Feb. 18, 2002

Head Coach M. Williams Audio

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team traveled to Ohio State last weekend for a meet with the Buckeyes and Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 16. Due to a scheduling miscommunication, OSU and Illinois' schedules reflected a Friday date of competition, while Oklahoma had the meet scheduled for Saturday. The Sooners arrived at the gymnasium after Ohio State and Illinois had finished their rotations. Illinois won 214.375 to 213.525, handing OSU its first home loss since the 1991 season. The judges allowed Oklahoma to compete following the conclusion of the OSU and Illinois rotations. OU posted its best road score of the season with a 215.750.

"We showed up in Ohio expecting to compete on Saturday and we were pretty shocked when we got off the plane on Friday and found out the meet was already going on," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "Once we determined the situation, we chose to compete late Friday and post an away score, which turned out to be our best of the season."

Oklahoma will not be able to count the meet towards its team standings but the NCAA rules committee ruled that OU will be allowed to submit the scores for both team and individual rankings.

"I think the team handled the adversity well," said Williams. "I regret the miscommunication that occured and know that it will never happen again."

The Sooners posted their highest team score of the season on the parallel bars with a 35.350. On this event, junior Daniel Furney and sophomore Jock Stevens posted season highs of 9.200 and 8.800, respectively. Senior David Johnston notched a career-high 9.350 on the rings, while five other Sooners posted season highs in various events. Senior Everette Bierker competed on the floor exercise and pommel horse for the first time this season, posting scores of 8.450 and 8.150, respectively.