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Sooners Shine at P&G Championships
August 16, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men's gymnastics program showed its strength on the first day of the P&G Championships on Friday with current and former Sooners prominent all along the top of the all-around and event leaderboards.

The group of Sooners are hoping to be one of two all-arounders or one of four event specialists chosen to represent Team USA at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, following Sunday's competition.

Three former OU stars posted top marks in three different events. Steven Legendre recorded the best mark on floor with a score of 15.900, Alex Naddour posted a 15.450 to lead pommel horse and Jake Dalton scored 15.450 on parallel bars to best all competitors.

The three senior national team members are all among the top-five all-arounders after day one, with Dalton in second with a score of 88.700. Naddour is in third at 87.900 and Legendre comes in fifth with a score of 87.100.

In addition, current OU junior Michael Squires notched the second-highest score on still rings, recording a 15.400, setting up the 2013 national champion nicely for Sunday's competition.

Sophomore Kanji Oyama, who qualified for the national meet just last month, is a respectable 18th in the all-around at 83.950, including a seventh place on floor with a 15.250 score.

"Everyone did real well today," said OU head coach Mark Williams who is in Connecticut coaching at the Championships. "I'm relatively happy with everyone's efforts. We're looking forward to Sunday."

Dalton, a 2012 Olympian, also finished fourth on vault, fifth on high bar and sixth on floor. Legendre added to his top finish on floor with the sixth-best mark on rings and seventh-best on high bar while Naddour recorded one other top-10 finish placing third on rings.

In the junior division, four incoming OU freshmen completed their first day, led by Alex Powarzynski with a 79.400 all-around score, good for fourth place. Lee Grogan and Allan Bower rounded out the top 10 at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Highlights included third place by Bower on parallel bars, fourth place by Grogan on vault and sixth-place finishes on pommel horse and high bar for Powarzynski.

In the 15-16 division, Colin Van Wicklen finished day one in the 14th spot with an all-around score of 78.850. The Magnolia, Texas, native posted the top score on floor, recording a 14.950.

Competition resumes on Sunday, Aug. 18, beginning at noon CT on NBC for the senior division and 5:30 p.m. CT for the juniors on PGChamps.com's live stream.

Sooner rankings after day one are below. For complete results, click here.

 Senior Competition - Day 1
 All-Around  2. Jake Dalton  88.700
   3. Alex Naddour  87.900
   5. Steven Legendre  87.100
   18. Kanji Oyama  83.950
 Floor Exercise  1. Steven Legendre  15.900
   6. Jake Dalton  15.300
   7. Kanji Oyama  15.250
   12. Alex Naddour  14.800
 Pommel Horse  1. Alex Naddour  15.450
   15. Kanji Oyama  13.250
   19. Steven Legendre  13.000
   23. Jake Dalton  12.450
 Still Rings  2. Michael Squires  15.400
   3. Alex Naddour  15.200
   5. Jake Dalton  15.150
   6. Steven Legendre  15.050
   17. Kanji Oyama  14.200
 Vault  4. Jake Dalton  15.250
   17. Alex Naddour  14.650
   22. Steven Legendre  14.250
   23. Kanji Oyama  14.200
 Parallel Bars  1. Jake Dalton  15.450
   13. Alex Naddour  14.300
   14. Steven Legendre  14.200
   26. Kanji Oyama  13.600
 High Bar  5. Jake Dalton  15.100
   7. Steven Legendre  14.700
   20. Alex Naddour  13.500
   22. Kanji Oyama  13.450

 Junior Competition - Day 1
 All-Around  4. Alex Powarzynski  79.400
   9. Lee Grogan  77.650
   10. Allan Bower  76.750
   *14. Colin Van Wicklen  78.850
 Floor Exercise  7. Alex Powarzynski  13.350
   12. Allan Bower  12.600
   13. Lee Grogan  12.250
   1. Colin Van Wicklen  14.950
 Pommel Horse  6. Alex Powarzynski  12.600
   7. Allan Bower  12.300
   7. Lee Grogan  12.300
   24. Colin Van Wicklen  10.600
 Still Rings  8. Allan Bower  13.050
   9. Alex Powarzynski  12.800
   11. Lee Grogan  12.750
   14. Colin Van Wicklen  13.350
 Vault  4. Lee Grogan  14.250
   5. Alex Powarzynski  14.200
   10. Allan Bower  13.600
   15. Colin Van Wicklen  13.950
 Parallel Bars  3. Allan Bower  13.700
   7. Alex Powarzynski  13.150
   8. Lee Grogan  13.000
   21. Colin Van Wicklen  12.350
 High Bar  6. Alex Powarzynski  13.300
   7. Lee Grogan  13.100
   15. Allan Bower  11.500
   10. Colin Van Wicklen  13.650
*Note: Van Wicklen is competing in the 15-16 Junior division.
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