Stanford Wins Second-Straight Tri-Meet

Ryan Sheppard, Stanford (Photo Courtesy of Stanford).
Jan. 23, 2018

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Stanford senior Ryan Sheppard (Murphy, TX) returned to competition for the first time since the 2016 NCAA Championships to claim the still rings (13.650) and all-around (82.050) titles as the Cardinal rolled to a second-straight tri-meet win, topping the host No. 18 UIC and No. 8 Iowa. Sheppard also placed third on pommel horse (13.400), parallel bars (13.800), and high bar (13.450), and tied for fourth on vault (14.100). This is Sheppard’s first career MPSF weekly award.


No. 3 STANFORD claimed its second-straight tri-meet win to start the year, totaling 405.750, defeating Iowa (396.100) and Illinois-Chicago (366.300) at UIC on Sunday (Jan. 21). Ryan Sheppard recorded his second career still rings title (13.650) en route to the all-around victory (82.050) in his first meet since the 2016 NCAA Championships. Robert Neff won the high bar (14.350), leading the top-four Cardinal placements in the event, while Blake Sun shared the parallel bars win (13.900). The Cardinal also took the top-five individual placements on vault, led by Neff and Bryan Perla’s first-place finishes (14.350). Stanford’s home opener is Saturday (Jan. 27) against California and Washington.

No. 12 AIR FORCE had its meet against Oklahoma canceled last Saturday (Jan. 20) due to the government shutdown. The Falcons travel to Army and Springfield this weekend.

No. 2 OKLAHOMA had its meet at Air Force canceled last Saturday (Jan. 20). The Sooners now open their season at Michigan Saturday (Jan. 27), before their home opener against Nebraska and Stanford (Feb. 3).

No. 11 CALIFORNIA was off last week. Cal opened its season with two career-highs (pommel horse, parallel bars) and a pair of event wins (Vault, floor) from Aaron Mah in the Cal Benefit Cup (Jan. 13). The Golden Bears finished second with a 390.000 total, just behind meet champion Stanford (402.150) and ahead of SC United (291.450). Mah won vault (14.200) and floor (14.000) and was the runner-up in the all-around (80.700). Yordan Aleksandrov won parallel bars (14.350). The Bears compete on the road for the next two months, first heading to Stanford on Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and Mar. 3.