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Stanford men's gymnastics earns top MPSF honors

Stanford freshman gymnast Akash Modi was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year and head coach Thom Glielmi received Co-Coach of the Year honors, as announced by the conference this weekend.


Stanford's Akash Modi was named MPSF Gymnast of the Year. Photo by Don Feria/isiphotos.com.
Modi had a terrific debut season, leading Stanford with 13 individual victories. He earned conference titles in the all-around (89.650) and parallel bars (15.800) at the MPSF Championships. Modi led the conference with four MPSF and four national gymnast of the week honors.

Modi finished the regular season ranked first in the nation in the all-around with a four-score average of 88.867. He is the only gymnast in the country to score over 90.000 in the all-around, doing it twice, recording a season-high 91.350 at the Collegiate Challenge (March 1).

Modi is also ranked in the top 10 in the nation on floor (fourth, 15.367 four-score average), pommel horse (eighth, 14.933), vault (10th, 15.083) and parallel bars (third, 15.367). He was incredibly consistent for the Cardinal, competing in 36 of 42 possible events on the season. He scored 14.150 or higher in 35 of 36 routines, and 15.050 or higher in 21 performances.

Glielmi earned the second MPSF Coach of the Year selection of his career and shared the honor with Air Force head coach Kip Simons. Glielmi has led Stanford to a third-place ranking overall and the Cardinal is in the top-10 in the nation on high bar (T-2nd, 73.117), rings (3rd, 74.600), pommel horse (4th, 72.583), vault (4th, 74.267), parallel bars (4th, 73.650) and floor (7th, 73.283).

Under Glielmi's direction, five Stanford gymnasts are ranked in the top-10 in their respective events, including Modi who is ranked first in the all-around.

Stanford finished second at the MPSF Championships and will pursue its sixth NCAA Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on April 10-12.

Women's swimming

Stanford teammates Maya DiRado and Felicia Lee, are among the five nominees for the Honda Sports Award for swimming & diving as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA). California's Missy Franklin, Breeja Larson of Texas A&M and Georgia's Brittany MacLean are also nominees.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics." The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2014 Honda Cup.

The nominees were chosen by a panel of expert coaches from the sport of swimming & diving.

DiRado was named the 2014 Pac-12 Women's Swimmer of the Year and garnered six All-America honors a the 2014 NCAA Championship. The senior from Santa Rosa, Calif., won NCAA titles in the 200 and 400 individual medleys and garnered two more as a member of the 400 medley and 400 free relay teams. She finished her career with 21 All-America honors.

Lee earned seven All-America honors at the 2014 NCAA championship while capturing five NCAA titles. She finished first in the 100 fly and with relay teams in the 200 and 400 free and the 200 and 400 medley. The senior from Wayne, N.J., was a two-time Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month and finished her career overall with 19 All-America accolades.

Women's water polo

Stanford sophomore goalie Gabby Stone was named the MPSF/KAP 7 Player of the Week on Monday after her career day in the third-ranked Cardinal's 9-5 victory over top-ranked USC on Sunday at Avery Aquatic Center.

Stone made a career-high 13 saves and anchored a stellar Cardinal defensive effort in the win. Stanford held USC, which entered the game as the MPSF's top offense with 15.9 goals per game, to a season-low five goals. Stone and the Cardinal back line held USC scoreless over a stretch of 7:33 over both ends of halftime, during which the offense reeled off six straight goals to turn a 3-2 deficit into a commanding 8-3 lead.

Last Monday, Stone also made five saves and allowed just one goal in the first half of Stanford's 12-6 win at No. 20 San Diego State. On the year, she is third in the MPSF with a 6.34 goals-against average.

The honor is first of Stone's career, and the fourth for the Cardinal this season. Kiley Neushul earned the honor on Feb. 3, Annika Dries brought it home Feb. 17 and Maggie Steffens was recognized on March 3.

Stanford (16-1, 2-0 MPSF) hosts MPSF foe Arizona State this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center.

Directors' Cup

Stanford has kept its lead in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup after the first winter standings. The Cardinal had a seventh-place finish in women's indoor track & field and a 12th place in men's indoor track & field. The Cardinal holds the lead with 596.25 total points.

Florida State now occupies the second spot with 465 points after placing fourth in men's indoor track & field and also scoring in women's indoor track & field.

Oregon cracked the top five and is in third place with 455.50 points. The Ducks claimed national championships in both men's and women's indoor track & field.

— Stanford Athletics

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