Men's gymnastics scores 423.500 to defeat Nebraska, Air Force and Arizona State in season-opener.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The University of Oklahoma men's
gymnastics team won its 14th-straight Rocky Mountain Open title Saturday, going
3-0 at the season-opening event at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs,
OU, ranked No. 3 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, posted a team score
of 423.5. No. 9 Nebraska finished in second with 418.900, 4.600 points behind
the Sooners. No. 11 Air Force finished in third with a score of 405.500, followed
by the club team from Arizona State with 392.300 Members of the U.S. Olympic
Training Center also competed but their results are not official.
"I thought we were pretty good on four events," head coach Mark Williams said.
"We let things slide a little bit on high bar and floor, but given that we had
to step up around Dylan Akers' injury, I was pleased with the overall performance.
We had an event champion on every event, and Alec Robin won the all-around,
so I'm pleased with that. In the end, the pommel horse team stepped up when
the meet was still undecided, and they really did a good job."
The Sooners overcame a late scratch from sophomore Dylan Akers, who was scheduled
to compete in five events. Substitutions were made in four events, but the Sooners
competed just five gymnasts in the floor exercise compared to the normal six
in every other event. The top five scores from each event counted towards a
teams' final score.
The Sooners posted the top team score on pommel horse (71.750), rings (71.500),
parallel bars (70.500) and high bar (67.900). Oklahoma and Air Force shared
the high score on vault with a 72.950.
For the second straight year, and sixth time since 2001, OU won every individual
event title. The Sooners have won at least two individual event titles every
year at the Rocky Mountain Open since 2000.
On floor, Alec Robin posted a 14.900. Sergey Resnick scored a 15.100 on pommel
horse and Mike Squires recorded a 15.150 on rings. Resnick and Yee both scored
a 14.400 on parallel bars, while Will Clement had a 14.300 on high bar.
Robin was Oklahoma's lone representative in the all-around event and finished
first with a score of 80.950. Every All-Around champion at the Rocky Mountain
Open in the past 14 years have been Sooner gymnasts.
"We started strong, had a rough patch in the middle, but all that matters is
that in the end we finished strong," Ellsworth said. "There were a few mistakes
here and there, but it's nothing we can't fix this week. The key today was the
enthusiasm, we definitely fed off of the enthusiasm of the team today."
OU opened the meet on rings, where they posted a 71.500. Squires led the Sooners
with a career-high 15.150. Clement's 14.100 was also a career high, while Ethan
Jose (13.300) and Kanji Oyama (13.400) made their career debuts at rings.
On vault, the Sooners scored a 72.950. In his collegiate debut, Josh Yee led
OU with a 14.850, followed by Oyama's 14.700, who also made his collegiate debut.
On parallel bars, OU recorded a 70.500. redshirt freshman Sergey Resnick and
Yee led OU with a 14.400, followed by Presten Ellsworth's 14.300.
Clement's 14.300 led Oklahoma in the high bar, and Jose scored a 13.700. As
a team, the Sooners scored a 67.900.
OU competed just five gymnasts on floor, and posted a score of 68.900. Robin
had the highest score for the Sooners with a 14.900, and Ellsworth had a 14.150.
The final event for OU was the pommel horse, where the Sooners scored a 71.750.
OU was led by Resnick's 15.100, followed by White with a 14.350. Mike Reid scored
a 14.000, while Robin posted career-high of 13.300.
A new scoring system has been put in place this season. In the past, six gymnasts
competed at each event, with the top four scores counting toward a team's total.
This season, five scores will count, and beginning in March, only five gymnasts
will compete for each team. The new format puts a greater importance on consistency,
without the benefit of the two lowest scores being dropped.
Next up for the Sooners is the Stanford Open on Saturday Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. CT.
in Palo Alto, Calif. No. 3 Oklahoma will face No. 5 Stanford and No. 6 California.
All three teams finished in the top five last season, and OU posted a perfect
record against their two conference opponents in 2012, going 8-0 in five meets.
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