NORMAN – Former University of Oklahoma gymnast Alex Powarzynski, who won three team national titles with the Sooners and was a member of the 2017 U.S. Senior National Team, announced Wednesday that he has retired from the sport.
“I feel like I’ve completely surpassed my goals as a gymnast,” Powarzynski said. “I’m proud of how it ended up.”
Powarzynski, who is from Menifee, Calif., qualified for the U.S. National Team at the 2017 P&G Championships. He finished the meet in 10th place with a two-day all-around score of 163.750.
“I thought that P&Gs was going to be my last hurrah until I made the U.S. National Team at the end of the meet,” Powarzynski said. “That was a huge surprise.”
Though he never competed in a major international competition with Team USA, qualifying for the national team was one of Powarzynski’s greatest accomplishments.
Powarzynski improved every year with the Sooners. He became a steady presence in the lineup as an upperclassman, with the number of meets he competed in increasing every season. His final NCAA meet was the 2017 national championship where he notched a 14.350 on his only event, parallel bars.
His impact on the team was felt not just at meets, but in practice. Head coach Mark Williams described Powarzynski as a leader and a constant team player throughout his time at OU.
“Alex had some early struggles in his career, but he learned and came back stronger from them,” Williams said. “It has been a joy to watch him mature throughout his career and retire from the sport on his own terms.”
Powarzynski’s last meet was the 2018 Winter Cup where he finished 12th overall with a two-day all-around total of 158.350.