Jan. 21, 2012
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford's men's gymnastics team, ranked eighth in the country, defeated the No. 5 California Golden Bears Saturday by a score of 345.200-340.450 to even the season series at one.
"We started a little slow tonight but picked up speed as we went," said head coach Thom Glielmi. "It was a hard week but the guys had a little more recovery and I expected them to rebound from last week. Some of the guys are still working on their routines which is normal this early in the season."
The Cardinal was led by Eddie Penev who competed in all six events and finished with an all-around score of 88.550. He tied a career high on floor exercise with a score of 16.000 and led the Cardinal in scoring on vault and parallel bars.
"Eddie had a great meet, he's proven to be a leader on the floor for us," said Glielmi. "He has some of the harder routines and he's doing it on all six, but other guys who are specialists are going to need to step up their performance."
In the first event of the meet, Penev, Jordan Nolff (14.950) and Brian Knott (14.600) performed well on floor exercise, staking the Cardinal to a 58.350-57.250 lead. Cal responded by pulling ahead after pommel horse by 1.800 points. Gabe Alvarado (14.750) led Stanford and Penev (14.100), John Martin (13.450) and Brian Knott (13.150) posted counting scores.
The Cardinal captured the lead for good after still rings, highlighted by a strong performance from James Fosco (15.450). Nolff (14.700), Penev (14.400) and Knott (13.800) posted counting scores.
Stanford executed all four of its vaults well to extend the lead to 231.600-228.250 after four events. Sean Senters
(15.300) set a career-high for the second consecutive meet and was tied by Penev (15.300). Paul Hichwa
(14.450) and Knott (14.400) rounded out the scoring.
Penev (14.550), Knott (14.000), Cale Robinson (13.900) and John Martin (13.800) led Stanford in parallel bars. The Cardinal took a 3.600 point lead into the final event of the meet and extended it to 4.850 after strong horizontal bar performances by Robinson (14.600), Cameron Foreman (14.500), Penev (14.200) and Knott (14.050).
Penev captured the all-around title for the second meet in a row, by a 3.700 point margin.
The Cardinal hosts the Stanford Open next weekend, featuring elite and NCAA sessions running at the same time. Cal and Nebraska highlight the NCAA competition and the senior elite group is made up of U.S. national team members. Current Stanford assistant coaches Alex Buscaglia and Ryan Lieberman will be competing in preparation for the re-ranking meet for the U.S. national team.