OU Sophomore earns first-career MPSF honors after career-high weekend.
Jan. 30, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma gymnast Jacoby Rubin was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Week Tuesday after a career-high performance led No. 3 OU to wins over three top-eight teams at this past weekend’s Metroplex Challenge.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) is the hybrid conference that the OU men’s gymnastics team competes in with Air Force, California and Stanford.
At the Metroplex Challenge, Rubin posted a team-best score of 15.000 on high bar, tied a team high with a 14.800 on pommel horse and scored a career-high 15.050 on rings. He also recorded a 13.950 on parallel bars. In addition to his career high on rings, his pommel horse score tied a career high and his high bar and parallel bar routines marked his season debuts in those events.
The sophomore, from Buffalo Grove, Ill., earned his first career conference honor and the first MPSF award of the year for the Sooners.
“Jacoby stepped up his game this past weekend,” OU head coach Mark Williams said. “He earned the MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors thanks to his tremendous improvements on still rings and high bar.”
OU posted a team score of 441.500, over 12 points ahead of No. 5 Ohio State, who posted a 429.400. No. 6 and defending national champion Illinois finished third with 428.300, followed by No. 8 Iowa with 422.750. Texas A&M's club team finished fifth, ahead of a group of Texas collegiate all-stars. Behind Rubin’s efforts, Oklahoma won the pommel horse, parallel bars and high bar events at the six-team meet.
OU will compete in its first dual meet of the season at No. 8 Iowa on Saturday. After opening the season with three-straight invitational, the dual meet marks the first of six-straight two-team events to close out the regular season. The rematch with the Hawkeyes will commence at 5 p.m. CT.
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