No. 1 Sooners Host Home Opener Saturday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 17, 2014
 No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Air Force  |  Saturday, Jan. 18  |  5 p.m. CT
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NORMAN, Okla. -- Fresh off a resounding first-place finish at the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open, the No. 1 Oklahoma men's gymnastics team hosts its first meet of the 2014 season against Air Force on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 5 p.m.

After sweeping the competition last Saturday with a 443.150 score, the Sooners are ranked No. 1 in the nation entering this weekend. The meet is slated for a 5 p.m. start at the McCasland Field House, with a live broadcast carried on FS Oklahoma and FOX College Sports Central.

"We want to entertain the fans," said OU head coach Mark Williams. "It's going to be fun and we want them to come and be loud and support us. We want to see everyone there and make it fun for the athletes to feel that support. A loud crowd makes competing a lot easier."

The Sooners return an exciting group, including seven All-Americans. Last year's national champion on still rings, Michael Squires, picked up where he left off with a meet-record score of 15.850 last weekend. Three-time All-American Alec Robin is also slated to compete as is Danny Berardini, last weekend's all-around winner and a two-time All-American.

Of particular note, OU had an outstanding performance as a team on parallel bars to open the season, recording a score of 76.650. That mark would have been the second-highest of any team in the nation during all of last season, showing the Sooners have come out of the gate strong early.

Overall, Oklahoma is No. 1 in multiple events in the team rankings. The Sooners hold the top spots on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars. OU is also ranked second on still rings and high bar and third on vault.

In the individual event rankings, three Sooners are ranked No. 1, including junior Alec Robin on floor, junior Michael Squires on still rings and junior Sergey Resnick on parallel bars.

OU gymnasts dominate the parallel bar rankings, taking six of the top spots: Resnick at No. 1, junior Danny Berardini at No. 2, freshman Allan Bower at No. 3, junior Dylan Akers at No. 5, junior Presten Ellsworth at No. 6 and junior Michael Reid at No. 8.

Players will be available following the meets for autographs and to hand out new 2014 men's gymnastics posters.



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