Sooners fall to No. 3 Stanford, beat No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 California
STANFORD, Calif. -- The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics
team finished second at the four-team Stanford Open with a score of 433.450
Saturday at Burnham Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.
No. 4 OU finished 4.1 points behind No. 3 Stanford, who scored a 437.550. No.
6 California finished third with 425.900, followed by No. 5 Nebraska with 421.900.
Oklahoma won team event titles in the floor exercise and parallel bars with
scores of 75.850 and 71.700, respectively. Stanford won every other team event
The individual event titles all went to gymnasts from Cal or Stanford. The Golden
Bears claimed five individual event titles, while the Cardinal won one, the
"Overall I was pleased that we made improvements from last week,"
head coach Mark Williams said. "We didn't get over the hump and catch Stanford
in a meet where there's a lot going on, but I'm pleased with how we handled
it. We meet Stanford again in the conference championship, so we're going to
have to get better to compete for a championship later in the year."
Oklahoma posted a 71.250 on rings, its first event. For the second straight
meet, Michael Squires led the Sooners with a 14.800. Troy Nitzky scored a 14.450,
while Presten Ellsworth recorded a 14.100.
On vault, OU scored a 72.050, led by Dylan Akers' 14.500. Raymond White and
Danny Berardini finished closely behind with a 14.450 and 14.400, respectively.
Josh Yee and Ellsworth posted a 14.350.
The third event for the Sooners was the parallel bars, where they recorded a
71.700. A week after making his collegiate debut, Yee led OU and posted a new
career high with a score of 14.600. Berardini scored a 14.350, while Ellsworth,
Sergey Resnick and Alec Robin scored a 14.250. Robin's score was a new career
On high bar, Oklahoma posted a 71.750, and every Sooner gymnast recorded a season
or career-high score. Clement's career-high score of 14.950 led OU, followed
by Robin's 14.550, also a career high. Ethan Jose, Berardini and Stanton Rehkemper
had season-high scores.
The Sooners scored their highest total of the night on floor with a 75.850.
Ellsworth led OU with a career-high score of 15.500. Kanji Oyama and Robin also
posted a career high with a 15.250 and 15.200, respectively.
The final event for OU was the pommel horse, where the Sooners scored a 70.850.
Oklahoma was led by a season-high score of 14.600 from Michael Reid. Resnick
recorded a 14.400, while Rubin posted a 14.100.
The Sooners return closer to home on Friday when they compete at the Metroplex
Challenge in Dallas. The meet will commence at 7 p.m.
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