Sooners named to World Championship Squad

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
AUGUST 19, 2013

NORMAN, Okla. -- USA Gymnastics announced that former Oklahoma men's gymnasts Jake Dalton, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour will represent the United States at the World Championships to be held Sep. 30-Oct. 6 in Antwerp, Belgium.

The Sooners are three of six gymnasts invited to the World Championships picked out of the 15 members of this year's Senior National Team announced Sunday. At least one OU gymnast has now been named to a World Championships or Olympics roster each of the last eight years.

"We have had a very successful track record representing OU at World Championships and the Olympics," said Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams, who will also be traveling to Belgium. "It's exceptional on Jake, Steve and Alex's part to represent the program on the sport's biggest stage and hopefully we can bring back some medals."

Dalton, a Senior National Team member since 2009, was a 2012 London Olympian who finished third in the all-around at this past weekend's P&G Championships. This will be his third World Championships appearance, having also helped the U.S. to a team bronze medal in 2011.

Legendre is making his fourth World Championships appearance and was an Olympic alternate in 2012. The 2011 Nissen Award winner, Legendre also was a part of the 2011 bronze medal team and has been a member of the Senior National Team since 2008.

Naddour is making his second World Championships appearance after competing with the 2011 squad and also serving as an Olympic alternate in London. He has been on the National Team each of the past four years.

Oklahoma gymnasts make up a third of those selected Sunday to this year's Senior National Team, as Jonathan Horton and Chris Brooks were also named to the 2013-14 squad.

In addition, Alex Powarzynksi, an incoming freshman for the Sooners in 2013-14, was named to the Junior National Team after finishing fifth in the all-around at the P&G Championships.

 OU at the World Championships / Olympics Since 2006
 2013  Jake Dalton
   Steven Legendre
   Alex Naddour
 2012  Jake Dalton
   Jonathan Horton
 2011  Jake Dalton
   Jonathan Horton
   Steven Legendre
   Alex Naddour
 2010  Chris Brooks
   Jonathan Horton
   Steven Legendre
 2009  Jake Dalton
   Jonathan Horton
   Steven Legendre
 2008  Jonathan Horton
 2007  Jonathan Horton
 2006  Jonathan Horton



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