Six gymnasts qualified to the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday
Cardinal finishes second in its semifinal, Penev earns three victories
Cardinal makes 15th consecutive appearance, 30th overall
All four MPSF teams ranked in top 11 in the nation
Cale Robinson and Sean Senters blog about the team's trip to Norway
Floor Exercise: 15.200
Parallel Bars: 14.250
High Bar: 15.300
As a Redshirt Junior in 2013: Finished ninth on high bar with a 14.300 at the NCAA Championships Semifinals (April 19) ... earned career-bests of 15.300 on high bar and 15.200 on floor against Army and Springfield (March 9) ... claimed first high bar victory on the season against Cal (Feb. 17) with a 15.150, and his second against Army and Springfield (March 9) with a 15.300 ... earned a first-place finish on vault against California with a 14.800 on Feb. 23 ... recorded Stanford's top-two scores on high bar ... competed in 10 meets on high bar, nine on floor, four on vault and one on parallel bars ... MPSF All-Academic team.
As a Redshirt Sophomore in 2012: Recorded 15.000 on floor exercise in first meet of season at Cal...also had a 14.900 on floor at Illinois...posted career-highs of 14.450 on vault versus Cal and at the Stanford Showdown...posted a 14.800 on high bar versus Cal and Oklahoma...posted career-high on floor exercise at NCAA Team Finals, posting a 15.200...also posted a 15.050 at NCAA Individual Finals, earning All-American honors...MPSF All-Academic selection.
As a Redshirt Freshman in 2011: Competed for Stanford in all 11 team meets in the horizontal bar, as well as six times in the floor ... turned in his best performances mid-season, posting scores of 14.300 or better in the horizontal bar for five straight weeks ... notched a 15.200 in the horizontal bar against Nebraska for his first collegiate score over 15 ... MPSF All-Academic selection.
As a Freshman in 2010: Redshirted.
High School: A five-time Junior Olympics National competitor...two-time Iowa Gymnast of the Year...was a two-time state champion and two-time regional team member.
Personal: Son of Richard and Mary Beth Hichwa... Father, Richard, played soccer at Notre Dame...has two sisters...major is undecided.
Getting To Know Paul Hichwa
|Born in:||Iowa City, Iowa|
|The best thing about Stanford is:||The people
|My favorite place on campus is:||My bed
|Ten years from now I hope to be:||Working at a job I don't mind
|My favorite class at Stanford is:||Chem 33: Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry
|The place I would most like to visit is:||Patagonia or China|
|Stanford Men's Gymnastics will be fun to watch this year because:||We are a young team with a great amount of potential
|My greatest athletic moment was:||Winning the 2011 NCAA championship with my teammates
|The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform is:||Dan Gill `04|
|Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:||Grades aren't everything
|The best book I have ever read is:||Ender's game
|Favorite food:||Apples or Panda Express
|Least favorite food:||Banana bread
|If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:||Peanut butter sandwiches|
|Favorite movie:||The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
|Favorite TV show:||The Office|
|Favorite actress:||Natalie Portman
|My ultimate ESPN SportsCenter highlight would be:||Stanford men's gymnastics winning back-to-back NCAA championships
|My favorite musical group/singer is:||Modest Mouse
|If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:||Panchero's Mexican Grill
|If I had one CD to listen to it would be:||The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse