Stanford gymnasts advance at national meet


Stanford freshman Brian Knott, who competes for Chelsea Piers, recorded an all-around score of 80.300 to place seventh in the Junior Men division after the first day of the USA National Gymnastics Championships in St. Paul on Wednesday.

Stanford grads Sho Nakamori, Alex Buscaglia and Ryan Lieberman finished among the top 25 in all-around competition on the first day of the Senior men nationals.

All three qualified for the Session II finals on Friday based on 20-point program results. Buscaglia had the 22nd best all-around score, but qualified eighth with 51 points.

Nakamori recorded the 18th best all-around score and qualified 11th with 39 points. Lieberman qualified 20th with 26 points.

Danell Leyva took the lead on opening night, recording both the top score in all-around at 92.500 and the qualification score with 100 points.

"I feel like there are a couple of events that I can do even better on Friday, but overall, I feel like I did a good job," Leyva said.

Buscaglia placed third in floor exercise with a mark of 15.400, third on the vault with a 16.250 and sixth on the horizontal bar with a14.750.

Nakamori was sixth in the floor exercise with a 14.950, eighth on the parallel bars with a 15.000 and 10th on the horizontal bar with a 14.550.

Lieberman finished sixth on the parallel bars with a score of 15.250 and 10th on the still rings, scoring a 14.250.

Jonathan Deaton of Longmeadow, Mass. (16-18) and Sean Melton of Orlando, Fla. (14-15), lead the all-around competition with scores of 83.450 and 83.000, respectively, fter the first day of the junior competition.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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