Feb. 7, 2010
LAS VEGAS -- Four-year letterwinner Chris Brooks won the 2010 Winter Cup all-around title and regained his position on the U.S. Senior National Team late Saturday night. Overall, one third of the national team selections were from the University of Oklahoma men's program.
The Sooners showcased their impressive success in the sport Saturday night at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, Nev., as all five representatives sent to the event were selected following strong performances.
No other NCAA Division I men's gymnastics program has more members on Senior National Team than Oklahoma and this is most National Team members that the Sooners have ever had, beating the previous total in 1994 (4).
Freshman Alex Naddour was the latest to be named to the team, while freshman Jacob Dalton and junior Steven Legendre and Olympian Jonathan Horton retained there positions on the team. The five Sooners, along with the other 10 members will comprise the U.S. team until the Visa Championships in August.
Brooks, who still trains with the Sooners in Norman, claimed the all-around title for the weekend and recorded a two-day total of 175.800. Posting an all-around score of 87.500 for the final night, the Houston, Texas, native improved on floor (14.550), pommel horse (13.000), and rings (14.700) to help his average.
“I am very proud of Chris and what he was able to accomplish this weekend,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “He followed a good performance the first night with an even better performance to win the competition. To finish ahead of of a talented field that includes Jonathan Horton, says a lot about how hard he has trained. He will do great on the National Team.”
Horton, right behind Brooks in second place, finished the weekend with an two-day total of 174.750. The 2008 Olympic silver medalist improved scores on three out of six events to finish the second night with an improved 88.250 all-around score.
After stronger scores in the final night of competition, Legendre finished sixth in the weekend competition and recorded a two-day total of 170.550. The Port Jefferson, N. Y., native improved all of his routine scores from the first night to finish the night with an all-around score of 86.350.
“Steve showed why he is on the National Team,” added Williams. “He came out with a sore back on put up better numbers than the first night to finish strong.”
Naddour also improved his scores from the first night to finish the night in seventh place. The Gilbert, Ariz., native improved scores on rings (13.250) and vault (15.700) to finish the final night with an all-around total of 85.000.
Freshman Jacob Dalton struggled a little during the weekend but improved his floor (15.550) and vault (16.150) total on the second day to make the team. The Reno, Nev., native posted an all-around score of 84.100 to finish the second night.
“Jake and Alex did great this weekend improving their scores from the previous day,” said Williams. “They did great using what they have done in the collegiate season to propel them on to the team.”
Performances at the 2010 Winter Cup Challenge helped determine the 17 men who will comprise the U.S. Men’s Senior National Team through the 2010 Visa Championships in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 11-14.