2013 Men's Gymnastics Championship Central
The Sooners are having a light morning at the hotel in Baltimore and will head to the airport in about an hour and a half. The team will have some added baggage in a second-place team trophy and nine All-American trophies.
Check out video highlights from yesterday's event finals, including reaction from national champion Michael Squires. Don't miss the full recap from yesterday's NCAA Event Finals, including photos, complete results, quotes from all six national champions and more.
Sooners in Baltimore - 9 p.m.
The team has just arrived in Baltimore, where we are staying for the night before heading home tomorrow afternoon. There was some added luggage with a second-place team trophy and nine individual event trophies, but a safe three hour trip from State College, Pa. to Baltimore.
Tomorrow morning, head coach Mark Williams will appear on Toby Rowland's show on KREF. Tune in to 1400 AM or listen live online at 7:15 a.m. CT.
One National Champ, Nine All-Americans - 4:45 p.m.
Sophomore Michael Squires won a national title on rings and the Sooners were awarded nine All-American honors at the three-day championship. Sophomore Alec Robin was named All-American in the all-around Saturday before honors on vault and high bar Sunday.
Check out the full recap from today's NCAA Event Finals, including photos, complete results, quotes from all six national champions and more.
The Sooners are about to hit the road to Baltimore, where they'll spend the night before flying home tomorrow afternoon.
Four More All-Americans - 3:20 p.m.
The second half of the NCAA individual finals is complete, and the Sooners earned four additional All-American honors for a two-day total of nine. Alec Robin finished second on vault (15.325) and sixth on high bar (14.700). Combined with his fifth-place finish yesterday in the all-around, Robin earned three All-American honors this weekend. Danny Berardini was crowned All-American on high bar with a fifth-place finish of 14.850, while Ethan Jose (14.475) joined Robin on the high bar podium.
Congrats Michael Squires, National Champion! - 2:10 p.m.
The first half of the individual competition is complete, and Michael Squires has been crowned a national champion on still rings! The OU sophomore posted a 15.775 to win the event. He was also named an All-American. Kanji Oyama on floor (14.700), Michael Reid on pommel horse (14.575) and Chris Stehl on rings (15.375) also earned All-American honors for the Sooners.
One Last Time at Rec Hall - 1 p.m.
The individual finalists have just marched in to Rec Hall and we're about to get underway for the final session of the 2013 NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championship. Follow along with live video and live results.
Individual Championship Sunday - 11:45 a.m.
Yesterday was an exciting, fun night at the gym, but the action continues today. The individual national champions and All-Americans will be crowned today on all six events. OU will be represented at least once on every event, and 10 times total. The team has just arrived at the gym, with competition begining at 1 p.m. CT. To recap last night's second-place finish in an exciting NCAA Finals, check out the video:
Final Reflections on an Exciting Night - 11:59 p.m.
It's nearly 1 a.m. here in State College, and the team, their families and staff have just wrapped up dinner. Coach Williams spent time talking about each gymnast, giving a special 'thank you' to the seniors, Troy Nitzky and Chris Stehl. The team reflected on the year, and tonight's championship.
With preseason expectations not as high as they normally are for the OU program, making tonight's NCAA Finals was a major accomplishment. Putting together one of their best meets of the year in an exciting championship meet made the second-place finish that much more special.
The energy in Rec Hall tonight was special. Not only in the stands, where fans from Penn State and the visiting schools packed the arena and provided a great atmosphere, but also on the OU bench. Every performance on every event the excitement was high for the Sooners. They were jumping, cheering and yelling as they hit routine after routine. The energy level was as high as it can get, and even Coach Williams, Young and Iwai were getting into the act. High fives and fist pumps were common after each routine.
Exceeding expectations, great energy and a highly competitive competition made tonight's meet so much fun. It will be a night the Sooners remember for a long time.
Post-Championship Excitement - 10:30 p.m.
The Sooners have arrived back at the hotel and are gathering for a post-championship dinner with family. The championship was filled with excitement between OU and Michigan. While the Wolverines were able to capture the title, the Sooners are proud of their performance today. A team of 17 that features 10 sophomores stepped up tonight, which created one of the most exciting finals. The competition went down to the wire and was decided on the final rotation in front of a great crowd at Penn State.
Exciting Final Leads to Runner-Up Finish - 9 p.m.
For the third straight season, the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team captured a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship Saturday night at Penn State's Rec Hall. It marks the 13th consecutive season in which the Sooners, led by head coach Mark Williams, have finished in the top three nationally.
In a final that went back-and-forth between the Sooners and Michigan, OU posted a 440.100 to finish just behind UM's 443.200. The margin between the two teams was as close as 0.150 points after the fourth rotation and 0.400 points going into the final event.
A complete recap is available here, which will be updated with video, photos, quotes and more.
Sixth Rotation: High Bar - 8:40 p.m.
OU closed with a 72.750 on high bar for an unofficial total of 440.100. Michigan scored a 75.250 on floor and looks to have captured the title. Official results will be announced shortly. On high bar, the Sooners were led by William Clement's 14.800.
Fifth Rotation: Parallel Bars - 8:15 p.m.
Well, it's going to come down to the final event. OU has 367.350 points, and Michigan has 367.750. Just 0.400 separate the two teams, with UM holding the slight advantage. On parallel bars, OU notched a 72.600 and was led by Danny Berardini's 14.900. Sergey Resnick scored a 14.500, while Presten Ellsworth, Alec Robin and Chris Stehl all posted a 14.400.
Fourth Rotation: Vault - 7:51 p.m.
A 74.100 on vault made a close NCAA finals even closer. With a 294.750, the Sooners are just .150 points behind first-place Michigan's 294.900. OU will close on parallel bars and high bar, while UM will finish with high bar and floor. We are getting set for a fantastic finish!
On vault, Alec Robin scored a team high 15.400 as OU's final competitor. Presten Ellsworth added a 14.850, while Raymond White scored a 14.700 and Todd Dowdy tied his career high with a 14.650. Kanji Oyama registered a 14.500.
Third Rotation: Still Rings - 7:33 p.m.
The Sooners put together a solid rings routine to score a 75.450. At the halfway point in the competition, OU is in second place with a 220.650. Just 1.2 points separate the top three teams. Michigan is in first with a 221.100, while Stanford is 3rd with 219.900. On rings, Oklahoma was anchored by Michael Squires' team-high 15.800. Chris Stehl posted a 15.400, while Presten Ellsworth scored a career high 14.950. The Sooners will compete on vault next.
Second Rotation: Pommel Horse - 7:05 p.m.
On pommel horse, the Sooners posted a 71.600 and sits in fourth place with a 145.200. They sit just 1.100 points behind third-place Iowa and 2.500 points behind Stanford, in second. Michigan leads with a 148.050. On pommel, OU was anchored by Michael Reid's team-high 15.150, while Raymond White scored a 14.600 and Troy Nitzky a 14.05. Alec Robin added a 14.000 to his all-around total, while Sergey Resnick scored 13.80. OU will compete on rings next.
First Rotation: Floor - 6:34 p.m.
OU opened the NCAA Finals with a 73.600 on floor and sit in third place, behind Iowa's 74.850 (rings) and Stanford's 74.000 (vault). Dylan Akers got the Sooners started with a 14.550, followed by freshman Kanji Oyama's team high and career-high tying 15.250. Every OU gymnast posted a score of at least 14.400. Alec Robin, who is competing in the all-around, anchored Oklahoma with a 14.750, while Presten Ellsworth scored a 14.650 and Raymond White notched a 14.400.
Getting Things Underway - 6:15 p.m.
The Sooners, who picked fourth in the selection process, will start the meet on floor. They will go in the normal Olympic order (floor, pommel horse, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar), which is what they are most comfortable with.
Top-seeded Penn State will start on parallel bars, second-seeded Michigan starts on pommel, while third-seeded Stanford starts on vault. Iowa starts on rings, while Illinois begins the finals on high bar. Additionally, before each team goes, two individual finalists will compete on each event. Dylan Akers and OU are about to start on floor.
It's Time! - 6 p.m.
Finally, the time has come. The teams are being introduced, and it's almost time to get the NCAA Finals underway. Stay tuned right here for updates throughout the competition. Additionally, live video will be available at NCAA.com, while live stats can be found at GoPSUSports.com.
One Hour - 5 p.m.
The countdown to the NCAA Finals sits at just 60 minutes. At 6 p.m. CT, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 1 Penn State, No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Stanford, No. 7 Illinois and No. 8 Iowa will compete for a national championship.
For fans that were unable to make it to Happy Valley, a live video broadcast will be available at NCAA.com, while live stats can be found at GoPSUSports.com. As always, we'll have updates on Twitter (@SoonerGymnasts) and right here on Championship Central throughout the meet. When the dust (or chalk) settles, a national champion will be crowned.
The Sooners Have Arrived - 4 p.m.
The team arrived at Rec Hall about half an hour ago and is going through warm-ups in advance of tonight's NCAA Finals. The mood is light, and the Sooners are ready to go. Going in as the No. 4 seed after finishing second in yesterday's qualifier, they feel like they have nothing to lose.
"Relaxing" Day - 2:30 p.m.
In just over four hours, the NCAA Finals will be underway from State College, Pa. After this morning's stretch at the gym, the Sooners have spent the rest of the day with family, relaxing and getting ready for tonight's championship. The hours leading up to the finals are never actually relaxing, but the team has done their best nonetheless.
Maybe sophomore Alec Robin put it best when he tweeted: "I'm not scared, I'm excited. I don't have nerves, I have anticipation. We're going for a national title tonight!! #chasefor9 #BoomerSooner"
The team is about to gather in the hotel for a brief team meeting. Then, it's off to the gym to win a trophy.
Championship Saturday - 8:15 a.m.
After a brief team meeting and breakfast, the Sooners have arrived at the gym for a morning workout before tonight's NCAA Finals. This is officially the last practice of the 2013 season, and tonight the team will put a season's worth of work on the line in their quest for a ninth national title.
Twitter: Morning Workout
Today in Video - 9 p.m.
The Sooners advanced to tomorrow's NCAA team finals, check out a video recap of the day at Penn State:
Looking Back at the Qualifier - 5:05 p.m.
With a 433.850 in the NCAA qualifier, the Sooners advanced to tomorrow's team finals for the 14th straight season. Don't miss the full recap of the meet from State College, Pa. in addition to quotes from head coach Mark Williams and junior Presten Ellsworth, complete results, photos and more. A video highlight of today's action will be available later tonight.
Sooners Advance to Finals - 2:55 p.m.
For the 14th straight season, Oklahoma advanced to the NCAA Finals with a 433.850 to finish second in its qualifier Friday afternoon at Rec Hall in State College, Pa.
The Sooners will look to win their ninth national title and sixth since 2002 in Saturday night's team finals. In the past 12 years, Oklahoma has never finished below third nationally. Since 2000, OU is the only collegiate men's gymnastics program to finish in the top four every year at the NCAA Championships, a streak that includes five NCAA championships and five second-place finishes.
The second-ranked Sooners finished behind No. 3 Michigan, who scored a 443.850. No. 7 Illinois finished third with a 426.900 to secure the third spot in tomorrow's team finals. No. 6 Minnesota, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force failed to advance.
Rotation Seven: High Bar - 2:20 p.m.
On the final rotation, the Sooners posted a 70.850. For the second-straight meet, OU scores at least a 70.000 on all six events. No other team accomplished that feat at the conference meet, and only Michigan posted six scores of 70.000 or higher in the first qualifier. Rehkemper-14.45, Berardini & Robin-14.3, Jose-13.95, Clement-13.85.
Rotation Six: Parallel Bars - 2 p.m.
On its fifth event, Oklahoma scored a 71.15 on parallel bars. Through six rotations, OU has a 363.000 and sits in third place. Berardini-14.85, Resnick-14.3, Robin-14.2, Stehl-14.1, Ellsworth-13.7.
Rotation Five: Vault - 1:40 p.m.
The Sooners recorded a 73.45 on vault, their second highest total of the season on the event. After five rotations, OU sits in third place behind Air Force and Michigan with a 291.850. Air Force has yet to have a bye, while every other team has had a bye. OU closes on parallel bars and high bar. Robin-15.3, Oyama & White-14.6, Dowdy-14.55, Ellsworth-14.4.
Rotation Four: Still Rings - 1:26 p.m.
The Sooners notched a 74.100 on rings, their third event. Squires led OU with a 15.850, while William Clement notched a career-high 14.900. Stehl-14.85, Ellsworth-14.55, Nitzky-13.95. Through three events the Sooners have a 218.400. The score puts them in fourth place, but Air Force and Minnesota, two of the teams ahead of OU, have not had a bye yet. Michigan is third.
Rotation Three: Pommel Horse - 1:08 p.m.
After a bye on the second rotation, OU posted a 70.200 on pommel horse and has a two-rotation total of 144.300. Sergey Resnick-14.45, Michael Reid-14.35, Raymond White-14.15, Troy Nitzky-13.7, Alec Robin-13.45.
Rotation One and Two: Floor and Bye - 12:35 p.m.
The Sooners opened with a 74.100 on floor and lead after the first rotation. Minnesota is second with a 71.900, while Michigan had a bye. OU now has a bye before it rotates to pommel horse for its second event. Here are Oklahoma's scores on floor: Alec Robin-15.25, Presten Ellsworth-14.85, Raymond White-14.8, Kanji Oyama-14.7, Dylan Akers-14.5.
Let's Go! - 12:10 p.m.
The National Anthem has been sung, the teams have been introduced. The Sooners start on floor and it's time to start the 2013 NCAA Championship! Live results and video can be found here.
Warm-ups Complete - 11:55 a.m.
The six teams in the first qualifying session have completed warm-ups here in State College, Pa. They're huddling up under the stands for one last motivational message. Live results and video can be found here.
Qualifying Friday - 9:45 a.m.
It's finally here. The chance to compete for a ninth national title begins in just over two hours. The second-ranked Sooners have just arrived at the gym for the first NCAA Qualifier. They need to finish in the top three today to advance to tomorrow's finals. They'll compete today against No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force.
Here are some features, videos and previews to set the stage for this afternoon's competition:
Sooners Go for Ninth National Title - The Oklahoman
Starless Sooners May Be Stronger Than Ever Before - Norman Transcript
No. 2 Men's Gym Competes for Ninth Title - SoonerSports.com
VIDEO: Akers Says OU Just Needs to be Normal - Gymnastike.org
VIDEO: Robin Recaps How He Prepares for NCAAs- Gymnastike.org
VIDEO: Preview with Coach Williams and Alec Robin- GoPSUSports.com
NCAA Banquet - 8:30 p.m.
The team just got back from the NCAA banquet on Penn State's campus. It was a fun event that featured all 12 teams and every student-athlete that will compete at this weekend's championship. OU head coach Mark Williams was named the West Region Coach of the Year, while OU assistants Guard Young and Norimasa Iwai were awarded with West Region Assistant Coach of the Year honors. It is a well-deserved honor for the coaching trio that has turned a team that features 10 sophomores and just two seniors into national title contenders.
Instagram: Sooners at the Awards Banquet
Practice Report Video - 5:40 p.m.
The Sooners are on their way to the NCAA banquet and awards ceremony. In the meantime, check out a video recap of the first 24 hours in Happy Valley:
Less Than 24 Hours - 12:30 p.m.
Practice just wrapped up at Penn State's Rec Hall, and the team is about to go have lunch. In less than 24 hours, the Sooners and five other teams will meet in the first of two qualifiers. The top three teams in Friday's semifinals will meet in the championship on Saturday. Check out all the photos from today's practice on the Sooners' Facebook page or by clicking the photo below. We'll have a video report from the Sooners' first day and a half in Happy Valley up later this afternoon.
On-Site Practice - 10 a.m.
The Sooners have just arrived at the gym for a full practice in preparation for tomorrow's NCAA Qualifier. The team is joined by the other six teams in their qualifier, so there will be plenty of activity at Rec Hall for the next few hours. Check back shortly for a complete report, including photos and video.
Dinner and an Early Bedtime - 7 p.m.
Practice at Rec Hall here in Happy Valley just wrapped up, and the team is now heading to dinner. After dinner they'll get treatment from athletic trainer Philip Hartog before trying to catch up on sleep after a very early morning and busy day of traveling.
Stretch at Rec Hall - 5:30 p.m.
The Sooners just arrived at Rec Hall, home of the 2013 NCAA Championship on the Penn State campus. They'll have a short stretch and workout for the next hour and a half before a full practice at the facility tomorrow. Rec Hall was built in 1928 and will seat about 5,000 for this weekend's championship. Stay tuned tomorrow for a complete photos of the facility and the Sooners' practice.
Twitter: Welcome to Penn State
Scenic Drive to Central Pennsylvania - 11:30 a.m.
After an easy flight from Oklahoma City to Baltimore, the team is en route to the Penn State campus. It's about a three hour drive, but with the size of the airport in State College, the easiest and quickest way to travel was through Baltimore.
Twitter: The Sooners Have Landed
Early Morning at the Airport - 5:55 a.m.
It was an early wake-up call for the Sooners this morning, but the fact that it was finally time to leave for Penn State made meeting at the gym at 5 a.m. a little easier. The team just arrived at the airport and will fly to Baltimore before driving to State College, Pa.
Last Practice in Norman - 3:30 p.m.
With a 5 a.m. departure set for tomorrow morning, the Sooners are in the midst of their last practice in Norman. The team will have two days of practice at Penn State's Rec Hall before Friday's competition. Today's practice was focused on the pommel horse and high bar teams going through their routines completely, as they would during Friday's competition, with the rest of the team watching.
Championship /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621 - 11 a.m.
Eight national championships, 231 All Americans, 39 individual NCAA crowns. No other team at OU has won more national titles. It's easy to see how rich the /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621 of the OU men's gymnastics program is.
In the last 12 seasons under head coach Mark Williams, the Sooners have won five national titles and are the only team to have never finished below third nationally in that span. OU has claimed five of the last 11 national crowns.
The 2013 squad will look to add to that /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621 this weekend. They've already added the program's 20th conference title, now the goal is a trophy with "2013 National Champions" on it.
For more on OU's winning tradition, visit the Men's Gymnastics /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621 and Traditions page.
Mock Competition - 12:45 p.m.
While the OU football team hosts its annual spring game today, the men's gymnastics team is holding a scrimmage of their own. Friday's meet will begin at 1 p.m. ET, while every other meet except one this season has been at night. To help prepare for the early start time, the Sooners are having a longer practice that started at 9:30 this morning to help simulate Friday's NCAA Qualification competition. Today's practice is being treated like a meet, with touch warm-ups on each event and five gymnasts competing on each event.
Last Morning Practice - 10:30 a.m.
The Sooners held their last morning practice today. It signaled the end of a season-long routine of three morning practices a week that lasted most of the season. With less than a week before the team departs for Penn State, the final early practice also is another sign that the season is almost over.
OU Earns No. 2 Seed in NCAA Championship - 4:50 p.m.
After winning its 20th conference title Saturday, the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship and will be the top seed in the first national qualifier on Friday, April 19 at 12 p.m. CT in State College, Pa.
The Sooners (18-1, 6-1 MPSF) are the No. 2 team with a qualifying score of 438.662 and will compete for their ninth national title. Penn State, the host institution, earned the top seed with a 442.088.
For the complete story, go here.
OU's Qualification Competition - 2:10 p.m.
As the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship, the Sooners will compete in the first qualification round at 12 p.m. CT on Friday, April 19 in State College, Pa. OU will face No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force.
Oklahoma boasts a 9-0 record this season against the five teams in its session and has defeated every team at least once. Against the twelve teams in the NCAA Championship, the Sooners are 18-1, with their lone loss coming Jan. 19 in a second-place finish to Stanford at the Stanford Open.
The two pre-qualifying sessions each have six teams, with the top three teams in each session advancing to the NCAA Finals on April 20 at 6 p.m. CT. Individual event finals will be held April 21 at 1 p.m. CT.
The second qualifier, at 6 p.m. CT, will feature No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Temple.
The Chase for Nine - 4:30 p.m.
The Sooners began their second day as 2013 conference champions with a quick review Saturday night's win before turning their attention to the national championships next weekend. The chase for the program's ninth national title is in the home stretch. In just nine days they leave for State College, Pa., and two days later the NCAA Championship begins.
At their team meeting today before a light practice, the team looked back at what went well - and key areas of improvement - at Saturday's conference championship. In addition to winning the program's 20th conference title, five Sooners won individual crowns, junior Presten Ellsworth was named the MPSF conference Gymnast of the Year, and head coach Mark Williams earned his 10th Coach of the Year award from the conference.
Quickly, though, the discussion at the pre-practice meeting turned to what it will take to win a national title. Williams briefly discussed the schedule for the next two weeks and the keys to this week's preparation. This week, lineups will be discussed, routines will be refined and the hard work continues.
Tomorrow, we'll reveal who the Sooners face in next Friday's NCAA Qualifier and learn a little more about the other five teams OU will face.
Coming Home - 10:30 a.m.
With their 20th conference championship trophy in tow, the Sooners have arrived at the airport in Denver and are about to board the plane for OKC. The team will have the rest of the day off before getting back to work tomorrow in preparation for the NCAA Championship. In just 10 days, OU will be on its way to State College, Pa. in search of its ninth national title.
A Night to Remember - 11:20 p.m.
Simply put, tonight was fun! A 20th conference team title, five individual conference championships, head coach Mark Williams being named the MPSF Coach of the Year and junior Presten Ellsworth was named the conference Gymnast of the Year. A full recap can be found here, and photos from Colorado Springs are on the Sooners' Facebook page or by clicking the photo below. Complete results are available here.
Conference Champs! - 8:45 p.m.
The Sooners are conference champions!
The No. 2 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team captured their 20th conference title and 12th in the past 15 years with a 435.350 to finish ahead of No. 4 Stanford's 425.950. No. 9 California finished third with a 419.550, while No. 11 Air Force scored a 416.400.
OU head coach Mark Williams was named the MPSF coach of the year, while junior Presten Ellsworth was honored with Gymnast of the Year honors.
"I'm ecstatic for the performance our team did today," Williams said. "When I looked at this team early in the season I didn't expect a whole lot in terms of overall team success throughout the entire year, but they've met and exceeded all the expectations I've had for them. Finishing the regular season ranked second in the country and then winning the conference championship is just thrilling. It was great to see this group come together as a team and win championships. I can't be more proud of them."
A full recap is available here.
Finishing with a Bang - 8:10 p.m.
Oklahoma closed with a 71.750 on high bar. William Clement scored a 14.950 to lead the Sooners, while Alec Robin posted a 14.750. Danny Berardini and Ethan Jose each notched a 14.350.
Complete OU High Bar Scores
Parallel Bars for a Big Lead - 7:50 p.m.
The Sooners posted a 72.05 on parallel bars and find themselves with a lead of 9.0 points after five rotations. With high bar remaining, OU has a 363.600, ahead of Stanford's 354.600. While no Sooners posted career highs, three gymnasts posted at least a 14.700, led by Presten Ellsworth's 14.800.
Complete OU Parallel Bars Scores
Season High Vault - 7:30 p.m.
With a 2.200 point lead over Stanford at the halfway point, the Sooners scored a season-high 74.1 on vault. Alec Robin's 15.500 was a career high and led OU. Stanford, on floor, narrowed the lead and is behind Oklahoma by just 0.9 points.
Complete OU Vault Scores
Halfway Update - 7:15 p.m.
After three events, the Sooners have a 217.400, which puts them in first place behind Stanford's 215.200. OU was in third after two rotations behind Stanford and Air Force, but a 73.65 on rings was enough to give OU the lead.
Oklahoma opened with a 73.100 on floor. OU was led by Alec Robin, who anchored the Sooners with a career-high 15.550.
Complete OU Floor Scores
On the second event, OU posted a 70.650 on pommel horse. The Sooners were led by Sergey Resnick's 14.500 and Troy Nitzky's 14.400. After two rotations, Oklahoma found itself in third place, but just 1.250 points behind first-place Stanford.
Complete OU Pommel Horse Scores
In third place after two events, the Sooners notched a 73.65 on rings to take the lead with a 217.400. Michael Squires posted a 15.65 to anchor the OU rings team. Chris Stehl scored a 14.9, while Troy Nitzky earned a 14.65.
Complete OU Rings Scores
Time to Win a Championship - 6:15 p.m.
The teams have been introduced, the national anthem has been sung. Now, it's time for the 2013 MPSF Champion to be crowned! The Sooners will open the competition on rings.
T-Minus 30 Minutes - 5:30 p.m.
Warmups are almost complete and the conference championship is just 30 minutes away. The Sooners will begin the competition on floor, where they are ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The Sooners Have Arrived - 4 p.m.
The No. 2 OU men's gymnastics team has arrived at the Cadet Gymnasium at the Air Force Academy for tonight's conference championship.
It's Time - 3:15 p.m.
The time to head to the gym for the conference championship has arrived. The Sooners are finishing up a team meeting and are about to go to the Cadet West Gymnasium, site of the 2013 MPSF Conference Championship When the Sooners return to the hotel, they hope it's with a trophy.
Twitter: Pre-Championship Team Meeting
Last Chance Morning Workout - 12:25 p.m.
The Sooners completed their final workout this morning before tonight's conference championship. The team just finished up a post-practice meeting and is off to lunch now. Click here or the photo below to take a look into this morning's practice.
Championship Saturday - 10 a.m.
The 2013 MPSF Conference Championship is finally here. At 6 p.m. CT tonight, the meet will get underway here in Colorado Springs, and two hours later, a champion will be decided.
The Sooners have just arrived at the gym for a morning workout. Here are some features, videos and previews to set the stage for tonight:
Sooners Hope to Add to /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621 - SoonerSports.com
VIDEO: Sophomore Steps Up as Team Captain - OU Nightly
Second-ranked Sooner men going for 20th conference championship today - Norman Transcript
VIDEO: Nitzky, Sooners Prepared - Gymnastike.org
No. 2 OU Goes for 20th Conference Title - SoonerSports.com
Air Force to Host MPSF Championship - GoAirForceFalcons.com
Stanford Pursues Fifth MPSF Championship - GoStanford.com
Bears Face Tough Test at MPSF Championship - CalBears.com
Air Force Hosts 2013 MPSF Championship Meet - MPSports.org
The Night Before - 10:15 p.m.
The team had a brief team meeting at the hotel before they headed to dinner across the street from the hotel. Many of them were joined by their families in town for the championship.
During dinner, the Sooners watched the Big Ten Championship on TV, where Michigan claimed the 2013 crown. Against the seven Big Ten squads, Oklahoma went a perfect 10-0. The only team OU didn't face this season was top-ranked Penn State.
Tomorrow is the day everyone has been waiting for, the chance to win a title and add to /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621. The Sooners will start the day with a morning workout. Hopefully, the day will end with a trophy.
Practice Complete - 5:20 p.m.
Afternoon practice is finishing up, and the team is getting its normal post-practice treatment from Philip Hartog, the athletic trainer. We'll head back to the hotel shortly before going to dinner.
Locked in at Afternoon Practice - 3:20 p.m.
The Sooners are back at the Cadet Gym for afternoon practice. Compared to the light morning workout, this afternoon's practice will be longer as the team continues to prepare for tomorrow's championship.
Instagram: Practice is Underway
Morning Workout at Cadet Gym - 10:45 a.m.
The OU men's gymnastics team has just wrapped up an hour and a half practice at the Cadet Gym on the Air Force Academy campus. The Sooners got familiar with the equipment and the arena. They will be back for a longer workout this afternoon. Click here or the photo below to get a look at Friday morning's practice.
First Touch at the Gym - 9:15 a.m.
With the mountains as a backdrop, the Sooners woke up in Colorado Springs and had a team breakfast at the hotel. We just arrived at the Air Force Academy, home of the 2013 MPSF Conference Championship. The Sooners will get a light workout in this morning before a longer workout this afternoon.
Twitter: Beautiful Morning in Colorado Springs!
Landed in the Mile High City- 9:30 p.m.
The Sooners have landed in Denver and are en route to Colorado Springs. It's about an hour and a half drive through the mountains to the Air Force Academy, hosts of the MPSF Conference Championship. The team will rest up tonight before working out tomorrow at the Cadet Gym.
Twitter: Hello Colorado!
Off to the Airport- 4:45 p.m.
After a final workout in Norman, the team, coaches and support staff have departed for the airport. While the journey to a 20th conference title began in the fall, the trip is officially underway.
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Take a walk through the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center, and it's easy to see that the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team has a rich /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621.
The lobby of the Sooners' practice gym is filled with conference and national championship trophies. Inside the spacious facility, banners hang on the wall celebrating eight national titles and 19 conference championships. No other team at OU has claimed more NCAA crowns.
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Finally Travel Day - 9 a.m.
The OU men's gymnastics team departs for Colorado Springs this afternoon. The opportunity to win a conference title is getting closer, and the fact that the Sooners leave today adds to the excitement.
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Nineteen conference championships. That's what the OU men's gymnastics team sees in the lobby of the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center. It's a reminder of the program's /ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31000&ATCLID=208789621. The goal of this year's team is to add to the trophy case.
SoonerSports.com is your official source for the OU men's gymnastics program's postseason run. From the MPSF Conference Championship all the way to the NCAA Championship, we'll provide daily updates direct from team headquarters in Colorado Springs, Norman and Happy Valley. OU men's gymnastics Sports Information Director Charlie Healy will post daily reports, videos, photo galleries and features as the Sooners compete for their 20th conference title and ninth national championship.