Posts Tagged ‘Sho Nakamori’

OU: Men’s NCAA Champions

April 19, 2008

1. Oklahoma 363.200
2. Stanford 362.750
3. Illinois 359.750
4. Penn State 357.650
5. California 356.150
6. Michigan 354.250

The Sooners upset no. 1 Stanford on the Cardinal’s home turf to take their third NCAA team title in four years.

Penn State’s Casey Sandy topped OU star Jonathan Horton and Stanford’s Sho Nakamori to take the all-around title.

(via International Gymnast Online)

Hambuchen, China lead in Beijing

November 28, 2007

To the surprise of few, Germany’s Fabian Hambuchen is head and shoulders above the competition after the preliminary round of the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational.

German giant Fabian Hambuchen.

Hambuchen posted the highest all-around score in an all-around that isn’t being contested at the meet, and led event finals qualifications on floor exercise and high bar.

There are few of the sport’s top competitors there to challenge him. Japanese star Hiroyuki Tomita may still be recovering from exhaustion after the Stuttgart all-around, and Tomita’s teammate Hisashi Mizutori is absent as well. Also missing is the Chinese men’s A team, including two-time World champ Yang Wei.

The absence of China’s best male gymnasts didn’t stop the host country from dominating the first day of the team competition (363.625) over second place Japan (361.550) by more than two points. The Korean team (316.350) is right on their tails.

The U.S. men, competing with 2007 World team members David Durante, Sean Golden, and 2005 U.S. Champion Todd Thornton, along with Clay Strother, David Sender and Stanford standout Sho Nakamori, will likely want to better the 349.125 that left them in eighth after the first day.

(via International Gymnast Online)

Stanford favored in men’s gymnastics preseason coaches poll

October 23, 2007

U.S. National team member Sho Nakamori leads the Cardinal in its 2008 campaign for the NCAA Championship.

Coaches say the boys from the farm are the ones most likely to walk away with the 2008 NCAA title, but they’ll face strong opposition from men’s gymnastics powerhouses Penn State, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

    2008 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Stanford (8)
2. Penn State (4)
3. Oklahoma (2)
4. Ohio State (1)
5. California
6. Michigan
7. Minnesota
8. Illinois
9. Iowa
10. Nebraska
11. Temple
12. Army
13. Illinois-Chicago
14. William & Mary
15. Navy

To look at many collegiate women’s teams is to see gymnasts whose elite heyday happened before they went to college. Meanwhile, NCAA men’s gymnastics is where those who are gunning for the 2008 Olympic trials cut their teeth.

Stanford has current U.S. Championships bronze medalist Sho Nakamori, U.S. National team member David Sender and 2007 NCAA rings champion Alex Schorsch. Oklahoma has Jonathan Horton and Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, the 2006 and 2007 NCAA all-around champions, respectively. Ohio State has Paul and Morgan Hamm’s coach Miles Avery and seniors D.J. Bucher and Jimmy Wickham, both of whom have competed well at the U.S. Championships. Illinois has Wes Haagensen and a highly touted freshman class. Cal has Tim McNeill, the 2007 NCAA champ on pommel horse and parallel bars.

Any of these guys are capable of leading their teams to NCAA glory. But the best team in the nation, however, seems to be the one with the fewest elite stars. Penn State’s biggest name is probably Kevin Tan, an alum of the Nittany Lions and two World Championship teams.