Cardinal Climb Into Friday Final
April 16, 2009
Courtesy of Minnesota
Top-seeded Stanford opened on vault, put up the biggest score of the session on the apparatus and never looked back as the Cardinal won the afternoon qualifier at the 2009 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics Championships in Minneapolis Thursday with a combined team score of 361.100 points.
Stanford will be joined in Friday night’s team final by Big Ten co-champion Michigan and California. The Wolverines finished with 358.300 points to take second, just edging the Golden Bears, who posted a team score of 357.550.
Casey Sandy captured the all-around title with 90.500 points. Also in Friday night’s battle for the individual all-around title will be Nebraska’s Kyle Shanahan, who finished with 85.100 points, and Penn State’s Noam Shaham, who scored 84.800 points, along with the top all-arounders from the advancing teams.
But the story of the day was Stanford. The Cardinal recorded the top three scores on vault, including a 16.250 by Josh Dixon that was the lone score of 16 or better on any apparatus. Dixon also won the floor title, while teammate Tim Gentry took the rings.
The Cardinal was also scoring well as a team, posting the highest totals of the afternoon on floor, rings and high bar in addition to their win on vault.
Michigan put up the highest team score on pommel horse, while Cal combined for the highest parallel bars score of the session.
The Golden Bears also took two individual titles, as the two Bay Area schools combined for individual wins in five of the six events.
Cal’s Glen Ishino posted the top score on pommel horse with a total of 15.300 points while teammatae Kyson Bunthuwong won the parallel bars with a score of 15.350. The final event title went to Michigan’s Thomas Kelly on high bar with a score of 15.450.
The second qualifier of gets under way at 7 p.m. (CDT) and will feature Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio State, Minnesota, Illinois-Chicago and Iowa.