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No. 5 Men's Gymnastics Plays Host To Second Ranked Penn St And Ninth Ranked Iowa
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 03/07/2007

March 7, 2007

COMING UP:
No. 5 men's gymnastics (9-2) returns home to take on second ranked Penn St. and No. 9 Iowa on Saturday, March 10 at 7:00pm in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal is coming off a victory over MPSF opponent No. 10 Nebraska (216.85-206.30).

CARDINAL IN THE RANKINGS
As a team, Stanford ranks in the top five in three out of the six events. The team ranks seventh on the floor exercise with a score of 36.667, third on the pommel horse with a 35.200, fourth on the still rings posting a 37.517, seventh on the vault with a score of 34.933, sixth on the parallel bars recording a 35.683 and fourth in the high bar with a 36.400. The Cardinal also has individuals ranked in the top five in four different events. Dylan Carney ranks 13 on the floor exercise with a 9.383 and first on the high bar with a 9.850, Chris Harper is third on the pommel horse posting a 9.133, Alex Schorsch stands a top in on the still rings with a score of 9.700, David Sender ranks second on the vault (9.217) and 12 on the parallel bars (9.250). Sender also ranks second in the all-around with a total average score of 54.483.

SO FAR THIS SEASON
* No. 5 Stanford bounced right back on March 4 as they defeated tenth ranked University of Nebraska by a score of 216.85-206.30 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cardinal had individual winners on five of the six events, while David Sender returned to capture the All-Around title with a score of 54.05. * An undermanned Stanford team suffered their first dual meet loss against top ranked Michigan on March 2 at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal fell to Michigan by a final score of 212.35-208.1. National Team member and Stanford co-captain Sender was unable to compete in the meet due to family issues. * No. 5 Stanford men's gymnastics took second place last night at the Pacific Coast Classic in Oakland, Calif (Feb. 22). The team posted an overall score of 216.650, while No. 3 Oklahoma finished first with a score of 218.450. No. 8 Cal rounded out the top three with a 214.750, while No. 1 Michigan came in fourth, posting a 214.400. Sender placed third in the All-Around as he totaled a score of 54.800. Sender placed first on the vault with a score of 9.40 and earned a second place finish on the parallel bars, recording a 9.55. *On February 16, Stanford defeated No. 9 Cal 214.45 - 210.55 in the annual "Big Flip Off" at Burnham Pavilion. Though the Cardinal was at a disadvantage, using only 11 gymnasts instead of the normal 12, they were able to earn victories in five of the six events contested, with individual gymnasts posting high scores on three events. *At the 2007 Winter Cup Challenge (February 8-10) Sender took second place in the all-around final with a combined two-day score of 176.950. Sophomore Bryant Hadden placed 11 for Stanford in the all-around with a total of 168.00, while Carney finished in 34 place with a two-day score of 87.90. *On January 28 the team took home first place at the Stanford Open Saturday night in front of a sell out crowd at Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal defeated collegiate teams from Cal, Nebraska and Washington, as well as defeating a pair of All Star teams made up of Friday night's top competitors. Stanford topped all schools with a team total of 209.65, followed by Cal with a score of 207.50, Nebraska with a 202.90 and Washington with an 85.15. *On January 20 Stanford opened their season with a 205.10 to 196.00 victory over California last night in Haas Pavilion. The Cardinal finished on top in four of the six events and Sender captured the all around title with a 50.45.

SCOUTING PENN ST.
No. 2 Penn State is coming off victories over No. 15 William & Mary and No. 13 Navy. The Nittany Lions won all six events, as a team and individually, scoring a 212.800 to defeat host No. 15 William & Mary (191.750) and No. 13 Navy (191.700). Senior captain Matt Cohen is the team's top all-around performer (52.717), No. 4 nationally, and earned Big 10 Gymnast of the Week on January 24. Junior Tommy Ramos has won two such awards, the first on February 7 and the second coming on February 21.

SCOUTING IOWA
The Hawkeyes are coming off a loss to sixth ranked Illinois (214.95-209.5) despite scoring a team season best. Jon Buese has posted the teams best all-around average, coming in at No. 9 nationally with 50.733.


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