April 18, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Stanford men's gymnast Eddie Penev was named the Nissen-Emery Award winner - given annually to the NCAA's top male gymnast - and became the fourth Cardinal to earn the award in program history Thursday night.
Penev is the first Stanford gymnast to win the award since Dan Gill in 2004.
The senior from Rochester, N.Y., has had a great senior season to add to an already stellar collegiate career. Penev competed in 38 of 48 possible events over eight meets this season and claimed 12 individual victories. He earned six all-around victories, five on floor and one on vault.
Penev earned Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in the all-around (88.200) and floor (15.950) at the MPSF Championships on April 6. He was twice named College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week and earned four MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors.
On Feb. 17, Penev was named to the U.S. Senior Naitonal Team after a fourth-place finish at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas.
Penev is a six-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion, winning vault titles in 2010 and 2012, and earning a floor title in 2012.
Penev will defend his 2012 vault and floor titles, and help lead Stanford's pursuit of a sixth NCAA title, this weekend at the NCAA Championships.