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  Alex Schorsch
Alex Schorsch

Player Profile

Downers Grove, IL

High School:
Downers Grove South HS

Height / Weight:
5-3 / 140

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2006 Season (Junior): Competed primarily on the still rings for the Cardinal, as well as the vault ... Earned All-American honors after finishing second on the still rings at the NCAA Individual Event Finals with a score of 9.575 ... Helped Stanford to a third-place finish at the NCAA Team Final with a mark of 9.5 on the still rings, tying for second place ... Tenth at the NCAA Qualifier with a score of 9.0 ... Placed third on the rings at the MPSF Championships with a mark of 9.6 ... Earned marks of 9.7 or better three times on the still rings, including a score of 9.7 at Penn State, a mark of 9.7 at Oklahoma and a season-high 9.75 at home versus Michigan ... Tallied a career-best 8.95 on the vault versus Michigan.

2005 Season (Sophomore): Participated on the pommel horse and still rings during the 2005 NCAA Qualifier in New York ... 2005 Academic All-MPSF Team ... 2005 CGA All-America Scholar-Athlete ... Recorded six scores of 9.45 or better on the still rings, including a 9.65 at the squad's first matchup with Cal to tie for first ... Took first place on the still rings versus Cal at home with a 9.6 ... During team competition at the MPSF Championships, captured first place on the still rings with a season-best 9.8 ... Posted a season-best 8.9 on the pommel horse the Peter Vidmar Invitational.

2004 Season (Freshman): Competed on pommel horse, still rings and vault in his first collegiate season ... Finished seventh at the MPSF Championships in the rings event final with a 9.337 ... Advanced to the NCAA Championships on rings and finished in 11th place with a 9.375 ... Won the rings title at the Cardinal Open, scoring a 9.275 ... Put up his best score of the year in the regular-season finale against Penn State with a 9.500 on rings ... Also scored a career-best 8.550 on pommel horse in back-to-back meets to close out the regular season ... Earned a season-high 9.050 on vault at California.

In High School: A four-time Academic All-American (2000-2003) ... A two-time High School All-American, All-Conference and All-State selection ... Named the Downers Grove South MVP in 2000 ... Holds his high school's record on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, and the all-around ... A five-time Junior Olympics Nationals qualifier (1999-2003) ... Placed fifth on rings at the 2002 J.O. Nationals ... Finished third on rings and was an all-around finalist at the 2003 J.O. National Championships ... Qualified and competed in the 2003 Junior Elite USA Gymnastics Championships, where he took second on the rings.

Career Bests:
Pommel Horse - 8.9
Still Rings - 9.8
Vault - 9.05

Getting To Know Alex Schorsch
Parents:Steve and Mimi Schorsch
The best thing about Stanford is:The huge number of opportunities
My favorite place on campus is:The top of Hoover Tower
Ten years from now I hope to be:Happy with a decent job and a family
My favorite class at Stanford:Human Behavioral Biology
Favorite thing to do on an off day:Sleep in late
Something people would be surprised to know about me:My younger brother is 6 feet tall
The place I would most like to visit:Europe
My favorite pre-meet rituals are:Visualizing my routines as I fall asleep the night before
Earliest sporting memory:Nearly drowning during swim practice
Stanford Men's Gymnastics will be fun to watch this year because:We are going to win NCAA's
My greatest athletic moment was:Competing in Team Finals at NCAA's
The athlete I admire most:Marshall Erwin
The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:Sho Nakamori
Since coming to Stanford I have learned:There are some things in life that you have absolutely no control over, so there is no point in stressing over them
Best book I have ever read:Prometheus Deception by Robert Ludlum
Favorite food:Spaghetti and meatballs
Least favorite food:Vegetables
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:McDonalds
Favorite movie:Batman Begins
Favorite TV show:24
My favorite musical group:Jack Johnson
The best advice I ever received was:Every tenth counts
The person who has had the greatest influence on my career:My parents
If I could invite anyone in history, it would be:Thomas Jefferson
I'd like to switch places for a day with:The president
My advice to youngsters:Keep your goals in mind and don't give up
If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:Good pizza
If I had one CD to listen to it would be:A CD of Chopin music
One wish I would make for the 21st century:I would wish that new technology allows us to solve our energy needs for the future

Last Updated: 12/28/06