April 5, 2002

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NORMAN, Okla. - After a hard-fought battle with defending champion Ohio State tonight at the Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners avenged their 2001 loss by winning their fourth national title and first since 1991 with a 219.300 in front of 1,916 spectators.

"This is a big thrill," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "Winning the national championship at home is amazing. As a coach I thank my players for the effort that they gave today. The heart that they showed down the stretch was amazing. I never knew that we had it won until Daniel Furney (the final competitor) landed on the high bar. I think the key for us was Quinn Rowell on the high bar."

Rowell, who has been sidelined by injuries much of his three-year career, came back this year after breaking his arm and won the high bar with a 9.400 to propel the Sooners to the first place finish.

"I don't know what to say," said Rowell. "I have to thank Mark Williams. It's been a long three years since I got here and I've been hurt a lot. Every chance I had to do something, I got hurt. Mark didn't give up on me and neither did the guys. This is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me. It was well worth the wait."

OU sophomore Jock Stevens, who has been ranked No. 1 on the vault much of the season, took first place with a 9.525.

Despite placing second in the team event, Ohio State's Raj Bhavsar took first in the all-around with a 55.875. California's JinJing Zhang took second with a 55.200.

The individual titles will be determined on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The top eight finishers in each event will advance to the finals for a chance to win national titles. Tickets are available at the Lloyd Noble box office. Adult admission is $8 and children under 12 are admitted for $4.

Team Results
Oklahoma
Team 219.300
FX 36.800
PH 35.625
SR 37.050
V 37.200
PB 35.675
HB 36.950

Ohio State
Team 218.650
FX 37.375
PH 36.700
SR 36.550
V 36.750
PB 35.725
HB 35.550

California
Team 217.650
FX 35.875
PH 37.400
SR 35.325
V 36.775
PB 36.475
HB 35.800

Michigan
Team 215.050
FX 35.825
PH 35.150
SR 36.900
V 36.675
PB 34.500
HB 36.000

Iowa
Team 213.225
FX 35.325
PH 36.400
SR 35.450
V 36.600
PB 34.100
HB 35.350

Stanford
Team 212.775
FX 35.600
PH 34.850
SR 35.925
V 36.675
PB 34.200
HB 35.525