June 24, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma will be well represented at the 2002 Men's National Qualifier in Colorado Springs, Colo., this Saturday, June 29, as eight Sooner gymnasts will look to qualify for the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships. As the defending national collegiate champions, Oklahoma stands an excellent chance of sending numerous gymnasts to the national championship meet, which will be held on Aug. 7-10 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The event, which will be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, will advance top gymnasts to the U.S. Gymnastics Championships and serves as a step in the qualification process for the Individual World Championships, to be held Nov. 20-24 in Debrecen, Hungary.

OU assistant coach Guard Young, already a member of the U.S. national team, will take part in preparation for the national championships. Sooner Daniel Furney is also a member of the national team, however will be held out of competition this summer as he rehabilitates from knee surgery.

Rising seniors Shannon Carrion and Josh Landis will compete, as will juniors Jock Stevens and Heath Mueller and sophomores Josh Gore and David Henderson. Incoming freshman Curtis O'Rorke, of Moore, Okla., will participate in the event. The OU contingent is expected to be among the largest of any collegiate program.

Oklahoma won the men's gymnastics national championship in April, the fourth such title in the school's history and the first since 1991.