April 1, 2011
|No. 1 Oklahoma at MPSF Conference Championship|
|Date||Saturday, April 1 | 6 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Colorado Springs, Colo. | Cadet West Gymnasium|
|Tickets||Air Force Ticket Office|
|Webcast||Live Video in All-Access|
NORMAN, Okla. -- The 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship will be hosted by the Air Force Academy, April 2, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The meet gets underway at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Cadet West Gymnasium.
This year’s conference race looks to be strong once again for the top-ranked Sooners with No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 California, No. 8 Air Force, and No. 11 Nebraska all looking to deny OU’s chances to win its 19 conference championship.
Last season, the Sooners claimed their 10th conference title in the last 12 years. OU also notched its 31st and 32nd individual conference titles under head coach Mark Williams, as Steven Legendre (floor) and Ian Jackson (vault) won MPSF titles.
OU recently beat Penn State and Illinois on March 19 to finish the regular season with an 12-0 mark with five victories against top-five opponents.
Oklahoma finished the regular season undefeated for the fourth time under Williams. The Sooners have finished the regular season undefeated four times in the past seven years (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004).
• A live webcast for the MPSF conference Championship can be found on Air Force All-Access..
The Ohio State University will host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, April 14-16, at the St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
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A LOOK BACK AT SOONERS’ LAST COMPETITION
The Sooners (12-0 overall, 5-0 MPSF) posted the highest score in the NCAA this season (366.400) en route to its victory over the Nittany Lions (356.750) and the Fighting Illini (359.100) on March 19.
Oklahoma finished the regular season undefeated for the fourth time under Williams. TheSooners have finished the regular season undefeated four times in the past seven years(2011, 2009, 2006, 2004).
Oklahoma posted top scores on four of the six event titles with team highs on floor (62.850), vault (64.900), parallel bars (59.150) and high bar (59.300).
Highlighting the meet was Jacob Dalton, who tied an individual program record on vault with a 16.700, previously held by senior Steven Legendre. OU also broke a team program record on vault with a 64.900, previously set against Penn State in 2009 (64.650).
OKLAHOMA VS. MICHIGAN INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Floor Exercise: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
Vault: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
High Bar: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
All-Around: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA HOSTS NATIONAL TEAM CAMP
The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team is hosted the U.S. National Team Training Camp, March 24, at the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center.
The U.S. Senior National Team consists of the top gymnasts from around the country that represent the United States on an international level.
The camp consisted of team workouts, team building exercises and a review of recent events and goals for 2011.
Week Ranking Previous Ranking
Preseason 3 NA
Week 1 4 3
Week 2 4 4
Week 3 4 4
Week 4 4 4
Week 5 1 4
Week 6 1 1
Week 7 1 1
Week 8 2 1
Week 9 2 2
Week 10 1 1
GUIDE FOR THE RANKINGS
The GymInfo rankings are based on the following criteria:
Jan. 21 - February 11: Ranking by Total Season Average (average of all scores)
February 18 - March 17: Ranking by Three Score Average
March 24 - 31: Ranking by Modified Three Score Average (Select the four highest scores, counting no more than two home meet, and drop the highest score. Average the three remaining scores.)
April 7: Ranking by National Qualifying Average
The MPSF Conference has consistently been the top-ranked conference in the NCAA the past 10 years. Oklahoma and Stanford are currently dominating the polls being ranked in the top three in four out of six events.
ATOP OF THE TEAM RANKINGS
OU currently holds the top ranking on floor (60.912), pommel horse (58.387) and vault (63.862 ) in the latest GymInfo poll. The team is also ranked third on rings (59.575) and on parallel bars (58.262).
Senior Steven Legendre is currently the top ranked gymnast in the country with an allaround score of 89.525.
This marks the eighth consecutive week that Legendre has been a top the all-around standings.
The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native is also ranked first on two apparatuses with average scores of 15.787 on floor and 16.200 on vault.
For the fourth week, Dalton is the top ranked gymnast on parallel bars with an average score of 15.262. Dalton’s high score on parallel bars (15.400) came at the Stanford Open on Feb. 19.
GOING TO NO. 1
The Sooners are currently the top ranked team in the nation with a average score of 359.175. This week’s rankings are based on the National Qualifying Average used to set the seeds for the NCAA Championships.
OU vaulted to No. 1 ranking after topping then-No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Penn State last weekend. The win was the Sooners’ fifth win over a top five opponent this season.
This week’s rankings mark the second time this season that OU has held the top spot. The Sooners began the year ranked No. 3 in the preseason but was atop the list for five weeks.
Throughout the season, Oklahoma gymnasts are being honored nationally for their efforts, as Steven Legendre and Jacob Dalton were both named the College Gymnastics Association gymnastics of the week on multiple occasions.
Jan. 23 -- Jacob Dalton
Feb. 6 -- Jacob Dalton
Feb. 13 -- Steven Legendre
March 6 -- Steven Legendre
March 13 -- Steven Legendre
HORTON, DALTON TAKE OVER 2011 AMERICAN CUP
Former OU All-American Jonathan Horton won the 2011 AT&T American Cup all-around title with a score of 90.198 on March 5. This is Horton’s third American Cup victory, previously winning the competition in 2006 and 2007.
OU sophomore Jacob Dalton, who won the 2011 Winter Cup Challenge, joined Horton on the podium finishing third in the competition with an all-around score of 88.497. The Reno, Nev., native also finished first on floor (15.766) and tied for first on parallel bars (15.066).
This was Dalton’s first Tyson American Cup competition.
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.
BRINGING IN MORE TALENT
For the 2011 season head coach Mark Williams signed Presten Ellsworth as a part of the 2010 signing class.
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.