Stanford remains the king of the Pac-12. On Saturday night in Palo Alto the Cardinal (403.6) defeated Cal (395.15), Arizona State (385.0) and Washington (369.8).
It represented a dip in score for Stanford who was coming off two straight weeks of 410+. High bar (62.3) was the main reason, as before that event the team was on pace for a score of somewhere around 409. Their previous low on the event this season was a 65.8.
Another reason for the score was a presumed day off for their star, Robert Neff. Neff competed on just one event, PH, where he scored a 13.2. Filling his all-around spot was sophomore David Jessen who competed all six for the first time in his college career to the tune of a 77.3.
His teammate, Ryan Sheppard, earned the all-around title with an 81.35. Other titles came from Joey Ringer (PH), Connor Lewis (VT) and Blake Sun (PB). Check out a couple highlights of their day here.
Ryan Sheppard (photo via Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)
Cal finished with a season-best team score on the backs of their two stars, Aaron Mah and Yordan Aleksandrov. Mah finished runner-up in the all-around with an 80.85 while Aleksandrov finished top-two on all three of his events, including titles on SR and HB.
As has been the case in years past, pommel horse remains the weak point for the Golden Bears. They rank 15th nationally on the event.
"It was a great fight, start to finish, tonight by the Bears," head coach JT Okada told calbears.com. "We need to get back in the gym and establish a rhythm as we enter the second half of the season and the five-up, five count competition format. I'm proud of the work we've put in so far but there's no time to take the foot off the gas."
Arizona State, who also had a team compete at NorCal United this weekend, took third at the Pac-12 Invite. Season-lows on SR & HB prevented the Sun Devils from pushing for second place.
Kiwan Watts' 78.85 placed him third in the all-around. Other top-three finishes came from Daniel Bronnenberg who won FX and Watts who placed third on PB.
Rounding out the field were the Washington Huskies who impressively put together a near-370 with just eight competitors. Benjamin Bloom was the lone AA'er and he put together a season-high 75.8.