Jan. 23, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The fourth-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team claimed its second straight victory of the 2010 season by winning all six events over No. 8 Iowa Saturday at the Main Field House in Iowa City, Iowa. The Sooners scored a 349.500 to beat the Hawkeyes (340.950) in their first meeting of the regular season.
The Sooners swept each of the team event on floor (59.550), pommel horse (55.300), rings (58.150), vault (60.950), parallel bars (58.100) and high bar (57.450).
Oklahoma was also able to sweep the team portion with the help of freshman Jacob Dalton winning his second straight all-around with a score of 89.600. Dalton won his first all-around title last week at the Rocky Mountain Open.
"Jake is our best guy right now because he is hitting sets and showing great leadership as a freshman," said head coach Mark Williams. "Jake had a tremendous effort today and that is two meets in a row with zero mistakes."
The meet was highlighted by Dalton winning individual titles on floor (15.750), vault (16.000), rings (15.000) and parallel bars (15.050). Alex Naddour took his second straight pommel horse title of the season with a score of 15.000.
"It feels great because I'm just starting my NCAA career," said Dalton. "It was absolutely great to win the first one and even better to win the second one. I know I have a lot of things to improve upon but it's great to put up good scores because it helps the team."
Steven Legendre rounded out the afternoon by claiming the high bar title with a score of 14.700.
The Sooners return home for a matchup with the University of Texas club team on Jan. 30. The two teams met last year in Norman with the Sooners winning the meet 349.050 to 304.950. The matchup between the Sooners and Longhorns marks "Cleveland Elementary Night."
The event is part of a "Partners in Education" program developed by Oklahoma Head Coach Mark Williams and Cleveland Elementary music teacher Regina Bell. The OU Athletics Marketing Department has some special events planned for "Cleveland Elementary Night".
Several lucky students will win the opportunity to serve as junior judges, score flashers, march-in leaders, junior PA announcer and award presenters at the meet. One Cleveland student will also perform the national anthem.