Jan. 26, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 6 Stanford men's gymnastics team will be back in action this weekend when it plays host to the Stanford Open at Burnham Pavilion. The event includes gymnasts of all levels and runs Friday through Sunday. The NCAA competition between Stanford, No. 5 California and No. 9 Nebraska will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.
Stanford head coach Thom Glielmi is excited about the frenetic pace of the weekend and the opportunity to compete for the third consecutive week.
"In addition to our competition, there will be gymnasts all over the place, a six ring circus," said Glielmi. "The NCAA and elite sessions run side-by-side. It's the only meet we charge admission for and it should sell out. It's a great competition and there's a lot of energy in the gym."
Stanford (1-1) is led by All-American Eddie Penev who has won the all-around title in both of Stanford's meets this season and tied or established career highs in floor exercise, pommel horse and all-around. The Cardinal split the first two dual meets of the season against California with each team winning on their home floor. Stanford is second in the country in vault and fifth in floor exercise and still rings. Penev is third in the all-around rankings and Sean Senters leads the country in vault (15.300).
California (1-1) is led by first-year head coach and former All-American Tim McNeill. The Golden Bears rank second in the country as a team in pommel horse and third in parallel bars. Glen Ishino leads the nation on pommel horse (15.300).
Nebraska (3-2) is led by head coach Chuck Chmelka. The Cornhuskers rank fifth in the country in pommel horse and seventh in vault.
Former Stanford All-Americans Alex Buscaglia, Ryan Liebermann and Sho Nakamori will be competing in preparation for the re-ranking meet for the U.S. National Team. Kyle Bunthuwong and Brian Del Castillo of UC Berkeley will also compete.
Unlike other men's gymnastics meets, admission will be charged all weekend. Please refer to the pricing guide above for details.
Spectators for the NCAA portion of the meet on Saturday night are encouraged to arrive early in anticipation of a sell-out.