2005-06 Honor Roll: David Sender

2005-06 was a banner year for Stanford Men's Gymnastics. Led by sophomore David Sender, the Cardinal finished third at the NCAA Championships in April, their best finish in more than a decade. Sender garnered four All-American honors, including the vault, where he won the NCAA individual crown. We today proudly announce him as the sixth member of The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll.

In the Summer Issue of The Bootleg Magazine, we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2005/2006 school-year.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg's Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational.  While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents.  Finally, these honorees' performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of August, we are releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one.  We previously have recognized Arianna Lambie, Laura Shane, Chris Minaker, Alice Barnes and Candice Wiggins amongst this year's winners.  Our sixth announced member of the The Bootleg's 2005-06 Honor Roll is men's gymnastics performer David Sender.

With a national title and four All-American performances on one memorable April night, David Sender vaults onto The Bootleg's Honor Roll.

Sender, from Arlington Heights, Ill., posted a 9.562 on the vault at the NCAA Individual Event Finals in Norman, Okla.  The score was .075 better than runner-up Jimmy Wickham of Ohio State, and nearly two-tenths of a point higher than teammate Dylan Carney, who took sixth in the event.

While Sender's only championship, the title was but a small part of a championship performance the sophomore put together at NCAA Individuals.  He took fifth on still rings (9.412), sixth on parallel bars (8.875), and fifth in all-around (54.125).  The resulting four All-American honors stand a testament to his consistency and breadth of excellence in a Stanford uniform.

Just a night before, Sender led 26-6 Stanford to their third-place finish at the NCAAs, trailing only powerhouses Illinois and Oklahoma.  Here, too, Sender rose to the occasion with a career-best 9.350 on the parallel bars for sixth.  He also took ninth on the vault (9.325) and tied for fifth on the still rings with a 9.425.

Sender, a Junior Olympic All-Around Champion in high school, also shone at the MPSF Championships in March.  Stanford took second as Sender earned a vault title with a 9.550, second on the floor (9.500) and tied for second all-around with 54.100 of a possible 60 points.

Sender's strong performances have earned him a spot on the U.S. National Team, where he finished second in 2005 to qualify for the Senior National Team.  His career bests are all at least a 9.2, with three at least a 9.65 (floor, still rings and vault).  Sender also shines in the classroom, as he was Academic All-Conference this past season.

From a freshman season that saw only one Top 10 national finish to a sophomore campaign that saw four such finishes and a national title to boot, David Sender improved his craft this past year as much as any Stanford athlete.  If he continues to progress the next two years like he has his first two, the sky is the limit for this Stanford star.

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