Men's Gym Adds Five For 2019

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics program welcomed five signees from the 2019 recruiting class in the early signing period.

Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams voiced his excitement to welcome Lazarus Barnhill and Jack Freeman from the Houston area and Cypress Academy of Gymnastics to OU. The Sooners also welcomed in Brayton Williams of GymTek Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., Alan Camillus of Flower Mound, Texas and Southlake Gymnastics Academy and David Sandro from Gold Medal Gymnastics in Ontario, Canada. 

"We feel like we got some really solid guys that know how to work," said Williams.


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Lazarus Barnhill / Cypress Academy of Gymnastics / Houston, Texas

USA Gymnastics Bio

  • 2018-19 U.S. Junior National Team
  • 2018 Elite Team Cup, Hoffman Estates, Ill. - 1st-Team
  • 2018 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - 3rd-PH; 4th-HB(T); 5th-FX; 7th-VT; 8th-AA (Jr. Div.)
  • 2018 RD761 Gymnastics Invitational, Katy, Texas - 1st-AA, PH, PB, HB; 2nd-VT, FX, SR (17 Div.)
  • 2018 Pacific Rim Championships, Medellin, Colombia - 1st-Team, AA, FX; 2nd-VT, HB; 6th-PH (Jr. Div.)
  • 2018 University of Calgary International Cup - 1st-PH, VT; 2nd-Team, AA, Floor, HB; 3rd-PB; 5th-SR (Jr. Div.)
  • 2017 P&G Championships, Anaheim, Calif.
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 4th-AA (JE 16)
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 1st-PH; T2-HB; 3rd-PB (JE 16)

OU head coach Mark Williams on Lazarus: 

"Lazarus Barnhill is a junior national team member and has competed at the Pacific Rim Championships and has been to some pretty big international meets, too. He's been real consistent as an all-arounder, as well." 


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Alan Camillus / Texas Dreams, Southlake Gymnastics Academy / Flower Mound, Texas

  • 2018 Saginaw Invitational – 2nd FX; 1st PH; T1st VT; 1st AA (Level 10, Age 16 division)
  • 2018 Region 3 Championships, Saginaw, Texas – 3rd SR; 4th PB; 5th AA (Level 1E, Age 17 division)
  • 2018 Texas State Championships, Alvin, Texas – T4th FX; 4th SR; T2nd; T4th (Level 1E, Age 17 division)
  • 2017 Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. – T5th PH; 6th PB; 9th AA (Level 10, Age 16 division)
  • 2017 Region 3 Championships, Kansas City, Mo. – 2nd FX; T3rd SR; 4th HB; 11th AA (Level 1E, Age 15-16 division)

OU head coach Mark Williams on Alan:
“I'm excited to welcome Alan Camillus to the Sooner gymnastics program. His strength is on the pommel horse and he'll also compete for line-up positions on several other events.”


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Jack Freeman / Cypress Academy of Gymnastics / Cypress, Texas

USA Gymnastics Bio

  • 2018 U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Boston, Mass. - 5th-FX(T); 8th-VT (17-18) 
  • 2018 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 2nd-VT, HB; 5th-AA; 7th-FX; 8th-SR(T) (JE L10 Age 17) 
  • 2018 Winter Cup Challenge, Las Vegas, Nev. - (Jr. Div.) 
  • 2017 P&G Championships, Anaheim, Calif. - 2nd-HB; 3rd-FX; 6th-VT(T); 9th-AA (15-16) 
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 3rd-FX, 3rd.-Vault (JE 16) 
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 10th-AA (JE 16) 
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships Oklahoma City, Ok - 2nd-HB, VT: 5th AA 

OU head coach Mark Williams on Jack:

"We're excited to have Jack Freeman sign with the Sooners. We've seen tremendous potential from him. He's a guy that's been really good on floor, vault and high bar. We expect him to really develop to be a pretty good all-arounder."


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David Sandro / Gold Medal Gymnastics / Acton, Ontario, Canada

Gymnastics Canada Bio

  • 2017-18 Canadian Junior National Team
  • 2018 Pacific Rim Championships, Medellin, Columbia – 1st HB; 2nd-Team; 3rd AA; 3rd FX; 3rd PH; 3rd VT
  • 2018 University of Calgary International Cup, Calgary, Alberta, Canada – 1st AA; 1st PB; 1st HB; 2nd PH; 3rd FX; 3rd VT
  • 2018 Elite Canada, Quebec, Canada – 1st AA; 2nd PH; 3rd FX; 3rd SR
  • 2017 Canadian Championships, Montreal, Quebec, Canada – 1st PH; 1st PB; 2nd FX; 3rd VT; 4th AA
  • Father, Nistor Sandro, was an Olympian for Romania at the 1996 Games.

OU head coach Mark Williams on David:

"David Sandro brings a wealth of international experience to our program. Having been a junior national team member in Canada, he should be well prepared for competitions at the NCAA level.”


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Brayton Williams / GymTek Academy / Lebanon, Tenn.

  • 2018 Region 8 Elite Team
  • 2018 Region 8 Men's Gymnastics Championships, Jekyll Island, Ga. - 1st HB; 2nd AA; 2nd PH; 2nd SR; 3rd PB (Level 10, 17-19 division)
  • 2018 Tennessee Men's State Championships, Chattanooga, Tenn. - 1st PH; 1st SR; 2nd AA; 2nd VT; T3rd PB (Level 10, 17-18 division)
  • 2017 Men's Junior Olympic National Championships, Kissimmee, Fla. - 4th SR; T9th HB; 10th PH; 12th AA (Level 10, Age 16 division)
  • 2017 Region 8 Men's Championships, Cartersville, Ga. - 1st PB; 2nd AA; 2nd PH; 2nd SR; 2nd HB (Level 10, Sr. B division)

OU head coach Mark Williams on Brayton:

"We're excited to be adding Brayton Williams to the Sooner family. He is a bit of a diamond in the rough who has great potential to help the team on a couple events."


The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team looks to defend its fourth-straight national championship in 2019 when it begins the season in Colorado Springs, Colo., at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12.

Season tickets for all four regular-season home meets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the University of Oklahoma Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU. Tickets can also be ordered online by visiting SoonerSports.com/tickets.

For updates and more information on Oklahoma men's gymnastics, follow the Sooners on Twitter and Instagram (@OU_MGymnastics) and like Oklahoma Men's Gymnastics on Facebook.

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