April 16, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio - On the final night of the 2011 National Championships, Oklahoma added a trio of Individual National Championships. Sophomore Jacob Dalton claimed the title on floor and vault and sophomore Alex Naddour claimed the title on pommel at the St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State.
Oklahoma ranks fourth all time in individual NCAA championships with a total of 35 titles.
"Everyone was fantastic and I can't say enough about the conditioning of our athletes," said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. "To go through three days of competition and bring home 12 All-America titles, three individual titles and a second-place team finish, it has been a great season with a great group of guys."
Dalton's national title on floor makes it the sixth straight year the Sooners have claimed the title. Jonathan Horton won the title in 2006 and 2007, while Legendre claimed the title from 2008-2010. Dalton is the first Sooners to win multiple national titles since Legendre in 2009 (AA, FX, V).
"I wanted to come in today and keep fighting to represent my school," said Dalton. "That is all I wanted to do today and it worked out well."
Along the two national titles, Dalton claimed four All-American honors on floor (16.200), vault (16.550), parallel bars (14.900) and high bar (15.050). The sophomore now has seven All-America honors to his name.
Collecting an NCAA individual title for the second straight year as a co-champion was Alex Naddour with a score of 15.550 on pommel horse. He is the first Sooner in program history to repeat on the apparatus and the first in the national to repeat since Tim McNeill (2006-2008).
The Sooners lead the night with three individual national titles and 12 All-America honors. Gymnasts who finished in the top eight on their event were awarded All-America status.
"It is a great feeling to win a national title, especially after you put in the hard work. It is good to see it pay off," said Naddour. "Winning it two years in a row was a goal of mine. I want to make it a goal of mine to win it the third and fourth year, as well."
2011 Nissen-Emery Award winner, Steven Legendre also was named an All-American on floor and high bar with scores of 16.000 and 14.800, respectively. It is the 11 career All-America honors his career.
Bobby Shortle also claimed All-America honors by posting a score of 15.300 on floor. It is the first time that the senior has claimed the honor since 2009.
In his first individual finals, redshirt sophomore Troy Nitzky earned his first All-America honors with a score of 15.200.
Stanford joined Oklahoma as the only programs to have a gymnast in each event.
ESPN2 (Cox Channel 28, HD Channel 721 in OKC) will air the Team and All-Around Finals on April 21 at 1:30 p.m.
2011 Oklahoma All-America Gymnasts (12)
Troy Nitzky (RS So.) - SR
Steven Legendre (Jr.) - AA, FX, HB
Jacob Dalton (Fr.) - FX, V, PB, HB
Alex Naddour (Fr.) - AA, PH, V
Bobby Shortle (Sr.) - FX