March 5, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. – The top-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team remained undefeated in 2011 on Saturday after defeating No. 4 California at the McCasland Field House. OU claimed the victory without the services of sophomore Jacob Dalton, due to his selection to the list of competitors at the 2011 American Cup.
OU (9-0 overall, 6-0 MPSF) posted its highest score of the season (360.850) and improved to 9-0 with the victory over the Cal (357.750). The Sooners are now 3-0 against top-five opponents this season with their second straight victory over the Golden Bears.
“The guys did a great job tonight. We got it going early and sustained the energy throughout the meet,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “We did a lot of great routines and the guys stepped up in the absence of Jake.”
“It is great to have Cal down here, because it may be the last time with the closing of their men’s gymnastics program,” added Williams.
OU claimed four of the six team events on floor (60.450), pommel horse (59.250), rings (60.650) and high bar (59.800). It marks the fourth meet the Sooners have claimed at least four of the six team event titles.
Three Sooners claimed four individual titles on the night with Steven Legendre posting the top score on floor and high bar, Alex Naddour on pommel horse, Ian Jackson tying for the title on vault.
Leading the Sooners was senior Steven Legendre winning his fourth floor title of the season and 28 of his career with a score of 15.950. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native also claimed his second all-around title of the season with a score of 90.400, while posting career high score on pommel horse (14.950) and high bar (15.650).
The Sooners were also helped by scores from Alex Naddour on pommel horse (15.750) and high bar (15.300), Chris Stehl on rings (15.500) and Jeremy Adams on parallel bars (14.500).
Oklahoma posted its highest scores of the season on pommel horse, rings and high bar.
Next up, Oklahoma travels to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete against sixth-ranked Michigan on, March 12.
“It is a big challenge going into Michigan. They are a goog team,” continued Williams. “They have struggled because of some injuries. We expect it to be a test and going away from home makes it a little more difficult. We are just going to have to prove we are good at home and away.”