April 5, 1999
Sat. Apr. 10 at NCAA West Regionals 6:00 pm
NCAA History: The Cardinal returns to NCAA action after missing out on last year's regionals. In its last appearance, Stanford finished sixth at the 1997 NCAA Championships. Three years ago, the Cardinal placed third at the championships in 1996. Prior to those years, Stanford won three of the previous four NCAA Titles. The 1992 Championship marked the first national title in Stanford gymnastics history. Below is a recap of Stanford's NCAA history over the last eight years:
1991 5th 1995 1st 1992 1st 1996 3rd 1993 1st 1997 6th 1994 2nd 1998 DNQLast Meet: The 12th-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team scored its second highest mark of the year (224.275) as it finished in a tie for third at the MPSF Championships (Mar. 26). The Cardinal finished behind #5 Nebraska and #7 Oklahoma, who both scored a 228.775. Over the course of the night, Stanford scored season-highs in the vault (37.50) and high bar (37.00). The Cardinal was led by junior Jason Katsampes, who finished first in the horse (9.80), and junior Scott Finkelstein, who placed second in the horse (9.70) and fifth in the floor (9.675). The following evening, Katsampes placed second in the finals of the horse (9.70). Meanwhile Finkel- stein finished third in the horse (9.6875) and fifth in the floor (9.5625).
Stanford's Special K: Katsampes has been Stanford's best all-around gymnast this year. He has competed in the all-around in six of the team's 10 meets this season, having received the team-high in the all-around with a 56.35 last month at New Mexico (Mar. 6). In addition, Katsampes has Stanford's top score in four of the six indivdual events this year, including a 9.95 in the pommel horse. Katsampes also ranks among national leaders in the pommel horse. With a Regional Qualifying Score of 9.750, Katsampes ranks seventh in the coutry and second in the west region.
The Dynamic Duo: Adam and Brandon Berkenbile have done very well in their first season of collegiate gymnastics. Both freshman twins from Alubuquerque, New Mexico, the two have had their share of impressive performances. Adam is second on the team with five indivdual titles acheived this season. In the meet against Air Force and UC Santa Barbara (Feb. 14), he won three titles as he took first place in the horse (9.700) high bar (9.600) and all-around (55.000). In fact, Adam's score in the high bar is Stanford's season-high. Brandon hasn't done too bad either as he has the team high in the floor exercise with a score of 9.800 (Mar. 13 vs. Oklahoma). With that score, it marked the second week that Brandon had won the floor. In the meet at New Mexico (Mar. 6), Brandon won the floor with a score of 9.650.
Back on Track: The 1999 season has been a very successful one for Stanford after a disappointing 1998 year. Last season, the Cardinal had a 2-18 record, finished sixth at the MPSF Championships and missed the NCAA Regionals after injuries and lack of depth plagued the team. This season, however, Stanford has returned to the same form that won Stanford three National Championships ealier in the decade. With six newcomers added to seven healthy veterans, the Cardinal is 12-7 this year and ranks 12th in the country with a Regional Qualifying Score of 223.850. This weekend, the Cardinal should be a team to watch as it attempts to advance to the NCAA Championships.
Head Coach Sadao Hamada: A veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, Sadao Hamada is in his 27th year as head coach of the Stanford men's gymnastics team. Over the years, he has led Stanford to three National Championships (1992, 1993, 1995) and two conference titles (1990, 1995). Hamada has also won numerous accolades including National Collegiate Coach-of-the-Year on three diferent occasions (1992, 1993,1995). Hamada's resume also includes the coaching of six individual NCAA titleists. Among those champions are U.S. Olympians Steve Hug (1972, 1976) and Jair Lynch (1992, 1996).
NCAA titelists. Among those individual champions are U.S. Olympians Steve Hug (1972, 1976) and Jair Lynch (1992, 1996).
Team - 224.65 Oklahoma (3/13)
Floor - 38.15 Oklahoma (3/13)
Horse - 39.20 at UCSB Invit. (2/27)
Rings - 37.30 Oklahoma (3/13)
Vault - 37.50 at MPSF Champs. (3/26)
Parallel Bars - 38.05 at UCSB Invit. (2/27)
High Bar - 37.00 at MPSF Champs. (3/13)
All-Around - 56.35 Jason Katsampes at New Mexico (3/6)
Floor - 9.65 Brandon Berkenbile Oklahoma (3/13)
Horse - 9.95 Jason Katsampes at New Mexico (3/6)
Rings - 9.80 Jason Katsampes at New Mexico (3/6)
Vault - 9.50 Craig Nesbitt at MPSF Champs. (3/26)
Parallel Bars - 9.70 Jason Katsampes at UCSB Invit. (2/27)
High Bar - 9.60 Adam Berkenbile UCSB & Air Force (2/14)
Stanford in The Top 20
RQS National Region Floor Exercise 37.442 11th 4th Pommel Horse 38.383 6th 2nd Rings 37.033 14th 6th Vault 37.267 13th 5th Parallel Bars 37.167 11th 4th High Bar 35.717 16th 7th TEAM 223.325 12th 4thIndividuals
Katsampes (Horse) 9.750 7th 2nd