OU Men Capture Three Individual Titles

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 26, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. Less than 24 hours removed from winning its sixth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship, Oklahoma’s No. 2-ranked men’s gymnastics team returned to the Lloyd Noble Center Saturday afternoon with another strong showing in the individual portion of the competition.

After winning two individual titles at last year’s MPSF meet at Stanford, the Sooners won three of the six events this season.  The three victories were posted by three different OU gymnasts.

Jamie Henderson won the pommel horse competition with a score of 9.625.  Jay Yee of California was second at 9.600, followed by OU’s Josh Gore at 9.475.

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Henderson’s brother, David, was the winner in the vault with a score of 9.625.  Mowry and Tetrault were next at 9.40.

The rings title went to Oklahoma freshman Jonathan Horton, who won the individual all-around championship Friday night.  He scored 9.825 to edge California’s Jay Yee, last year’s winner on the apparatus, at 9.750 and Henderson at 9.70.

“Jamie put together a solid performance on the pommel horse, David had his best vault of the season and Horton was awesome again,” said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams.  “I think Jonathan’s performance on the rings was the best individual routine of the day.

“We received some great performances from our seniors this weekend, especially from Josh and David earning a second place finish and a conference title, respectively.”

In the floor exercise, California’s Graham Ackerman posted a 9.725 to claim his second straight title in the event.  Stanford’s Sho Nakamori was next at 9.50.

The parallel bars crown went to California’s Tyler Block with a score of 9.350.  Gore was second at 9.275 and Ackerman third at 9.150.

Nate Downs of Stanford prevailed on the high bar with a mark of 9.650 to edge Ackerman at 9.60.  David Henderson was third at 9.45.

Prior to Saturday’s competition, Williams was named the MPSF’s Coach of the Year.  It was his fifth conference coach of the year award.  Ackerman was named the gymnast of the year.

 “We are really excited after winning the MPSF Championship Friday and Jonathan winning the all-around and today’s three event champions,” Williams said.  "We will just hope to carry that momentum into the NCAA meet in two weeks.  Everything seems to be clicking at the right time with this team and I am with this team as a whole considering our position entering the championship.”

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