Dec. 10, 2001
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team, ranked first in the Preseason Coaches Poll, began its season with the Red-White Intrasquad on Saturday and the results of the meet have OU head coach Mark Williams and the Sooner squad extremely excited about the 2002 season. The White team defeated the Red team 158.6 - 158.2 and junior co-captain Daniel Furney was the all-around winner with a score of 54.35.
Junior Josh Landis won the individual events on both the floor exercise and the pommel horse, respectively. Brett Covey, an All-American a year ago on rings, won that event, while freshman Michael Gehart, in his first actual collegiate competition, won the vault. Furney won the parallel bars competition and Quinn Rowell prevailed on the high bar.
"In this 14 years that I've been a part of the Oklahoma gymnastics program, this was the best intrasquad that we have ever had," said Williams. "The guys were focused and after seeing the team in action, I think our preseason number one ranking is very realistic. I was extremely impressed with the team as a whole and this is a great start for us. We're starting off on a good note and we can only hope to keep getting better from here."
Senior Everette Bierker captained the victorious White team and was joined by seniors Ryan Hillyer and Jim Lovelady, juniors Shannon Carrion, Landis and Covey, and sophomores Heath Mueller, David Iammatteo and Rowell. The red team consisted of senior David Johnston, juniors John Payton and Furney, sophomores Jock Stevens and Brian Trause, and freshmen Josh Gore, Charlie Ellis and Gehart.
The Sooners' next competitive action will come on Jan. 20 when nationally ranked Iowa and Air Force visit Norman. In addition, Oklahoma will be hosting the NCAA Championships at the Lloyd Noble Center on April 4-6, 2002.