Outside of Akash Modi (MPSF Gymnast of the Week) and some consistent team performances on PB & HB, it wasn't too great of a day for the Cardinal (417.55). Howver, they were still able to come away with a win over Michigan (407.3) and Illinois (404.0).
As the #1 team in the country on FX, Stanford suffered their first sub-70 score of the season with a 66.3. They also had season-low on PH with a 65.95, where they're ranked fourth in the NCAA.
Still, there were some positives such as Josiah Eng winning SR with a 15.05 and Taylor Seaton's 14.85 on VT which was good enough for third.
Kurt Golder and his staff have to be liking the progress their young team is showing. Saturday marked a season-high team score and the second time this year they've beaten a B1G opponent (defeated MINN & Iowa @ Windy City Invite).
The definite highlight of the meet came on VT where Emyre Cole competed a near-flawless yurchenko-2.5:
That 15.1 bested teammate Anthony McCallum who had a 14.95. The two both rank top-four in the NCAA on the event.
Another highlight came from sophomore Justin Hopgood with his 14.4 on HB. It marked just his third routine of the year and destroyed his previous best score of 13.05.
Outside of a stellar VT rotation it was an unspectacular but solid day for the Wolverines. There's still plenty of room for improvement as they counted six scores below a 13.
Rounding out the field was an injury-plagued Illinois team. They were without Bobby Baker and Matt Foster as both were forced to take the weekend off following cortisone injections. Both are expected back soon along with AA'er Joey Peters.
FX was the roughest event for the Illini where they scored a 64.7. They were forced to take a one-point neutral deduction following an injury to Taylor Smith. Although it looked scary, Smith reportedly avoided a major injury and could return for the postseason.
Despite some struggles, three Illini took home event titles: Alex Diab on FX (14.2), Brandon Ngai on PH (tied Modi with a 14.8) and Tyson Bull on HB (15.05). Michael Paradise claimed B1G Freshman of the Week honors after his 14.2 performance on PH.
You can check out some of the highlights from Illinois' day here.
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