Jan. 17, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma men's gymnastics team began the 2010 campaign with a victory at the Rocky Mountain Open claiming the meet championship for the 11th consecutive year.
The third-ranked Sooners scored a 347.400 Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., to win the collegiate portion of the competition, while Jacob Dalton claimed his first all-around title as a Sooner with a score of 87.500.
The Sooner also claimed four team event finals on floor (60.000), pommel horse (56.950), vault (63.950) and parallel bars (57.500).
“We had a pretty good opening to the competition for the first meet of the season,” said head coach Mark Williams. “We were able to sustain a pretty good effort throughout the meet and put up a good score with a shorthanded squad.”
No. 9 Nebraska finished second with a 337.050 total, while host Air Force placed third with a 325.850 team total. Club teams from Arizona State University (319.400) and the University of Washington (277.950) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. A team comprised of athletes from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs scored a 328.700 but was ineligible for awards in the collegiate division.
The Sooners claimed five individual event titles on the night with the help of Dalton winning vault (16.250), parallel bars (14.900) and high bar (14.800) and Steven Legendre winning floor (15.950). Freshman Alex Naddour also claimed his first event title as a Sooner posting a score of 15.200 on pommel horse.
“As a team we did pretty well and I am definitely proud of the guys,” said Legendre. “I didn’t have a great night but that is not as important as how the team did. We definitely have some areas to improve but there are also some good signs.”
Oklahoma will face a familiar Big Ten foe next weekend as it travels to Iowa City, Iowa, on Jan. 23, to take on the Iowa Hawkeyes. The meet is scheduled for a 2 p.m. (CT) start inside the Main Field House on the University of Iowa campus.