OU Defeats Nebraska, Wins Fifth Straight

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 03, 2013

(13-1, 3-1)
  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
Oklahoma 73.350 71.650 74.650 72.000 71.700 72.500 435.850
 Nebraska 71.300 69.200 71.400 72.950 72.300 69.200 426.350
Final Results

(4-7, 0-2)
 Event Leaders
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin (OU)  15.200
 Pommel  Eric Schryver (Neb.)  14.950
 Rings  Troy Nitzky (OU)  15.300
 Vault  Presten Ellsworth (OU)  15.000
 P-Bars  CJ Schaaf (Neb.)  14.700
 H-Bar  Stanton Rehkemper (OU)  14.850
 AA  Alec Robin (OU)  86.250
 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin  15.200
 Pommel  Alec Robin  14.750
 Rings  Troy Nitzky  15.300
 Vault  Presten Ellsworth  15.000
 P-Bars  Danny Berardini  14.550
 H-Bar  Stanton Rehkemper  14.850
 AA  Alec Robin  86.250
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LINCOLN, Neb. -- In its first meet since the debut of a new, more challenging scoring system, the No. 3 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team (13-1, 3-1 MPSF) won its fifth-straight meet with a 435.850-426.350 victory over No. 10 Nebraska (4-7, 0-2 Big Ten) Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Sports Center.

Since the season began, six gymnasts competed on each event, with the top five scores counting towards a team's final totals. This weekend across the NCAA, five competitors performed on each event, and all five scores counted. The inability to drop the worst score resulted in lower team totals compared to recent competitions, but still higher than many of OU's season averages.

Oklahoma's 436.750 final score was its fourth-highest total of the season and above its season average. Each of OU's team event scores remained within one point of its average score.

"I think we handled the gymnastics well enough where for the most part we hit the routines that we've been doing," OU head coach Mark Williams said. "No one error really killed us. Our hit percentage was a little bit down from where I'd like it to be, but we were trying to push a few things on vault in terms of difficulty, and in other places there's never going to be the perfect competition. When guys had struggles, they handled them pretty well. I didn't feel like we put ourselves in a big hole on any particular event, but I still feel like we have room to improve."

Ranked No. 6 nationally in the all-around, Alec Robin posted a career-high 86.250 to defeat Nebraska's C.J. Schaaf by 2.350 points to claim the all-around crown. The sophomore's scores were boosted by a career-high mark on vault and a career-high-tying total on pommel horse.

"Alec keeps on getting better," Williams said. "He's competing more confidently as the season goes on. Having him in the all-around again, being a guy that we can count on anywhere in the lineup has definitely been a luxury. I'm starting to depend on him more and more. He's started to carve out a position on a lot of events where at the beginning of the season I didn't expect him to keep doing. I'm happy for the progress he has made."

For the fourth-straight meet, the Sooners won at least four team and individual event titles. OU posted the highest team scores on floor, pommel horse, still rings and high bar. In addition to Robin's high score on floor, Troy Nitzky on rings, Presten Ellsworth on vault and Stanton Rehkemper on high bar notched meet-high results.

The meet was held at the Devaney Sports Center's indoor track, which provided a unique atmosphere for OU and 580 fans. The larger venue lack of seating around three sides of the arena was an added challenge in addition to the new scoring system.

OU began the meet on pommel horse, where Robin's career-high-tying 14.750 opened the competition for the Sooners. It gave them an early lead that would never disappear. The Sooners posted a 71.650, which gave them a slight 0.250 point advantage over the Cornhuskers after the first rotation.

On floor, the Sooners extended their lead with a 73.350, a rotation capped by Robin's meet-high 15.200. Dylan Akers scored a 14.850, while Todd Dowdy and Ellsworth each recorded a 14.600.

With a 4.500-point lead, Oklahoma moved to its third event, vault. The Sooners scored a 72.000 on the apparatus, their second-lowest total of the season. Ellsworth scored a 15.000 to lead all gymnasts and Robin again anchored OU's rotation with a 14.900, a career high.

At the halfway point in the competition, the Sooners had a 217.000 point lead, 5.100 points higher than the host Cornhuskers.

A 74.650 on rings was the third-highest total of the season for Oklahoma on the event. Ellsworth led off with a career-high-tying 14.900, and Troy Nitzky followed with a meet-high 15.300.

Oklahoma posted a 72.500 on high bar, its third-highest score of the season on the event, and found itself with a 7.000-point lead after the fifth rotation. Career-highs of 14.850 from Stanton Rehkemper and 14.700 from Ethan Jose led the way for the Sooners.

On the final rotation, the Sooners notched a 71.700 on parallel bars. Danny Berardini closed with a 14.550, a high for OU. It marked the only event where Nebraska claimed both the highest team and individual score.

The third-ranked Sooners are back on the road in six days for a top-three matchup with No. 2 Michigan on March 9 at 6 p.m. CT.

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