March 7, 2010
LINCOLN, Neb. – The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team's undefeated streak came to an end in a loss against No. 2 Stanford in a triangular with No. 9 Nebraska at the Devaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska. With its 1-1 mark at the event, OU is now 6-1 against top-10 opponents on the year.
The Sooners placed second despite posting their highest score of the season (360.300). Stanford won the meet with a 361.650, while the Cornhuskers scored a 347.500.
“Overall, I was pleased with the effort the team put in,” said OU head coach Mark Williams. “We did a good job of coming back in the meet but will still have some work to do in the gym.”
Leading the Sooners was junior Steven Legendre, claiming his second all-around title of the season with a score of 88.850. The U. S. National Team member also took home an individual event title on floor (16.100).
Oklahoma claimed at least a share of three team event titles on the day with wins on floor (62.850), pommel horse (56.800) and a share of the parallel bars title with Stanford (59.500). Alex Naddour joined Legendre on the podium with his fourth event title of the season on pommel (14.900).
“Steve had a fall on his first pommel event but after rings he started to pick it up,” added Williams. “Steve is our leader and he did a good job fighting to the end of the meet to win the all-around.”
Highlighting the meet for OU was a career high from senior Corey English on parallel bars (15.250) in his second place finish on the apparatus.
Naddour and freshman Jacob Dalton posted scores of 88.350 and 88.250, respectively, to finish two and three in the all-around competition.
“Steve and Jake are pretty steady as the leaders of our team,” said Williams. “We are going to go back to practice and get better for our upcoming road trips to Ohio State and Penn State and the MPSF Conference championship.”
The Sooners will face a rival from the Big Ten conference on the road with a trip to Ohio State on March 13.
Since 2000, the Sooners and Buckeyes and have combined to win six NCAA titles. OU has won five national championships during that span while Ohio State was victorious in 2001.