoStanford.com.
1. Michigan, 443.200
2. Oklahoma, 440.100
3. Stanford, 436.150
4. Penn State, 436.100
5. Iowa, 426.450
6. Illinois, 422.550
Stanford Top-10 Individual Finishes
(These gymnasts qualified to the NCAA Individual Event Finals)
2. Sean Senters, 14.950
6. John Martin, 14.750
3. Sean Senters, 15.150
1. Dennis Zaremski, 14.800
t-8. Cameron Foreman, 14.800