Paced by 10 top-10 finishes from six different gymnasts, Stanford men’s gymnastics finished third at the NCAA Championships Team Finals with a team score of 436.150 on Saturday night.
The Cardinal finished behind NCAA Champion Michigan (443.200) and runner-up Oklahoma (426.450), but managed to edge Penn State — the meet’s host team — by five hundredths of a point to earn a spot on the podium.
While the team earned at least one top-six finish in five of the six events, sophomore Brian Knott captured the Cardinal’s only event title in the team round with a career-high 15.450 on parallel bars.
Senior Eddie Penev, who last week was named the country’s top NCAA men’s gymnast, garnered All-American honors with a third-place result in the all-around. The Rochester, N.Y., native wound up second on the floor event with a score of 15.350 and attained a third-place finish on the vault to boot.
On Sunday, the Cardinal went for another successful round at the individual event finals, with six gymnasts racking up eight All-American honors. Penev bettered his performance on the floor from a day ago with a 15.550 — good enough to give him another second-place finish. Redshirt senior John Martin wound up third on the pommel horse.