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Sports - April 19, 2019

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HITTING THE FLOOR ...The second-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team looks for its sixth national title this weekend when the NCAA Championships begins Friday at the State Farm Center in Champaign, Ill. The Cardinal brings the No. 2 seed overall into the championships, entering the meet with a 418.025 qualifying score. Stanford is grouped with No. 3 Michigan (410.863), No. 6 Minnesota (406.525), No. 7 Nebraska (404.638), No. 10 Navy (400.738) and No. 11 California (398.788). The session is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Stanford enters the meet ranked among the nation's top-10 in every event, including first on floor (70.975) and parallel bars (70.725). The Cardinal is second in still rings (70.200) and high bar (68.863), fourth in pommel horse (67.338) and sixth on vault (71.200). Stanford placed second to Oklahoma at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Stanford's Brody Malone was named MPSF Gymnast of the Year, and Thom Glielmi won MPSF Coach of the Year honors. Malone is one of two gymnasts this year to record an all-around score of 85.000 or better, finishing with a mark of 85.250 on March 30. He enters the championships ranked first in the nation in the all-around, averaging 84.225. Malone also ranks sixth nationally in high bar (14.100), seventh in parallel bars (14.188), eighth in vault (14.588), and top-25 in floor (18th, 14.150), rings (20th, 13.950) and pommel horse (20th, 13.563). A two-time CGA National Gymnast of the Week, Malone is a five-time CGA National Rookie of the Week, and a three-time MPSF Gymnast of the Week. Senior Grant Breckenridge is in the running for the prestigious Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the top senior gymnast in the nation.

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