Aug. 13, 2010
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The OU men's gymnastics team cemented themselves as the dominant national program this weekend as five Sooners were named to the U.S. Senior National Team. Former Sooner and Olympic Medalist Jonathon Horton, who took home the title at the 2010 Visa Championships in Hartford, joins OU letterwinner Chris Brooks, senior Steven Legendre and sophomores Jacob Dalton and Alex Naddour on the team.
This is Horton's second consecutive all-around title at the Visa Championships.
USA Gymnastics named the U.S. Men's National Team following the conclusion of the competition at the 2010 Visa Championships in Hartford, Conn. The top 10 in the senior men's all-around automatically qualified for the national team, and five additional gymnasts were named by the Men's Program Committee.
Horton won the two day event with a combined score of 181.650. The Houston, Texas, native placed third on floor (30.250) and second on rings (31.900).
"I'm definitely proud of the guys and the way they competed tonight," said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. "Jon did a good job holding on to the lead and finishing the night out. Brooks did a great job of battling with an injured ankle -- it is good to see him thrive on a national stage."
Brooks finished in fourth place with an overall total of 176.700, while finishing first on high bar with a two day total of 31.250 and second on parallel bars 30.950.
Legendre placed sixth in the competition with a total score of 175.250 and won the vault title with a two-day total of 34.100.
"Steve did an amazing job coming back the second day and making the national team," added Williams. "He is such a competitor and to see him battle back from yesterday is what the Sooner program is all about."
Dalton posted a total score of 172.500 to finish 13th on the night and tallied the second highest score on floor with a 30.300.
Naddour (171.450) and sophomore Chris Stehl (168.000) both finished 17th and 26th, respectively. Naddour finished fourth on pommel horse with a two-day total of 28.600.
NBC Sports and Universal Sports will broadcast and webcast the action from the men's and women's gymnastics competitions. On Aug. 15, NBC (Cox Channel 4, 704 HD in Oklahoma City) will air a taped recap show of men's finals at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Aug. 13, 2010