Oklahoma Routs Rocky Mountain Open

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 11, 2014



  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
 Oklahoma 75.550 72.350 74.300 72.800 76.650 71.500 443.150
 Nebraska 68.750 70.300 74.050 70.700 72.150 67.750 423.700
 Air Force 71.150 68.150 73.200 69.550 73.650 67.400 423.100
 Arizona St. 69.805 65.100 67.750 68.500 68.350 62.600 402.105
 Washington 60.600 53.700 61.700 66.100 65.050 60.150 367.300


 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Alec Robin (OU) 15.600
 PH Sergey Resnick (OU) 14.950
 SR Michael Squires (OU) 15.850
 V Raymond White (OU) 14.750
 PB Sergey Resnick (OU) 15.600
 HB Louis Klein (NU) 14.850
 AA Danny Berardini (OU) 86.950
 Oklahoma Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Alec Robin 15.600
 PH Sergey Resnick 14.950
 SR Michael Squires 15.850
 V Raymond White 14.750
 PB Sergey Resnick 15.600
 HB Stanton Rehkemper 14.750
USAF Academy -- The No. 2 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team collected its 14th consecutive Rocky Mountain Open title by posting a season-opening score of 443.150 Saturday on the campus of the Air Force Academy.

The Sooners' team total finished ahead of No. 10 Nebraska (423.700) and No. 11 Air Force (423.100) and club teams from Arizona State (402.105) and Washington (367.300).

OU's team total is its highest since scoring 443.350 against Minnesota on Feb. 16 last season and is almost 20 points higher than the Sooners' mark at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Open.

"We had a great performance," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "I'm happy we put up a big score. We put on notice that we're going to be a very good team and will contend throughout the season."

Oklahoma earned the highest team scores of the competition on each event and had the highest individual score on five of the six events, including junior Alec Robin on floor, junior Sergey Resnick on pommel and parallel bars, junior Michael Squires on still rings and senior Raymond White on vault. In addition, junior Danny Berardini also took the all-around title with an 86.950.

"Danny was clearly our gymnast of the week," Williams said. "First time he's done the all-around at OU and he won it. He hit every routine and stuck every landing. He's just a team player and he rises up give opportunities. He looked great."

The night's highlights came on parallel bars, where the Sooners earned a team score of 76.650 - a higher score than any team in the nation garnered all of last season.

Resnick led the field with a 15.600, a marked improvement from his previous career high on p-bars of 15.050.

Every other Sooner also scored 15 or above, including two-time All-American Danny Berardini at 15.400 and freshman Allan Bower with a 15.350.

With five teams competing, OU began the meet on pommel horse, scoring a 72.350. In the fourth spot, Resnick, the reigning MPSF champion on the event, earned a 14.950. White recorded a 14.800 to add to the Sooner total.

Squires came in looking to pick up where he left off as the still rings national champion last season, earning the title with a Rocky Mountain Open record score of 15.850. After not competing all season on rings in 2013, junior Danny Berardini bested his previous career high with a 14.850. Oyama also picked up a career best with a score of 14.400.

White led the Sooners on vault with a team-high score of 14.750. He was followed by a 14.650 for Colin Van Wicklen and a 14.600 by Dylan Akers.

On high bar, junior Stanton Rehkemper earned a 14.750 to led OU, followed by junior William Clement at 14.350. The Sooners finished with a 71.500 overall.

Finishing strong, Robin set a career high with a 15.600 on floor to earn the event title. The All-American was joined by freshman Colin Van Wicklen (15.350) as the only competitors to score above a 15.000 on the night on the event.

"Certainly as a coach I can look critically and see places where we need to improve," Williams said. "By no means am I satisfied. We still have to add some difficulty if we're going to be in contention to win the national championship.

"We still have work to do, but it was a great start. I'm proud of the guys and am looking forward to our home meet next weekend."

The Sooners host their season opener next Saturday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m. CT in the McCasland Field House. Tickets are still available or fans can watch live on SoonerSportsTV.



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