Men’s Gymnastics receives 2019 NCAA title

, Stanford produced a 415.222 score to capture the 2019 NCAA title and dethrone four-time defending champion Oklahoma in a meet that was decided in the final rotation.


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It looked as if Oklahoma would make it five straight NCAA titles, until the Cardinal erased a four-point deficit, producing a season-best 71.131 score on rings.

turned in identical performances of 14.366, as all five gymnasts totaled 14.000 or higher. Bitner’s leadoff set was good for a new career-best and sparked the comeback as the momentum continued to build throughout the rotation.

On the other side, the Sooners stumbled, managing a 66.065 on high bar, including a costly fall from Yul Moldauer - the 2019 Nissen-Emery Award winner.

"We know high bar is a very tough scoring event, and you have to be almost perfect to score in the 14s," head coach

said after the meet. "We felt that if we do our job on rings, we could have mostly 14s and break out a 70+; and if they miss a routine, we can put even more pressure on them, which is what happened."

The national championship is Stanford’s sixth in school history and first since 2011. The Cardinal also won it all in 2009, 1995, 1993 and 1992.

Malone not only captured the all-around crown with a career-best 85.832, he also claimed the national title on floor (career-high 14.800) and high bar (14.633) to become the first Cardinal in program history to win three titles in one season. He also becomes only the third freshman to win the NCAA all-around title, joining Sam Mikulak and Moldauer.



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"Brody was just solid and an anchor, really," Glielmi said of the freshman. "The best show of his competitiveness was high bar when the athlete before him missed. It is really important that the next guy nails his routine, and he did that in spades. He has one of the hardest routines in the nation and he nailed it. That totally shifted the way that event ended up."

Proving depth, the Cardinal managed 15 All-Americans to match a program record set in 2008, with Malone leading the way with five after capturing the honor on parallel bars (14.100) and rings (14.266) in addition to his national titles. Malone joins Jair Lynch (’92), Dan Gill (’04) and 

 (’15 & ’17) as the only Cardinal gymnasts to ever record five All-American honors in one Championship meet.

Senior

joined Malone as an All-American in the all-around, finishing with a score of 81.464 to place eighth.

Bitner and Gunther also earned All-American honors on rings, while

(13.800) were named All-Americans on parallel bars as Stanford hit for a 67.365.

The Cardinal dominated the high bar, with Malone earning the national title, followed by Breckenridge (season-high 14.200) as the runner-up and

(13.933) in fourth to all capture All-American honors. The runner-up finish was the second in as many years for Breckenridge after taking second behind

in 2018. 

The Cardinal has now won the high bar title in four straight seasons, as Modi took the honor in 2016 before Neff went back-to-back in the last two.

Joining Malone with All-American honors on floor were

(5th, 14.466). Perla also nabbed All-American honors on vault after taking second with a career-best score of 14.933 to guide Stanford to a season-high 72.632.

"We have some good depth, which showed up tonight," Glielmi mentioned. "We tell the guys that we have a great team, and because of that, there may be gymnasts who could be All-Americans who won’t be in the lineup because it’s so competitive. That was reflected tonight as

was ill and we had to replace him in a few events - one of which was rings where Bitner took his spot and ended up being an All-American."

In addition to snapping the national championship run at four, Stanford’s victory also ended Oklahoma’s winning streak of 121 straight victories in head-to-head competitions - the third-longest winning streak in NCAA history.

Stanford Athletics remains the all-time leader with 120 NCAA championships. The Cardinal has won at least one NCAA Championship during each of the last 43 years, including three this season with titles in women’s volleyball and women’s swimming.



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