March 3, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - For the second straight week the Stanford men's gymnastics team posted a season-high score. Unlike last week's victory over Michigan at Burnham Pavilion, this time the No. 4 Cardinal fell to the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, 356.950-351.400. Even in defeat, the team continued to build momentum as it nears the post-season.
Cale Robinson continued to emerge as a force, leading the squad with a 15.100 on vault and strong performances on parallel bars and high bar.
Eddie Penev finished second in all-around, floor exercise and parallel bars.
Head coach Thom Glielmi was encouraged by his team's performance.
`The guys did a good job tonight staying in the competition until the end," said Glielmi. "We started out well and while I think guys didn't see the scores they anticipated, they weren't discouraged. There's different scoring all over and it's part of the process to not let that affect us."
Competing with an eleven-man roster, the team needs sophomore Chris Turner to return to form to make a run at another national title.
"It was good to see Chris show up on more events tonight. He's coming back from a back injury and had a solid performance on all five events he competed in tonight. Hopefully he can continue to get stronger down the stretch."
Oklahoma's Jake Dalton captured titles in all-around, vault, floor exercise, parallel bars and high bar.
Stanford competes twice next week, at Ohio State on March 9th and at the University of Illinois-Chicago on March 11th.