Sooners Hold No. 1 Heading into Postseason
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NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team retained the No. 1 rank in this week's Road to Nationals rankings, along with holding the top spot in the College Gymnastics Association coaches' poll for the 12th consecutive week.
After topping No. 11 Cal and No. 18 UIC with a tally of 423.400, the Sooners continue to hold the best four-score average (421.383) and claim the top spots on floor exercise (71.517), rings (70.533), vault (72.900) and high bar (70.083). The team also ranks in the top four on the other two events, coming in second on parallel bars (69.900) and fourth on pommel horse (67.483).
Individually, the Sooners hold three of the top five national spots on floor exercise. Sophomore Gage Dyer ranks first with an NQA of 14.650, while freshman Vitaliy Guimaraes sits second (14.550) after his third FX title last Saturday at Cal. Senior Yul Moldauer ranks fifth on floor (14.517) and fourth on pommel horse with an NQA of 14.183 after claiming the horse title against the Flames and Golden Bears with a 14.750.
OU occupies three of the top eight spots in the country on still rings. Moldauer ranks second with his 14.850 NQA, while seniors Jake Maloley and Peter Daggett sit seventh and eighth, respectively, with NQAs of 14.283.
On the event that the Sooners average an NCAA-best 72.900, vault, OU gymnasts hold five of the top 10 individual spots. Guimaraes (14.700) ranks third, Dyer (14.683) sits fourth, while sophomore Alexei Vernyi (14.600) and junior Matt Wenske (14.600) come in seventh and eighth, respectively. Senior co-captain Levi Anderson rounds out the top 10 at 10th, also with an NQA of 14.600.
After putting up an NCAA-season high 15.250 over the weekend, Moldauer tops the charts on parallel bars with an impressive NQA of 14.933. Fellow senior co-captain Genki Suzuki (14.233) moved up the ranks to fourth on the apparatus.
The Sooners land three in the top five for the second event, this one on high bar, led by Anderson (14.583) in the one spot. Dyer (14.383) is right behind Anderson in second, while Suzuki comes in fourth with a 14.233 NQA.
The Sooners return to the friendly confines of McCasland Field House in Norman for the final time of 2019 to begin postseason competition by hosting the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship. OU has claimed seven consecutive conference crowns and will look to extend the streak to eight against conference foes No. 2 Stanford, No. 11 Cal and No. 13 Air Force. Tickets can be found here.
The meet will begin at 4 p.m. inside the Field House and be broadcast live on FOX Sports Oklahoma. The Sooners host the conference championship for the first time since the 2014 season. The team claimed last season's conference title by nearly ten points over second-place Stanford.