No. 4 OU men's gymnastics goes against No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 California Saturday.
Jan. 18, 2013
||Senior Troy Nitzky
STANFORD OPEN QUICK PREVIEW
Fresh off their season-opening 14th-straight Rocky Mountain Open title,
the No. 4 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team will compete in the Stanford
Open on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. CT. The meet will feature four of the nation's
top six teams in the GymInfo National Rankings. In addition to the 4th-ranked
Sooners, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 California will compete at
Stanford's Burnham Pavilion.
FIVE THINGS TO KNOW
The Stanford Open will showcase four of the top teams in the nation.
The No. 4 Sooners will face No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska and No. 6 California.
The meeting between four top-six teams is the highest-ranked regular season
meet for OU since March 19, 2011, when the second-ranked Sooners hosted No.
4 Illinois and No. 5 Penn State.
Oklahoma, members of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), will face
conference foes Stanford and California. The Sooners defeated Air Force last
weekend, the fourth member of the MPSF.
In addition to all four teams being ranked in the top six nationally, every
team is ranked in the top nine on each event. All national rankings are based
off of a team's average overall score on each event. Each team has competed
in one meet, so the rankings for each school reflect the scores of their first
Individually, OU is represented 20 times in the individual event rankings.
Twelve of Oklahoma's 13 gymnasts that competed at the Rocky Mountain Open are
ranked on at least one event, and six of them are ranked on two or more events.
Sophomore Alec Robin (4th in all-around, 5th on floor and tied for 2nd on high
bar) and freshman Josh Yee (7th on vault, tied for 12th on parallel bars and
tied for 20th on high bar) are ranked on three events each.
Oklahoma enters the Stanford Open at 3-0 after a three-team sweep at the Rocky
Mountain Open. Stanford is 1-0, while California is 0-1 after the two teams
opened the season against each other last weekend. Nebraska finished second
to OU at the Rocky Mountain Open and is 2-1 on the season.
LIVE RESULTS AND UPDATES
Live results, updates and photos from Stanford will be available on Twitter
at @SoonerGymnasts. Additional behind-the-scenes updates can be found at
and on Instagram.com/OU_MGymnastics,
the official Facebook and Instagram pages of OU Men's Gymnastics.
| Sooner to Watch
Sergey Resnick | RS Fr. | PH, PB
Won two event titles in his collegiate
debut Saturday at the Rocky Mountain Open.
Ranked 4th nationally in the pommel horse after
a 15.100 in Colorado Springs.
Ranked 12th among collegiate gymnasts in the
parallel bars with a 14.400.
Expected to compete in the pommel horse and parallel
bars at the Stanford Open.
LAST WEEKEND AT THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN OPEN
Oklahoma 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. Then-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.
The Sooners posted the top team score on pommel horse (71.750), rings (71.500),
parallel bars (70.500) and high bar (67.900). OU 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.
Sophomore Alec 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.
HEAD COACH MARK WILLIAMS ON THE STANFORD OPEN
"After going against Air Force last weekend, it's a great opportunity to get
out and see what the rest of the conference is doing, with Stanford and California.
I think it's going to be pretty intense competition between Stanford and ourselves,
given that our first weekend's results were so close to one another. We're welcoming
back Jacoby Rubin into the lineup and hoping that we'll get Dylan Akers back
as well from a minor injury. We're continuing to build further into the season
and hope to do well in another big invitational."
HISTORY REACHES 800 OPPONENTS
Competing against three teams this weekend, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska and
No. 6 California mark the 800th, 801st and 802nd opponents in Oklahoma men's
gymnastics history. The Sooners have an all-time record of 621-177-1 since the
program was founded in 1966.
SCOUTING NO. 3 STANFORD
No. 3 Stanford is coming off a season-opening win at No. 6 California. The
Cardinal defeated the Golden Bears 425.000-411.150 Sunday in Berkeley, Calif.
The Cardinal have the top-ranked floor team in the country after a 72.650
score at California. Stanford's high bar score is fifth (66.750), still rings
(68.950) and parallel bar (66.700) seventh, pommel horse eighth (66.150) and
vault ninth (69.950).
Individually, Stanford gymnasts are ranked 18 times in the top 20 of the individual
event rankings. Senior Eddie Penev is ranked first in the all-around with an
85.200 against Cal, tied for first in the floor exercise (15.650), eight in
the parallel bars (14.700) and 11th in the high bar (13.850).
SCOUTING NO. 5 NEBRASKA
No. 5 Nebraska finished second at the Rocky Mountain Open to Oklahoma. The
Cornhuskers scored a 418.900 and defeated No. 7 Air Force and No. 9 Arizona
State to go 2-1 to open the season.
All six of Nebraska's individual event scores from the Rocky Mountain Open
rank in the top six nationally. NU's pommel horse is third (70.400), floor (70.200)
and vault (72.900) fourth, still rings (69.800) and parallel bars (69.400) fifth,
and high bar sixth (66.200).
Nebraska is represented 15 times individually in the top 20 event rankings.
Junior C.J. Schaaf has the fifth-highest all-around score of 80.900, while junior
Wyatt Aycock is ninth on pommel horse with a 14.750.
SCOUTING NO. 6 CALIFORNIA
No. 6 California fell to No. 3 Stanford, 425.000-411.150, at home Sunday in
its season opener.
As a team, Cal is ranked in the top eight in every event. The Golden Bears
boast the nation's best floor team with a 72.650 score against Stanford. Cal
is fifth in high bar (66.750), seventh in rings (68.950) and parallel bars (68.950),
eighth in pommel horse (66.150) and ninth in vault (69.950).
Cal gymnasts are ranked 10 times individually in the top 20 event rankings.
Four are on floor exercise, led by redshirt junior Jeffrey Langenstein in first
with a score of 15.650. The other three gymnasts are ranked fourth, tied for
seventh and tied for 14th on floor. Freshman Kyle Zemeir is ranked seventh nationally
in the all-around with a score of 80.100.
GYMINFO NATIONAL RANKINGS
Oklahoma is fourth in this week's GymInfo National Top 10 Rankings. The rankings
are determined by a team's total score after the first weekend of competition.
Later rankings will be determined by averaging a team's scores. Past and future
OU opponents are in bold.
| 1. Penn State (447.850)
|| 6. California (411.150)
| 2. Illinois (425.450)
|| 7. Air Force (405.500)
| 3. Stanford (425.000)
|| 8. Army (404.150)
| 4. OKLAHOMA (423.500)
|| 9. Arizona State (392.300)
| 5. Nebraska (418.900)
|| 10. UIC (385.750)
Oklahoma continues its season-opening road trip at the Metroplex Challenge in
Dallas on Jan. 25. OU will see several top collegiate teams, including Illinois,
Ohio State and Iowa.