OKLAHOMA CITY The No. 4 University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team posted the nation’s highest score this season on Sunday and the second highest all-time when it defeated No. 12 Nebraska, 224.050-212.650. OU swept every event except the vault.
The score of 224.050 was the nation’s best since the Sooners posted a score of 225.200 on March 6, 2004. The win also tied the OU-NU series record at 28 and gave OU the chance to take the series lead next weekend in a rematch of today’s action.
“This win was significant for two reasons,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “One, it tied the series record with Nebraska and two, it is the highest score in the nation this year. This win and the score should put us right back into the top along with Ohio State and Illinois. We scored high on the still rings and on the high bar and that is excellent in terms of our team score.”
Individually, the Sooners were led by junior Jamie Henderson, finishing first and setting a career record in the all-around with a score of 55.750. Henderson also set career records on the pommel horse with a 9.6, picking up a second place finish, on the parallel bars with a 9.0, good enough for third and on the floor with a 8.95 (tied-fourth). Henderson also tied for first on the high bar (9.55) and finished second on the still rings with a season high 9.65.
“Jamie has really helped us out a lot lately,” added Williams. “His career high in the all-around was a total boost for us. He really set the pace for us and stepped up for the team today.”
Senior Josh Gore jumped into the record-breaking fun, setting career records and finishing first in all three events he competed in, the pommel horse (9.7), the parallel bars (9.5) and the high bar (9.55). Gore’s score on the parallel bars tied former OU gymnast Daniel Furney’s school record set on March 1, 2003.
All together, the Sooner gymnasts set 19 individual career records and 27 individual season records. Individually, the Sooners took first in every event except for the vault.
The Sooners will face the Huskers again this Sunday, Feb. 20, in Lincoln, Neb. at 2 p.m. CST in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.