OU Advances to NCAA Final

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 10, 2014



  FX PH SR V PB HB Total
 Oklahoma 75.500 73.200 73.600 73.700 72.900 71.100 440.000
 Stanford 75.000 69.650 71.700 73.950 73.050 70.200 433.550
 Illinois 71.900 72.050 74.350 72.200 71.800 70.450 432.750
 Iowa 71.500 68.850 72.800 72.050 71.350 69.400 425.950
 California 72.850 69.950 70.750 72.800 70.850 70.850 425.700
 W&M 70.150 68.200 68.850 72.100 67.900 68.150 415.350


 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Sean Senters (STAN) 15.450
 PH Michael Reid (OU) 15.200
 SR Michael Squires (OU) 15.800
 V Sean Senters (STAN) 15.250
 PB Brian Knott (STAN) 15.300
 HB Paul Hichwa (STAN) 15.350
 AA Akash Modi (STAN) 87.450
 Oklahoma Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 FX Alec Robin 15.350
 PH Michael Reid 15.200
 SR Michael Squires 15.800
 V Ellsworth & Van Wicklen 15.350
 PB Sergey Resnick 14.900
 HB Danny Berardini 14.750

Oklahoma will vie for its ninth national title on Friday at 6 p.m. CT. The meet will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with live results available at www.mgoblue.com. Fans can follow the team live on Twitter with @OU_MGymnastics.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Top-seeded Oklahoma took care of business at the NCAA Qualifier on Thursday, finishing first in its session with a score of 440.000 to advance to the NCAA Finals.

Second place went to Stanford (433.550) followed by Illinois (432.850), Iowa (425.950), Cal (425.700) and William & Mary (415.350).

"We fought through but kept a reserve so tomorrow we can have a better day," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "You just want to do enough to make sure you advance in the group you're in. It's important we get everyone through the sets without any big mistakes and the guys really did that."

The Sooners will compete against Stanford, Illinois and three qualifying teams from tonight's second session for the chance to be crowned national champion on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

"We came out there and we had a good day today," said junior Danny Berardini. "Obviously there are some things to improve on going into tomorrow, but we came in, did our job, and qualified for the team finals."

The Sooners started slowly, finding themselves down by three points after the first two rotations, but used a big score on floor in the third rotation to right the ship and steadily pull away from the competition.

On parallel bars, Oklahoma scored 72.900, with a 14.900 by junior Sergey Resnick leading the way. Moving to high bar, Berardini scored 14.750, but two sub-14 scores left OU with just a 71.100 team score.

Yet Oklahoma did not stay down. The top team in the country on floor exercise, OU put up a big 75.500 on the event, taking over the lead in one fell swoop after Stanford had high bar problems of its own. Junior Alec Robin scored 15.350 and senior Raymond White added a 15.300, finishing second and third, respectively, overall in the session.

A 73.200 on pommel horse left OU five-tenths ahead of the Cardinal after four rotations. Junior Michael Reid earned the top score of his career, posting a 15.200 - the biggest score of any competitor in the session.

Defending national champion Michael Squires secured the top score of the session on still rings with a stuck dismount that led to a 15.800. OU finished with a 73.600 overall.

Ending the day on vault, the Sooners scored 73.700 as a team, with senior Presten Ellsworth and freshman Colin Van Wicklen scoring identical 14.850 marks, ensuring OU its first-place finish.

"Qualifying is great, but we've saved a little for tomorrow," Berardini continued. "We'll come out energetic, enthusiastic, and we'll have an even better day tomorrow and hopefully we'll end up No. 1."

Oklahoma will vie for its ninth national title on Friday at 6 p.m. CT in the Crisler Center. The meet will be televised live on the Big Ten Network with live results available at www.mgoblue.com.



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