April 6, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The 2002 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Champion, Oklahoma, will take its momentum from Friday's outstanding performance into the individual finals at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. Eight Sooners will compete in all but one event, the pommel horse. The top eight finishers in each event advanced to tonight's finals.
Junior Josh Landis will be competing on the floor exercise after a third place finish (9.500). Freshman David Henderson and junior Shannon Carrion will represent the Sooners on the rings after finishing fifth (9.450) and eighth (9.300), respectively. On the vault, sophomore Jock Stevens will look to repeat his championship performance from Friday night. He scored a 9.525 to tie for first with Nebraska's Josh Rasile. Junior Daniel Furney will also compete on the vault after tying for fourth (9.425).
Furney will see action on the parallel bars after tying for third (9.200). Senior Everette Bierker tied for fifth (9.075) to make it into the p-bar finals as well. Oklahoma's strongest event on Friday, the high bar, will see three Sooners compete. Junior Quinn Rowell, who finished first (9.400), along with Furney and Bierker ,who tied for second (9.300), will look to win the title crown.
Oklahoma, who narrowly missed the NCAA title last year, won its fourth national championship last night and went undefeated at home this season. OU head coach Mark Williams has led the team to three consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference championships and has been named MPSF Coach of the Year all three years. No stranger to success, Williams was a member of two national championship teams while competing at Nebraska (1979, 1980) and earned All-American status on the high bar in 1978.
Tickets are available for the individual event finals at the Lloyd Noble Center box office. Adult admission is $8 and children under 12 are admitted for $4.