OU Prepares To Host Men's Gymnastics National Championships

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 28, 2002

March 28, 2002

Head Coach M. Williams

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma is preparing to host the 2002 Men's Gymnastics National Championships for the first time in school history April 4-6 at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners narrowly missed the championship crown last year, falling to Ohio State by less than a quarter of a point in Columbus, Ohio.

Oklahoma enters the meet as the No. 2 team, while Ohio State holds the No. 1 ranking in the country. Competition begins on Thursday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. with two qualifying rounds. The teams in Session I (at 1 p.m.) include Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Temple and Stanford. The Session II teams include Oklahoma, Penn State, California-Berkeley, Iowa, Massachusetts and William & Mary. The top three teams from each session will advance to the finals on Friday at 7 p.m. The individual preliminaries will be held on Friday with the finals on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Sooners have posted the nation's two highest scores this year, at home and at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference Championships last weekend, where OU took first place for the fourth-consecutive year. Oklahoma Head Coach Mark Williams was named the MPSF Coach of the Year for the third time in as many years.

For hotel and travel information in the area, please contact the Norman Convention and Visitor's Bureau at (405) 366-8095.

Schedule of Events
Tuesday, April 2
10 a.m.-10 p.m. - Open practice

Wednesday, April 3
9-11 a.m. - Open practice
12-3 p.m. - Session I practice
2:30-3 p.m. - Session II head coaches media conference
(Oklahoma, Penn State, California, Iowa, Massachusetts, William & Mary)
3-3:30 p.m. - Session I head coaches media conference
(Ohio State, Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan, Temple, Stanford)
3-6 p.m. - Session II practice 7-9 p.m. - Nissen-Emery Awards Banquet (Marriott)

Thursday, April 4
1-3:30 p.m. - Qualifying session I
7-9:30 p.m. - Qualifying session II

Friday, April 5
7-9:30 p.m. - Team and all-around finals, individual preliminaries

Saturday, April 6
9 a.m.-12 p.m. - Open practice
7-8:30 p.m. - Individual event finals

NCAA Rotation Orders
Session I
1-6Stanford - Floor Exercise
7All-Around Stephen Smith (UCSB)
FX - Anthony Cirullo (UIC)
PH - Ashan McNeally (Army)
SR - David Livingston (UIC)
V - Anthony Cirullo (UIC)
PB - David Livingston (UIC)
HB - David Livingston (UIC)

1-6University of Michigan - Pommel Horse
7All-Around Troy Pazoguin (Army)
FX - Nick Willet (Navy)
PH - Tripp Glasgow (Navy)
SR - Daniel Colomb (Army)
V - Nick Willit (Navy)
PB - Nick Blanton (JMU)
HB - Tripp Glaswog (Navy)

1-6University of Minnesota - Still Rings
7All-Around Aaron Jackson (UFA)
FX - John Robella (Army)
PH - Jay Yee (UCSB)
SR - John Robella (Army)
V - John Robella (Army)
PH - John Robella (Army)
HB - John Robella (Army)

1-6Ohio State University - Vault
7All-Around Dan Finnegan (Navy)
FX - Matt Eckerman (Army)
PH - Andre Badilla (UCSB)
SR - Stephen Sistare (AFA)
V - Matt Eckerman (Army)
9. Andre Badilla (UCSB)
PB - Matt Kenkel (AFA)
HB - Martin Fournier (Neb.)

1-6University of Illinois - Parallel Bars
7All-AroundNeil Faustino (UIC)
FX - Matt Musielak (UIC)
PH - Matt Musielak (UIC)
SR - Jason Woodnick (JMU)
V - Jason Woodnick (JMU)
PB - Matt Musielak (UIC)
HB - Matt Musielak (UIC)

1-6Temple University - High Bar
7All-Around James Hayes (AFA)
FX - Tommy Kosanda (UIC)
PH - Kenny Gesiakowski (UIC)
SR - Matt Kenkel (AFA)
V - Martin Fournier (Neb.)
PB - Matt Kenkel (AFA)
HB - Martin Fournier (Neb.)

Session II
1-6University of Oklahoma - Floor Exercise
7All-Around Steven Friedman (Neb.)
FX - Timothy Goetz (Springfield)
PH - Matt Soucie (UIC)
SR - Timoty Goetz (Springfield)
V - Timoty Goetz (Springfield)
PB - Matt Soucie (UIC)
HB - Timoth Goetz (Springfield)

1-6University of Massachusetts - Pommel Horse
7All-Around Geoffrey Howell (UCSB)
FX - Ian Welch (Army)
PH - Nate Whitten (Army)
SR - Donald Mahr (UCSB)
V - Donald Mahr (UCSB)
PB - Nate Whitten (UCSB)
HB - Donald Mahr (UCSB)

1-6University of California Berkeley - Rings
7All-Around Josh Chasse (Springfield)
FX - Karl Nessi (Neb.)
PH - Ryan Sneed (Neb.)
SR - Jeff Kelly (Neb.)
V - Ryan Sneed (Neb.)
9. Josh Blackman (Navy)
PB - Ryan Sneed (Neb.)
HB - Josh Blackman (Navy)

1-6Penn State University - Vault
7All-Around Curtis Haines (S. Conn.)
FX - Josh Rasile (Neb.)
PH - Foster Haskell (Springfield)
SR - Josh Rasile (Neb.)
V - Josh Rasile (Neb.)
PB - Ambrose Jackson (UIC)
HB - Ambrose Jackson (UIC)

1-6University of Iowa - Parallel Bars
7All-Around Michael Kelly Sang-Ho (UCSB)
FX - Justin Jones (AFA)
PH - Scott Cochran (Navy)
SR - David Potucek (Springfield)
V - Andy Helchinger (Navy)
PB - Andy Helchinger (Navy)
HB - Justin Jones (AFA)

1-6William & Mary - High Bar
7All-Around Scott O'Cain (S. Conn.)
FX - Mace Patterson (Neb.)
PH - Daniel Levine (UCSB)
SR - Daniel Levine (UCSB)
V - Jon Joyce (UIC)
PB - Mace Patterson (Neb.)
HB - Mace Patterson (Neb.)



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