Feb. 20, 2011
PALO ALTO, Calif. – The top-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team recorded its eighth win over a top-10 opponent and kept its undefeated streak alive in dominating fashion against No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Cal at the Burnham Pavillion on the campus of the Stanford University.
OU ending the night with a team score of 357.500 to the Cardinal’s 352.000, while the Golden Bears placed third with a 351.700 team tally. The Sooners are now 2-0 against opponents ranked in the top-five this season.
“I thought that we came out well prepared for this, knowing that there were going to be great teams at the event,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “It was fun to match-up against this competition, because Stanford and Cal are going to be teams that we meet in the future.”
“We had a very consistent night,” added Williams. “It was one of our best hit percentages of the season. I’m real proud of the guy’s effort on the night.”
Leading the Sooners was sophomore Jacob Dalton, finishing second in the all-around with a score of 88.200. The U. S. National Team member took home individual event titles on floor and parallel bars with career high scores of 15.400 and 16.200, respectively.
“Jake had an awesome night,” continued Williams. “We just have to get one more event as a part of that and he is going to be a heck of an all-arounder.”
Dalton shared the floor individual event title with Senior Steven Legendre, both scoring 16.200. Legendre, a six-time NCAA national Champion claimed his 62 title of his career.
“Tonight was good because we came out and did what we wanted to do,” said Legendre. “We did not have a perfect meet but we are headed into the right direction. We are hitting more routines and the routines that we are hitting are getting cleaner.”
Oklahoma claimed two of the six team event titles on the day with wins on floor (62.100) and parallel bars (59.000). The Sooners scored their highest scores of the season on floor and pommel.
Naddour and Legendre posted scores of 87.200 and 87.900, respectively, to finish third and fourth in the all-around competition.
Cal’s Donathan Bailey finished first in the all-around (89.000).
The Japanese National Team (362.200) would finish first on the night but is ineligible in the collegiate division.
After a week off, the Sooners come home Saturday, March 5, to battle Cal at the McCasland Field House at 7 p.m. (CT).