Dalton Leads Sooners to 12 All-America Honors

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 21, 2012

April 21, 2012

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 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Floor  Eddie Penev (Stanford)  16.100
 Pommel  Glen Ishino (California)  15.600
 Rings  C.J. Maestas (Illinois)  15.300
 Vault  Paul Ruggeri (Illinois)  15.500
   Eddie Penev  15.500
 P-Bars  Jake Dalton (OU)  15.250
 High Bar  Sam Mikulak (Michigan)  15.450
 AA  Jake Dalton (OU)  91.000
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NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton proved that he is the nation’s top all-around gymnast by claiming the parallel bars title and All-America honors on five of the six events at the NCAA Championship on Saturday night.

Dalton, who claimed the NCAA all-around title and All-America status last night, is the first gymnast in OU history to earn All-America honors on six events (all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) in one season.

Through his three years at Oklahoma, Dalton boasts 13 All-America honors and four individual national titles.

As a team, the Sooners racked up 12 total All-America honors between Friday and Saturday, the most of any school.

In addition to Dalton, the NCAA bestowed All-America status to Troy Nitzky and Chris Stehl on rings, Danny Berardini on parallel bars and Presten Ellsworth, Patrick Piscitelli and Mike Heredia on vault.

OU’s 12 All-America honors are the most since the Sooners claimed 14 in 2006 behind 2008 Olympian Jonathan Horton. Oklahoma has claimed 11 or more All-America honors every year since 2005.

Oklahoma’s history now claims 231 All-Americans and 37 individual titles in addition to eight national championships.

In addition to his p-bars and all-around titles, Dalton finished second on floor and third on rings and high bar.

Ellsworth and Berardini also claimed top-three finishes with Ellsworth taking third on vault and Berardini tying for third on parallel bars.

Berardini is the first OU freshman to earn All-America status since 2010.

The Sooners impressive showing in the event finals came one night after taking second place in the team finals, narrowly falling to Illinois, 358.85-357.45 on Friday.

Since 2001, the Sooners have finished in the top two of the NCAA Championship 10 times.



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