March 5, 2011
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Former OU All-American Jonathan Horton won the 2011 AT&T American Cup all-around title with a score of 90.198 on Saturday, March 5. This is Horton’s third American Cup victory, previously winning the competition in 2006 and 2007.
Horton tied for first on parallel bars (15.066) and high bar (15.033) and claimed the rings title with a score of 15.500.
“I am very proud of Jon and what he was able to accomplish,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “It is a tremendous accomplishment for to win the event.”
OU sophomore Jacob Dalton, who won the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge, joined Horton on the podium finishing third in the competition with an all-around score of 88.497. The Reno, Nev., native also finished first on floor (15.766) and tied for first on parallel bars (15.066). This was Dalton’s first Tyson American Cup competition.
"It is pretty impressive to have two of the top three finishers at the American Cup be Sooners," added Williams. "I think it's a statement that not only is our program developing NCAA champions but we are also trying to take them to the international competitions."
The American Cup, one of the most prestigious international invitationals, features some of the world's top gymnasts in an all-around format.
Dalton was added to the field for the American Cup Saturday morning. He replaced Russia's Sergey Khorokhordin, who withdrew due to injury.
Dalton joined an already impressive field that includes 2010 World all-around champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia, 2010 World all-around silver-medalist Philipp Boy of Germany, 2010 World all-around bronze-medalist Jonathan Horton of Houston and 2010 World all-around finalist Alexandra Raisman of Needham, Mass.
Due to Dalton's selection to the list of competitors at the American Cup, the sophomore will be unavailable for Saturday's meet against Cal.
USA: Jake Dalton, Reno, Nev.
USA: Jonathan Horton, Houston
France: Cyril Tommasone
Germany: Philipp Boy
Great Britain: Samuel Hunter
Great Britain: Daniel Purvis
Japan: Koji Uematsu
Ukraine: Mykola Kuksenkov