The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics program compiled one of the most impressive win streaks in NCAA history over the past five years. Led by head coach Mark Williams, the Sooners recorded 121 straight victories and four national titles over the span of five seasons and climbed the ranks to boast the third-longest winning streak in NCAA history, falling just short of the 130 consecutive wins by Miami men's tennis (1957-64) and 137 straight by BYU-Hawaii women's tennis (2002-05). The following is a look back at the notes and numbers from the incredible run.
NOTES AND NUMBERS
The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team compiled 121 straight victories over the span of five seasons, beginning Jan. 17, 2015, at the Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo. The streak extended five years until the 2019 NCAA Championships in Champaign, Ill., where the Sooners finished runners-up to the Stanford Cardinal in the team finals.
OU capped its fifth-straight unblemished regular season on March 23 in Berkeley, Calif., against No. 11 Cal and No. 18 UIC, posting their highest road score of the season with a 423.400. In the five-year window, OU topped 63 regular-season opponents.
Oklahoma claimed four consecutive national titles from 2015-2018, becoming just the third school to accomplish the feat, joining Illinois (1939-42) and Nebraska (1979-83). Additionally, OU gymnast Yul Moldauer tied an NCAA record at the 2018 NCAA Championships by winning four national titles at one championship (AA, FX, VT, PB).
OU gymnasts combined to win 10 individual national championships from 2015-19. Moldauer won seven throughout his Sooners' career, while 2016 graduate Colin Van Wicklen and 2015 alums Michael Reid and Michael Squires both won one individual title.
In total, 20 individuals combined to collect 74 All-America honors from 2015 to 2019, including an impressive 22 in 2017. Moldauer departs OU with 18 All-America accolades, tied for first in Oklahoma history with Jonathan Horton and tied for second in NCAA history.
The No. 1 Sooners defeated No. 2 Stanford, No. 11 Cal and No. 13 Air Force in front of the home crowd at McCasland Field House on April 6, posting season-bests on two events (SR, VT) and closing the meet with four stuck dismounts on high bar to seal the victory. The conference title marked OU's eighth straight and 18th overall MPSF crown.
Ten Sooner gymnasts combined to tally 25 individual conference championships spanning from 2015 to 2019. Moldauer collected 13 conference titles, including four in 2019, to pass Olympian Jonathan Horton's 10 and move into first all-time at OU.
Head Coach Mark Williams and his staff combined to win 12 national coaching awards from 2015-19. Williams collected four College Gymnastics Association coach of the year awards and assistants Guard Young and Norimasa Iwai (2015) and Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons and Steven Legendre (2016-2018) won four national assistant coaches of the year honors. Williams also won four MPSF coach of the year accolades. The head coach's nine national titles ties for the most all-time in NCAA men's gymnastics history.
Moldauer won OU’s nation-leading eighth Nissen-Emery Award on Thursday, April 18, in Champaign, Ill., prior to the NCAA Championships. The senior co-captain won the award dubbed the “Heisman of gymnastics” after arguably his best regular season and conference championship performance of his career. Moldauer notched 25 individual event titles in 2019, including posting the top scores of the NCAA season on floor exercise (15.300), still rings (15.250), parallel bars (15.250) and the all-around (88.300).