OU Wins 14th-Straight Rocky Mountain Open

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 12, 2013

(3-0, 1-0)
  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
 Oklahoma 68.900 71.750 71.500 72.950 70.500 67.900 423.500
 Nebraska 70.200 70.400 69.800 72.900 69.400 66.200 418.900
 Air Force 69.750 66.900 67.750 72.950 66.400 61.750 405.500
 Ariz. St. 66.800 63.950 61.950 70.300 65.350 63.950 392.300
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(2-1, 0-0)
 Event Leaders
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin (OU)  14.900
 Pommel  Sergey Resnick (OU)  15.100
 Rings  Mike Squires (OU)  15.150
 Vault  Josh Yee (OU)  14.850
 P-Bars  Sergey Resnick (OU)  14.400
   Josh Yee (OU)  14.400
 H-Bar  Will Clement (OU)  14.300
 AA  Alec Robin (OU)  80.950
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team won its 14th-straight Rocky Mountain Open title Saturday, going 3-0 at the season-opening event at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

OU, ranked No. 3 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, posted a team score of 423.5. No. 9 Nebraska finished in second with 418.900, 4.600 points behind the Sooners. No. 11 Air Force finished in third with a score of 405.500, followed by the club team from Arizona State with 392.300 Members of the U.S. Olympic Training Center also competed but their results are not official.

"I thought we were pretty good on four events," head coach Mark Williams said. "We let things slide a little bit on high bar and floor, but given that we had to step up around Dylan Akers' injury, I was pleased with the overall performance. We had an event champion on every event, and Alec Robin won the all-around, so I'm pleased with that. In the end, the pommel horse team stepped up when the meet was still undecided, and they really did a good job."

The Sooners overcame a late scratch from sophomore Dylan Akers, who was scheduled to compete in five events. Substitutions were made in four events, but the Sooners competed just five gymnasts in the floor exercise compared to the normal six in every other event. The top five scores from each event counted towards a teams' final score.

The Sooners posted the top team score on pommel horse (71.750), rings (71.500), parallel bars (70.500) and high bar (67.900). Oklahoma and Air Force shared the high score on vault with a 72.950.

For the second straight year, and sixth time since 2001, OU won every individual event title. The Sooners have won at least two individual event titles every year at the Rocky Mountain Open since 2000.

On floor, Alec Robin posted a 14.900. Sergey Resnick scored a 15.100 on pommel horse and Mike Squires recorded a 15.150 on rings. Resnick and Yee both scored a 14.400 on parallel bars, while Will Clement had a 14.300 on high bar.

Robin was Oklahoma's lone representative in the all-around event and finished first with a score of 80.950. Every All-Around champion at the Rocky Mountain Open in the past 14 years have been Sooner gymnasts.

"We started strong, had a rough patch in the middle, but all that matters is that in the end we finished strong," Ellsworth said. "There were a few mistakes here and there, but it's nothing we can't fix this week. The key today was the enthusiasm, we definitely fed off of the enthusiasm of the team today."

OU opened the meet on rings, where they posted a 71.500. Squires led the Sooners with a career-high 15.150. Clement's 14.100 was also a career high, while Ethan Jose (13.300) and Kanji Oyama (13.400) made their career debuts at rings.

On vault, the Sooners scored a 72.950. In his collegiate debut, Josh Yee led OU with a 14.850, followed by Oyama's 14.700, who also made his collegiate debut.

On parallel bars, OU recorded a 70.500. redshirt freshman Sergey Resnick and Yee led OU with a 14.400, followed by Presten Ellsworth's 14.300.

Clement's 14.300 led Oklahoma in the high bar, and Jose scored a 13.700. As a team, the Sooners scored a 67.900.

OU competed just five gymnasts on floor, and posted a score of 68.900. Robin had the highest score for the Sooners with a 14.900, and Ellsworth had a 14.150.

The final event for OU was the pommel horse, where the Sooners scored a 71.750. OU was led by Resnick's 15.100, followed by White with a 14.350. Mike Reid scored a 14.000, while Robin posted career-high of 13.300.

A new scoring system has been put in place this season. In the past, six gymnasts competed at each event, with the top four scores counting toward a team's total. This season, five scores will count, and beginning in March, only five gymnasts will compete for each team. The new format puts a greater importance on consistency, without the benefit of the two lowest scores being dropped.

Next up for the Sooners is the Stanford Open on Saturday Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. CT. in Palo Alto, Calif. No. 3 Oklahoma will face No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 California. All three teams finished in the top five last season, and OU posted a perfect record against their two conference opponents in 2012, going 8-0 in five meets.

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