Jan. 23, 2007
Third ranked Stanford men's gymnastics returns to action Saturday, January 27 at 7:00pm for the Stanford Open. The Cardinal will be taking on No. 5 California, No. 10 Nebraska and Washington.
Stanford is coming off their opening meet victory at California, a match-up that featured two of the top five teams in the Coaches Poll rankings. Some minor injuries limited a few of the Cardinal, but the ones who were able to compete handled the pressure very well. Jason Shen, however, dislocated his knee during the Cal meet and will be sidelined for the Stanford Open.
"With exception of Jason's injury, we had an exceptional first meet," said head coach Thom Glielmi. "We hit on seven of eight routines. We were only able to put four athletes in the final two events, but they did a remarkable job. Facing Cal again in the Stanford Open is not an easy task; they are a very tough team. They always come here with some added intensity."
The 2006 Stanford Open attracted almost 700 competitors from 62 different clubs. Some of the best clubs from around the country were represented.
This season, three of the top 10 college teams in the country - Stanford (3rd), Cal (5th) and University of Nebraska (10th) - will be appearing as well as the University of Washington. Some of the best collegiate gymnasts in the country will be competing, including: David Sender, Peter Derman and Sho Nakamori of Stanford, Jason Wassung and Stephen Tetrault of Nebraska and Kyson Bunthuwong, Tim McNeill and Bryan Del Castillo of Cal. The big raucous crowd (a `sell-out' last year) and high level of competition make for great entertainment.
Some of the best club teams and high school J.O. gymnasts in the country will be competing on Friday evening. The highest scoring gymnasts from Friday evening will form an All Star Team and will compete in the collegiate NCAA Session on Saturday evening. Saturday morning and afternoon will feature the youngest boys (Levels 4 and 5), while Sunday will have 4 sessions with boys from Levels 6-9 competing.
Admission prices are as follows:
JO Session (levels 4 - 10) -- $10/day
NCAA Session -- $15
"All-Session" Wristband Pass -- $25
Children (4-12) or Seniors (65+):
JO Session (levels 4 - 10) -- $5/day
NCAA Session -- $5
"All-Session" Wristband Pass -- $10
Children (under 4) or Gymnast in Uniform -- FREE
Student with ID -- $5
Program (includes free coffee/drink) -- $5
For more information please go to: www.stanfordopen.com