March 31, 2007
Stanford earned a second place finish tonight in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championships held at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, CA. The Cardinal posted an overall team score of 216.10, while Oklahoma took the title with a team score of 217.95. California rounded out the top three as they recorded a total score of 215.00. David Sender finished third in the All-Around for Stanford with a score of 53.60.
First up for the Cardinal was the parallel bars where both Byrant Hadden (9.10) and Sender (9.00) turned in very strong performances leading the team to a score of 35.65 in the event.
The second event, high bar, is one of Stanford's strongest events, partly because Dylan Carney. The defending NCAA High Bar Champion amazed the crowd with his near flawless routine as he earned a score of 9.80, tying for the event high mark. Sender turned in the second highest score for team with his score of 9.30.
Up next for Stanford was the floor exercise where Greg Ter-Zakhariants posted a team high score of 9.35, followed by Brice Rolston with a solid score of 9.25. The team recorded 36.850 in the event, which was second only to Oklahoma's score of 38.40. After three events, Stanford sat in third place with a combined score of 109.00, while Cal held the lead with their score of 109.60, followed by Oklahoma with a 109.05.
The team then headed to the pommel horse as Chris Harper dominated the rest of the field with his score of 9.30. Bryant Hadden turned in a score of 8.55 helping Stanford post a 33.95 to lead all teams in the event. After two events, the Cardinal had a combined score of 142.95.
Stanford moved to one of its strongest events in the still rings. The team did not disappoint as Sender turned in the second highest event score with a 9.75, while Alex Schorsch continued his brilliance on the rings with a score of 9.60. The Cardinal recorded their highest event score of the night as they totaled a 38.15 to lead all teams once again. Heading into the final event, Stanford was in second place with a score of 181.10 behind California's 182.00.
The final event for the Cardinal was the vault, which allowed Sender to show the crowd why he was the defending NCAA Champion in the event. Sender was not waivered by nervs as he posted a score of 9.25 to lead all competitors. Ter-Zakhariants turned in an outstanding vault as well to earn a score of 8.85, helping Stanford to finish with a total score of 216.10. Unfortunately it was not enough to bring home the title as Oklahoma put together some very impressive ring performances, which ultimately earned them the Conference Championship with a score of 217.95.
Oklahoma's Jonathan Horton took the All-Around title with his score of 55.50, followed by his teammate Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons in second with a score of 54.60. Sender placed third in the All-Around with his score of 53.60.
The team returns to action Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14 for the NCAA Championships in State College, Pennsylvania.