Feb. 20, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - The fourth-ranked Stanford men’s gymnastics team (5-1) will play host to Bay Area rival No. 9 California (1-5) for the second consecutive week on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. It will be the fourth of five regular season meetings between the two teams.
What: Dual Meet vs. No. 9 California
When: Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
Where: Burnham Pavilion
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Cardinal Update: Stanford returned from a three-week break from team competition with a season-high team score to defeat Cal, 435.350-426.450, in the Big Flip Off. It marked the Cardinal’s third victory of the season over the Golden Bears. Stanford outscored Cal in five of six events and recorded season-highs on floor (75.050), vault (74.900) and high bar (73.450).
Stanford claimed individual titles in the following events:
Floor: Eddie Penev, 15.650 (tied season best)
Rings: Chris Turner, 15.000 (career best)
Vault: Sean Senters, 15.400 (season best)
High Bar: Paul Hichwa, 15.150 (season best)
Stanford Top Ten in All Events: The Cardinal has competed with a balanced team performance and is ranked in the top-10 in all six events. Below are the rankings determined by the average of the team’s three best scores in each event:
Parallel bars: 4th, 72.083
Cardinal in the Top 20:
High bar: 3rd, 72.100
Pommel horse: 6th, 70.450
Rings: 5th, 73.633
Vault: 5th, 73.553
Floor: 6th, 73.500
Stanford currently boasts 10 gymnasts in the top-20 among the six events based on their highest three scores. Penev is ranked first on floor and second in the all-around, while Senters is tied with Penn State’s Tristan Duverglas for the top spot on vault.
Below is a list of Cardinal ranked in the top-20:
Eddie Penev, 1st, 15.633
Michael Levy, 17th, 14.933
Jonathan Deaton, 20th, 14.833
James Fosco, 10th, 15.217
Jordan Nolff, 12th, 15.100
Sean Senters, 1st, 15.267
Eddie Penev, 9th, 14.883
Cameron Foreman, 11th, 14.817
Chris Turner, 17th, 14.600
Brian Knott, 18th, 14.583
Cameron Foreman, 8th, 14.750
Paul Hichwa, 8th, 14.750
Brian Knott, 18th, 14.500
Eddie Penev, 19th, 14.450
Eddie Penev, 2nd, 86.867
Busy Schedule: The meet will be the second in a stretch that includes four competitions in four weeks for Stanford. Head coach Thom Glielmi plans to use this weekend to rest a couple athletes and give opportunities to gymnasts who have been on the cusp of lineup positions.
Glielmi added Chris Turner is likely to make his first all-around appearance of the season. Turner is coming off a great meet against Cal in which he competed in five events and finished first on rings with a career-high 15.000.
Saturday’s Opponent: No. 10 California
This Season: Cal dropped its third meet of the year against Stanford, despite posting a season-high team score, falling 435.350-426.450. The Golden Bears are led by Jeffrey Langenstein, Kevin Wolting, Steven Lacombe, Johnathan Liu and Kyle Zemeir.
Familiar Foe: This will be the fourth meeting between Stanford and Cal this season, with the Cardinal claiming victories in the previous three competitions. Stanford will see Cal at least two more times this season, including its next two meets following Sunday.
Stanford has won four consecutive meets against Cal, dating back to the 2012 MPSF Championship Tournament on April 7.