April 2, 2011
Colorado Springs, Colo. – The top-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team lost its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship since 2009 on Saturday, April 2 with a second-place finish in the Cadet West Gymnasium on the campus of United States Air Force Academy.
OU finished second with a score of 360.700, while No. 2 Stanford won the meet earning a 362.250 and No. 3 Cal finishing third posting 355.950. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 8 Air Force rounded out the scoring with a 346.500 and 344.800, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Sooners had won 10 out of the last 11 years, winning the previous MPSF championships in 2010
“We weren’t the best team tonight and we will have to go back to the gym and work a little bit harder,” said OU head coach Mark Williams.
“Maybe the guys were a little nervous with the meet on the line and we just had too many mistakes,” added Williams. “We will go back to the gym and work on that and hopefully go to NCAA Championships with that fixed.”
Despite scoring the third best tally of the season, the Sooners dropped to 15-1 (MPSF, 10-1) on the year.
OU won two out of the six team events on floor (62.050) and vault (65.350). The win on vault broke a program record, previously set this season against Penn State and Illinois (64.900).
|Photos from MPSF Chmapionship|
Three Sooners (Alex Naddour, Jacob Dalton and Steven Legendre) added five individual MPSF conference titles to increase the program total to 37 titles.
Dalton and Legendre posted top score on floor (15.900) to tie for the title, while Dalton went on to claim three more titles in the all-around (90.900) and on vault (16.650) and on parallel bars with a career high 15.600.
“Jake was pretty steady all the way through and had a great night,” continued Williams. “He finished well and definitely deserves that title. It was kind of bitter sweet when you are trying to win the team championship but he did his job.”
“It is always good to come out on top in the all-around but it was more important to win the team event today,” said Dalton. “I just did the best I could and tried to contribute to the team score and it wasn’t enough today.”
Alex Naddour also claimed his fifth pommel horse title on the season and first MPSF conference title with a score of 15.000.
The Ohio State University will host the 2011 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships, April 14-16, at the St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The Sooners have won five national championships under the leadership of head coach Mark Williams and have claimed eight overall in program history.