NORMAN, Okla.-- Ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team will kick off the 2005 season with the annual Red-White intrasquad scrimmage. The meet will be held Thursday, December 9, from 7 -9 p.m., at the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center on the Oklahoma campus and is free to the public.
"The annual Red and White meet is a preview to our competitive season,” said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams. “The timing of the scrimmage is nice because it gives us a feel for where we are as a team before Christmas break. Then as soon as we return, the regular season is only a week away.”
OU was the nation’s runner-up in 2004, ending its streak of two consecutive NCAA titles. In the last five years, Oklahoma has accomplished what no team has in the sport since 1979-1982. Under Williams, OU has enjoyed two NCAA titles, two runner-up finishes, four conference titles, 43 All-America honors, four individual NCAA champions and 15 individual conference champions.
The scrimmage will be similar to a regular season meet with certified judges to help the squad prepare for the 2005 season. Among some of those competing will be four returning All-Americans in seniors Josh Gore, David Henderson, Brian Trause and junior Jamie Henderson. Senior Michael Gehart and David Henderson are the 2005 team captains that will lead a squad that features four freshmen this season.
“This meet also creates some competitiveness between the guys as they fight for the pride of each of the two teams,” added Williams. “It should be a good competition and an exciting night of gymnastics. It is also a chance for the public to see one of the nation’s best teams in action before the season starts.”
The No. 1 Sooners will open up the 2005 season with the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., on January 14 and 15. OU will compete in its first home meet on Jan. 28 when the Air Force Academy comes to the Lloyd Noble Center.