Nov. 15, 2006
Three top recruits have committed to compete for Stanford Men's Gymnastics beginning next fall, announced head coach Thom Glielmi. Alex Buscaglia, Tim Gentry and Ryan Lieberman will join the Cardinal next season as members of the class of 2011.
"The future of Stanford Gymnastics could not look better," said Glielmi. "We've secured the top recruiting class in the country for 2007. I'm excited to have such an impressive group of individuals adding to our program."
Hailing from Cary, IL, Alex Buscaglia will graduate from Cary-Grove High School in June. He qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2005 and 2006 and was an all-around finalist in 2006, finishing 29th. Buscaglia was also a vault finalist in 2006, finishing second.
"Alex is one of the top floor and vault competitors in the country and does exceptional work on horizontal bar," Gliemi noted. "His impact on the team will be immediate by bringing high scores. Alex is a natural athlete and his other events are getting stronger by the day."
Tim Gentry is a three-time national all-around champion. Gentry has also been a member of the U.S. Junior National Team from 2000-2006. He finished fourth in the all-around at the 2006 Junior Pan American Games in Canada, as well as second all-around at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Games in Hawai`i. Gentry will become the third current Cardinal gymnast from Plano, TX next fall and will graduate from Canyon Creek Christian Academy in June.
"Tim is a six-time national team member and what he brings that is so impressive is his intensity. He is such a strong competitor and motivated individual, I am confident these intangibles he brings will be invaluable to the team," said Glielmi.
From Lake Forest, IL, Ryan Lieberman captured the individual gold medal at the 2006 Junior Pan American Games, as well as three medals on the pommel horse, parallel bar and horizontal bar competitions at the event. Lieberman is a three-time member of the U.S. Junior National Team and is a three-time USA Gymnastics First Team Academic All-American. Lieberman earned a bronze medal on the parallel bars at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Games and was first at the 2005 USA-Germany Dual Meet. He will graduate this spring from Lake Forest High School.
"Ryan does not have a weakness," Gliemi said. "He is the gymnast on the move and it would not surprise me if he made the jump from junior to senior national team this year. He is not your prototypical gymnast. Ryan is big and does big gymnastics. He is immediately noticed by the judges and certain to become a crowd favorite at Stanford."