Stanford men gymnasts finish second at NCAA finals


The Stanford men scored 434.050 to finish second Saturday at the NCAA Championships Finals in Columbus, Ohio, earning their 10th top-three finish in the past 11 years.

Oklahoma claimed its 10th national title with a 443.400. Following Stanford was Ohio State (433.050), Illinois (432.750), Penn State (425.400) and Minnesota (424.400).

Stanford's second-place finish is its second consecutive runner-up finish and remains its highest since it won the 2011 NCAA Championships.

Junior Akash Modi took home first place finishes in parallel bars (15.300) as well as high bar (15.200). Modi also tied for 8th in floor (14.650) and 10th in vault (15.000).

Modi has had an outstanding junior campaign, leading Stanford with 18 individual event victories against NCAA teams: all-around (4), parallel bars (4), floor (4), pommel horse (3) and high bar (3).

Dennis Zaremski was clutch for the Cardinal as well, re-claiming his title in still rings with a 15.450.

The Cardinal led after the first event, taking a 74.050 on vault to lead the field. Akash Modi led the Cardinal with a 15.000 vault with Gabe Flores right behind him, landing a 14.850.

Heading into parallel bars, the Cardinal was phenomenal again as Akash Modi took the event title with a 15.300 with his fellow Cardinal all scoring 14.500 or higher as it took second as a team in the event with a 74.000.

High bar up next saw the Cardinal come out red-hot with the first four Cardinal nailing 14.550 or higher until a falter in the end showed the first flaw of the day for Stanford. Akash Modi took home the event title with a 15.200 while Stanford posted a 72.600.

Still in the hunt, the Cardinal was ultimately derailed by pommel horse where it posted a 67.650 for its lowest score of the year.

A highlight still remained in rings for Stanford as Dennis Zaremski crushed a 15.450 to take the NCAA title while every Cardinal took a 14.450 or higher in the event to close out with a 74.050 for its third-highest score of the year.

— Stanford Athletics

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