Saturday, March 8 • 4 p.m. (PT)
Admission • Free
No. 2 Stanford (4-3, 4-2 MPSF)
No. 4 Ohio State (5-5-1, 3-5-1 Big Ten)
No. 10 California (1-5, 1-3 MPSF)
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 2 Stanford will look to carry its momentum from the past two competitions in which it broke the 440 mark, as the Cardinal plays host to No. 4 Ohio State and No. 10 California on Saturday at 4 p.m. (PT) in Burnham Pavilion.
Stanford (4-3, 4-2 MPSF) was outstanding in its two previous competitions, scoring 445.150 at the Metroplex Challenge to defeat No. 1 Oklahoma and posting a 443.650 last weekend to defeat California (1-5, 1-3 MPSF) and finish second overall at the Collegiate Challenge.
The Cardinal posted the highest score on pommel horse and two gymnasts combined for three individual victories last weekend.
This will be the fifth meeting between Stanford and California this season. The Golden Bears went 429.200 last weekend and set a school record on parallel bars with a 73.600.
Ohio State (5-5-1, 3-5-1 Big Ten) is coming off a third-place finish at the Arnold Challenge, posting a 429.500. No. 3 Michigan finished first (437.500) and No. 9 Iowa placed second (431.600).
The meet is the final regular season and home competition of the year. Cardinal seniors Cale Robinson, Chris Turner, Sean Senters and Paul Hichwa will be recognized for their contributions to the program during the meet.
Follow the Action
• Live statistics will be available via GoStanford.com and fans can follow along on Twitter @StanfordMGym and #gostanford.
• Stanford posted its second-highest team score of the season (443.650) to place second at the Collegiate Challenge last weekend. The Cardinal trailed only the Japanese Collegiate National Team, which finished with a 447.500.
• Stanford finished ahead of its only NCAA competition at the Collegiate Challenge, defeating California for the fourth time this season. The Golden Bears finished with a team total of 429.200.
• Akash Modi won his fourth all-around title of the season with a 91.350 and added an individual victory on parallel bars with a 15.800. He scored 15.000 or higher in five of six events.
• Modi’s all-around score is the highest in the nation this season and the second-highest of any gymnast in the country since 2008 when the current scoring system was implemented. He is the only gymnast in the country to pass the 90.000 mark in the all-around and has done it twice this season.
• Modi was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week and CGA National Gymnast of the Week for the third time this season for his outstanding performance last weekend.
• Dennis Zaremski placed second on rings with a 15.800. He has scored 15.800 or higher in three of five competitions.
• Chris Turner posted a collegiate-best 15.400 on pommel horse to finish second.
Saturday’s Opponents: No. 4 Ohio State, No. 10 California
• Six Ohio State gymnasts recorded top-five finishes last weekend at the Arnold Challenge as the Buckeyes finished third with a score of 429.500, behind No. 3 Michigan (437.500) and No. 9 Iowa (431.600).
• Ohio State is ranked in the top 20 in the country in all six events including first on high bar (73.950), third on pommel horse (73.417), fourth on parallel bars (73.300), fifth on vault (73.917), seventh on rings (73.800) and 11th on floor (72.283).
• Eight Buckeyes are ranked in the top 20 across the six events. Michael Newburger is ranked first on pommel horse with a 15.667 three-score average and Alex Johnson is second on high bar with a 15.333 three-score average.
• This will be the fifth of six meetings this season between Stanford and California. The Cardinal is 10-1 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 89.933 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), ninth on floor (72.883), 10th on parallel bars (71.617), 11th on pommel horse (70.517) and 11th on rings (72.550).
• 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, 74.200
Pommel Horse: 4th, 72.983
Rings: 2nd, 75.083
Vault: 1st, 74.300
Parallel Bars: 3rd, 73.800
High Bar: 3rd, 73.267
Paul Hichwa, 11th, 15.033
Akash Modi, 1st, 89.933