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Taking On the Champs
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 01/23/2014

Stanford Open
No. 4 Stanford (2-0, 2-0 MPSF)
No. 2 Michigan (5-0, 4-0 Big Ten)
No. 6 California (0-2, 0-2 MPSF)
Saturday, Jan. 25 – 7 p.m. (PT)
Burnham Pavilion – Stanford, Calif.
Tickets – Adults ($15), Children/Seniors ($5), College Students with ID ($5)

STANFORD, Calif. –
No. 4 Stanford will get an early look at potential national championship competition Saturday when it plays host to defending NCAA champion No. 2 Michigan and No. 6 California in the Stanford Open at 7 p.m. PT in Burnham Pavilion.

The Wolverines were victorious in two meetings with the Cardinal in 2013, winning a regular season competition on Jan. 26 in Ann Arbor, Mich., 439.750-429-350, and placing ahead of Stanford at the NCAA Finals, 443.200-436.150.

The Cardinal has defeated the Golden Bears each of the past two weekends and currently holds a nine-meet winning streak over California. Stanford won last week’s competition 435.200-426.350.

The Washington club gymnastics team will also be competing, along with two groups of six elite gymnasts, bringing the total number of teams competing to six.

Follow the Action
• Live stats for Stanford, Michigan and California will be available via and fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordMGym and #gostanford.

Twice is Nice
• For the second consecutive week Stanford won four of six events, Cardinal gymnasts claimed six individual victories and Akash Modi and Chris Turner delivered standout performances as Stanford defeated California, 435.200-426.350.

• After a collegiate debut that earned him conference and national recognition, Modi continued to shine in his debut on The Farm. Modi earned the individual win on parallel bars, delivering an outstanding routine to earn a 15.850. According to the College Gymnastics Association, Modi’s score is the fourth-highest all-time collegiate score since the scoring system was adjusted in 2008.

• Modi also posted victories in the all-around with a 90.100 and floor with a 15.400, for the second straight week.

• Modi was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Week and the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for his outstanding performance. It was the second consecutive week he earned both honors.

• Turner continued the strong start to his senior campaign, finishing first on pommel horse with a collegiate-best 15.100 and tying California’s Donothan Bailey for the high bar victory with a collegiate-best 14.950. Turner also posted collegiate-bests in the all-around (87.150) and parallel bars (15.000).

• Along with Modi and Turner, Stanford received balanced scoring from a variety of Cardinal gymnasts throughout the meet. Stanford outscored California on pommel horse (72.250-66.150), rings (72.750-72.600), vault (73.900-73.750) and parallel bars (73.100-69.550).

• Freshman Taylor Seaton had a big day on vault and claimed the first individual victory of his collegiate career, recording a meet-best 15.300.

• Additional gymnasts who recorded collegiate bests include Jonathan Deaton (pommel horse, 14.050), Michael Levy (rings, 15.100) and Kevin Baker (vault, 15.000; parallel bars, 14.400).

Saturday’s NCAA Opponents: No. 2 Michigan, No. 6 California
• Michigan claimed the 2013 NCAA Championship with a convincing team score of 443.200. The Wolverines return 26-of-30 routines from that squad. Standout performers for Michigan include Sam Mikulak, Adrian de los Angeles and Syque Caesar.

• Michigan earned a comeback victory last weekend at the Windy City Title, finishing first with a 437.500, ahead of Illinois (436.050), Ohio State (436.050), Minnesota (424.800), Iowa (417.700) and Illinois-Chicago (395.500).

• Stanford defeated Michigan in their most recent meeting on The Farm on Feb. 26, 2012, 351.050-341.700.

• This will be the third of six meetings this season between Stanford and California. The Cardinal enters the competition with a nine-meet winning streak against the Golden Bears.

• California was led by Donothan Bailey who finished first on rings (15.200), tied for first on high bar (14.950) and placed second in the all-around (87.350).

• Former Stanford assistant coach Brett McClure is in his first year as Cal’s associate head coach. McClure worked with Cardinal head coach Thom Glielmi for three seasons and was named the CGA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.

In the Rankings
• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of its scores:
Floor: 5th, 71.525
Pommel Horse: 3rd, 71.700
Rings: 6th, 72.125
Vault: 5th, 73.675
Parallel Bars: 4th, 72.200
High Bar: 2nd, 71.925

• Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on the average of their scores:
Akash Modi, 2nd, 15.375

Pommel Horse
Chris Turner, 3rd, 15.075
Akash Modi, T-11th, 14.550

Dennis Zaremski, T-11th, 15.100
Akash Modi, 14th, 14.900

Taylor Seaton, T-9th, 14.975

Parallel Bars
Akash Modi, 1st, 15.550
Chris Turner, T-10th, 14.850

High Bar
Paul Hichwa, 3rd, 14.925
Chris Turner, 5th, 14.875

Akash Modi, 1st, 89.125
Chris Turner, 4th, 87.150



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