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Left No Doubt

Apr 16, 2022

NORMAN, OKLA. - No. 1 Stanford captured its third consecutive NCAA championship on Saturday evening, putting the finishing touches on one of the most dominant seasons in school history.

Stanford overwhelmed the six-team field, totaling a 423.628 while producing individual NCAA champions in five different events. Host Oklahoma (414.555) and Michigan (414.490) followed in second and third, respectively. Nebraska placed fourth at 406.453, followed by Ohio State (399.326) and Illinois (398.523).

The Cardinal won its eighth NCAA title in program history, becoming the first school to three-peat since Oklahoma's four-year stretch from 2015-18. Stanford also won NCAA crowns in 2011, 2009, 1995, 1993 and 1992.

Showcasing a combination of superior lineup depth and dynamic routines, Stanford led wire-to-wire, beginning with a 73.432 on vault through the first rotation. Even when Michigan inched closer at the midway point, Stanford delivered a season-best 72.433 on floor to stretch its lead and never looked back.

Highlighting Stanford's individual NCAA champions was Brody Malone, who led all competitors on the horizontal bar (14.700) and tied for the national title on pommel horse (14.000). Malone becomes a seven-time national champion, and has now won three consecutive horizontal bar titles. The native of Summerville, Ga. captured the all-around in 2019 and 2021 while also earning a floor title in 2019. With seven national titles, Malone is the most decorated gymnast in Stanford history - passing the five individual national titles held by Akash Modi and Steve Hug, and doing so in just three national championship meets.

Also securing event titles were Curran Phillips (15.233) on parallel bars, Riley Loos (career-high tying 14.600) on rings and Bryan Perla (career-high tying 14.800) on floor.

Finishing the meet on still rings, Stanford posted a season-best 71.666. All five Stanford competitors claimed All-America honors - marking the first time that Stanford has managed to place all eligible gymnasts on the All-America list for one event.

The Cardinal claimed a program-best 20 All-America honors in total - surpassing the 16 garnered in 2020. Malone led the way, earning a total of five All-America selections on floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, horizontal bar and in the all-around. Malone finished second in the all-around with a score of 84.733.

With his five selections, Malone has now amassed 17 All-America honors, including four in the all-around, three on horizontal bar, rings and floor, two on parallel bars, and one apiece on vault and pommel horse. The 17 All-America selections are tied for the most in Stanford history with Akash Modi (2014-17), while his five selections in 2022 match a record he previously reached in 2019. Jair Lynch ('92), Dan Gill ('04) and Modi ('15 & '17) are the only other Stanford gymnast to record five in a single season.

Freshman Khoi Young earned All-America selections on pommel horse and vault, while Phillips earned a pair on vault and parallel bars. With two on Saturday, Phillips has collected five in his career - including three on vault and two on parallel bars.

Loos and senior Ian Gunther also managed two selections, with Loos earning the distinction on floor and still rings. Loos has now earned seven All-America honors in his career - including three on rings and two on floor. Gunther is now a 10-time All-American after finishing top-eight on rings and parallel bars. Gunther is a four-time All-American on rings and a three-time selection on parallel bars.

Rounding out the All-America honors, Perla (floor), Blake Sun (pommel horse), Taylor Burkhart (pommel horse), Mark Berlaga (still rings), Thomas Lee (still rings), Zach Martin (vault) and Colt Walker (parallel bars) each earned one.

For their efforts in guiding Stanford to the national title, head coach Thom Glielmi and assistant coach Mark Freeman were named Coaches of the Year. The honor is the sixth National Coach of the Year selection for Glielmi, while Freeman has been awarded National Assistant Coach of the Year in each of the last three seasons. 

NOTES:
• Stanford varsity teams have won 129 NCAA championships (69 men, 60 women) and 156 overall.
• Stanford has won at least one NCAA team championship during each of the last 46 seasons, dating back to the 1976-77 campaign.
• Of Stanford's 129 NCAA championships, 35 have been won by fall sports, 31 by winter sports and 63 by spring sports.
• Since 2000, Stanford has captured 53 NCAA crowns.
• Stanford's eight NCAA championships in men's gymnastics are tied with Nebraska for the fourth-most all-time, trailing Oklahoma (12), Penn State (12) and Illinois (10).
• Men's gymnastics is the first Cardinal program to win three straight NCAA titles since women's swimming and diving completed a three-peat from 2017-19.
• Head coach Thom Glielmi has guided the Cardinal to five NCAA titles, which ranks third overall among active Stanford head coaches and trails only Lele Forood of women's tennis (10) and John Tanner of women's water polo (7).