The No. 2 Cardinal men’s gymnastics team will head into the NCAA Championships later this month with high hopes after its victory over rival No. 3 California and top-ranked Oklahoma. Stanford has never won an NCAA title without taking the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title in the process.
The win was a team effort–senior Ryan Lieberman led the Card at third place in the all-around. But consistency throughout the lineup lifted the team to victory by posting solid scores in every event.
Senior Tim Gentry, largely considered Stanford’s strongest candidate at the NCAA meet, posted an impressive 16.050 on the still rings, with the next closest score a 15.600 scored by sophomore teammate James Fosco. Senior Alex Buscaglia put on a similarly impressive show on the horizontal bar with a 15.600, a half-point above redshirt sophomore teammate Cameron Foreman’s 15.100, the next best score at the meet.
The impressive show at the MPSF Championship puts Stanford in a confident position for the national tournament. With its win over Oklahoma, the Cardinal has now defeated every team in the nation, and it will try to repeat that feat from April 14-16 at the NCAA championship in Columbus, Ohio.