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Fifth Ranked Stanford Men's Gymnastics Heads To Pacific Coast Classic
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/23/2007

Feb. 23, 2007

NEXT UP FOR THE CARDINAL
No. 5 Stanford men's gymnastics heads to the Pacific Coast Classic on Saturday, February 24 in the Oakland Convention Center at 7:00pm. The Cardinal finished in second place in the event last season, behind the University of Oklahoma. This year, six of the ten teams competing are ranked in the top ten. In addition to Stanford, the teams include Michigan (1), Oklahoma (3), Illinois (6), Minnesota (7) and Cal (8). The team is coming off a victory over Cal in the Big Flip Off last weekend, as they defeated the Bears 214.45-210.55. For more information please visit: http://www.usa-sports.org

LAST SEASON AT THE PACIFIC COAST CLASSIC
Stanford posted a team score of 216.075 to take second at the 2006 Pacific Coast Classic. Top-ranked Oklahoma won the event with a team total of 217.300 and Cal finished third with 212.650. Michigan was fourth with a score of 208.600, Iowa was fifth (207.200), Minnesota was sixth (206.575) and William & Mary rounded out the team scoring in seventh with 200.200. Dylan Carney claimed an individual event victory on the high bar with a score of 9.650. Carney posted another season-best on the floor exercise with a score of 9.600, good for second place behind Oklahoma's Reed Pitts (9.700). On the parallel bars, Jason Shen was third (9.250), followed by David Sender in fourth (9.200). Minnesota's Jacob Lee won the event with a score of 9.350.

BENEFITING INTERCOLLIGIATE GYMNASTICS
By competing in the 2007 Pacific Coast Classic, the Cardinal will be supporting a good cause for intercollegiate gymnastics. Since its inaugural year (2004), the event has attracted more than 1100 athletes from 70 national club teams. The classic benefits the National Gymnastics Scholarship Foundation Program, which addresses the severe reduction in the number of schools offering men's gymnastics and scholastic opportunities. The annual event also benefits the Men's Intercollegiate Gymnastics Support Program (MIGSP), a program founded by Bob Wuornos, Ph.D. to help ensure the financial viability of competitive intercollegiate gymnastics for men.

THUS FAR IN THE 2007 SEASON
*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.


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