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Stanford Men’s Gymnastics: Same Thing, Different Day

The Cardinal continued their success in gymnastics

NCAA Gymnastics: Men's Championship Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

After opening up their season with a crushing 418.100-403.150 win over Cal Berkeley, the Stanford Cardinal came back the following weekend on their home floor to deliver that same treatment to two teams.

Stanford hosted its 25th annual Stanford Open this past Saturday, facing off against No. 19 ranked Washington and No. 8 ranked Berkeley once again. And to quantify this victory, Stanford improved their score from last week while managing to be the only competing team to crack the 400-point barrier; Cal finished with 398.850 and Washington with 375.650 to Stanford’s monster 423.600.

Also, if it wasn’t already assumed, Stanford swept both the team and all of the individual titles for the second week in a row, with Akash Modi claiming the bulk with the all-around, floor, pommel horse, and parallel bar titles.

The Cardinal started off on floor, taking 6 of the top 10 scores in the event behind Modi’s 15.000 and Robert Neff’s 14.700. 4th, 5th, and 6th were claimed by Jacob Barrus, Grant Breckenridge, and Taylor Seaton respectively to cap off a 72.500 team total.

Modi led the way on pommel horse with a 14.800, followed by Stanford newbie Joey Ringer’s personal best of 13.750. The Cardinal took the event with 68.100 points, nearly 5-points more than the next closest team.

Josiah Eng led the way for Stanford on rings for the second week in a row, winning the event with a 14.950 after posting a 14.500 to win last week’s meet. Modi and Neff took 2nd and 3rd respectively, with Neff improving by 0.800 of a point from the previous week.

Taylor Seaton won the vault with a 15.000—his highest score since the NCAA Preliminaries last year. Modi took 2nd with a 14.650 and Breckenridge claimed 3rd with a 14.450.

Stanford’s NCAA parallel bars champion, Akash Modi, defended his reputation by winning the event with a 14.900, as Stanford locked up all of the top 5 spots in the rotation to a team score of 70.700.

On high bar, freshman David Jessen closed out the meet with a 14.250 and what hopefully was the first of many event titles to come wearing a red leotard. Modi and Neff tied for 2nd, helping the team finish with a 68.600 total on the apparatus.

Modi cruised to the all-around title with an 88.150, with Neff taking second in 83.050 and Breckenridge filling out the podium with his career-best 81.650.

With 2 wins already under its belt, the Cardinal will take the next week off as it travels over to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for a February 4th showdown with the nation’s No. 11 ranked team.

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