NORMAN – The top-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team dominates the standings at the conclusion of its regular season. After completing a third consecutive unbeaten regular season, the Sooners rank first in every event as a team and have the top ranked individual on all six events.
The Sooners currently rank first as a team on floor with a four-score average of 72.067, first on pommel horse (71.967), first on rings (72.867), first on vault (73.633), first on parallel bars (72.183) and first on high bar (72.317). Oklahoma also ranks first in total team score with a four-score mark of 433.067. Stanford ranks second at 422.100.
With the new code of points in effect, scoring has been lower in 2017. Only two teams have topped the 425-point mark this season, Oklahoma and Stanford. The Sooners have bested that score in each of their eight meets this season while the Cardinal has done so once. OU has topped the 430-point mark five times this season. Of the top nine score in collegiate gymnastics this season, eight, including each of the top four, belong to OU.
Those dominant numbers have come on the backs of some remarkable individual performances this season. Sophomore and 2017 American Cup Champion Yul Moldauer currently ranks first on floor with a four-score average of 14.850, first on rings at 15.067 and first on parallel bars with a 15.383. Senior Allan Bower, a Nissen-Emery Award finalist, ranks first on pommel horse with a four-score average of 15.200. Freshman Tanner Justus sits in first on vault with a mark of 15.000 while sophomore Levi Anderson leads the nation on high bar at 14.817.
In addition to the individual events, Moldauer is the highest ranked Sooner in the all-around standings. He ranks second nationally with a four-score mark of 86.450. Bower and Moldauer own the country’s two highest all-around marks put up this season. Bower scored an 88.750 at the Rocky Mountain Open in January while Moldauer put up an 88.350 in the Sooners’ home opener against Michigan.
The Sooners have some time off to rest and get healthy as they prepare for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship on April 8. Oklahoma looks to claim its sixth straight conference title in the meet which will be held in Berkeley, Calif., on the campus of the University of California.