July 14, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma sophomore Kanji Oyama earned the right to compete in the U.S. National Championships after finishing 10th at the U.S. Qualifier on Saturday.
Oyama scored 84.05 in the all-around and 35 total points based on the National Points Ranking System. Twenty points are given for a first place finish down to one point for a 20th-place finish.
Oyama's all-around score was fourth among all competitors.
"I think it's good that they did it because it's valuable for their training," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "Kanji had a great floor routine and really had six solid routines to score an 84 in the all-around which was a pretty good score for him."
The Huntington Beach, Calif., native earned his highest score on floor, earning a 14.600, eighth best on the night. Oyama will join more than half a dozen other current and former Sooners at the national meet, which will be held Aug. 15-18 in Hartford, Conn.
Also competing for the Sooners, junior William Clement took 23rd with 25 points and an 80.55 all-around score highlighted by a seventh place finish on rings and a 10th place finish on high bar.
Taking 27th with 21 points and an 81.6 all-around score, sophomore Josh Yee placed 10th on vault with a score of 14.600 and 12th on floor at 14.300.
Junior Danny Berardini took 41st with 14 points and an all-around of 80.9 which included an eighth-place finish on high bar with a score of 14.600.