Stanford men vault into gymnastics season with big win over Cal


Juniors Akash Modi and Taylor Seaton each won two individual events and the third-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team beat visiting No. 7 California, 436.650-423.900, Monday night in the season-opening match for both schools.

Modi set a career best in floor, scoring 15.700, en route to the all-around title for the Cardinal, which will be in action again Saturday at the Cal Benefit Cup in Berkeley.

Taylor Seaton
Seniors Brian Knott and Dennis Zaremski also won individual titles for the Cardinal, which finished second in the nation last year and has recorded top three finishes in nine of the past 10 years.

"We did a great job on the first four events, especially pommel horse, which can be a tricky event," Stanford coach Thom Glielmi said. "Getting off to a great start was huge for us over the course of the meet. It was a solid team effort that we put forth tonight, and with a win under our belt, I only expect us to get better as the season progresses."

Stanford exploded out of the gate on floor, with Modi, Gabe Flores and Jacob Barrus all posting career bests and all six gymnasts scoring 14.200 or higher. Seaton and Ryan Sheppard each posted a 14.550.

Drew Willoughby kept the momentum going on the pommel horse, putting together a career best 14.900, with Modi following with a 14.850.

Josiah Eng, in his collegiate debut, posted a 14.700 score on rings. Seaton was close behind as well, tying his career best score of 14.650. Zaremski led the team for the Cardinal in the event, with a 15.300 score.

Seaton also led the way on vault, with a career best of 15.40. Stanford continued its series of strong performances with Grant Breckenridge landing a 14.900 score and Modi following with a 14.800.

Modi stepped up to claim the parallel bars title with a 15.050 performance, while defending NCAA champion Brian Knott added a 14.550.

Seaton claimed another individual title in the high bar with a 14.750 score to close out the meet.

Men's tennis

Stanford's Tom Fawcett compiled three wins in the qualifying draw, including a win over No. 498 Raymond Sarmiento, to represent the Cardinal in the USTA Futures of Los Angeles main draw, where he advanced to the second round after a straight-sets win in the first round during the weekend.

Fawcett entered the qualifying draw seeded 12th, where he defeated Riley Smith and Jacob Brumm in straight sets in the first and second rounds, before taking on the No. 2 seed, Sarmiento. Fawcett, however, posted a 6-3, 6-0 win to advance to the singles main draw.

In the singles main draw first round, Fawcett faced Palo Alto High grad Nicolas Hu of Harvard, whom he dispatched in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Fawcett, however, then fell to No. 1 seed Tennys Sandgren, 6-3, 6-4.

Stanford teammate Michael Genender also competed in the qualifying draw, where he defeated Alan Chang, 6-0, 6-0, and ninth-seeded Boris Bakalov, 6-0, 6-2, before falling to Hu in the finals, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2.

Next up, the Cardinal will compete in the Sherwood Cup starting Friday in Thousand Oaks.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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