Jan. 14, 2011
|No. 3 Oklahoma at Rocky Mountain Open|
|Date||Saturday, Jan. 15 | 7 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colo. | Cadet West Gymnasium|
|Tickets||Order Online | (719) 472-1895 or (800) 666-8723|
|Teams|| No. 3 Oklahoma, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 13 Air Force,
Arizona State, Olympic Training Center
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 3 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team opens the 2010 season Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. The event, hosted by the U.S. Air Force Academy, will start at 7 p.m. (CT) at Cadet West Gymnasium and will include both team and individual awards.
Competing at the meet is Air Force, fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Nebraska, club teams from Arizona State and athletes from the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
Last season, Oklahoma won its 11th straight Rocky Mountain Open, sweeping the team event titles with a score of 355.000.
The Sooners also claimed all but one of the individual titles at the Rocky Mountain Open in 2010 with the help of Jacob Dalton winning event titles on vault, parallel bars, high bar and all-around, Steven Legendre winning floor and Alex Naddour winning pommel horse.
Air Force is in its 12th season under the leadership of Kip Simons. The Falcons return 8 letterwinners from last year’s squad that finished fifth in the MPSF.
The University of Nebraska is ranked ninth in the preseason poll and returns a team that finished ninth in the NCAA last year.
Oklahoma will face a familiar Big Ten foe next weekend as it hosts Ohio State, on Jan. 22. The meet is scheduled for a 7 p.m. (CT) start inside the Howard McCasland Field House. The meet will also mark “Cleveland Elementary Night.”
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A GOOD START
The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team has been unbeatable at the Rocky Mountain Open. OU will look to win its 12th straight RMO on Jan. 15 at Air Force.
The Sooners currently hold the individual high scores on each event at the RMO since 2008, when the new scoring was put in place. (Floor: Steven Legendre, 15.400; Pommel Horse: Alex Naddour, 15.200; Rings: Ian Jackson, 15.300; Vault: Jacob Dalton, 16.250; Parallel Bars: Legendre, 14.950; High Bar: Dalton, 14.800; All-Around: Legendre, 89.400)
Since 2000, Oklahoma has won at least two individual event titles in each compitition at the Rocky Mountain Open and has swept the individual titles four times (2001, 2006, 2008,
Oklahoma has won at least six individual event titles since 2006, while claiming the allaround title.
GYMNAST TO WATCH
Steven Legendre | Sr. | All-Around -- The Six-time NCAA national champion was busy in the off-season helping Team USA place fourth at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The OU senior was a world finalist on floor and finished eighth.
Legendre looks to continue the momentum of WOrlds into the season opener for the Sooners. A tree-time national champion on floor, Legendre could become the first Sooner gymnast to win consecutive national titles on any event.
2010 ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN TEAM STANDINGS
1. OKLAHOMA - 347.400
2. Nebraska - 337.050
3. Air Force - 325.850
4. Arizona State - 319.400
5. Washington - 277.950
Floor Exercise: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
Pommel Horse: Alex Naddour, Oklahoma
Still Rings: Anthongy Ingrelli, Nebraska
Vault: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
Parallel Bars: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
High Bar: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
All-Around: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
BRINGING IN MORE TALENT
For the 2011 season head coach Mark Williams signed Presten Ellsworth as a part of the 2010 signing class.
Hometown: Allen, Texas
High School: Allen | Club: WOGA
A native of Allen, Texas, Ellsworth was a member of the USA Junior National Team for the 2005-06 season and is coached by Sergei Pakanich, at WOGA Gymnastics. In 2009, Ellsworth competed at the Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships where he finished third on floor and 11th in the all-around and also competed at the Visa Championships.
In 2008, he also competed in Men’s Junior Olympic National Championships and Visa Championships finishing seventh all-around in both events.
LEADING THE 2010 SOONERS
Seniors Ian Jackson and Steven Legendre were named co-captains for the 2011 season by
head coach Mark Williams. Both were a part of the Sooners 2008 National Championship
squad and have received national honors for their effort.
SOONERS COMPETE AGAINST WORLD’S BEST
Half of Team USA at the 2010 World Championships was represented by the Sooner program. Current OU Steven Legendre and former Sooners Jonathan Horton and Chris Brooks competed in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Current OU Head Coach Mark Williams and former Sooner gymnast Tom Meadows also represented Team USA as individual coaches for the Sooner gymnasts.
Horton won the bronze medal in the all-around, while Brooks and Legendre finish in the top eight in high bar and floor, respectively.
ONE MEET AT A TIME
The Sooners will participate in eight regular season meets and face five opponents that competed at the 2010 NCAA Championship final. OU will also host three home meets at the Howard McCasland Field House, highlighted by matchups with California Illinois and Penn State.
The 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships will be hosted by Air Force Academy on April 2, while the NCAA Championships will be hosted by Ohio State on April 14 -16.
In the last 11 years, the OU men’s gymnastics program has been ranked in the top three of the preseason coaches poll every season. Six of the 11 years the Sooners have been positioned at the top of the poll.