NORMAN – Just a few hours after his team capped its third straight unbeaten regular season, University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics senior and co-captain Allan Bower took seventh place at the World Cup in Stuttart, Germany.
“He had some good events.” Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams said. “It was an awesome opportunity and a learning experience for him. We’re happy that he could be out there representing OU and USA Gymnastics.”
Bower notched an all-around score of 81.699 in his first international competition as a member of the U.S. Senior National Team. He turned in third-place routines on floor (13.900), rings (13.833) and vault (14.333). Bower also finished fifth on pommel horse (13.333), eighth on parallel bars (14.000) and ninth on high bar (12.300).
Bower earned his opportunity to wear red, white and blue by virtue of his third-place finish at the 2017 Winter Cup. Always consistent and well-rounded, he finished in third with a two-day mark of 169.900 in the all-around and placed in the top seven on every event and in the top five on four events. He put up his best marks on pommel horse (29.350, third) rings (28.900, fifth) and vault (28.900, fifth).
Bower’s presence in the nine-man field continues the Sooners’ year of international success. Two weeks ago sophomore Yul Moldauer won the 2017 American Cup with an all-around score of 85.931. He bested 2016 Olympic silver medalist Oleg Vernlaiev of Ukraine (second), and fellow American and NCAA gymnast Akash Modi (third). Vernlaiev took first at the World Cup on Sunday. Currently seven of the 15 members of the U.S. Senior National Team are Sooners, including three current Sooners—Bower, junior Hunter Justus and Moldauer.
“It feels like they are getting rewarded for their success,” Williams said. “They’ve earned those spots and it’s good to have them out at international events where they are competing against the best in the world.”