NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team moved up to No. 3 in the GymInfo rankings released on Tuesday. The Sooners posted the nation’s highest score this season (224.050) and second highest score of all time (under the current scoring system) Sunday in their defeat of No. 11 Nebraska.
“Based on our performance against Nebraska this past weekend, moving up to No. 3 is certainly the direction we want to be moving,” said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams. “We have two opportunities on the road in the next two weeks (at Nebraska and Minnesota) that we would like to post another high score and again improve our rankings.
“The scary thing is that despite the fact that we recorded the second highest score in NCAA history, we still are not where we need to be on the floor exercise and on the vault. Because of some small but nagging injuries, we have not been able to put the best personnel at 100 percent into each competition. We are still hopeful to get those guys back to true form and be a lot stronger and balanced in the upcoming weeks leading up to the postseason.”
Since the new scoring system’s inception in 2001 in college gymnastics (Federation de Internationale Gymnastics Code Scoring System), OU has dominated the top team scores around the nation. On March 6, 2004, OU shattered the previous record of 223.500 set by the 2003 Sooners with a 225.200 versus then No. 1 Illinois. OU currently owns the two best tallies and six of the top 10 scores. Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Illinois are the only other members in the top 25.
The Sooners also moved up in event rankings as well. OU is in the top nine in every event and in the top five in four different team events, including No. 1 on the high bar.
The Sooners will face Nebraska again this Sunday, Feb. 20, in Lincoln, Neb. at 2 p.m. (CST) in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. OU has a chance to beat the Huskers for a second straight week and take control of the all-time series, currently tied at 28.