March 8, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - One week after breaking the national scoring record with a 220.650 against Stanford and Minnesota, the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team (11-0) travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to battle the Cardinal (8-9) for the second time in six days. The meet will take place at 9 p.m. CT on Saturday evening.
Despite notching a team score of 220.650, the highest in the nation this season and under the new scoring system, Oklahoma finds itself ranked not ranked No. 1 for the first time this season. The GymInfo National Poll takes a team's highest overall score and its top two road scores, then averages the scores and ranks teams based on their national average.
Because Oklahoma's road scores are not nearly as high as its home scores, the team is tied for second in the nation with Ohio State. Penn State is ranked first by a fraction of a point, however head coach Mark Williams doesn't seem concerned.
"It's kind of ironic that we dropped to second in the rankings, even though we posted the highest score ever in this scoring system," said Williams. "The NCAA national championships are going to be held in our gym, in front of our fans, so I'm confident we can post a high score when it really counts. We know how good this team is right now and we're planning on having a good performance at Stanford this weekend."
After this weekend's meet, Oklahoma will next be in action at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., on March 22-23.