For the third-straight season, the Stanford men’s gymnastics team won the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship on Saturday at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
After qualifying with a season-best 426.325 on Friday, the Cardinal started on vault on Saturday and never relinquished the lead, topping the six-team field with a 423.628 – more than nine points ahead of runner-up Oklahoma.
The real battle in the team competition came down to Oklahoma vs. Michigan for second, and it came down to the final routine in the final rotation.
The Sooners started strong on pommel horse (66.298) after a not-so-great qualifying showing on the event. Execution was key on floor in the sixth rotation, with four-of-five athletes posting 14.2+.
Michigan sat in second through the first four rotations thanks in large part to an outstanding performance by 2022 NCAA all-around champion Paul Juda, who notched an 85.298 to best defending all-around champion Brody Malone (Stanford).
Second and third ended up finishing just 0.065 apart – less than the difference of one stick, one fall, one minor mistake. Negligible but substantial at the same time.
Individual event titles were also determined during Saturday’s meet. See below for the full list of winners.
|Vault||Paul Juda (Michigan)||15.000|
|Parallel Bars||Curran Phillips (Stanford)||15.233|
|High Bar||Brody Malone (Stanford)||14.700|
|Pommel Horse||Chase Clingman (Penn State)||14.000|
|Rings||Riley Loos (Stanford)||14.600|
|Floor||Bryan Perla (Stanford)||14.800|
|All-Around||Paul Juda (Michigan)||85.298|