No. 5 Stanford outperforms three top-10 opponents in home opener
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 3 Stanford opened its home schedule at the Stanford Open with a quad meet victory in front of a packed Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal finished with a score of 437.550 to top No. 4 Oklahoma (433.450), No. 6 Cal (425.900) and No. 5 Nebraska (421.900).
The Cardinal recorded the highest team score on all six events in the meet.
Senior All-American Eddie Penev recorded his second all-around individual title of the season with a score of 87.200. The defending NCAA floor and vault champion earned second-place finishes on floor and parallel bars.
Stanford began its competition on vault with a sequence of consistent performances. The first four routines all scored between 14.250-14.700, with sophomore All-American Sean Senters anchoring the group with a meet-high score of 15.350.
Brian Knott earned the highest score of the meet on the parallel bars with a 14.750. Eddie Penev and Chris Turner tied for the second-highest score, both earning a 14.700.
Head coach Thom Glielmi was happy with Turner's overall performance.
"Chris Turner did a good job," Glielmi said. "His parallel bars, vault and rings were very solid."
Stanford executed well and with consistency on high bar, capped by Paul Hichwa's team-high and second-place score of 14.800. It was a team effort with five gymnasts scoring at least a 14.200.
Stanford delivered a series of strong routines on floor exercise with three gymnasts scoring in the 15.000s. The Cardinal was led by Penev, who posted a team-high score of 15.600. Penev was followed by Michael Levy and Sean Senters, who scored 15.250 and 15.000, respectively.
Freshman David Frankl made his collegiate debut on pommel horse, earning a 14.800 -- good for second-place overall and the highest score for Stanford. Senior Gabe Alvarado finished just behind Frankl in third place with a score of 14.750.
Senior Jordan Nolff led the way for Stanford on rings with a second-place finish, scoring 15.200. Fellow senior James Fosco finished just behind Nolff with a score of 15.150, good for third place in the meet.
Despite the first-place finishes, Glielmi believes there is room for improvement and that the team can continue to eliminate minor errors.
"We definitely need to clean up," Glielmi said. "The guys still have room to add difficulty and improve their execution."
However, Glielmi notes he was happy with the team's performance and is excited about the team's increasing potential.