Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - January 22, 2010

No. 2 Stanford men host Cal

The second-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team is honoring the maxim that to be the best, you must play the best.

Welcome to the Big Flip, Part Two. The Cardinal hosts eighth-ranked California on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.

Then-No.1 Stanford beat the then-No. 2 Bears at Hass Pavilion in Berkeley last weekend. The same two teams will meet each other again in next weekend's Stanford Open, also at Burnham Pavilion.

The Stanford Open showcases the best of high school and age group gymnastics and is a three-day affair beginning Friday, Jan. 29. The Cardinal-Bears meet will be held that Saturday at 7 p.m., with Open Junior Division competition on that Sunday.

In the win over Cal last weekend, six gymnasts made their debut with Stanford. Freshman Eddie Penev, a former youth national champion in the floor, recorded the top score in the floor exercise to highlight the newcomers.

Stanford is the reigning NCAA champion in men's gymnastics.

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