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Men's Gymnastics Looking to Return to NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 06/21/1999

April 5, 1999


Up Next:
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  DNQ
Last 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).

Season Highs
Team Highs

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)

Individual Highs

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  4th
Katsampes (Horse)  9.750  7th  2nd



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