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Alex Buscaglia
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Cary, Ill.
High School: Cary-Grove HS

**Six-Time All-American**

Collegiate Bests: Floor Exercise: 15.700
Pommel Horse: 13.000
Still Rings: 14.700
Vault: 16.400
Parallel Bars: 15.350
High Bar: 16.300
All-Around: 85.400

As a Senior in 2011: Finished his senior season on a very strong note, helping take Stanford to the national team title and earning the NCAA Individual title on the horizontal bar with a score of 15.750 ... also added a sixth-place finish in the parallel bars with a score of 14.400, notching his sixth All-America honor ... competed consistently for Stanford in five events ... MPSF All-Academic selection ... scored a career-best in the all-around (85.400) against California on Jan. 22 ... set career marks in the horizontal bar (16.300) and the parallel bars (15.350), with the latter score coming as part of a dominating performance by the Cardinal in the NCAA Qualifiers ... it was also Stanford's highest score in the event this season ... posted Stanford's highest vault score as well, with 16.400 marks against Nebraska and in the NCAA Qualifiers ... named the College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week for the final week of the season.

As a Junior in 2010: Earned his third straight All-America honor on high bar after finishing fifth at the NCAA Event Championships ... also earned All-America status in the floor exercise by placing fifth ... scored a career best in the all-around versus California with a total of 84.500 ... helped Stanford to an NCAA runner-up team finish with a season best of 14.650 on the still rings at the NCAA Finals ... had a season-best 15.550 on the horizontal bar at the NCAA Prelims ... scored a season best of 16.300 on vault at the tri-meet with Nebraska and Oklahoma.

As a Sophomore in 2009: Earned his second consecutive All-America honor on the horizontal bar ... competed in 11 meets for Stanford, including two times in the all-around ... season best of 82.650 in the all-around at the Winter Cup Prelims ... season high of 16.050 on vault at the MPSF Championships ... recorded a season best on high bar of 15.200 at the NCAA Qualifiers.

As a Freshman in 2008: An All-American on horizontal bar ... competed in all 10 meets and on five apparatuses ... achieved three season bests at California, hitting a 15.55 on floor exercise, a 13.2 on parallel bars, and a 14.9 on horizontal bar (all first-place finishes at the event) ... earned his season best on vault (15.85) on three occasions, including the Stanford Open where he shared the event title with teammate David Sender ... scored a 14.7 (another season-best) to win still rings at Michigan.

International Experience: Competed at the 2010 Pan American Championships in Guadalajara, Mexico, earning a pair of Gold medals ... helped team USA to the team gold medal as well as winning an individual Gold on the horizontal bar.

High School: Qualified for the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2005 and 2006 and was an all-around finalist in 2006, finishing 29th ... also a JO vault finalist in 2006, finishing second.

Personal: Parents are Vince and Vera Buscaglia ... has two older siblings, Ashley and Nicholas ... majoring in biochemical engineering ... enjoys playing volleyball and ping-pong ... 2010 MPSF All-Academic selection.

Getting To Know Alex Buscaglia

Born in:
Major:Biomechanical Engineering
Nickname:Buscags...the list goes on
The best thing about Stanford is:The campus (even though biking isn't fun)
My favorite place on campus is:Right in front of MemChu at night
Ten years from now I hope to be:Living easy
My favorite class at Stanford is:Spanish
Something people would be surprised to know about me:I talk to my sister everyday
The place I would most like to visit is:Germany
My favorite pre-meet rituals are:Taking a really long shower
Stanford Men's Gymnastics will be fun to watch this year because:There are some pretty awesome "crowd-pleasing" skills that our team does
My greatest athletic moment was:Being an All-American on high bar last year
The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform is:Last and current year's women's volleyball team as a whole
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:That Bs are acceptable
The best book I have ever read is:First to Die by James Patterson
Favorite food:Mexican
Least favorite food:Tomatoes
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:Ramen and eggs
Favorite movie:The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show:The Cosby Show (come here...come here)
Favorite actor:Heath Ledger
Favorite actress:Hayden Panettiere
My ultimate ESPN SportsCenter highlight would be:Shall not be known so as to not jinx my goal...
My favorite musical group/singer is:Postal Service
The best advice I've ever received was:You have to play the cards that you've been dealt, no matter what.
I'd like to switch places for a day with:Any little I could have no responsibilities for a day
If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:My sister
If I had one CD to listen to it would be:Any Pitbull CD