Men's Gymnastics 2011 Season Outlook

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 11, 2011

Jan. 11, 2011

2010 Men's Gymnastics Preview

OU Begins 2011 Campaign at RMO
The past ten years have been good to the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team at the Rocky Mountain Open. OU will look to win its 12th straight RMO, Jan. 15 at Air Force.

Oklahoma claimed all but one of the individual titles at the Rocky Mountain Open in 2010 with the help of Jacob Dalton winning event titles on vault, parallel bars, high bar and all-around, Steven Legendre winning floor and Alex Naddour winning pommel horse.

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 2011 Men's Gymnastics Quick Facts
2010 Record  24-4
High Score 360.300
MPSF Finish First
NCAA Finish Third
Returning Conference
Legendre (FX), Jackson (V)
OU Record
Under Mark Williams
270-25 (.915)
Preseason Rank Third (Two First Place Votes)

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2011 Men's Gymnastics Schedule
2011 Roster
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Men's Gymnastic Main Page8 National Championships
18 Conference Titles | 32 Individual Titiles 
207 All-Americans | 6 Nissen Emery Winners
102 Individual Conference Champs 

NORMAN, Okla. -- Win the conference and national championships -- This is the repeated adage for OU men’s gymnastics under head coach Mark Williams. The 2011 edition of the Sooners is no different as Williams’ team sports depth across the board with 11 returning scorers from the 2010 squad, including five All-Americans.

The coaches around the country took notice of the Sooners’ returners and off-season success voted OU third in the preseason poll.

In the last 12 years, Williams has guided the Sooners to an incredible 270-25 mark  (.915) that includes five NCAA titles and nine MPSF Championships. OU is the only school in the last 12 years to finish in the top four of the NCAA Championships.

With the return of six-time NCAA National Champion Steven Legendre, 2010 pommel horse NCAA National Champion Alex Naddour and All-Americans Jeremy Adams, Jacob Dalton and Bobby Shortle, the Sooners are in line to repeat the championship success.

The 2011 season marks the end of collegiate careers for gymnasts Steven Legendre, Bobby Shortle, Ian Jackson, Anthony Naddour and CJ Grimes, a group that guided Oklahoma to 11 All-America honors last year.

Oklahoma begins the 2011 slate on Jan. 15 with its annual trip to the Rocky Mountain Open hosted by the Air Force Academy. After the Sooners trip to Air Force, the team opens the home season with back-to-back meets against Ohio State on Jan. 22 and Minnesota on Jan. 29.

The Sooners will participate in eight regular season meets, four of which will be in Norman at the Howard McCasland Field House, highlighted by matchups with Ohio State, Cal, Penn State and Illinois.

Following the Winter Cup break from team competition, the OU men will travel to conference rival Nebraska (Feb. 13) and then travel to Palo Alto, Calf. to face the Stanford (Feb. 19). Oklahoma returns home to host California on March 5.

In the month of March, the Sooners will face three members of the Big Ten Conference beginning with a trip to Michigan on March 12.  After the matchup with the defending national champion Wolverines, Oklahoma will host Penn State and Illinois (March 19) for a tri-meet.

The 2010 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships will be hosted by the Air Force Academy at the Cadet West Gym on April 2. Last season, the Sooners claimed their 10th conference title in the last 12 years. OU notched its 31st and 32nd individual conference titles under Williams, as Steven Legendre and Ian Jackson won MPSF titles.

The Ohio State University will host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, April 14-16, at the St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The following is an event-by-event breakdown of the 2011 Sooners.


Final 2010 Event Rank: 1
Average Score: 62.070

Top Returning Scores:
16.020  Legendre (1)
15.550  Dalton (3)
15.510  Shortle (4)

The Sooners return 2010 NCAA floor National Champion Steven Legendre and All-Americans Jacob Dalton and Bobby Shortle to the team in 2011. With the enitre lineup returning from last season’s squad, OU looks to return to reclaim the event championship.

  Pommel Horse

Final 2010 Event Rank: 3
Average Score: 57.370

Top Returning Scores:
15.000  Naddour (4)
14.190  Adams (17)

Unlike previous years, pommel horse will be a strong event for the Sooners in 2011.  Collecting an NCAA Individual Title in 2010 was Alex Naddour . Pommel All-American Jeremy Adams and senior Anothony Naddour also return to give OU an impressive list of competitors on the apparatus.

  Still Rings

Final 2010 Event Rank: 5
Average Score: 58.490

Top Returning Scores:
14.720 Piscitelli (14)
14.680  Dalton (17)
14.630 Jackson (19)

Oklahoma will rely on veteran gymnasts this year to boost the team average on rings. Junior Patrick Piscitelli and seniors Anthony Naddour, and Ian Jackson will bolster the ring lineup for the Sooners.


Final 2010 Event Rank: 1
Average Score: 64.050

Top Returning Scores:
16.050  Legendre (2)
16.010  Jackson (3)
15.950  Shortle (4)
15.920  Dalton (5)

With four Sooners in the top five of the 2010 vault rankings returning, it will be hard not to pick OU as the top vault team in the nation. Legendre and Dalton were All-Americans on the event last season, as Oklahoma claimed the top score nine out of the ten season meets.

  Parallel Bars

Final 2010 Event Rank: 5
Average Score: 57.970

Top Returning Scores:
14.680 Dalton (6)
14.590  Legendre (9)

The Sooners lose All-American Corey English from last year’s squad but return Jacob Dalton and Steven Legendre to the parallel bars lineup. Several OU gymnasts have added skills to their routine to bolster the team score on one of the weaker events for the Sooners. Look to Jeremy Adams and Alex Naddour to have  break out years on the event.

  High Bar

Final 2010 Event Rank: 4
Average Score: 57.590

Top Returning Scores:
14.750  Dalton (9)
14.480  Jackson (17)

The Sooners will return all scorers from last year’s squad to high bar. With new skills and experience, OU should be an improved team on the event. Jacob Dalton and Ian Jackson should provide leadership, while Steven Legendre, Jeremy Adams and Patrick Piscitelli round out the lineup.




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