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Stanford Downs Cal in Regular Season Finale; Conference Championships Up Next

Posted on 02 April 2017 by admin

Host Stanford (422.90) downed cross-town rival Cal (406.00) in the regular season finale for both teams.  Seniors Akash Modi and Taylor Seaton were multiple-event winners.  Modi went out in style, earning titles on FX (15.25), PH (14.55), PB (15.40) and AA (87.65).  Seaton won his titles on VT (14.85) and HB (14.30).  Josiah Eng won on SR (14.20) for the fifth time this season.  The meet was a Senior Night send-off for Modi, Seaton, Jordan DeClerk, Andrew Misiolek and Drew Willoughby.

For Cal, their biggest highlights came from Aaron Mah and Michael Rauchwerger.  Mah, the NCAA’s 10th-ranked AAer, scored his season high (82.35).  Rauchwerger put up big numbers on FX (14.70) and VT (14.35).  The Bears tallied their second highest team score of the season, which comes in timely fashion as it should ensure their top-12 ranking.

Stanford sophomore Senior National Team member Grant Breckenridge did not compete due to suffering a warm-up knee injury (possible ACL).  His availability for the post season is unknown.  How this will affect Stanford’s aspirations to knock off top-ranked Oklahoma is unclear, but the team’s remarkable depth has been on display all season.

The post season will be launched next weekend with three conference championships.  The Big 10 Championships will commence on Friday (Team/AA) and conclude on Saturday (Event Finals).  The MPSF Championships and the ECAC Championships will take place on Saturday.

The Big 10 contest ought to be a blood bath with several teams vying for the team crown.  Despite a widespread injury bug that has plagued the conference, most teams are licking their wounds and are highly competitive for the post season.  No clear favorite has emerged, so the title is up for grabs.  The two-day format will also allow for an entertaining day of event finals.

The ECAC is also highly competitive, with top teams Navy, William & Mary and Army capable of walking away with the team title.  All three teams have posted scores above 405.

The MPSF Championships, hosted by Cal, will feature a Stanford-Oklahoma rematch.  This will be the penultimate head-to-head matchup leading up to the NCAA finals.  Assuming they do AA, it will be the next to last contest between the nation’s top-5 all-arounders Akash Modi, Yul Moldauer, Allan Bower, Robert Neff and Tim Wang.



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