Stanford's Modi is MPSF Gymnast of the Year once again


Stanford junior Akash Modi was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Gymnast of the Year for the third consecutive season, as announced Monday by the conference.

Modi is the first to be named MPSF Gymnast of the Year three-straight times since Oklahoma's Jon Horton (2006-08)

Modi has had an outstanding junior campaign, leading Stanford with 15 individual event victories against NCAA teams: all-around (4), parallel bars (3), floor (4), pommel horse (2) and high bar (2).

Modi also leads the NCAA in career College Gymnastics Association Gymnast of the Week honors with 14, including his four this year. He also collected two MPSF with four Gymnast of the Week. He finished the regular season ranked first in the nation in the all-around (89.788) and floor (15.638).

Stanford and Modi will have a week off before traveling to Columbus, Ohio, for the NCAA Championships where the Cardinal will pursue its sixth national title.

Women's golf

Stanford-bound Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland tied for low amateur on Sunday in ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, the first LPGA major championship of 2016.

The 18-year-old Valenzuela, who will compete for the Stanford women's golf team this fall, shot rounds of 73-73-71-76 to finish at 5-over par 293. She shared the honor with current U.S. Women's Amateur champion Hannah O'Sullivan, the duo tying for 65th.

They were the only amateurs to make the cut in the tournament, won by Lydia Ko.

Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, who also will play for the Cardinal in the fall, also qualified for the elite event for the second consecutive year. She posted rounds of 76-74, but missed the cut.

"Great accomplishment by both," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf. "Look forward to them joining the team in the fall."

— Stanford Athletics

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