Six Career Highs Lead OU to 20-Point Win

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 23, 2013

(12-1, 3-1)
  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
Oklahoma 74.250 74.500 73.300 72.900 73.850 71.500 440.300
 Air Force 70.100 69.450 71.300 71.700 71.000 66.500 420.050
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(5-4, 0-2)
 Event Leaders
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin (OU)  15.200
 Pommel  Jacoby Rubin (OU)  15.150
 Rings  Michael Squires (OU)  15.450
 Vault  Gared Chapman (AFA)  15.050
 P-Bars  Danny Berardini (OU)  15.200
 H-Bar  Danny Berardini (OU)  14.750
 AA  Jacoby Rubin (OU)  86.900
 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Alec Robin  15.200
 Pommel  Jacoby Rubin  15.150
 Rings  Michael Squires  15.450
 Vault  Dylan Akers  14.900
 P-Bars  Danny Berardini  15.200
 H-Bar  Danny Berardini  14.750
 AA  Jacoby Rubin  86.900
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Led by record-high team performances on two events, the No. 3 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team posted its highest winning margin of the season with a 440.300-420.050 victory over conference rival and No. 12 Air Force Saturday night at the OU Field House.

The Sooners extended their regular-season home winning streak to 21 straight meets in front of a lively crowd of 1,197 on Cleveland Elementary School Night and Military Appreciation Night. As part of OU's community service partnership with Cleveland Elementary, the Cleveland students sang the national anthem, served as honorary judges and coaches and decorated and hung banners in support of their OU gymnastics mentors.

"The environment was fantastic tonight," OU head coach Mark Williams said. "We actually stepped it up a notch from last weekend with the Cleveland Elementary School here, having Jake Dalton perform a couple of extra exhibition routines and having Military Appreciation Night. It was just all great. The Air Force coaches were pleased, and I think it was a good event for the fans to be here and appreciate gymnastics."

The Sooners won every team event and five of the six individual titles as OU improved to 12-1 on the season. In his first career appearance in the all-around, sophomore Jacoby Rubin claimed the title with an 86.900. Fellow sophomore Alec Robin also competed in the all-around and finished second with an 86.000, a career high.

"I was really happy with the performance over all," Williams said. "I was pleased to see Jacoby Rubin out there for the first all-around in his career. Alec Robin competed in the all-around as well, so he should be back in the national rankings this week. I think we finished a little bit better than last week. Now we look forward to five up five-count next weekend and we'll have to make some adjustments to the lineups, but I feel like we're consistent at this point in the year."

For the second straight meet, the Sooners opened on floor and produced a lead they would not give up. A 74.250 gave OU a 4.800 point edge after the first rotation, and Robin's 15.200 led the way for the Sooners to another fast start.

A 74.500 on pommel horse was a season high and extended OU's lead to nearly 10.000 after just two events. Rubin's 15.100 and Troy Nitzky's 14.850 were career highs, while Sergey Resnick and Michael Reid each recorded a 14.900.

The Sooners scored a 73.300 on rings and found themselves with an 11.200 point lead at the halfway point of the competition. Once again, Michael Squires' 15.450 was a meet high. The sophomore walk-on has won three event titles this season on rings.

After a poor performance on vault last weekend, OU rebounded with a 72.900 against Air Force. Akers' career high 14.900 was a high score for the Sooners, while the Falcons' Gared Chapman posted a meet-high 15.050. Vault was the only event that an Oklahoma gymnast did not win the event title.

"We added some new vaults," Williams said. "We weren't totally successful on some of them, but we actually had a better team score on vault than we did last week."

With a double digit lead after four events, the Sooners finished strong with a 73.850 on parallel bars and a 71.500 on high bar. OU's parallel bars score was a season high, and Presten Ellsworth and Alec Robin scored career highs with 14.950 and 14.550, respectively. Both of Oklahoma's final events were won by sophomore Danny Berardini, who recorded a 15.200 on parallel bars and a 14.750 on high bar.

The Sooners are back on the road next weekend at Nebraska. The meet with the Cornhuskers is scheduled for March 3 at 1 p.m.

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