Sooners Top Competition In First Round Of NCAA Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 04, 2002

April 4, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team posted its third highest score of the season (218.925) tonight en route to qualifying for the team final of the 2002 NCAA Championships held at the Lloyd Noble Center. Junior Daniel Furney led the Sooners with a first place finish in the all-around with his highest mark of the season, a 55.225.

Oklahoma posted the highest scores on four events, the floor exercise (37.000), rings (37.200), vault (37.325) and high bar (36.500). The scores on the vault and high bar were season highs and OU tied its season high on the floor exercise.

Junior Josh Landis finished second on the floor exercise with a season-high 9.500. Sophomore Jock Stevens followed Landis at third place with a 9.375 and Furney was fourth with a 9.325. Stevens scored a career-high 9.700 on the vault to finish first. Furney was also third on the pommel horse (9.300), while tied for fourth on the rings (9.300) and placed third on the parallel bars (9.200).

Junior Quinn Rowell, who has seen limited action this season, took first place on the high bar with a career-high 9.300. Freshman David Henderson placed a team-best third on the rings with a 9.350 and senior Everette Bierker tied for second on the high bar with a 9.200.

The Sooners will battle for the national championship title on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., with Stanford, Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa and California-Berkeley. Tickets may be purchased at the Lloyd Noble box office. Adult admission is $8 and children under 12 are admitted for $4.

Team Results
Penn State212.800
Masshachusetts 207.625
William & Mary 202.175



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