NCAA Session I Recap Stanford, Ohio State and Nebraska Advance to Team Finals

Session one of NCAA Championships is in the books and we have ourselves the first three qualifiers into team finals. The Stanford Cardinal (420.45), Ohio State Buckeyes (414.65) and Nebraska Cornhuskers (413.05) will each be competing on Saturday night.

For the Huskers, it guarantees their first top-six finish at NCAA's since 1999. They did it with consistent performances on every single event. Their biggest triumph of the day might have been on their fifth event, PH, where they scored a 69.1.

Nebraska ended the day on SR where they clinched a top-three finish in the session (Photos: Jess Frankl)

A surprise to nobody -- leading the way for Nebraska were the Stephenson brothers. Anton (82.7) & Chris (82.0) both did all-around and ended up top-five in the session. They've been the heart and soul of the team all year long and it's only fitting that they could get them over the hump.

The Stephenson's consistency resulted in Nebraska's first berth into NCAA team finals since 1999 (Photo: Jess Frankl)

It's been a long wait for Nebraska but they'll finally be competing tomorrow night against some of the best teams in the country. Having already accomplished a big part of what they came to West Point to do, there really is nothing for them to lose tomorrow, which makes them a little more dangerous.

Stanford & Ohio State -- who were both looked upon as virtual locks to make the final -- didn't have their best days but still ended up first & second in the session, respectively.

Amazingly enough, Stanford scored in the 70.0-70.6 range on five of six events. Akash Modi (85.95) won AA while his teammate, Robert Neff (83.4) took second. The most impressive part of the day for the Cardinal might have been the way they started off on PH. It really set the tone and left no doubt that they would be advancing at the end of the day.

It was a solid day for the Cardinal (Photo: Jess Frankl)

It was quite the opposite for Ohio State who struggled on PH, their second event of the day. They did a nice job of bouncing back on events like PB (68.65) and HB (69.5). Sean Melton and Alec Yoder each did just three events but looked sharp.

The Buckeyes made up for mistakes on PH by hitting well on PB & HB (Photo: Jess Frankl)

Finishing fourth through sixth this afternoon were the Penn State Nittany Lions (410.5), Michigan Wolverines (406.95) and Air Force Falcons (403.8).


AA: Tim Wang, AF/Sam Zakutney, PSU/Aria Sabbagh, W&M

FX: Anthony Stefanelli, MICH/Dom DiFulvio, PSU/Anthony McCallum, MICH

PH: Stephen Nedoroscik, PSU/Jacopo Gliozzi, W&M/Leroy Clarke Jr., PSU

SR: Ryan Dunning, MICH/Chris Sands, PSU/Marty Strech, MICH

VT: Anthony McCallum, MICH/Emyre Cole, MICH/Dom DiFulvio, PSU

PB: Leroy Clarke Jr., PSU/Jonathon Fornoff, AF/Uche Eke, MICH

HB: Lukas Texeira, AF/Adam Dean, MICH/Franz Card, PSU

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Logan Bradley


Photos: Jess Frankl

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