Saturday, March 29 • 2 p.m. (PT)
McCasland Field House • Norman, Okla.
Television • FOX Sports Southwest+, FOX College Sports Central
Web Stream • A free web stream will be available via GoStanford.com.
No. 3 Stanford (6-3)
No. 1 Oklahoma (8-2)
No. 9 California (1-5)
No. 10 Air Force (11-9)
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 3 Stanford returns to action after a two week break as it pursues its fifth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT) in Norman, Okla.
Stanford claimed MPSF championships in 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2011. The Cardinal went on to win NCAA Championships in each of those seasons.
Stanford has been strong all season and was outstanding in its three most recent competitions, scoring 445.150 at the Metroplex Challenge to defeat No. 1 Oklahoma (Feb. 14), posting a 443.650 to defeat No. 10 California (March 1) and recording a season-best 446.450 to knock off No. 4 Ohio State and California (March 8).
Follow the Action
• The competition will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest+ and FOX College Sports Central. A free web stream will be provided via GoStanford.com and fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordMGym and #gostanford.
• Stanford won four of six events and four gymnasts recorded individual victories, as the Cardinal defeated Ohio State and California in its most recent meet on March 8. Stanford has excelled in the five-up, five-count format in which each competitor’s score counts toward the team total. Since the format began on March 1, Stanford has posted scores of 443.650 (March 1) and 446.450 (March 8).
• Stanford recorded season-high team scores on vault (75.650), parallel bars (75.700) and high bar (74.950) against Ohio State and California.
• Along with his individual win on parallel bars, Modi continued his impressive freshman campaign against Ohio State and California, posting career-highs on pommel horse (15.350), vault (15.350) and high bar (15.100). He was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week and the College Gymnastics Association National Gymnast of the Week for his performance. He leads the conference and country with four selections apiece this season.
• Modi is the only gymnast in the country to pass the 90.000 mark in the all-around and has done it twice this season. He is ranked first in the country with an 88.867 four-score average.
• Zaremski earned his fifth individual victory on the season against Ohio State and California, earning a 15.750 on rings. Zaremski has accumulated three victories on rings and two on parallel bars. He holds six of the Cardinal’s top-10 scores on rings, including the four highest, and has earned three of Stanford’s top-10 scores on parallel bars.
• Michael Levy has made significant contributions in the floor, rings and vault lineups and has gotten strong throughout the year. He posted a career-best 15.550 on rings in the most recent meet.
• Senters returned from injury midseason and has made an immediate impact, specifically in the vault lineup. He has scored 15.150 or higher in each of the three meets he’s competed in this season, with each score ranking among the top-10 of any Cardinal gymnast.
• Brian Knott also returned from injury midseason and has made a smooth transition into the pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar lineups. He scored a career-best 14.750 on pommel horse in the meet against Ohio State and California.
No. 1 Oklahoma
• The Sooners have been dominant this year, scoring over 440 points in six of eight meets. Oklahoma scored a program-best 447.700 against Stanford on Feb. 8, which ranks first in the NCAA this season.
• Oklahoma split the regular season series with Stanford winning 447.700-437.250 at home, before falling to the Cardinal one week later at the Metroplex Challenge, 445.150-442.400.
• Oklahoma is well represented in the national rankings as a team, placing first in four of six events.
• Key Oklahoma contributors include Alec Robin (third in the nation on floor, 15.467 four-score average), Michael Squires (first in the nation on still rings, 15.983), Danny Berardini (10th in the nation in the all-around, 84.762) and Kanji Oyama (tied for 12th on floor, 15.133).
No. 9 California
• This will be the final of six scheduled meetings this season between Stanford and California. The Cardinal is 11-1 against the Golden Bears dating back to the first meet of the 2013 season.
• California is led by Donothan Bailey who has had an outstanding 2014 season after missing all of 2013 due to injury. Bailey is ranked second in the NCAA in the all-around with an 88.217 four-score average. Bailey trails only Stanford’s Modi who sits in the top all-around spot (88.867).
• California is ranked in the top 15 as a team in each of the six events. Based on four-score averages, the Golden Bears are ranked fifth on high bar (72.483), seventh on vault (73.950), eighth on floor (71.600), ninth on parallel bars (71.017), ninth on pommel horse (70.450) and 10th on rings (72.300).
• Former Stanford assistant coach Brett McClure is in his first year as Cal’s associate head coach. McClure worked with Cardinal head coach Thom Glielmi for three seasons and was named the CGA Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011.
No. 10 Air Force
• Air Force is coming off its fifth consecutive USAG national team title at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. The Falcons scored 426.700 to defeat William and Mary, Army, Navy and Springfield.
• Air Force is led by Tim Wang who is ranked sixth in nation in the all-around (86.450 four-score average) and sixth on pommel horse (14.992).
• The Falcons are ranked in the top-15 in the nation on all six events, including fifth on high bar (71.867), sixth on pommel horse (71.650), ninth on floor (72.750), ninth on rings (73.000), 11th on vault (72.083) and 11th on parallel bars (70.617).
In the Rankings
• Stanford is ranked in the top 10 in the following events based on its four-score average:
Floor: 7th, 73.283
Pommel Horse: 4th, 72.583
Rings: 3rd, 74.600
Vault: 4th, 74.267
Parallel Bars: 4th, 73.650
High Bar: T-2nd, 73.117
Paul Hichwa, 11th, 14.883
Akash Modi, 1st, 88.867