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No. 4 Sooners to Battle Huskers, Flames
February 12, 2011

Feb. 12, 2011

 No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Nebraska | No. 13 Illinois-Chicago
 Date  Sunday, Feb. 13 | 1 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Lincoln, Neb. | Devaney Center
 Tickets  Nebraska Athletics Ticket Office
 Meet Notes  Sooners
 Internet  Live Stats | Live Video in All-Access

NORMAN, Okla. -- 

The No. 4 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team travels to Lincoln, Neb. to battle No. 9 Nebraska and No. 13 Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 13. The event will start at 1 p.m. in the Devaney Center at the University of Nebraska.

Oklahoma enters the meet after claiming its fifth victory over a top 10 opponent, a 344.650-336.750 victory over No. 7 Minnesota.

The Sooners posted top scores on five of the six individual events with three different gymnasts winning titles. This weekend marks the second time that OU has faced the Huskers this year. The Sooners won the previous meet at the Rocky Mountain Open (346.500-334.500).

OU looks to build on Winter Cup success after three current Sooners were named to the U.S. National Team last weekend. Sophomore Jacob Dalton claimed the Winter Cup all-around title with an all-around score of 88.150 on the final night.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Nebraska: The No. 9 Nebraska men’s gymnastics team (3-3, 2-1 MPSF) topped No. 11 Air Force 343.000-334.400 last week. Four Huskers captured individual event crowns on the afternoon, helping Nebraska notch a season-high 343.000 team total.

UIC: Despite season-best performances across the board, the UIC men’s gymnastics team (0-6) was unable to win at Iowa on Jan. 22, falling 342.100-329.300.

UP NEXT
Oklahoma returns to action against MPSF Conference foe No. 1 Stanford on Feb. 19 in Palo Alto, Calif. The meet will get underway at 9 p.m. (CT) at the Maples Pavilion.


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MEET NOTES

A LOOK BACK AT THE SOONERS’ LAST COMPETITION
A season-best 1,098 fans watched OU (5-0 overall, 2-0 MPSF) post a 344.650 en route to the victory over the Gophers (336.750) and Team Texas (293.400) on Jan 29.

Sophomore Alex Naddour claimed his first all-around of the season with a score of 83.250.

The Sooners posted top scores on five of the six individual events with three different gymnasts winning titles.

OKLAHOMA VS. MINNESOTA INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Floor Exercise: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
Still Rings: Troy Nitzky, Oklahoma
Vault: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
Parallel Bars: Chris Stehl, Oklahoma
High Bar: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
All-Around: Alex Naddour, Oklahoma

DALTON, SOONERS DOMINATE 2011 WINTER CUP
OU sophomore Jacob Dalton won the 2011 Winter Cup all-around title and regained his position on the U.S. Senior National Team on Feb. 5. Overall, one third of the national team will remain from the University of Oklahoma men’s program.

Dalton is the second straight Sooner to win the all-around at the Winter Cup. In 2010, current OU graduate assistant coach Chris Brooks claimed the crown. Joining Dalton on the U.S. National Team are Brooks, sophomore Alex Naddour, senior Steven Legendre and Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Horton.

The four Sooners showcased their talents in the sport Saturday night at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev., as three of the four current Sooners sent to the event were selected to the national team following strong performances.

Dalton and Naddour were the latest to be named to the team, while Brooks, Horton and Legendre automatically retain their spots on the national team as members of the 2010 World Championships Team.


GYMNAST TO WATCH
Jacob Dalton | Soph. | All-Around -- Dalton won the 2011 Winter Cup all-around title and regained his position on the U.S. Senior National Team on Feb. 5.

The three-time All-American claimed the all-around title for the weekend after he posted a two-day total of 176.250. Posting an all-around score of 88.150 on the final night, the Reno, Nev., native also claimed the floor (16.150) and vault (16.550) event titles. 

BEST OF THE WEEK...AGAIN
Dalton was named the College Gymnastics Association National and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Gymnast of the Week on Thursday. This marks the second consecutive week that Dalton has received both honors.

Both honors are the fourth of Dalton’s career as he won the 2011 Winter Cup all-around title and regained his position on the U.S. Senior National Team on Feb. 5.

MR. ALL-AROUND
Sophomore Jacob Dalton is currently ranked first on two apparatuses with average scores of 16.300 on vault and 15.225 on parallel bars.

The Reno, Nev., native is also second on floor (15.500), sixth on high bar (14.767) and third in the all-around (89.625).

VAULT LEADER
For the second straight week, Dalton tied the program record on vault with a score of 16.550 in a win over Minnesota. The U.S. Senior National Team member previously recorded OU’s top score last week against Ohio State.

GOING TO NO. 1
The Sooners are currently the top ranked team on vault with a score of 63.750. OU has five gymnasts in the top 20 on the apparatus (Jacob Dalton, 16.300; Steven Legendre, 16.217; Jeremy Adams, 15.700; Ian Jackson, 15.600; Raymond White, 15.600).

Dalton has posted a OU program recod of 16.550 on his last two vaults in competition (Ohio State, Minnesota).

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.

SETTING NEW BAR AT RMO
The meet was highlighted by two Sooners that posted RMO record highs with Legendre's 16.400 on vault and Dalton's 15.100 on parallel bars.

Four current Sooners, including Dalton (high bar parallel bars), Legendre (floor, vault, allaround), Jackson (rings) and Alex Naddour (pommel horse) hold each of the event records for the Rocky Mountain Open.

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.

PRE-SEASON PROMINENCE
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.

BRINGING IN MORE TALENT
For the 2011 season head coach Mark Williams signed Presten Ellsworth as a part of the 2010 signing class

Presten Ellsworth
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.

 

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