Saturday, March 1 – 4 p.m. (PT)
Admission • Free
No. 4 Stanford (3-3, 3-2 MPSF)
No. 10 California (1-4, 1-2 MPSF)
STANFORD, Calif. – It will be an international affair as No. 4 Stanford welcomes No. 10 California and four collegiate national teams to The Farm on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Collegiate Challenge in Burnham Pavilion.
Along with seeing the Golden Bears for the fourth time this season, Stanford will take on collegiate national teams from Canada, Finland, Japan and Norway. The collegiate national teams are comprised of the top elite gymnasts from each country.
The Cardinal returns to action after an extended break that allowed eight Stanford gymnasts to compete at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. The Challenge is an annual event used to determine members of the U.S. Senior National team.
California also took an extended break and had four current gymnasts participate in the Winter Cup Challenge.
Follow the Action
• Fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordMGym and #gostanford.
• Stanford had last week off from team competition and eight current Cardinal gymnasts competed at the Winter Cup Challenge, including Akash Modi, Chris Turner, Jordan DeClerk, Andrew McCabe, Paul Hichwa, Brian Knott, Sean Senters and Taylor Seaton. The group was joined by Cardinal alums Eddie Penev (’13) and Joshua Dixon (’11).
• Modi, Penev and Dixon were selected to the 15-member U.S. Senior National Team that will represent the country through the 2014 P&G Gymnastics Championships in Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 21-24.
• Prior to the Winter Cup Challenge, Stanford delivered an impressive season-best performance at the Metroplex Challenge to finish first and hand No. 1 Oklahoma its first loss on the season, 445.150-442.400.
• The Cardinal won four of six events and matched Oklahoma on rings. Stanford scored season-bests on floor (75.800), rings (75.550) and high bar (74.500) and tied its season high on pommel horse (72.750).
• Akash Modi and Sean Senters scored collegiate bests of 15.150 on pommel horse and vault, respectively, to finish first in the events. Modi picked up a second individual victory on parallel bars with a 15.050.
Saturday’s NCAA Opponent: No. 10 California
• This will be the fourth of six meetings this season between Stanford and California. The Cardinal is 9-1 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 88.550 three-score average. Bailey trails only Stanford’s Modi who sits in the top all-around spot with an 88.867 three-score average.
• California is ranked in the top 15 as a team in each of the six events. Based on three-score averages, the Golden Bears are ranked third on vault (73.950), fifth on high bar (72.483), eighth on floor (72.883), 10th on pommel horse (70.517), 11th on rings (72.550) and 12th on parallel bars.
• 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.
In the Rankings
• Stanford is ranked in the top 25 in the following events based on its three-score average:
Floor: 4th, 74.017
Pommel Horse: 4th, 71.583
Rings: 3rd, 74.533
Vault: 2nd, 74.033
Parallel Bars: 3rd, 73.433
High Bar: 3rd, 72.817
Paul Hichwa, 7th, 15.033
Akash Modi, 1st, 88.867