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No. 1 Sooners to Compete in the Stanford
February 18, 2011

Feb. 18, 2011 

 

 No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 Stanford | No. 5 Cal
 Date  Saturday, Feb. 197 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Palo Alto, Calif. | Burnham Pavilion
 Tickets  Stanford Athletics Ticket Office
 Meet Notes  Sooners
 Information  2011 Stanford Open

 

NORMAN, Okla. -- The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team travels to Palo Alto, Calif. to battle No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Cal on Saturday, Feb. 19. The Stanford Open will start at 7 p.m. (CT) in the Burnham Pavilion at the Stanford University.

The three teams have combined for the last 13 MPSF titles with Oklahoma winning 10 (2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000,1999), Cal claiming two (1998, 2004) and Stanford winning the title in 2009.

Oklahoma enters the meet after claiming its sixth victory over a top 10 opponent, a 360.600-349.700 victory over No. 9 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. Last weekend, the Sooners (6-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) posted its highest team total of the season (360.600) en route to their victory over Nebraska (349.700) and Illinois-Chicago (332.500).

OU swept each of the team events on floor (60.600), pommel horse (57.900), rings (59.400), vault (64.500), parallel bars (59.500) and high bar (58.700). The Sooners last swept each of the event titles against Ohio State on Jan 22.

OPPONENT PREVIEW
Cal -- The Cal (2-1)men’s gymnastics team upset Stanford, 343.300-339.700, on Feb. 12 at the Gold Country Classic. Season’s Top Score: 358.800 Top Event: High Bar, 58.550 Top Gymnast: Glen Ishino, AA -- 89.900

Stanford -- The Stanford (1-2)men’s gymnastics lost to Cal, 343.300-339.700, on Feb. 12 at the Gold Country Classic. Season’s Top Score: 364.400 Top Event: High Bar, 58.233 Top Gymnast: Tim Gentry, AA -- 87.450

UP NEXT
After a break, the Sooners come home Saturday, March 5, to battle Cal at the McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. (CT).

A LOOK BACK AT SOONERS’ LAST COMPETITION
The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team remained undefeated against No. 9 Nebraska and No. 13 Illinois Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 13. The Sooners (6-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) posted its highest team total of the season (360.600) en route to their victory over the Huskers (349.700) and Flames (332.500).

OU swept each of the team events on floor (60.600), pommel horse (57.900), rings (59.400), vault (64.500), parallel bars (59.500) and high bar (58.700). The Sooners last swept each of the event titles against Ohio State on Jan 22.

OKLAHOMA VS. MINNESOTA INDIVIDUAL TITLES
Floor Exercise: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
Pommel Horse: Alex Naddour, Oklahoma
Still Rings: Ian Jackson, Oklahoma
Vault: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
Parallel Bars: Jacob Dalton, Oklahoma
High Bar: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma
All-Around: Steven Legendre, Oklahoma

BACK AT NO. 1
The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team is back atop the polls with this week’s Gym Info rankings. It marks the first time this year that the Sooners have held the top spot after being ranked fourth in the preseason and fourth last week.

OU has been ranked No. 1 in each of the last seven seasons and in nine out of Mark Williams’ 11 years at the helm.

In addition, Oklahoma currently owns the top spot on floor (60.350) and vault (64.017), and Jacob Dalton on vault (16.467).

ATOP THE ALL-AROUND
Individually, senior Steven Legendre is the nation’s top all-around gymnast with an average of 89.283, while holding the top spot on on floor (15.750). The six-time NCAA national champion is also second on vault with a score of 16.450.

RECORD BROKEN...AGAIN
In a win over Nebraska last week, Steven Legendre broke the program-record 16.700 on vault, which was previously held by sophomore Jacob Dalton (16.550). Legendre also owns OU records on floor with a 16.250.

VAULT LEADER
For the second straight week, sophomore Jacob Dalton is the leader on vault with an aver­age score of 16.467.

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.

SETTING NEW BAR AT RMO

The meet was highlighted by two Sooners that posted RMO record highs with Legendre's 16.400 on vault and Dalton's 15.100 on parallel bars.

Four current Sooners, including Dalton (high bar parallel bars), Legendre (floor, vault, allaround), Jackson (rings) and Alex Naddour (pommel horse) hold each of the event records for the Rocky Mountain Open.

ONE MEET AT A TIME
The Sooners will participate in eight regular season meets and face five opponents that competed at the 2010 NCAA Championship final. OU will also host three home meets at the Howard McCasland Field House, highlighted by matchups with California Illinois and Penn State.

The 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships will be hosted by Air Force Academy on April 2, while the NCAA Championships will be hosted by Ohio State on April 14 -16.

PRE-SEASON PROMINENCE
In the last 11 years, the OU men's gymnastics program has been ranked in the top three of the preseason coaches poll every season. Six of the 11 years the Sooners have been positioned at the top of the poll.

BRINGING IN MORE TALENT
For the 2011 season head coach Mark Williams signed Presten Ellsworth as a part of the 2010 signing class

Presten Ellsworth
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.

 

 

 
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