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Stanford Shines in Spotlight
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/11/2014

BERKELEY, Calif. – No. 3 Stanford earned a 431.100-425.650 season-opening victory at No. 7 California, extending its winning-streak over the Golden Bears to eight.

In a meet televised on the Pac-12 Network, Stanford delivered a balanced performance that featured a healthy mix of experience and young talent. Among the multiple highlights were the standout performances of senior Chris Turner and freshman Akash Modi.

Turner tied or set collegiate bests on pommel horse (15.050), vault (14.650), parallel bars (14.700) and high bar (14.800). Modi made his collegiate debut and led Stanford on floor (15.350), vault (15.000) and parallel bars (15.250).

The Cardinal outscored the Golden Bears in four of six events, including pommel horse (71.150-69.000), rings (71.500-71.000), parallel bars (71.300-70.200) and high bar (71.700-69.400). Four Stanford gymnasts claimed five individual titles.

It is the second consecutive year Stanford has won its season-opener at Cal.

Highlights from Stanford's individual event winners.

Stanford got off to a strong start on pommel horse, led by Chris Turner who claimed the individual title. David Frankl led off for the Cardinal with a 14.400 and Akash Modi (14.250) and Andrew McCabe (13.850) had strong showings in their collegiate debuts.

The Cardinal continued to showcase its depth on floor, highlighted by Modi’s meet-best 15.350. Jonathan Deaton opened for Stanford and earned the team’s second-highest score with a 14.350, followed by Turner (14.350) and Mike Levy (14.000).

Modi’s impressive afternoon continued, leading the Cardinal on vault with a 15.000. Turner and Taylor Seaton both delivered scores of 14.650, while Michael Levy earned a 14.750.

Dennis Zaremski picked up where he left on rings last season and claimed the individual title with a 15.100. Zaremski claimed three of the Cardinal’s top six scores on the event in 2013. Modi tabbed the second-highest score of the meet on the event with a 14.650.

Paul Hichwa delivered a team-best 15.000 on high bar, followed by Turner who earned a collegiate-best 14.800. 

With Cal still within striking distance entering the final rotation, Stanford delivered an outstanding performance on parallel bars to seal the victory. Modi posted the Cardinal’s highest score (15.250), followed by Turner (14.700) and Frankl (14.100).

The Cardinal will see the Golden Bears in its own home-opener next Saturday at 4 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.



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