NORMAN, Okla. – Taking its season-long No. 1 ranking on the road, the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team will compete at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday, Feb. 14.
The Sooners are the top team in the nation for the fifth week in a row after most recently dispatching No. 5 Stanford with a score of 447.700 – the second-highest team score in NCAA history.
OU and Stanford will face off again in Fort Worth along with the Arizona State club team. The meet begins at 6:45 p.m. CT at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Last season, the Sooners won the event, topping Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa to take home the trophy with a score of 441.500.
In addition to its No. 1 ranking overall, OU is also ranked first in the nation on every apparatus except still rings where the Sooners are ranked second.
Individually, OU has numerous gymnasts in the top 10 of their events, led by junior Alec Robin who is first on floor with a 15.417 average. Four other Sooners are in the floor top 10, including sophomore Kanji Oyama (No. 3), senior Raymond White (No. 6), freshman Colin Van Wicklen (No. 8) and junior Dylan Akers (No. 10).
OU also has three top-ranked gymnasts on pommel horse, led by junior Michael Reid ranked second followed by junior Sergey Resnick in third and White in sixth.
Junior Michael Squires earned the top still rings score in OU history last Saturday with a 16.150, besting Olympic medalist Jonathan Horton’s record of 16.125. Squires is ranked second in the country on rings with a 15.933 average.
Other highly ranked Sooners include Van Wicklen (No. 5 on vault), freshman Allan Bower (No. 6 on parallel bars), senior Stanton Rehkemper (No. 6 on high bar) and junior Danny Berardini (No. 5 in the all-around).
Following this weekend’s meet, OU will not compete again until Senior Night on Sunday, March 9, against Nebraska. Before then, qualifying members of the team will be competing as individuals at the Winter Cup held in Las Vegas next weekend.