Men's Gymnasts Decimate Nebraska In Lincoln

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 23, 2002

Feb. 23, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The top-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team (9-0) defeated No. 12 Nebraska (2-7) at the Devaney Sports Center, 211.550 to 206.600, this afternoon. This is the third time this season that OU has claimed a victory over the Huskers.

Sophomore Jock Stevens led the Sooners with first place finishes on both the floor (9.575) and parallel bars (8.700). Junior Josh Landis took first on the pommel horse (9.500) and second on the floor (9.150). Junior Brett Covey claimed the rings title (9.425), while senior Everette Bierker took first on the high bar (9.150).

"Despite several top finishes, I was disappointed with the way the meet went today," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "We started the meet off with four missed routines and ended the meet the same way. We're halfway through the season and the guys are feeling tired, but I don't think it was a lack of physical preparation today, rather they didn't prepare mentally to compete."

Senior Ryan Hillyer and junior Quinn Rowell, who competed for the first time the season, finished third (8.650) and fourth (8.450), respectively, on the rings. Freshman Josh Gore notched a second place finish and career high on the pommel horse (9.050) and a fourth place finish on the high bar (8.450).

"Josh Gore had a pretty good meet," said Williams. "Every time someone made a mistake, he seemed to pull it together and pull off a good routine."

The Sooners are back in action on Sunday, March 3, against Stanford and Minnesota. Meet time is set for 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. This will be the last home meet and senior day before OU hosts the NCAA National Championships on April 4-6 at the Lloyd Noble Center.

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