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The Dynasty Continues – Stanford University Athletics

Columbus, OH – The Stanford men’s gymnastics dynasty continues.

The Cardinal won its fifth consecutive NCAA championship and pulled away in the fifth of the sixth rotations to score 425.324 against second-place Michigan with 419.689 on Saturday at Ohio State’s Covelli Center. It was Stanford’s highest team score since the start of its national title run in 2019.

Leading the Cardinal was a sophomore Asher Hongwho won no fewer than three individual titles – on vault (15.266), parallel bars (15.100) and rings (14.966) – and Khoi Jongwho captured the all-round championship with 86,098 points.

Stanford has won at least one NCAA team championship in each of the past 48 academic years dating back to 1976-77. Stanford has won 135 NCAA championships (71 men, 64 women) and 164 national championships overall (77 men, 85 women, 2 coed).

This is the 10th NCAA men’s gymnastics championship in school history, and Stanford has won every NCAA title since 2019 (there was no NCAA championship in 2020). The others were won in 1992, 1993, 1995, 2009 and 2011.

Stanford led from wire to wire, scoring a 73.632 on vault in the first round. That score would be the highest for any team in any rotation. Hong’s 15.266 would be enough for him to win a second consecutive NCAA vault title. Young would finish third and maintain his 15.133 routine to reach the podium.

Hong, the 2023 U.S. all-around champion, followed with a score of 15.100 on the parallel bars as Stanford extended its lead. Young finished second with a 14.900 for his second All-America honor of the evening, while Colt Walker recorded a 14.466 and finished in sixth place in the event.

However, Stanford’s lowest team scores came in the horizontal bar and floor exercise, in the third and fourth rounds. That allowed Michigan to close within 282.761-282.193, and Oklahoma trailed by just two points. Brandon Nguyen reached the podium with an eighth place on the high bar (13.600), while Jeremy Bischoff finished eighth on floor (14.200) and became an All-American for the first time in his career.

The fifth rotation changed everything. Stanfords Marcus Kushner opened with a 14.133 on pommel horse, while Michigan’s first competitor scored a 13.366 on the high bar. With some breathing room, all five Stanford gymnasts scored at least 14, including an effort of 15.233 from Young to finish silver as a fifth-year JR Cho finished just behind in third place with a 14.500.

The Cardinal suddenly had a huge lead going into the final round, with 354.826 to Michigan’s 348.857 and Oklahoma’s 348.257. Barring disaster, the championship belonged to Stanford. And that wasn’t a disaster: Stanford’s competitors each scored at least 13,800 in the final rotation, on still rings.

Asher Hong would claim his final event title of the evening at the anchor position with a 14,966 ring routine. Arun Chhetri (fifth – 13,966) and Mark Berlaga (eighth – 13.933) would close the event as Stanford’s sixth and seventh unique podium finishes at the championships.

Throughout the session, every Stanford gymnast scored at least 13.166 in every event.

Young was particularly consistent, becoming the fifth different Stanford gymnast to win an NCAA all-around title and it was the ninth overall by a Cardinal. Previous Stanford all-around champions include Steve Hug (1972-74), Jon Louis (1986), Akash Modi (2015, 2017) and Brody Malone (2019, 2021).

Of Stanford’s 135 NCAA championships, 35 have been won by fall sports, 33 by winter sports and 67 by spring sports.

Since 2000, Stanford has captured 59 NCAA crowns.

Men’s gymnastics is one of three Cardinal teams to win five consecutive NCAA titles, joining women’s swimming and diving (five in a row from 1992-96) and women’s tennis (six in a row from 1986-91). Lightweight rowing won five national championships between 2015 and 2019.

Stanford’s 10 NCAA championships are tied for the fourth-most team titles in the country (Penn State 12, Oklahoma 12, Illinois 10).

Head coach Thom Glielmi has led the Cardinal to seven NCAA titles, which ranks third among active Stanford head coaches, trailing only women’s tennis’ Lele Forood (10) and women’s water polo’s John Tanner (9).