March 9, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Stanford's men's gymnastics team continued to raise the bar as the regular season draws to a close, posting a season-high score for the third consecutive meet in a 355.800-347.400 defeat of Ohio State in Columbus.
The Cardinal, ranked fourth in the country entering the meet, set season highs in floor exercise, still rings, vault and high bar against the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.
Stanford gymnasts placed first in five of the six events, highlighted by Cale Robinson's vault of 15.500 and Cameron Foreman's 15.200 on high bar that tied and set season-highs for the Cardinal, respectively.
Head coach Thom Glielmi was encouraged to see Robinson and Foreman carrying their momentum from earlier in the season.
"Cale did a great job tonight," said Glielmi. "He's coming off an injury and we've been progressing him slowly and he still has another upgrade on his floor routine. His other events are pretty much set and he's really starting to show up."
"Cam is settling in with the routines, there's still some execution places where he can improve but he's more comfortable. We targeted him to push for more difficulty on parallel bars and high bar and he came through tonight."
Gabriel Alvarado led the team on pommel horse (15.200) and James Fosco (15.500 on rings) and Foreman (14.750 on parallel bars) placed first among all competitors.
Eddie Penev captured the all-around with an 87.750 as well as the individual title on floor (15.650).
"Eddie did a good job tonight, he hit six for six and the guys are starting to see what their potential is as far as a team score.," Glielmi said. "As we get within striking distance of what we need to be competitive at nationals, they guys are really motivated to continue to push that team score."
In post-season competition, the goal is to post counting scores on the routines in each event that have the highest start value, something the Cardinal moved towards tonight.
"On floor we counted the four guys with the highest starts," said Glielmi. "Vault was really good, our top four vaulters did really good vaults and I was glad to see them rewarded too. We're not hitting at a hundred percent yet, but we're getting closer."
Stanford finishes out the regular season schedule Sunday against University of Illinois-Chicago.