Bears Finish Third At MPSF Championships
STANFORD – California men's gymnastics finished Saturday's MPSF Championships with both a sense of accomplishment and a hunger to prove themselves at the NCAA Championships in two weeks' time, having finished third in the contest at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion with a total of 392.400 points.
The Cardinal won their first MPSF Championship since 2011, compiling a monstrous score of 424.250, while Oklahoma finished second with 417.300 points. Air Force rounded out the field with a fourth-place 388.050.
Cal started off the evening on the pommel horse, led by Noah Newfeld's 12.750 and Will Lavanakul's 12.600, then moved on to the still rings, where Chris Scales (13.250) recorded the night's first PR and Landon Wu (13.150) followed close behind with another 13-plus score.
Once again, Caleb Rickard posted the Bears' top vault score, hitting 14.500 on his routine, while Jelani Sweet and Yu-Chen Lee both accumulated 14.000 points to contribute to the team's event score of 68.950 – the highest of the night. On the parallel bars, Newfeld once again paced the Bears with a score of 13.650, followed by Lee's 13.400; next, on the horizontal bar, Rickard hit 13.400 and Collin Cunane tied his PR of 13.250 for the squad's two highest marks in the event. Cal concluded the night on the floor exercise, led by Lee's 13.850, Cunane's PR of 13.700, and David Rauchwerger's PR of 13.250.
With the conference championships finished, the Bears have two weeks before concluding their season at the NCAA Championships, hosted in Norman, Okla., on April 15-16.
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