This weekend both the Stanford Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics competed in their first competition for the season. The men were away at Chicago for the Windy City Invitational while the women competed at home against Georgia, the defending national champions.
The Stanford Men’s team went into Chicago on Saturday with a #1 preseason ranking – and we showed everyone that we deserved it. Facing off against Michigan, Illinois, UIC, Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio State, our Cardinal went for 354.450 to win the meet by a 7 point margin. David Sender (my roommate in Bob) won the individual all-around also by nearly 7 points over the 2nd place finisher. The men’s have their first home meet on Saturday, January 26th in the Stanford Open. (If you haven’t been to one, you have to go. Men’s gymnastics meets are awesome).
The Women’s team competed to an massive and enthusiastic crowd at Burnham Pavillion. Even with hitting 23 out of 24 routines, the Cardinal were unable to top Georgia, losing by only 7 tenths (196.875-196.150). Carly Janiga (who also lives in Bob) had the top beam score for the evening with a 9.9. The girls compete again at home on Sunday, January 20th against University of Arizona.
So all in all, 2 of the 3 gymnasts at Robert S Moore House kicked some butt. And hopefully I’ll be joining them this coming weekend at Cal. It will be 364 days since my initial knee injury. And I’m ready to be back. =)