Men's Gymnastics Schedule Announced

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Nov. 16, 2010

 Date  Opponent  Time
 Jan. 15  Rocky Mountain Open 8:00 p.m. CT
 Jan. 22  Ohio State 7:00 p.m. CT
 Jan. 29  Minnesota 7:00 p.m. CT
 Feb. 2-4  Winter Cup 8:00 p.m. CT
 Feb. 13  Nebraska 8:00 p.m. CT
 Feb. 19  Stanford 1:00 p.m. CT
 March 5  California 9:00 p.m. CT 
 March 12  Michigan 7:00 p.m. CT 
 March 19  Penn State/Illinois 2:00 p.m. CT 
 April 2  MPSF Championship 7:00 p.m. CT 
 April 14  NCAA Qualifier TBA 
 April 15  NCAA Team Finals 6:00 p.m. CT 
 April 16  NCAA Event Finals 6:00 p.m. CT
Bold indicates home meets
* Individual, non-NCAA event
NORMAN. Okla. -- University of Oklahoma vice president for intercollegiate athletics programs and director of athletics Joe Castiglione and head men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams announced the Sooners' 2011 schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

The Sooners will participate in eight regular season meets, four of which will be in Norman at the Howard McCasland Field House, highlighted by matchups with Ohio State, Cal, Penn State and Illinois.

OU is ranked third in the preseason GymInfo Coaches Poll with all but one gymnast returning from last year's team.

Oklahoma begins the 2011 slate on Jan. 15 with its annual trip to the Rocky Mountain Open hosted by the Air Force Academy. After the Sooners trip to Air Force, the team opens the home season with back-to-back meets against Ohio State on Jan. 22 and Minnesota on Jan. 29.

"The Rocky Mountain Open is always a good beginning for us," said OU Head Coach Mark Williams.  "It's a good opener where we can go up to the Air Force Academy and face a number of teams.  It's generally not a time when we're overly consistent, but we do have to start somewhere and it's exciting to have some individual awards at that particular meet."

On Feb 2-4, select Sooners will then make the trip to Las Vegas to compete in the Winter Cup. The annual individual event helps determine the participants at the 2011 U.S. Visa Championships.

Following the break from team competition, the OU men will travel to conference rival Nebraska (Feb. 13) and then travel to Palo Alto, Calf. to face the Stanford (Feb. 19). Oklahoma returns home to host California on March 5.

In the month of March, the Sooners will face three members of the Big Ten conference beginning with a trip to Michigan on March 12.  After the matchup with the defending national champion Wolverines, Oklahoma will host Penn State and Illinois (March 19) for a tri-meet.

"Those three meets in March come late in the season when we are getting ready for the conference championship and they will provide two great tests," added Williams.  "We're going to once again have a very ambitious schedule that includes the top-ranked teams in the country."

The 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships will be hosted by Air Force at the Cadet West Gym on April 2. Last season, the Sooners claimed their 10th conference title in the last 12 years. OU notched its 31st and 32nd individual conference titles under Williams, as Steven Legendre and Ian Jackson won MPSF titles.

The Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio will host the 2011 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships, April 14-16, at the St. John Arena.  Oklahoma has won five national championships under the leadership of Williams and has claimed eight overall in the program's history.

"I think that the schedule will be a bit of a challenge this year because of the level of competition we are facing this season," said Williams. "We feel like throughout the course of the season we will be in the position to contend for a national championship."

OU is the only school in the last 11 years to finish in the top four of the NCAA Championships.



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