Jan. 23, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - After Oklahoma's season-opening sweep of Iowa and Air Force last Sunday at the Lloyd Noble Center, the Sooners remain at the top of the GymInfo National Rankings. OU was voted preseason No. 1 in the poll, and by scoring a 216.750, it out-distances No. 2 Iowa by more than three points. The GymInfo poll ranks teams using their highest score in a meet, and as the season progresses and teams have more scores to average, the poll will reflect that.
Following the Sooners in the the top 10 are: Iowa (213.400), Penn State (212.900), Michigan (212.350), Illinois (210.500), Massachusetts (208.200), Nebraska (205.500), Ohio State (203.325), California (202.500) and William & Mary (201.750).
In addition to the team accolades, several Sooners are ranked individually among the nation's top 10. Junior Daniel Furney is the nation's top all-arounder and is currently ranked eighth on the floor exercise and ninth on both the parallel bars and the pommel horse. Junior Josh Landis is ranked first on the parallel bars, second on the pommel horse and third on the floor exercise. Sophomore Jock Stevens ties for the nation's highest score on the floor exercise, and senior David Johnston is ranked sixth on the parallel bars and ninth on pommels.
Oklahoma is the nation's top-ranked team on the still rings and three Sooners find themselves in the top 10 on the event (junior Brett Covey, third, freshman David Henderson, fifth, senior Jim Lovelady, eighth). As a team, OU is also first on the floor exercise and high bar, second on the pommel horse and fifth on the parallel bars.
The Sooners travel to the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., for a two-day, nine-team meet on Sat.-Sun., Jan. 25-26. Iowa, Nebraska, Army, Navy and Air Force will serve as competition for OU, as will club teams Arizona State, Washington and the Olympic Training Center team.