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The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program is based on a foundation of excellence and continues to build on our rich tradition that includes eight NCAA team championships. Our team is made up of student-athletes who are willing to persevere in times of adversity and work hard every day with an unbending will to prepare. Whether it’s striving for success in the classroom or on the competition floor, our team members always capitalize on the opportunities in front of them. Through dedication to the schedule and plan, commitment to a refinement of the details and putting action to that preparation, excellent results have followed. At Oklahoma we provide the avenues to reach the highest goals in the sport. Our collegiate team results in the past 11 years are unprecedented. Providing athletes a chance to compete at World Championships, Olympic Games or other international competitions is also part of our responsibility. Inspiring student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in all that they do – that’s what we aspire to achieve at Oklahoma.

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Quick Facts................................................. 4 Roster......................................................... 5 Athletics Communications......................... 6 Media Information..................................... 7 From National Championships................... 8 To World Championships.......................... 10 Nissen-Emery Award................................ 12 Head Coach Mark Williams....................... 14 Gymnastics Facilities................................ 16 McCasland Field House............................. 18 Lloyd Noble Center................................... 20

Sooner Tradition....................................... 22 The National Spotlight............................. 24 Academics................................................ 26 Facts About OU......................................... 28 Norman and Oklahoma City..................... 32 Sooners in the Community....................... 34

SEASON OUTLOOK

Season Preview........................................ 36 Opponent Information............................. 38 Gymnastics Scoring 101........................... 40

STAFF

Head Coach Mark Williams....................... 42 Assistant Coaches..................................... 46 Support Staff............................................ 48 Administration......................................... 49 Head Coaches........................................... 54

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MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS The 2012 University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics media guide was designed and produced in-house by the OU Athletics Department in Norman, Okla., using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. (January 2012)

THE SOONERS

Returning Gymnasts................................ 56 Newcomers.............................................. 64

SEASON REVIEW

Season Notes............................................ 69 Team and Event Titles............................... 71 Season Results......................................... 72 Highs and Lows........................................ 73 Meet-by-Meet Results............................. 74 Individual Awards and Honors................. 80

HISTORY

Program History....................................... 82 National Championships.......................... 84 Individual National Titles......................... 86 All-Americans.......................................... 87 Conference Titles...................................... 88 All-Time Coaches...................................... 89 Letterwinners.......................................... 90 Record Book............................................. 92

Writer & Designer Ben Coldagelli Cover Design Kelsey Hargens Editorial Contributors Craig Moran, Adam Bingman Photography Ty Russell, Jerry Laizure, Jessi Dalton, John Cheng, USA Gymnastics, Candid Color Photography, OU Athletics Communications Archives Nike is the official footwear and apparel supplier and sponsor of the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program.

QUICK FACTS GENERAL INFORMATION

Location......................................................................Norman, Okla. Enrollment..............................................................................30,303 Founded.....................................................................................1890 President.....................................................................David L. Boren Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics/AD...........Joe Castiglione Nickname..............................................................................Sooners Colors..................................................................... Crimson & Cream Conference..................... Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Arena................................... Howard McCasland Field House (2,300) OU All-Time Record................................................ 592-174-1 (.772)

TEAM INFORMATION

2011 Overall Record.........................................................24-2 (.923) High Score.......................366.400, March 19 vs. Penn State & Illinois MPSF Finish............................................................................Second NCAA Finish............................................................................Second Letterwinners Returning/Lost......................................................7/6 All-Americans Returning/Lost......................................................5/7

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach................................................................. Mark Williams Year................................................................................ 13th Season Alma Mater...............................................................Nebraska, 1980 Record at OU................................................................294-27 (.916) Career Record...............................................................294-27 (.916) Assistant Coach............................................................. Guard Young Year............................................................................... Sixth Season Alma Mater......................................................Brigham Young, 2001 Assistant Coach ..........................................................Norimasa Iwai Year.................................................................................First Season Alma Mater....................................................Nihon University, 1995

2012 SCHEDULE DATE Jan. 14 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Feb. 2-4 Feb. 12 Feb. 25 March 3 March 10 March 17 March 24 April 7 April 19 April 20 April 21

OPPONENT Rocky Mountain Open Ohio State Illinois & Michigan Winter Cup California & Stanford IOWA STANFORD MICHIGAN AIR FORCE & NEBRASKA Minnesota & Ohio State MPSF Championships NCAA QUALIFIER NCAA TEAM FINALS NCAA EVENT FINALS

LOCATION Colorado Springs, Colo. Columbus, Ohio Champaign, Ill. Las Vegas, Nev. Berkeley, Calif. NORMAN NORMAN NORMAN NORMAN Minneapolis, Minn. Colorado Springs, Colo. NORMAN NORMAN NORMAN

TIME (CT) 6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. All Day 11:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. All Day 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m.

2011 RESULTS DATE Jan. 15 Jan. 22 Feb. 3-5 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 March 5 March 12 March 19 April 2 April 14 April 15 April 16

OPPONENT Rocky Mountain Open OHIO STATE Winter Cup Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago Stanford CALIFORNIA Michigan PENN STATE & ILLINOIS MPSF Championships NCAA Qualifier NCAA Team Finals NCAA Event Finals

LOCATION RESULT Colorado Springs, Colo. First (346.500) NORMAN W 358.350-340.350 Las Vegas, Nev. Individual Lincoln, Neb. First (360.600) Palo Alto, Calif. W 357.500-352.000 NORMAN W 360.850-357.750 Ann Arbor, Mich. W 357.750-355.400 NORMAN W 366.400-359.100 Colorado Springs, Colo. Second (360.700) Columbus, Ohio First (363.500) Columbus, Ohio Second (361.600) Columbus, Ohio 12 All-Americans

Men’s Gymnastics Office Phone.................................(405) 325-8349 Men’s Gymnastics Office Fax......................................(405) 325-7485

ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS

Men’s Gymnastics Contact...........................................Ben Coldagelli Office Phone..............................................................(405) 325-8349 Cell Phone.................................................................(262) 501-9999 Fax............................................................................(405) 325-7623 E-mail................................................................ bcoldagelli@ou.edu Web Site......................................................www.SoonerSports.com Twitter................................ @SoonerSportscom, @SoonerGymnasts Facebook.......................................Facebook.com/OklahomaSooners Mailing Address.............................. 180 West Brooks St., Suite 2525, ............................................................................Norman, OK 73019

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PHOTO ROSTER

Dylan Akers Fr., 5-9, All-Around Kingwood, Texas

Danny Berardini Fr., 5-8, All-Around Lake Forest, Ill.

William Clement Fr., 5-10, All-Around San Jose, Calif.

Chad Crumley Sr., 5-11, FX, SR, HB Long Grove, Ill.

Jake Dalton Jr., 5-5, All-Around Reno, Nev.

Presten Ellsworth So., 5-10, All-Around Allen, Texas

Michael Heredia Sr., 5-11, FX, V, HB Reno, Nev.

Ethan Jose RS-Fr., 5-7, SR, PB, HB Fremont, Calif.

Troy Nitzky RS-Jr., 5-6, PH, SR Philadelphia, Pa.

Patrick Piscitelli Sr., 5-11, FX, SR, PB, HB, V Charlotte, N.C.

Stanton Rehkemper RS-Fr., 5-7, FX, HB Plano, Texas

Michael Reid Fr., 5-6, PH Killeen, Texas

Sergey Resnick Fr., 5-4, PH, PB Houston, Texas

Alec Robin Fr., 5-6, All-Around Calabasas, Calif.

Jacoby Rubin Fr., 5-3, All-Around Buffalo Grove, Ill.

Michael Squires Fr., 5-2, SR Edmond, Okla.

Chris Stehl Jr., 5-5, All-Around Houston, Texas

Raymond White So., 5-4, All-Around Austin, Texas

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OU ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS KENNY MOSSMAN

BRANDON MEIER

Senior Associate A.D. for External Operations Office: (405) 325-8228 | E-mail: kmossman@ou.edu

Executive Director of Video Production/SoonerVision Office: (405) 325-8875 | E-mail: bmeier@ou.edu

SCOTT MATTHEWS

MIKE HOUCK

Director of Graphic Design Office: (405) 325-8223 | E-mail: smatthews@ou.edu

Associate Communications Director - Men’s Basketball Office: (405) 325-8227 | E-mail: mhouck@ou.edu

JARED THOMPSON

KELSEY HARGENS

Associate Communications Director - Women’s Basketball Office: (405) 325-3671 | E-mail: jaredthompson@ou.edu

Assistant Director Graphic Design Office: (405) 325-9377 | E-mail: khargens@ou.edu

DAVID BASSITY

ANNA KREMER

Assistant Communications Director - Football / Softball Office: (405) 325-8571 | E-mail: dbassity@ou.edu

Graphic Design Graduate Assistant Office: (405) 325-6578 | E-mail: jakremer@ou.edu

CASSIE GAGE

JASON MATHESON

Assistant Communications Director - Volleyball / Track Office: (405) 325-8372 | E-mail: cassie@ou.edu

Director, SoonerSports.com Office: (405) 325-4274 | E-mail: jmatheson@ou.edu

TORY KUKOWSKI

CRAIG MORAN

Assistant Director, SoonerSports.com Office: (405) 325-4283 | E-mail: tkukowski@ou.edu

Assistant Communications Director - Soccer / Baseball Office: (405) 325-6449 | E-mail: cmoran@ou.edu

DEBBIE COPP

JASON BODIN

Director of Publications Office: (405) 325-8367 | E-mail: dcopp@ou.edu

Graduate Assistant - Wrestling / M. Tennis Office: (405) 325-8299 | E-mail: jasonb@ou.edu

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Graduate Assistant - W. Gymnastics / W. Tennis Office: (405) 325-8413 | E-mail: lesali@ou.edu

Communications Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-8231 Communications Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-7623 University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications McClendon Center, Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Suite 2525, 180 W Brooks St, Norman, OK 73019

BEN COLDAGELLI

Student Assistant - Men’s Gymnastics Cell: (262) 501-9999 | E-mail: bcoldagelli@ou.edu

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MEDIA INFORMATION MEDIA POLICIES

LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS

CREDENTIALS Members of the media should contact Ben Coldagelli of the OU Athletics Communications Office to request season or individual game credentials for OU men’s gymnastics meets. Individual meet requests should be made no later than 5 p.m. the day prior to the game. Names of media members will be left on a media pass list at the side entrance to the McCasland Field House. Media members should be prepared to produce proper identification.

PRINT Norman Transcript Clay Horning, Sports Editor P.O. Drawer 1058 Norman, OK 73070 Phone: (405) 366-3535 Fax: (405) 366-3516

TELEVISION KFOR (NBC Channel 4) Bob Barry Jr., Sports Director 444 E. Britton Rd. Oklahoma City, OK 73114 Phone: (405) 478-6366 Fax: (405) 478-6337

MEDIA INTERVIEWS Non-postgame interview requests for players and coaches should be directed to Ben Coldagelli in the OU Athletics Communications Office at (262) 501-9999. Coldagelli’s e-mail address is bcoldagelli@ou.edu. All requests should be made at least one day in advance of the desired interview time.

The Oklahoman Mike Sherman, Sports Editor P.O. Box 25125 Oklahoma City, OK 73125 Phone: (405) 475-3314 Fax: (405) 475-3315

KOCO (ABC Channel 5) Daniel Holdge Sports Director P.O. Box 14555 Oklahoma City, OK 73113 Phone: (405) 475-5257 Fax: (405) 478-6675

Tulsa World Michael Peters, Sports Editor P.O. Box 1770 Tulsa, OK 74102 Phone: (918) 581-8355 Fax: (918) 581-8352

KWTV (CBS Channel 9) Dean Blevins, Sports Director P.O. Box 14159 Oklahoma City, OK 73113 Phone: (405) 841-9940 Fax: (405) 841-9989

Oklahoma Daily Student newspaper 860 Van Vleet Oval, Rm. 126 Norman, OK 73019 Phone: (405) 325-7630 Fax: (405) 325-6051

KOKH (FOX Channel 25) Myron Patton, Sports Director 1228 E. Wilshire Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK, 73111 Phone: (405) 843-2525 Fax: (405) 478-4343

Sooner Spectator (local magazine) Jay Upchurch, editor P.O Box 950240 Oklahoma City, OK 73195 Phone: (405) 488-0242 Fax: (405) 682-1901

RADIO KNTL/WWLS (97.9 FM/640 AM) Randy Heitz, Sports Director 4045 NW 64th, Suite 600 Oklahoma City, OK 73116 Phone: (405) 858-6112 Fax: (405) 848-1497

Sooners Illustrated (local magazine) Michael Dempsey, editor OUinsider.com

KREF (1400 AM) T.J. Perry, Sports Director 2020 Alameda Norman, OK 73071 Phone: (405) 321-1400 Fax: (405) 321-6820

POSTGAME INFORMATION Postgame interviews will take place on the gym floor following an adequate “cooling off period” of approximately 5-10 minutes. Final stat sheets will be made available at the end of each meet. PRACTICE POLICY Practices are usually open to the public. However, media who wish to attend must gain clearance by calling Ben Coldagelli in the OU Athletics Communications Office. SAM VIERSEN GYMNASTICS CENTER OU’s practice facility is located at 325 W. Imhoff Rd. in Norman. From Interstate 35, exit east on Lindsey St. and proceed approximately one and a half miles. Take a right (south) onto Chautauqua Ave. and continue for about a half a mile until Chautauqua intersects with Imhoff. Turn left (east) on Imhoff until you pass the baseball facility. The Viersen Center is directly across the street (North) from the Lloyd Noble Center. Parking is available at the Lloyd Noble Center. SOONERSPORTS.COM For the latest information on Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, including stats, recaps, notes, videos, photos and more, visit the official Web site of Sooner athletics at www.SoonerSports.com.

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FROM NATIONAL ••

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CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

Known across the state of Oklahoma and throughout the country, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program is recognized for one thing: winning championships. Since 1977, the Sooners have won eight NCAA National Championships, the third most of any collegiate program behind only Penn State (12) and Illinois (9). Oklahoma proves itself to be a dominant force throughout the season, claiming 18 conference championship crowns. In addition to team success, Oklahoma has also produced 35 individual NCAA title winners and a whopping 219 All-America honors. Over the years, seven Sooners have earned the honor of the Nissen-Emery Award, considered to be the Heisman Trophy of collegiate men’s gymnastics. With so many conference and national titles, All-America honors and prestigious awards, there is no doubt that the University of Oklahoma is the home of champions. The 2002 NCAA National Champion Sooners, OU’s first title under Mark Williams

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FROM NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS EXPECT TO WIN.

That’s the goal every year for the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program. The names and faces may change from year to year but the expectation remains. Oklahoma is about winning championships. The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team has won five of the last ten NCAA team crowns, (2008, 2006, 2005, 2003, and 2002), all under current head coach Mark Williams. With eight national championships, the men’s gymnastics team owns the most titles of any OU athletics program, breaking a tie with the football and wrestling squads with the 2008 win. Under Williams, the Sooners have staked their claim as the nation’s premier program of the last decade. Since 2000, OU has garnered an amazing 10 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championships and produced 115 All-America honors and 20 individual NCAA titles to go along with five national championships.

NATIONAL TITLES SINCE 2000

OKLAHOMA PENN STATE STANFORD

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CONSECUTIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS

Since the creation of collegiate men’s gymnastics in 1953, only seven schools that still sponsor the sport have won consecutive national championships. The University of Oklahoma has achieved the rare feat of consecutive championships not just once, but on three seperate occasions, the only university in the country to pull off three different back-to-back championships. OU’s eight national championships ties Nebraska for third all-time behind Penn State (12) and Illinois (9). OKLAHOMA (1977-1978, 2002-2003, 2005-06) Penn State (1953-1954, 1959-1961) Illinois (1955-1956) *Southern Illinois (1966-1967) Michigan (1969-1970) *Iowa State (1973-1974) Nebraska (1979-1982) Stanford (1992-1993) California (1997-1998) * indicates school no longer sponsors a men’s gymnastics program

ALWAYS A CONTENDER

Since 2000, The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program is the only collegiate men’s gymnastics program to finish in the top four every year at the NCAA Championships. Since their fourth-place finish in 2000, the Sooners have finished no lower than third in their quest for the national title. YEAR..........FIRST.....................SECOND................... THIRD..................FOURTH 2011............. Stanford..................... OKLAHOMA..................Illinois.......................California 2010............. Michigan.................... Stanford........................OKLAHOMA...............Illinois 2009............. Stanford..................... Michigan.......................OKLAHOMA.............California 2008............. OKLAHOMA............... Stanford........................Illinois.......................Penn State 2007............. Penn State.................. OKLAHOMA............... Stanford....................Michigan 2006............. OKLAHOMA............... Illinois...........................Stanford....................Penn State 2005............. OKLAHOMA............... Ohio State......................Illinois.......................Penn State 2004............. Penn State.................. OKLAHOMA..................Illinois.......................Ohio State 2003............. OKLAHOMA............... Ohio State......................Penn State................Michigan 2002............. OKLAHOMA............... Ohio State......................California..................Michigan 2001............. Ohio State................... OKLAHOMA..................California..................Michigan 2000............. Penn State.................. Michigan.......................Iowa..........................OKLAHOMA Boomer Sooner

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CRIMSON, CREAM AND BLUE

The University of Oklahoma prides itself in preparing student-athletes to excell and lead in their respected sports after their time at OU. Household names like Sam Bradford and Adrian Peterson in the NFL and Blake Griffin in the NBA are evidence of Oklahoma’s commitment in preparing these athletes to succeed. When it comes to Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, the university has done an unprecidented job at preparing its gymnasts for the greatest stage in all of sports: the Olympic Games. With three Olympic gymnasts already coming out of OU, and undoubtedly more on the way, the University of Oklahoma has become an essential piece of the United States’ international success in men’s gymnastics. The U.S. Men’s Senior National Team is currently comprised of four former Sooner gymnasts along with current OU junior Jake Dalton. Time will tell which Sooners will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but until then it is becoming more and more clear that the road to international success runs through Norman, Oklahoma.

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OU junior Jake Dalton, a current member of the U.S. Senior National Team, with his bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan

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TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

The U.S. Men’s Gymnastics Team, which featured four current and former OU gymnasts in its six-man lineup, claimed third place in the team finals of the 2011 World Championships this past October in Tokyo, Japan. The United States’ bronze medal showing guaranteed it a berth in the team portion of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It also marked the first time in eight years and fourth time overall that the U.S. squad won a team medal at the World Championships. The USA’s previous team medals came in 1979 (bronze), 2001 (silver) and 2003 (silver). Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton and OU letterwinners Steven Legendre, Jonathan Horton and Alex Naddour were featured in the United States’ six-man World Championship lineup. OU letterwinner Chris Brooks was the team’s one alternate. China won the team title with a total of 275.161 and Japan took silver with a 273.093, a mere 0.010 points ahead of Team USA’s 273.083.

Sooners at the 2011 World Championships (left to right): Coach Mark Williams, Jonathan Horton, Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre, Alex Naddour, Jake Dalton and Coach Tom Meadows

OLYMPIC HISTORY

The Olympic Games are truly a unique phenomenon. For two weeks of the summer every four years, the eyes of the world turn to the most elite athletes in the world, competing for their country’s pride and the right to wear the gold medal around their necks. One of the most-watched events of the Olympic Games, gymnastics, is considered by many as one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. To be named an Olympic gymnast is truly one of the highest honors in all of sports. The University of Oklahoma has produced three past Olympic gymnasts, dating back to three-time Olympian Bart Conner. The 1981 graduate represented the United States in both 1976 and 1980 before winning it all on American soil at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition to helping Team USA take home Gold, Conner proved to be the world’s top gymnast on parallel bars, winning individual Gold. In 2008, Oklahoma gymnast Jonathan Horton helped the United States win Bronze at the Summer Games in Beijing, China. Horton also found individual success, taking Silver in the high bar portion of the event. The Sooners’ coaching staff also boasts Olympic success and hopes to pass on it on to the current OU gymnasts. First-year assistant Norimassa Iwai captained the Japanese National Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, where he took seventh place on the still rings. Upon graduating from BYU in 2001, current OU assistant Guard Young returned to his home state of Oklahoma to train with Williams for the Olympic Games while serving as an assistant coach for the Sooners. Young represented the United States at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where the Americans claimed Silver. OU letterwinner and Olympian Jonathan Horton

OLYMPIANS

Bart Conner - 1976, 1980, 1984; Guard Young - 2004; Jonathan Horton - 2008;

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MEMBERS

Jake Dalton - 2009, 2011; Steven Legendre - 2009, 2010, 2011; Chris Brooks - 2010, 2011; Alex Naddour - 2011; Jonathan Horton - 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011; Guard Young - 2001, 2002, 2003; Casey Bryan - 1994; Jarrod Hanks - 1991

U.S. SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM MEMBERS

Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Chris Brooks , Casey Bryan, Bart Conner, Jake Dalton, Daniel Furney, Jarrod Hanks, Jamie Henderson, Matt Hervey, Jonathon Horton, Jeremy Killen, Steven Legendre, Jeff Lutz, Alex Naddour, Tom Meadows, Alex Naddour, Mark Oates, Mike Rice, Guard Young, Mike Wilson Head Coach Mark Williams with Jonathan Horton at the 2008 Olympic Games Boomer Sooner

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THE NISSEN-EMERY AWARD

Capping off a historic career at the University of Oklahoma in 2011, gymnast Steven Legendre claimed the most coveted prize in the sport: the Nissen-Emery Award. Considered the Heisman Trophy of gymnastics, the award was founded by trampoline inventor George Nissen, has been handed out to the nation’s top senior collegiate gymnast annually since 1966. Since the award’s inception, Oklahoma boasts a nation-leading seven Nissen honorees: Bart Conner (1981), Jarrod Hanks (1991), Dan Fink (1998), Todd Bishop (1999), Daniel Furney (2003), Jonathan Horton (2008) and Legendre (2011). Oklahoma is the only program in NCAA history to win back-to-back Nissen awards. “Being given this award is a tremendous honor and I feel humbled,” said Legendre upon receiving the award. “It feels great to join so many other great Oklahoma gymnasts to win this award.” The 2009 NCAA all-around champion, Legendre owns Oklahoma records for career NCAA individual titles at six, a mark previously held by Olympic Silver and Bronze medalist Jonathan Horton. Legendre is also a 12-time All-American. Athletes, coaches and judges vote on the Nissen winner who is, according to the standards, “more than simply an excellent gymnast...he must also be an example of good sportsmanship and fair play.

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Jonathan Horton, the Sooners’ sixth Nissen-Emery Award winner, received the trophy in 2008

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NISSEN-EMERY AWARD A champion in defeat as well as in victory.”

ALL-TIME AWARD WINNERS

Conner, Oklahoma’s first Nissen-Emery Award winner, received the honor in 1981. Conner was a seven-time conference champion and nine-time All-American for the Sooners. He also won three national championships and was named co-recipient of the Big Eight Conference “Male Athlete of the Year” award in 1981. The University of Oklahoma also claimed back-to-back NCAA Championships during that span, winning titles in 1977 and 1978. Conner was a member of three Olympic teams (1976, ‘80, ‘84) and won two gold medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

YEAR WINNER SCHOOL 2011 . ........STEVEN LEGENDRE............................... OKLAHOMA 2010 . .......... Luke Stannard...........................................................Illinois 2009 . .......... Casey Sandy........................................................Penn State 2008 . ........JONATHAN HORTON.............................. OKLAHOMA 2007 . .......... Matt Cohen..........................................................Penn State 2006 . .......... Justin Spring.............................................................Illinois 2005 . .......... Guillermo Alvarez................................................Minnesota 2004 . .......... Dan Gill...................................................................Stanford 2003 . ........DANIEL FURNEY.................................... OKLAHOMA 2002 . .......... Justin Toman.........................................................Michigan 2001 . .......... Jamie Natalie....................................................... Ohio State 2000 . .......... Jeff LaVallee................................................. Massachusetts 1999 . ........TODD BISHOP....................................... OKLAHOMA 1998 . ........DAN FINK............................................. OKLAHOMA 1997 . .......... Blaine Wilson....................................................... Ohio State 1996 . .......... Darren Elg.................................................... Brigham Young 1995 . .......... Josh Stein...............................................................Stanford 1994 . .......... Kip Simons.......................................................... Ohio State 1993 . .......... John Roethlisberger............................................Minnesota 1992 . .......... Scott Keswick.............................................................. UCLA 1991 . ........JARROD HANKS.................................... OKLAHOMA 1990 . .......... Mike Racanelli..................................................... Ohio State 1989 . .......... David Zeddies............................................................Illinois 1988 . .......... Tom Schlesinger....................................................Nebraska 1987 . .......... Michael Maxwell.................................................Penn State 1986 . .......... Wes Suter..............................................................Nebraska 1985 . .......... Matt Arnot........................................................ New Mexico 1984 . .......... Roy Palassou.................................................. San Jose State 1983 . .......... Peter Vidmar................................................................ UCLA 1982 . .......... Jim Hartung..........................................................Nebraska 1981 . ........BART CONNER...................................... OKLAHOMA 1980 . .......... Mario McCutcheon.................... Southern Connecticut State 1979 . .......... Kurt Thomas....................................................Indiana State 1978 . .......... Tim LaFleur..........................................................Minnesota 1977 . .......... Peter Kormann......................... Southern Connecticut State 1976 . .......... Gene Whelan.......................................................Penn State 1975 . .......... Jay Whelan............................... Southern Connecticut State 1974 . .......... Steve Hug...............................................................Stanford 1973 . .......... John Crosby.............................. Southern Connecticut State 1972 . .......... Tom Lindner...............................................Southern Illinois 1971 . .......... Brent Simmons....................................................Iowa State 1970 . .......... Pete Difurio..............................................................Temple 1969 . .......... Robert Emery......................................................Penn State 1968 . .......... Dave Thor.....................................................Michigan State 1967 . .......... Steve Cohen.........................................................Penn State 1966 . .......... James Curzi...................................................Michigan State

Hanks, a two-time conference champion and five-time All-American, was the 1991 recipient of the Nissen Award. He was team captain of the 1991 Sooner squad that won the national championship. Fink was Oklahoma’s third honoree, receiving the award in 1998. He was a three-time conference champion and a four-time All-American and won the national championship on still rings in 1998. Fink also participated in the 1997 Maccabiah Games, an international, Olympic-style competition for Jewish athletes. A 1998 Sooner co-captain, Fink was honored with the Big 12 Conference Medal Award and was named OU’s “Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete of the Year” in 1998. In 1999, Oklahoma became the first program to produce back-to-back Nissen Award winners when Bishop earned the prestigious honor. Bishop was also the first non-allarounder to receive the Nissen since the award’s inception. Bishop won two straight NCAA titles on high bar in 1998-99 and was a seven-time AllAmerican for OU. In addition, Bishop scored the first 10.0 in Oklahoma men’s gymnastics history in 1999 with three perfect high bar performances in the regular season. Furney won the 2003 Nissen-Emery Award, claiming individual national championships in the parallel bars and the all-around. Furney finished his OU career as a nine-time AllAmerican. He was a member of the NCAA team national champions when the Sooners went back-to-back in 2002 and 2003. The program’s most decorated gymnast, Horton was the 2008 Nissen-Emery recipient in one of the strongest fields in the award’s history. Horton’s 18 career All-America honors and six individual national titles are program records. In addition to his collegiate success, he was a member of two World Championships teams, finishing fourth in the all-around in 2007 and guiding Team USA to an Olympic berth.

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At the turn of the millenium, the University of Oklahoma’s men’s gymnastics program began a new era upon the promotion of then-assistant Mark Williams to the head coach of the Sooners. Twelve years later, it is clear that Williams’ reign as the Sooners’ head coach is one of the most succesful coaching careers in all of sports. Williams has established OU as the nation’s elite program with five national titles in the last ten years, claiming crowns in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and most recently in 2008. Even when the Sooners don’t win it all, they prove to always be in contention. Oklahoma has finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships in each season under Williams’ direction. Under Williams, the Sooners have won 22 individual titles, nine conference championships and 38 individual conference titles. Oklahoma has also been awarded a whopping 126 All-America honors since 2000 and has produced three Nissen-Emery Award winners. For more information on Coach Williams and Oklahoma’s success throughout his tenure, see his complete coaching bio on page 42.

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UNDER COACH WILLIAMS...

5 National Championships 22 Individual National Titles 9 Conference Championships 38 Individual Conference Titles 3 Nissen-Emery Award Winners 126 All-America Honors INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

JONATHAN HORTON 2006 NCAA All-around, Still Rings and Floor Exercise Champion 2007 NCAA Floor Exercise and High Bar Champion 2008 NCAA Still Rings Champion

Under head coach Mark Williams, seven University of Oklahoma gymnasts have been responsible for 22 NCAA individual national championships.

JOSH LANDIS 2003 NCAA Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse Champion

STEVEN LEGENDRE 2008 NCAA Floor Exercise and Vault Champion 2009 NCAA All-Around, Floor Exercise and Vault Champion 2010 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion

DANIEL FURNEY 2003 NCAA All-around and Parallel Bars Champion DAVID HEDERSON 2005 NCAA Still Rings Champion

ALEX NADDOUR 2010 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion 2011 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion

TAQIY ABDULLAH-SIMMONS 2007 NCAA All-around Champion

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New in 2010 is a state-of-the-art 7,000 square foot addition and a complete overhaul of the existing Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center, the practice facility of Oklahoma gymnastics. Funded entirely by private donations without the use of any state or university appropriated funds, the project includes a complete renovation of the current gym, locker rooms, sports medicine training rooms and the awards recognition room. A new storage area, a reconfiguration of foam and resi pits and an outdoor patio also highlight the renovation. Parking will also be added on the North end of the facility. Along with the existing structure that bared its name, the Viersen Family Foundation provided an additional commitment to help fund the renovation. One of only a handful of freestanding, co-ed college gyms in the country, the revolutionary addition will keep the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center as one of the nation’s premier collegiate gymnastics facilities.

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THE NATION’S BEST FACILITIES

“All of the renovations are going to increase our competitiveness and our ability to bring in the best and brightest student-athletes as we continue the run of championships both programs have had.” -OU Men’s Gymnastics Head Coach Mark Williams

• Addition of six foam in-ground pits, eight resi in-ground pits and outdoor patio.

• Four vault stations • In-ground trampoline

• Renovation of locker rooms, men’s and women’s training rooms and weight room.

• Two regulation size apparatuses for every event. SOONER POWER

Oklahoma’s weight training program is a pioneer in the development of strength and conditioning, and is a vital part of the Sooners’ tradition of success. OU strength and conditioning coaches utilize their expertise along with a wide array of equipment and tests to produce national championship caliber athletes. Evaluation, goal-oriented programs, supervision and state-of-the-art facilities help Oklahoma athletes become bigger, faster, stronger and more flexible. The Robin Siegfried & Family Strength and Conditioning Complex, located in the Barry Switzer Center, has 13,000 square feet to facilitate the intensive training of OU athletes. An additional facility, the Roy Williams Strength Training Facility, is available for workouts inside the Everest Training Center. The former Sooner football All-American made the center possible through a gift to the University. Boomer Sooner

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Originally opened in 1928, McCasland Field House is one of OU’s most historic buildings. Located in the heart of campus just north of Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the venue  provides the OU men’s gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling programs with a first-class training and competition venue. In 2005, the Field House underwent a $6 million face lift that included a complete interior renovation of a resanded and repainted floor with four efficient volleyball practice courts and chair-back seating that offers fans more comfort. In addition, the entire facility was repainted and improvements were made to the HVAC system, sound system, lighting and scoreboards. The Sooners also enjoyed renovations done to the training room as well as an upgrade to both teams’ locker rooms. Further renovations are currently being made to the exterior of the Field House that include a new roof, bricks and windows.

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One of the most recognizable buildings on campus, the McCasland Field House hosts the men’s gymnastics team’s home meets

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MCCASLAND FIELD HOUSE A RICH HISTORY

Originally constructed in 1928, the Field House was once the home of the men’s basketball team. More than 5,000 fans were in attendance for the facility’s first game as the Sooners beat the Kansas Jayhawks, 45-19. Since its construction, the Field House has been home to numerous sports. In addition to the basketball programs, volleyball, women’s and men’s gymnastics and wrestling have all featured events here. In addition to sporting events, the Field House has hosted several notable musicians and entertainers in its history. Oklahoma students have watched acts including Jimi Hendrix (1970), Bill Cosby (1968), Henry Mancini (1963), Sonny and Cher (1969), Nat King Cole (1956) and Duke Ellington (1956).

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The Lloyd Noble Center on the campus of the University of Oklahoma will host the 2012 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships for the third time in the building’s history, taking place April 19-21. The current home of Oklahoma men’s and women’s basketball and women’s gymnastics, the LNC houses some of the best fans in nation and a deep history of athletic excellence. Since its opening in 1975, nearly four million fans have come through the LNC doors in anticipation of a Sooner victory. A $17.1 million expansion and renovation project in 2001 added key improvements. A 70,000-square-foot addition to the south side of the facility included two new full-sized practice courts: one for men’s basketball and one for women’s. The project also enhanced the Lloyd Noble Center for the wide variety of public events it hosts, including graduations, concerts and large meetings.

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OU’s basketball arena, the Lloyd Noble Center, will host its third NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship since 2002

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LLOYD NOBLE CENTER PERFECT AT THE LNC

In addition to the natural excitement that surrounds a program hosting an NCAA Championship, the Sooners have another reason to anticipate the National Championship returning to Norman: they’re undefeated in NCAA Championships at the Lloyd Noble Center. The LNC will host the NCAA Championship for the third time in the past 10 years. The Sooners are undefeated in past National Championships held in Norman, claiming first place in 2002 and 2006. “Historically, we haven’t lost an NCAA Championship at home yet,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “It’s always nice to be able to stay in your home facility and have your crowd behind you. It’s our intention to be peaking as we get to the championship and see if we can win the program’s ninth national title.”

The Sooners are undefeated at the NCAA Championships when competing in Norman, claiming titles in 2002 (above) and 2006

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS TICKETS

The NCAA Championships include two qualifying sessions on April 19, team finals on April 20 and event finals on April 21. All session tickets to the NCAA Championships ($25 adult, $15 youth and OU students) include a ticket to all four sessions. Single-session tickets will go on sale the first day of competition at the Lloyd Noble Center at least an hour prior to competition beginning. All tickets are general admission. Tickets can be purchased online at SoonerSports.com or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (800) 456 - GoOU.

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The University of Oklahoma athletics program boasts a tradition that few schools can rival. Over the years, Sooner squads have combined for 26 team national championships including eight in men’s gymnastics, seven in football, seven in wrestling, two in baseball, one in men’s golf and one in softball. The Sooner tradition isn’t something buried in the past. It inspires OU’s student-athletes to greater heights every season. In 2010-2011, the Sooners recorded their best-ever finish in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup at No. 10. Eighteen of Oklahoma’s 21 teams advanced to postseason competition during the 2010-11 school year. Highlights included the men’s and women’s gymnastics teams finishing No. 3 nationally, the women’s track and field team finishing No. 4 and the men’s cross country team No. 5. The football team won its seventh Big 12 Championship in eleven seasons and won the 2011 Fiesta Bowl in its eighth BCS bowl appearance in eleven seasons in 2011, while the softball team advanced to the 2011 Women’s College World Series.

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SOONER TRADITION Oklahoma’s student-athletes continue to lead in the classroom and their actions in the community are exemplary. With the Great Expectations campaign, Oklahoma continues to build the finest facilities in the nation. Each day, it becomes more evident that the University of Oklahoma has become one of the finest comprehensive athletics program in the country. When OU student-athletes raise the trophy of another championship, the hands responsible for hoisting that trophy symbolize thousands of Sooners around the globe. The following represents a closer look at the tradition powering the Oklahoma Sooners: • Oklahoma was playing football before it was a state. It’s only one of two Division I football programs to win seven or more national championships. And OU is the only Division I football program ever to record 47 straight victories. • With Sam Bradford at No. 1, Gerald McCoy at No. 3 and Trent Williams at No. 4, Oklahoma became the first school ever to supply three of the first four NFL Draft picks in 2010. 2010 also marked only the second time that one school has produced the top pick in consecutive NBA (OU’s Blake Griffin went first in the 2009 hoops draft) and NFL Drafts. Bradford and Griffin were both named Rookie of the Year in their respective leagues, it was the first time in history that the two award winners came from the same university. • Oklahoma gymnastics great Bart Conner won two NCAA all-around crowns and led the Sooners to two NCAA titles in 1977 and 1978. A three-time Olympian (1976, ‘80, ‘84), Conner won two gold medals in 1984. He was instrumental in the foundation of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. • Oklahoma defeated UCLA in the 2000 Women’s College World Series to capture the school’s first softball national championship. The Sooners won 66 games, broke 15 school records, had four All-Americans, the WCWS Most Outstanding Player, three WCWS all-tournament team members, a Big 12 title, a No. 1 ranking and the National Coaching Staff of the Year. The Sooners became just the second non-West Coast team in NCAA history to win a softball national championship. • The OU men’s basketball team has competed in 27 postseason tournaments in the last 30 years. In 2009 OU produced its 32nd winning season in the last 34 years. No other Big 12 team can boast as many winning campaigns in the span.

• The Oklahoma men’s golf program has produced 47 All-Americans, eight three-time All-Americans, eight individual conference champions, 14 conference titles and the 1989 national championship. • OU football has produced five Heisman Trophy winners: halfback Billy Vessels won the award in 1952, tailback Steve Owens won in 1969, halfback Billy Sims won in 1978, quarterback Jason White brought the trophy back to Norman in 2003 and fellow QB Sam Bradford took home the award last season. OU players have captured 63 national awards and the Sooners have also produced five Outland Trophies, four Walter Camp Trophies, four Butkus Award winners, four Davey O’Brien Awards, three Lombardi Awards, three Thorpe Awards, two Bronko Nagurski Awards, two Maxwell Awards, one Tatupu Award, one Johnny Unitas Award and one Bednarik award. • The Oklahoma baseball team swept through its regional tournament and the World Series without a loss to capture the 1994 national championship. The Sooners topped off a 42-17 regular season with the school’s second national baseball title. • Oklahoma golf’s Charlie Coe was one of the most celebrated amateur players in the history of the game. During his career, Coe captured U.S. amateur crowns in 1949, 1958 and 1959. He also played in 19 straight Masters Tournaments. Coe competed on the Walker Cup teams of 1949, 1951 and 1953. • Oklahoma wrestling has produced 18 Olympians who have collectively won three gold and two silver medals. Brothers Dave and Mark Schultz both won gold in the 1984 games.

• Sooner football has accumulated seven national championships, 43 conference titles, 26 bowl championships, 152 All-Americans and had 350 players drafted by the NFL, including 41 first-round selections and four No. 1 picks: Lee Roy Selmon (1976), Billy Sims (1980), Brian Bosworth (1987— supplemental) and Sam Bradford (2010).

• Oklahoma baseball won the 1951 College World Series with a come-from-behind win over Tennessee in the championship game to become the first team in history to claim the title after winning the double-elimination tournament without a defeat.

• Oklahoma’s storied wrestling program has amassed 23 conference titles and seven national championships. OU has produced 263 All-Americans and its 65 individual national champions ranks third all-time.

• Oklahoma baseball advanced to its 10th College World Series appearance in 2010 and finished the season ranked No. 5 nationally, the program’s highest finish since claiming OU’s second national title in 1994.

• The OU women’s basketball team advanced to its third overall and second-consecutive Final Four in 2010 after playing the nation’s toughest schedule. The Sooners, at some point, played all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Championship and 13 teams ranked in the final top 25.

• Oklahoma basketball great Wayman Tisdale was a three-time All-American for the Sooners from 1983-85 and is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in OU history. He was a member of the 1984 gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic team and was recently named the greatest player ever in the Big Eight Conference by a panel of longtime conference media observers and officials. Tisdale’s No. 23 jersey was retired by Oklahoma in 1997 -- the first jersey ever retired by OU in any sport.

• Oklahoma football has placed 28 former Sooners into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, including three head coaches: Bennie Owen in 1951, Bud Wilkinson in 1969 and Barry Switzer in 2001.

• Former OU letterwinners Michael Blackwood (track and field), Jonathan Horton (men’s gymnastics) and Danny McFarlane (track and field) represented Oklahoma at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. • Three-time OU All-American Anthony Kim won the 2008 AT&T National in early July, becoming the first American golfer since Tiger Woods to win twice in one year on the PGA Tour. Kim was also a member of the victorious U.S. squad at the 2008 Ryder Cup where he played a crucial role in winning the cup with a crushing defeat of Sergio Garcia. • OU women’s gymnastics made its eighth-straight NCAA Championships in 2011 and its second straight NCAA top three finish. OU made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Super Six in 2010 and 2011, finishing in a program best second place in 2010 and third place overall in 2011. The Sooners completed their third undefeated regular season in four years in 2011 and currently own the nation’s longest regular season win streak at 29. • OU women’s gymnastics became the first women’s sport at Oklahoma to be ranked No. 1 during the regular season in 2010. The Sooners were ranked first or second in every regular season poll in 2010, as the Sooners were the only squad in the country to score above a 196.000 in every meet.

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Oklahoma Athletics is a household name due to the overwhelming media attention that hovers around the Sooners. Writers and broadcasters representing the nation’s most recognized media outlets regularly interact with Sooner players and coaches and routinely spend time in Norman. And when they can’t come to campus, those same observers keep tabs on OU thanks to extensive television coverage. The Sooners are at the very center of the college athletics and everybody is watching. In 2011, all 13 Oklahoma football games appeared on live television. OU ended the season with a streak of 125 consecutive televised games and has been shown on TV 335 times dating back to the 1953 season. During the 2010-2011 season, the men’s basketball team received live television coverage of 31 games, including nine nationally televised contests. The women’s basketball team was seen live for 25 games during the 2010-2011 season, including national coverage for 14 contests.

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NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT The OU baseball team received television coverage for 20 games in 2011, including 6 on national networks. The softball team had nine games televised live in 2010, including three games on national networks. The women’s gymnastics team had three meets televised in 2010. The Sooners’ quad meet with Ohio State, Illinois and TWU was broadcasted locally, while the 2011 Big 12 Championship and the 2011 NCAA Super Six were replayed nationally. OU’s wrestling and volleyball teams both had live television coverage during the 20102011 season. Wrestling’s match with Oklahoma State was covered live as a part of the Bedlam series on both Dec. 12, 2010, and Feb. 20, 2011. Volleyball’s home game against Texas A&M was covered live on Nov. 2, 2010. The men’s gymnastics team has had regular television coverage thanks to consistent top-three rankings through the years. The nation will focus its eyes on Norman in April 2012 when the Sooners host the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics National Championships at Lloyd Noble Center. The Women’s College World Series is hosted in Oklahoma City each year, with all games shown live across the nation. The popularity of the Sooners is evident in the immense amount of products and apparel purchased by fans. OU ranks 11th in the Collegiate Licensing Consortium. Since 2000, Oklahoma student-athletes have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated 13 times. Sooner football is one of the most popular subjects for SI with 34 cover appearances.

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Over the past nine years, ESPN’s popular College Football Gameday production has broadcast on site from 24 of Oklahoma’s games. An average of over 3 million people logged on to SoonerSports.com every month last year, making the official Web site of the Oklahoma Athletics Department one of the top collegiate sites in the nation. Many former Sooners have gone on to successful careers as talent for the nation’s top media outlets including CBS’ Spencer Tillman and Stacey Dales, formerly with ESPN. Former OU athletes are often called on to provide color commentary during regional broadcasts due to their championship experience and athletics expertise.

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In the 1950s, Prentice Gautt came to OU to play football, and, in the process, broke down barriers and crushed stereotypes. Today, OU student-athletes use the Prentice Gautt Academic Center to break another kind of stereotype. The center that today’s student-athletes use everyday now bears the name of the man who left an indelible legacy for Sooner Athletics and helped change a society in the process. The formal dedication of the Prentice Gautt Academic Center was held Friday, Sept. 17, 1999. The proposal to re-name the center was approved by the OU Board of Regents in March 1999. The professional consultants of the Prentice Gautt Academic Center help student-athletes with a variety of academic tasks, from learning strategy instruction to any stage of the writing process including preparing for an essay exam and the formal research paper. The goal is to help student-athletes develop the strategies they need to be successful by encouraging the use of the center for all facets of the learning and writing processes encountered in college.

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ACADEMICS AND SUPPORT The Prentice Gautt Academic Center provides student-athletes with a state-of-the-art academic support facility. The environment encourages a collaboration between staff members and studentathletes. In addition, it is highly conducive to learning in all areas of students’ academic endeavors and features seven learning centers. Located on the second and third floors in the north end of the Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Academic Center houses Academic Counseling offices, and Learning and Skill Development centers including the Kerr Foundation Computer Center, the Thompson Writing Center and centers for communication, reading, study skills, math and foreign language as well as learning enhancement and study areas. KERR CAREER CENTER Whether student-athletes are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduates, they will benefit from the services of the Kerr Career Center. It provides a system of services that educates and guides students through the career development process. The Career Center is dedicated to helping students make the transition from college to career by developing an individualized career plan where they gather information to assist in making a decision about a career; obtain information on the suitable career list; explore classes and publications in the field as well as obtain experience; and gain knowledge and skills necessary for résumé writing, job-related letter writing and interviewing techniques. The Career Center is a link with the campus Careers Services Office and offers student-athletes a wide array of effective job hunting skills, training and career services. KERR FOUNDATION COMPUTER CENTER In the 21st century, computers have become an integral part of the learning experience. Students need access to computers and their resources almost daily. The Kerr Foundation Computer Centers are here to meet these technological needs. We provide each student with the equipment and support necessary to succeed. The computer center is housed within the Prentice Gautt Academic Center and houses nearly 200 computers available exclusively to our student-athletes. Students also enjoy a large amount of storage space on our athletic network. Laptop computers are checked out to students when the computer center is unavailable. This allows access to our network and resources 24 hours a day. The laptop program is very important in helping athletes stay on top of their schoolwork when traveling.

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Group training is provided for all new student-athletes during the first week of supervised study. This helps familiarize each student with our resources and procedures. Individual training sessions are available to each student and lab technicians are always on hand to help. The Kerr Foundation Computer Center has been a model for other universities around the country. We plan on being a leader in the future as well. Upgrades are scheduled annually and there is a deep commitment from the Athletics Department ensures that the excellence in the computer center will continue for a long time. KERR LANGUAGE CENTERS To assist you in speaking, listening, reading and writing in other languages, the Kerr Foundation Foreign Language Center offers a multimedia environment that provides instruction in all foreign languages and in English as a second language. On an individual basis, students have the option of working with computers, audio-visual equipment and tutors in order to enhance their language experience. math assignments. THOMPSON WRITING CENTER Because learning and writing are essential life long skills which can always be strengthened, the Writing Center offers personalized instruction to student-athletes who seek assistance in refreshing, reviewing, or improving these skills. The Thompson Writing Center offers a dynamic, positive atmosphere to help student-athletes generate ideas and strategies for writing assignments. Consultants help student-athletes organize papers, review grammatical basics, develop proofreading and library research skills, and design résumés. COMMUNICATION CENTER This academic center focuses on developing communication and public speaking skills for studentathletes. The state-of-the-art center, coordinated by a broadcast professional, builds strong media relations skills through the use of video equipment. READING AND STUDY SKILLS CENTER If students have trouble with assigned textbook readings or studying, the Reading and Study Skills Center can help. It provides reading and studying techniques and instructs how to make direct applications to current resources. Consultation, computer-assisted instruction, tutoring and independent activities are available. MATH CENTER If performing math functions is a problem, the solution is the Math Center. As a supplement to class instruction, the Math Center provides all levels of math computations, concepts and problems to help students review course material.

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Created by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except healthrelated fields. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. The OU Health Sciences Center, which is located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. OU enrolls more than 30,000 students, has more than 2,400 full-time faculty members, and has 20 colleges offering 158 majors at the baccalaureate level, 167 majors at the master’s level, 81 majors at the doctoral level, 26 majors at the doctoral professional level, and 24 graduate certificates. The university’s annual operating budget is $1.46 billion.

The Bizzell Memorial Library, located in the heart of OU’s campus

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

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FACTS ABOUT OU • OU ranks No. 1 in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled, with a record 225 National Merit Scholars in this year’s freshman class – 29 more than the previous OU record.

• OU won the “PetroBowl” Championship in petroleum engineering, making OU the only school to win the competition three times. • Since 1994, research and sponsored programs expenditures at OU have more than doubled, and OU continues to set new records for funding for externally sponsored research. OU ended FY 2010 with total expenditures of more than $261 million.

• OU has over a $1.5 billion impact on the state’s economy each year. • The Princeton Review ranks OU in the top 10 public universities in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. • This year, OU achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest tier of research activity classification, the first time a public institution in Oklahoma has received this outstanding recognition.

• The OU Health Sciences Center in FY 2010 continued its impressive rate of research growth by achieving more than $118 million in federal, state, corporate and nonprofit or foundation grants and contracts. Funding from the National Institutes of Health – considered to be the gold standard for research – was almost $52 million.

• An OU Debate Team from the Shannon Self Debate Program has won the national championship in debate three of the last five years. The winning team in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s national championship was composed of OU students RJ Giglio and Nick Watts.

• Since 1994, almost $2 billion in construction projects have been completed, are under way or are forthcoming on OU’s three campuses, the largest of which is the $128 million Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center.

• OU is a leader among all American universities in the international exchange and study abroad programs. This past year study abroad by OU students increased by 20 percent. OU currently offers programs in over 50 countries and 100 cities in six continents. Students from more than 100 countries are enrolled at OU.

• OU is home to one of the two largest natural history museums in the world associated with a university. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has more than 7 million artifacts and contains 195,000 square feet on 40 acres of land. The museum exhibits include the largest Apatosaurus on display in the world and the oldest work of art ever found in North America — a lightning bolt painted on an extinct bison skull.

• OU student Sarah Swenson was named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar, becoming OU’s 28th Rhodes Scholar. No other university in Oklahoma has had more than three. • OU student Eddie Shimp was named this year’s Goldwater Scholar for excellence in mathematics and science, bringing to 31 the number of OU students named to that honor since 1995. This places OU in the top ranks of universities nationally. • The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College offers the largest honors program among public universities in the United States. More than 3,500 students participate in small classes of 19 or less. • OU students Caleb Gayle and Austin Slaymaker were named 2010 Truman Scholars. This prestigious national award is given based on a student’s leadership potential, intellectual ability and the likelihood of “making a difference.” • OU student teamstop honors at this year’s Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition in Oklahoma City, a competition designed to encourage students of Oklahoma universities and colleges to act upon their entrepreneurial ideas and develop skills to lead tomorrow’s innovative news businesses. • OU ranks in the top 10 in the nation among most wired colleges, one of only a few universities to achieve the ranking two years in a row. • OU’s entrepreneurship program in the Price College of Business ranks in the top five in the nation among all public universities.

• The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s collections total more than 10,000 works of art, including OU’s Weitzenhoffer Collection of French Impressionism, one of the most important gifts of art ever given to a U.S. public university. The museum also shares the Eugene B. Adkins Collection, one of the most important private collections in the nation of works by the Taos artists as well as Native American works of art, with the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa. Additional collections have further strengthened the museum’s holdings in the areas of Native American and Southwest art. • OU’s Western History Collection is one of the largest collections inthe world of documents and photographs, including a rare multivolume portfolio on the Indians of the United States and Alaska by Edward S.Curtis. • Set to open in 2011, the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Oklahoma Cancer Center is on track to become Oklahoma’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Achieving this designation, the gold standard for cancer research and care in the United States, means that Oklahomans will no longer need to travel 450 miles out of state for comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care. The cancer center is the largest public-private biosciences initiative in Oklahoma history. • The University of Oklahoma has established a comprehensive diabetes center with operations on the OU campuses in Oklahoma City and Tulsa to provide statewide leadership in diabetes treatment, research, prevention, information, education and awareness. The Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center provides access to the latest developments in diabetes care and management through the clinical trials hosted by the center.

• OU has surpassed its goal of $150 million in scholarships and is extending the Campaign for Scholarships for five more years, increasing the goal to $250 million. The success of the campaign has allowed OU to more than double its private scholarships in the last five years. • The Campaign for Scholarships is continuing, and in March 2008 surpassed its goal of raising $100 million for endowed scholarships. To date, almost $140 million in scholarship endowments have been donated or pledged. • OU has increased from 100 to 544, the number of endowed faculty positions in the past 15 years, demonstrating a strong commitment to excellence. • OU continues to set the pace in private fundraising records, with more than $1.8 billion in gifts and pledges since 1994, which has provided funding for dramatic capital improvements, the growth in faculty endowment and student scholarships. • OU Drama students won the largest number of awards of any university in America in the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Competition. • OU has the academically highest ranked student body at a public university in Oklahoma history.

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FACTS ABOUT OU • A major beautification campaign has transformed the appearance of the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. The project replaced a divided highway through campus with seven tiered gardens featuring traditional OU arches at each end. The pedestrian walkway’s landmarks include an OU Seed Sower sculpture at the west end, a clock tower at the east end, and a 70-foot granite fountain in the center. • For the outdoor improvements to the Norman campus — gardens, fountains, sculptures, benches — the University of Oklahoma has won first place in the education category for Beautification and Landscaping in the statewide environmental competition. Gifts of over $3 million have permanently endowed OU’s gardens. • OU has strong programs in international and area studies, with an International Programs Center led by Zach P. Messitte, a foreign policy expert with a doctorate in international politics whose experience includes working for the United Nations and CNN. • With nearly 400 doctors, OU Physicians is the state’s largest physician group. Our practice encompasses almost every adult and child specialty. Many OU Physicians have expertise in the management of complex conditions that is unavailable anywhere else in the state, region or sometimes even the nation. Some have pioneered surgical procedures or innovations in patient care that are world firsts. • About 125 of OU Physicians’ doctors are OU Children’s Physicians. These board-certified pediatric specialists committed their training and, now, their practices to the care of children. Many children with birth defects, critical injuries or serious diseases who can’t be helped elsewhere come to OU Children’s Physicians. Oklahoma doctors and parents rely on OU Children’s Physicians depth of experience, nationally renowned expertise and sensitivity to children’s emotional needs. • The University of Oklahoma maintains one of the three most important collections of early manuscripts in the history of science in the United States. It includes Galileo’s own copy of his work, which first used the telescope to support the Copernican theory, with corrections in his own handwriting. • The University of Oklahoma Libraries has added its 5 millionth volume, continuing a commanding lead as the state’s largest research library and claiming one of the top two spots in size among Big 12 libraries. • OU’s Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive houses the world’s largest collection of political commercials. With more than 95,000 commercials, the archive includes political advertisements dating back to 1936 for radio and 1950 for television.

• The highly acclaimed journal of international literature, World Literature Today, is published at the University of Oklahoma. • OU is home to the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, considered to be second in prestige only to the Nobel Prize and often referred to as the “American Nobel.” Twenty–eight Neustadt laureates, candidates and jurors have won the Nobel Prize in the past 40 years. • The OU Cousins program matches U.S. and international students to share informal and social experiences. Students may volunteer to live on international floors with half of the residents from the United States and half from other countries. • Dance Magazine places the OU School of Dance in the top three of all dance programs in the country. • OU’s 271-acre Research Campus is anchored by the Stephenson Researchand Technology Center, where cutting-edge research into life science fields ranging from robotics to genomic studies is taking place, and the National Weather Center, which houses OU’s academic and research programs in meteorology and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Norman-based weather, research and operations programs. • OU’s supercomputer debuted as the fastest in Oklahoma history and in the Big 12 and in the top 10 at U.S. universities (excluding federally funded national supercomputing centers). • Since its creation in 1998, OU’s Office of Technology Development has created 36 companies that have generated more than $84 million in capital, more than $10 million in cash and more than $30 million incurrent estimated equity value for the university. In addition, the companies have created in excess of 150 jobs, which pay on average nearly twice the median household income in Oklahoma. • The Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education is ranked among the top 10 percent of all graduate colleges of education by U.S. News & World Report. • The OU College of Law had a bar passage rate of 97 percent in 2010, which placed OU among the very best in the nation. • A major building project has doubled the size of the Law Center, refurbishing classrooms and creating a new library, a cutting-edge courtroom, and expanded student lounge and office facilities. • OU President David Boren, a former U.S. senator and governor of Oklahoma, teaches an introductory course in political science each semester, and keeps in close touch with students. • OU has one of the oldest comprehensive colleges of fine arts in the Great Plains states, with highly regarded schools of Music, Drama, Art and Dance, and programs in opera, musical theater, and sculpture. • OU has won awards for new initiatives to create a sense of family and community on campus. OU is one of the very few public universities to twice receive the Templeton Foundation Award as a “Character Building College” for stressing the value of community. • The University of Oklahoma has consistently been designated as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys by Institutional Research & Evaluation, an independent higher education research and consulting organization. • OU has established a faculty-in-residence program with faculty members and their families living in apartments in the student residence halls. • The Michael F. Price College is ranked as one of the nation’s top business schools at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Price College ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s top 15 in undergraduate business specialties for international business. • OU is one of a small number of Division I-A universities in the nation to receive the CHAMPS award for preparing student-athletes for life. The award is based on academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, community service and career development. • The Oklahoma Daily, OU’s student newspaper, and Sooner yearbook are consistently ranked among the best in the country.

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FACTS ABOUT OU • More Native American languages are taught for college credit at OU than at any other university in the world. • The Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at OU is home to the Native American Journalists Association, the oldest and largest international organization for indigenous journalists. • OU has been recognized as an outstanding university for Hispanic students by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine. • The Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center houses the papers of more than 55 former members of Congress, making it the nation’s most comprehensive center for congressional studies. • OU’s journalism and mass communication school was elevated to college status, thanks to a $22 million gift from Edward L. Gaylord on behalf of the Gaylord family of Oklahoma City. • The OU Health Sciences Center is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional schools. It includes the colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Graduate Studies. • The Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, established at the OU Health Sciences Center with an $11.2 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation, is one of the premier programs in education, research and service to elders. • OU is the only public university in Oklahoma to be included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges, which lists the top 10 percent of all U.S. universities. • The Department of Communication’s doctoral program is ranked among the top 20 programs in the country. • OU frequently hosts national and international scholars and policymakers during major national conferences and symposia. Over the past few years, guests have included former President George Bush; former U. S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu; award-winning broadcast journalist Katie Couric; International Political Analyst Fareed Zakaria; and award-winning historian and author David McCullough.

• The OU Press is the oldest in the Great Plains states and ranks among the 20 most important university presses in the United States. It is aleading publisher of books about Native Americans and the American West. • The OU College of Law publishes the only law journal in the United States devoted exclusively to Native American legal issues. • OU finished among the top 25 eight times in the last nine years in the U.S. Sports Academic Director’s Cup Standings, which measures the overall strength of each Division I-A athletics program. • A $50 million gift from the George Kaiser Family Foundation – the largest single gift the university has ever received – helped create the OU School of Community Medicine. The school’s mission is to improve the overall health status of underserved Oklahoma areas, both rural and urban, through community-based medicine. • In 1999, a $10 million grant to OU from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation of Tulsa supported the purchase of the BP Amoco property in Tulsa, enabling OU to establish a new community-based campus for the University’s Tulsa programs. • In 2003, the Schusterman Family underlined their support of OU in Tulsa with the announcement of a $10 million challenge grant for OU-Tulsa to help complete the first phase of the campus master plan for the Schusterman Center and allow OU-Tulsa to expand degree programming in key areas. • First- and second-year students receive outstanding instruction and mentoring under a program that brings over 50 retired full professors back to campus to teach their introductory courses • The OU Sooners have won 26 national championships in men’s and women’s sports with the latest coming in 2008 when the men’s gymnastics team won its fifth title in seven years. • Almost 100 Sooner student-athletes earned Academic All-Conference honors, and a total of 12 teams recorded team GPAs of 3.0 or better. • More than 250 Sooner student-athletes were named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. A total of 34 OU student-athletes recorded a 4.0 GPA. • The Athletics Department became just the second Division 1 winner of the Prism Award, recognizing best practices in sports management.

• OU’s A. Max Weitzenhoffer Musical Theatre Program is one of the very few university programs in the nation that provides students an opportunity to be in the same cast with professional Broadway actors in brand-new productions.

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Norman is an ever-changing city of nearly 90,000 residents. Located in the heart of the state, it has grown to become the third largest city in Oklahoma. Despite its continuous growth, it has maintained the spirit and serenity of a small close-knit community. Since the Oklahoma land run of 1889, Norman has grown into a popular and smart city. The spirit of Norman and its citizens is unwavering and uncompromising. While other towns were clamoring to become the state capital, Norman residents desired to have the first state university. When the first OU president got off the train and saw a prairie, he saw opportunity. As home to the state’s premier educational institution, Norman boasts an excellent quality of life and is a city that thrives on and celebrates the diversity of its community. Legendary University of Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer called Norman “a university town with a championship spirit.” Norman continually exhibits its love for sports by hosting numerous local and national athletic events.

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NORMAN AND OKLAHOMA CITY A CHAMPIONSHIP SPIRIT

In the last five years alone, Norman has served as host of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship, an NCAA men’s golf regional, NCAA softball regionals, NCAA women’s gymnastics regionals, NCAA women’s tennis regionals, NCAA track and field regionals and the NCAA women’s basketball regionals. In addition, the Big 12 Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Track and Field, Wrestling, Women’s Golf, and Women’s Gymnastics Championships were held in Norman. Norman will also serve as the host to the 2012 NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship at OU’s Lloyd Noble Center.

OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma City, the capital of Oklahoma, is located just 18 miles from the Norman campus. It was the first city settled in the Land Run of 1889 because of its position as the center of the state. It is because of this central location that Oklahoma City has become known as the home of America’s Western heritage. Whether adventure, history, culture or sports, Oklahoma City offers a variety of attractions and activities different from any other place in the country. Oklahoma City was born on the afternoon of April 22, 1889, when the central portion of what is now Oklahoma was opened to settlement by presidential proclamation.

Thousands crossed the borders of “unassigned lands” at the sound of gunfire at high noon. Never before or since has such a “run” occurred anywhere on the earth. By the time the dust had settled on that historic day, many people had staked their claim at “Oklahoma Station,” an area which was destined to become Oklahoma City, a leading city in America. In 1911, Oklahoma City officially became the capital after a statewide election moved the state seal from Guthrie.

A SPORTS FAN’S PARADISE

Oklahoma City has become a haven for exciting sports action. It is home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, two minor league sports teams and the host of the NCAA Women College Softball World Series and Big 12 Baseball and Softball Championships. The Oklahoma City RedHawks, 1996 American Association champions (then named the Oklahoma City 89ers), are the Triple-A baseball affiliate of the Houston Astos. The team plays in the 13,066-seat RedHawks Field at Bricktown, one of the most respected venues in all of minor league sports. The ballpark served as host to a 2004 NCAA baseball regional and the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Big 12 Baseball Championship. The Oklahoma City Barons are in their second season of play. The American Hockey League squad is the top minor league affiliate of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. In addition, the city has hosted numerous PGA and Senior PGA Tour events. The Oklahoma City Thunder stands as the city’s staple sports symbol. The Thunder, who moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, have already claimed two playoff appearances and one division title. Oklahoma City reached the Western Conference Finals in 2011 where they fell to the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. The Thunder were led by two-time league scoring leader Kevin Durant. The Thunder’s home venue, Chesapeake Energy Arena, is considered one of the top atmosphere’s to catch an NBA game. Boomer Sooner

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A SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP

The Sooners have been partnering with Cleveland Elementary School for several years, thanks to Cleveland teacher Regina Bell and OU Head Coach Mark Williams. The program helps bring the gymnasts into the classroom to help out the teachers in any way and having the students meet and get to know the gymnasts. The Sooners take time to spend an hour with the classes once a week for the entire year as well as attending special functions, such as the annual Jog-a-Thon and Fall Festival. Having the team interact with the students at Cleveland has also sparked interest about gymnastics with children and parents alike. OU hosts an annual “Cleveland Elementary Night” at a home gymnastics meet. This season the Sooners welcome Cleveland students, teachers and parents for a home meet each year at the Howard McCasland Field House. Students had the opportunity to serve as junior judges, score flashers, march-in leaders, junior PA announcer and award presenters at the meet.

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Coming off of its 11th-straight top-three finish, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics teams looks ahead to the 2012 season and another shot at a national title.

The Sooners aren’t the only ones feeling optimistic about their 2012 campaign. Oklahoma received the No. 1 ranking in 2012 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll. OU secured the top ranking with five first place votes.

Oklahoma has been awarded the No. 1 preseason ranking five previous times under Head Coach Mark Williams. In four of those seasons, OU went on to win the NCAA title (2001, 2002, 2005, 2006).

Oklahoma finished in front of second-ranked Illinois, who led the poll with seven firstplace votes. Michigan received two first-place votes and will start the season ranked third.

“It is always an honor to be viewed as the top program in the pre-season coaches’ poll,” said Williams. “We have a young team this year that will need to work hard to reach the high expectations of a championship team. I look forward to the challenges of our regular season and finishing the year hosting the 2012 NCAA Championships at the Lloyd Noble Center.”

The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, the hybrid conference that OU men’s gymnastics competes in with Air Force, California and Stanford, has three teams ranked in the top five. 2011 NCAA champion Stanford is ranked No. 4 with three first-place votes and California checks in at the No. 5 spot.

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2012 SEASON PREVIEW PRESEASON NO. 1

Despite earning two less first-place votes than Illinois, the Sooners secured the overall top spot in the 2012 GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll. Below is a break down of the top 15 schools, with the number of first-place votes in parentheses. 1. OKLAHOMA (5) 2. ILLINOIS (7) 3. MICHIGAN (2) 4. STANFORD (3) 5. CALIFORNIA 6. PENN STATE 7. OHIO STATE 8. MINNESOTA

9. NEBRASKA 10. IOWA 11. AIR FORCE 12. UIC 13. TEMPLE 14. ARMY 15. WILLIAM AND MARY

BIG THINGS FROM DALTON

The Sooners can expect to see top scores from junior Jake Dalton, one of team’s three captains. A seven-time All-American, Dalton claimed the floor and vault individual titles at the 2011 NCAA Championships. “He’s been to one of the highest levels of the sport at this point, competing at two World Championships,” said Williams. “He understands the process of preparing for competitions and he’s going to be a voice that every guy on our team needs to listen to and follow. He understands what it takes to be a champion.” The junior is also a current member of the U.S. Senior National Team and competed alongside three former OU gymnasts at the 2011 World Championships, helping Team USA take third place. Coach Mark WIlliams also selected RS-junior Troy Nitzky and senior Patrick Piscitelli as team captains. With a majority of the team being newcomers, Williams knows that his upperclassmen’s leadership will be essential to the Sooners 2012 campagin.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS

Jake Dalton leads the returning Sooners with seven All-American honors in just two seasons of competition. The Reno, Nev., native earned All-America status on floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar in 2011 and all-around, floor and vault in 2010. In addition to Dalton’s seven All-America honors, the Sooner lineup also returns junior Troy Nitzky, who earned All-American status on rings after posting a 15.200 at the 2011 NCAA Championships.

PLENTY OF NEW FACES

The Sooners are preparing to defend their No. 1 ranking with a lineup filled with newcomers. Ten of the 18 gymnasts on the OU roster are freshmen. “I feel like this team will be one that has to develop its identity to some extent because more than half of our team is new to the program,” said Williams. “They’re going to be learning along the way. We certainly have some veterans that have set a path for them. I like what I see. I think this is going to be a team that I enjoy coaching because there’s going to be a lot of learning involved with where we go from January to April.” Williams says the young Sooners are developing quickly to the collegiate level of competition and believes freshmen like Dylan Akers, Danny Beradini and Jacoby Rubin will be essential to the Sooners success in the coming season.

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The Sooners return All-Americans Troy Nitzky (left) and Jake Dalton (right), who combine for eight career All-America honors

SCHEDULE BREAKDOWN

Oklahoma will compete in 10 regular season meets before hosting the 2012 NCAA Championship at the Lloyd Noble Center, April 19-21. “I think we have a challenging competition schedule for the year,” said Williams. “The crown of the whole schedule for us is knowing that we’re hosting the NCAA National Championship at the Lloyd Noble Center.” 
The 2012 season begins on the road with five consecutive weekends of away meets. OU competes in the season-opening Rocky Mountain Open in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Jan. 14, before traveling to Ohio State, Illinois, Cal and the USA Gymnastics Winter Cup in Las Vegas. 
“We start off with the Rocky Mountain Open to get us going,” said Williams. “We also have a road meet at Illinois, who will be one of the top contenders for this year’s National Championship.” OU then hosts four-straight regular season home meets in Norman, with the home opener slated against Iowa on February 25. OU will also host 2011 NCAA Champion Stanford, Michigan, Nebraska and Air Force. All of the Sooners’ regular-season home meets will take place at the Howard McCasland Field House with the exception of the Michigan meet, which will be held at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners close out their regular season with a trip to Minnesota followed by the MPSF Conference Meet in Colorado Springs, Colo., on April 7. OU’s Lloyd Noble Center will host the NCAA Championship for the third time in the past 10 years. The Sooners are undefeated in past National Championships held in Norman, claiming first place in 2002 and 2006. “Historically, we haven’t lost an NCAA Championship at home yet,” added Williams. “It’s always nice to be able to stay in your home facility and have your crowd behind you. It’s our intention to be peaking as we get to the championship and see if we can win the program’s ninth national title.”

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OPPONENT INFORMATION 2012 SCHEDULE DATE Jan. 14 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Feb. 2-4 Feb. 12 Feb. 25 March 3 March 10 March 17 March 24 April 7 April 19 April 20 April 21

OPPONENT Rocky Mountain Open Ohio State Illinois & Michigan Winter Cup California & Stanford IOWA STANFORD MICHIGAN AIR FORCE & NEBRASKA Minnesota & Ohio State MPSF Championships NCAA QUALIFIER NCAA TEAM FINALS NCAA EVENT FINALS

LOCATION TIME (CT) Colorado Springs, Colo. 6:00 p.m. Columbus, Ohio 7:00 p.m. Champaign, Ill. 7:00 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev. All Day Berkeley, Calif. 11:00 a.m. NORMAN 7:00 p.m. NORMAN 7:00 p.m. NORMAN 7:00 p.m. NORMAN 7:00 p.m. Minneapolis, Minn. 7:00 p.m. Colorado Springs, Colo. 6:00 p.m. NORMAN All Day NORMAN 7:00 p.m. NORMAN 7:00 p.m.

AIR FORCE Location.....................................................USAF Academy, Colo. Nickname........................................................................Falcons Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue......................................................Cadet West Gym Head Coach...................................Kip Simons (Seventh Season) Alma Mater, Year.............................................. Ohio State, 1994 Preseason Ranking................................................................. 11 2011 Record......................................................................11-18 Conference Finish..................................................................5th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU...................... Jan. 14 (Rocky Mountain Open) ....................................................................March 17 (Norman)

CALIFORNIA Location.............................................................. Berkeley, Calif. Nickname.................................................... Golden Bears/Bears Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue.......................................................... Haas Pavilion Head Coach...................................Tim McNeill (Second Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................California, 2008 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 5 2011 Record..........................................................................7-9 Conference Finish.................................................................. 3rd NCAA Championships Finish..................................................4th Meets against OU........................................... Feb. 12 (Berkeley)

ILLINOIS Location.................................................Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Nickname.............................................................. Fighting Illini Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue..................................................................Huff Hall Head Coach................................. Justin Spring (Second Season) Alma Mater, Year.................................................... Illinois, 2006 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 2 2011 Record........................................................................25-7 Conference Finish...................................................................1st NCAA Championships Finish.................................................. 3rd Meets against OU.......................................Jan. 28 (Champaign)

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IOWA

NEBRASKA

Location..............................................................Iowa City, Iowa Nickname....................................................................Hawkeyes Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue................Field House Main Floor and Carver Arena Head Coach.......................................J.D. Reive (Second Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Nebraska, 2000 Preseason Ranking................................................................. 10 2011 Record........................................................................4-18 Conference Finish..................................................................6th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU.................................................Feb. 25 (Iowa)

Location.................................................................Lincoln, Neb. Nickname.................................................. Cornhuskers/Huskers Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue.....................................Bob Devaney Sports Center Head Coach.................................Chuck Chmelka (Third Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Nebraska, 1982 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 9 2011 Record..........................................................................5-8 Conference Finish..................................................................4th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU...................... Jan. 14 (Rocky Mountain Open) ....................................................................March 17 (Norman)

MICHIGAN

OHIO STATE

Location........................................................... Ann Arbor, Mich. Nickname..................................................................Wolverines Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue...................................................... Cliff Keen Arena Head Coach........................................Kurt Golder (16th season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Michigan, 1977 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 3 2011 Record......................................................................16-11 Conference Finish................................................................. 2nd NCAA Championships Finish..................................................5th Meets against OU................................. Jan. 28 (Champaign, Ill.) ....................................................................March 10 (Norman)

Location.............................................................Columbus, Ohio Nickname.....................................................................Buckeyes Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue.........................................................St. John Arena Head Coach............................... Rustam Sharipov (First Season) Alma Mater, Year.........................................Kharkov State, 1997 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 7 2011 Record......................................................................14-11 Conference Finish.................................................................. 3rd NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU......................................... Jan. 21 (Columbus) ..................................................March 24 (Minneapolis, Minn.)

MINNESOTA

STANFORD

Location.......................................................Minneapolis, Minn. Nickname.......................................................... Golden Gophers Conference....................................................................... Big 10 Home Venue........................................................Sports Pavilion Head Coach..................................... Mike Burns (Eighth Season) Alma Mater, Year..............................................Penn State, 1981 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 8 2011 Record......................................................................11-13 Conference Finish..................................................................5th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU..................................March 24 (Minneapolis)

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Location..............................................................Palo Alto, Calif. Nickname...................................................................... Cardinal Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue..........................Ford Center and Burnham Pavilion Head Coach................................... Thom Glielmi (Ninth Season) Alma Mater, Year.................................................... Illinois, 1988 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 4 2011 Record........................................................................19-3 Conference Finish...................................................................1st NCAA Championships Finish...................................................1st Meets against OU..................................Feb. 12 (Berkeley, Calif.) ......................................................................March 3 (Norman)

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GYMNASTICS SCORING 101 OVERVIEW OF SCORING SYSTEM

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Prior to the 2008 season, judging men’s gymnastics was based on the 10.0 system. Every routine that you saw had the highest possible score of a 10.0 if it was performed without any deductions and had the highest possible difficulty allowed. Men’s collegiate gymnastics then adopted the FIG (Federation of International Gymnastics) Scoring System of an open-ended Code of Points. Now, when watching USA and college gymnastics, you will see scores like 15.3, 14.8, 13.9 and so on.

The floor exercise is an event where the gymnast performs multiple tumbling skills in a row and flips forward, backwards and sideways to achieve three of the special requirements. The fourth requirement is a non-acrobatic skill like a press handstand or circles on the floor. The fifth requirement is the gymnast’s dismount. Look for double flipping and double twisting skills that grab your attention.

Men’s college gymnastics is judged using three components: First, the gymnast performs his 10 best or hardest skills. These 10 skills each have value parts ranging from A,B,C,D,E,& F. “A” value corresponds to 0.1 points, “B” to 0.2 points, and so on to an “F” that is worth 0.6 points. The gymnast is free to have as much difficulty as he can do in those 10 skills. Second, of those 10 skills, the gymnast performs five that must be used to fulfill the five special requirements on each event. Every time a requirement is fulfilled, the gymnast is awarded 0.5 points. The gymnast receives a maximum of 2.5 points for all five requirements on each event. Third, every gymnast is given 10 points for the execution of the event. If the gymnast falls down or breaks form, the judge takes away points from this total. After the routine is finished the judges go through the following process: First, they add up the difficulty of the 10 highest skills (max unlimited). Next, they add up the special requirements (max 2.5). Then they add 10 points for execution and make any necessary deductions. This gives them a final score. In the old scoring system, if the gymnast performed a perfect routine it would look like this: 3.5 for difficulty + 2.5 for special requirements + 4.0 for execution with no deductions = 10.0 With the current scoring system, it looks like: 3.5 difficulty + 2.5 for special requirements + 10.0 for execution with no deductions = 16.0 (The difficulty of 3.5 can be more or less depending on the gymnast’s capability).

POMMEL HORSE Pommel horse is one of the hardest events in gymnastics, requiring strength, balance and flexibility. The gymnast continuously does circles, flairs or scissors while performing requirements and finishes with a dismount.

STILL RINGS Pound for pound, rings is one of the hardest events in sport. The gymnast performs strength moves like the “Iron Cross” which requires him to hold up to nine times his own body weight. The requirements on rings include holding strength moves, swinging to strength moves, swing skills, kip skills and a dismount.

VAULT Vault is the most explosive event in gymnastics. The gymnast has a choice of three styles of vaults that include a handspring, roundoff or roundoff onto the board. Like diving, vaults are given ratings based on their difficulty. The harder the vault, the higher the rating the vault receives.

PARALLEL BARS Parallel bars is one of the most versatile events in gymnastics. The gymnast must perform skills in support, upper arm support, skills from hanging, basket skills where the gymnast loops around the p-bars and must finish with a dismount. Look for unique twists and flips where the gymnasts earn their difficulty points.

HIGH BAR High bar is the most exciting event to watch in gymnastics. It requires the gymnast to swing on the bar, then let go of it and catch again. Other requirements include straddle skills, El-grip skills, long hang skills and a dismount. Watch for high flying release moves that remind you of an X-Games style competition.

Special Note: Not all events are necessarily equal now. You will tend to see higher scores on vault and rings and lower scores on pommel horse and parallel bars. Examples: • A good pommel horse score ranges from 14.5-15.3 • A good rings score ranges from 15.5-16.3. • A good vault score ranges from 15.8-16.4.

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Five National Championships Nine Conference Championships

Five-Time National Coach of the Year Eight-Time MPSF Coach of the Year

With three NCAA Championships already in the books, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program was no stranger to success prior to head coach Mark Williams’ arrival. However, Williams has established OU as the nation’s elite program with five national titles in the last 10 years, claiming crowns in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 and most recently in 2008. Williams was named the head coach at Oklahoma in 2000 and has positioned the program as a national contender every year with an overall mark of 270-25 (.915) in 12 seasons. In addition to the five national titles, the Sooners have recorded three national runner-up finishes under Williams and other gaudy numbers that include 19 individual national champions, 114 All-America honors, nine conference team championships, 32 individual conference titles and three Nissen Emery Award winners (Steven Legendre in 2011, Jonathan Horton in 2008 and Daniel Furney in 2003), presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast.

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Williams is coming off of yet another strong season, leading the Sooners to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Williams’ 2011 squad boasted12 All-Americans and three individual NCAA title winners with Alex Naddour winning pommel horse and Jake Dalton claiming vault and floor. In October 2011, Williams served as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. The United States’ bronze medal showing guaranteed it a berth in the team portion of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. It also marked the first time in eight years and fourth time overall that the U.S. squad won a team medal at the World Championships.

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HEAD COACH MARK WILLIAMS Current OU junior Jake Dalton and OU letterwinners Steven Legendre, Jonathan Horton and Alex Naddour were featured in the United States’ six-man World Championship lineup. OU letterwinner Chris Brooks was the team’s one alternate. Oklahoma finished the 2010 season as the MPSF Conference Champions and third place finishers at the NCAA National Championships. Steven Legendre took one step closer to breaking Jonathan Horton’s OU program record six national titles by capturing one more individual National Championship on floor. Freshman Alex Naddour claimed the pommel national title, while the Sooners claimed 11 more All-American honors. A year later, half of Team USA at the 2010 World Championships was again represented by the Sooner program. Current OU Steven Legendre and former Sooner Jonathan Horton and Chris Brooks competed in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Horton won the bronze medal in the all-around, while Brooks and Legendre finish in the top eight in high bar and floor, respectively. In 2009, Legendre won national titles in the all-around, floor exercise and vault. The Sooners finished third and for the second year in a row claimed 11 All-America honors. Oklahoma would also represent half of the USA men’s gymnastics’ team that would compete at the 2009 World Championships. The two of the three Sooners would make the event finals on floor (Legendre) and high bar (Horton). The 2008 Sooners won the eighth national title in the program’s history while Horton won an individual national title on still rings and Legendre won national titles on floor exercise and vault. In addition to Horton and Legendre who combined for six All-America honors, OU posted the second highest total All-America honors in the nation with 11. In 2008, Horton won the silver medal in the men’s high bar finals at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. It was the second medal for Horton, as he help guide the U.S. Gymnastics Team to a bronze medal. Following the 2008 and 2005 seasons, the Oklahoma team traveled to Washington D.C. and was honored at the nation’s capital on the White House South Lawn at NCAA Champion’s Day. After being recognized at a reception held by Oklahoma’s senators, the Sooners received a private tour of the Capitol from Oklahoma senator Tom Cole. Within the next six years, Williams would add to his international resume by being the 2006 World Championship head coach, 2007 World Championship assistant coach and a personal coach at the 2009 and 2010 World Championships. In 2004, Williams was again on the world scene, where he helped guide Guard Young, then an OU assistant coach, to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Young had been coached by Williams since he was 11 years old and, at the age of 27, Young achieved his goal of competing for the U.S. at the Olympics with Williams at his side. Not only did Young compete in the games, but his performance helped the team earn silver, the first team medal for the U.S. since 1984. “Mark is not only a good coach but a good friend,” said Young. “He was able to take a young boy who could not even do the splits and make him into an Olympic silver medalist. One of Mark’s strengths as a coach is his ability to unite a team. His dedication to the team is something I respect and aspire toward.” In his 29 years as a professional gymnastics coach, Williams has guided gymnasts to the Olympic, World Championship, Pan American Games and University Games teams. He has also coached numerous senior and junior U.S. national team members.

Williams’ success doesn’t stop at the NCAA level. He has earned the respect of the gymnastics nation by coaching at every level of the sport, from beginners to Olympians. Although Williams has returned gymnastics at OU to the top of the sport, another one of his primary goals as head coach was to revitalize OU’s presence on the international gymnastics scene. With Horton at the 2008 Olympic Games and Young at the 2004 Athens Games, Williams has achieved just that. Outside of coaching on the collegiate level, Williams was on the international scene at the 2008 Summer Beijing Olympics when Horton was selected to represent his country. Horton did his part in leading the underdog U.S. team to a bronze medal, while collecting a individual silver medal on the high bar. Williams’ vast experience has been recognized at the highest levels of the sport, one of the most notable was when he was asked to serve as the assistant coach for Team USA at the 1996 Olympic Games. In July of 1999, Williams was head coach of the USA’s Pan American Games Team which claimed the silver medal. He coached at both the 1994 and 1995 World Championships, as well as the 1987 Junior International, 1991-92 DTB Cups, 1991 World University Games and 2000 International Team Cup. Williams was also named to the Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame in 2009. As a gymnast, assistant coach or head coach, Williams has been a part of eight NCAA Championship teams. A high school standout from La Grange Park, Ill., he went on to compete at Nebraska (1977-1980). He received All-America honors on the high bar (1978) in addition to the two national championship titles he earned with his team (1979, 1980). He then helped the Cornhuskers to another title in 1981 as a graduate assistant coach. Ten years later, Williams was on the coaching staff that produced OU’s third National Championship in 1991. “My stint as a collegiate athlete was one of the best times in my life,” Williams said. “The excitement of being part of a great team is indescribable. There are very few opportunities for gymnasts to feel that unity outside a university setting. I’ve coached hundreds of athletes in my career and not one has ever come to me with any regrets about choosing college gymnastics. I’ve been a coach at all levels and all have their benefits, but to me, the combination of athletics and education, plus the support and camaraderie of a team, make NCAA gymnastics something special.” Williams graduated from Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/English and completed his master’s degree in journalism at OU with a 4.0. Williams was married to his wife, Susan, in May of 1998. The couple welcomed their first child, son Cooper, in 2007.

“As a college coach, NCAA competition will always be my first priority,” Williams said, “but I also want to encourage those guys who come into the program with aspirations to make the U.S. national team. As a coach, I am committed to making USA Gymnastics training and competition opportunities available to every athlete on my team who wants to compete on a national and international level.” In addition to his coaching prowess, Williams is a nationally and internationally certified judge. He served as the vice president for the U.S. Men’s Elite Coaches Association, as a member of the Men’s Program Committee for USA Gymnastics (USAG) and on the USAG Board of Directors. Williams was a member of the 2000 Olympic Selection Committee. He also served as a personal coach on the U.S. team at the 2001, 2002 World Championships and the Chinichi Cup.

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Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL

Record 15-4 24-2 28-1 26-0 24-4 21-2 31-0 26-4 28-1 23-3 24-4 24-2 294-27

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WILLIAMS CAREER NOTES 2011 • Record: 24-2; NCAA Finish: Second; Individual National Champions: Dalton (FX, V), Naddour (PH); All-Americans: 12; Conference Finish: Second; Conference Champions: Dalton (AA, FX, V, PB), Legendre (FX), Naddour (PH).

2005 • Record: 21-2; NCAA Finish: First; Individual National Champions: David Henderson (SR); All-Americans: 13; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: David Henderson (V), Jamie Henderson (PH), Horton (AA, SR).

• Steven Legendre is crowned with the Nissen Emery Award and is the seventh Sooner to receive the award.

2004 • Record: 24-4; NCAA Finish: Second; All-Americans: Eight; Conference Finish: Second; Conference Champions: Gore (PB), Rowell (HB).

2010 • Record 24-4; NCAA Finish: Third; Individual National Champions: Legendre (FX), Naddour (PH); All-Americans 11; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Jackson (V), Legendre (FX). 2009 • Record: 23-3; NCAA Finish: Third; Individual National Champions: Legendre (AA, FX, V); All-Americans: 11; Conference Finish: Second; Conference Champions: Legendre (V). 2008 • Record: 28-1; NCAA Finish: First; Individual National Champions: Legendre (FX, V), Horton (SR); All-Americans: 11; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Horton (AA, SR), Legendre (FX). • Sooners win eighth title and Horton becomes the program’s sixth NissenEmery Award winner. 2007 • Record: 26-4; NCAA Finish: Second; Individual National Champions: Abdullah-Simmons (AA), Horton (FX, HB); All-Americans: 11; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Horton: (AA, FX, SR, HB). 2006 • Record: 31-0; NCAA Finish: First; Individual National Champions: Horton (AA, FX, SR); All-Americans: 14; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Horton (FX, SR), Brooks (HB). • The Sooners win their second consecutive title and fourth in five years.

Education • B.S. Secondary Education/English (Nebraska, 1980) • M.A. Journalism/Professional Writing (Oklahoma, 1991) Coaching Experience • Head Coach, Oklahoma (2000-present) • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (1988-99) • High School Coach (1982-88) Career Coaching Highlights • 2011 World Championship Assistant Team Coach • 2010 World Championship Personal Coach • 2009 World Championship Personal Coach • 2008 U.S. Olympic Personal Coach • 2008 NCAA National Champions • 2008 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2008 National Coach of the Year • 2007 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2006 U.S. World Championships Head Coach • 2006 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year • 2006 NCAA National Champions • 2006 National Coach of the Year • 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2005 NCAA National Champions • 2005 National Coach of the Year • 2005 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2004 U.S. Olympic Personal Coach • 2003 NCAA National Champions • 2003 National Coach of the Year • 2003 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2003 World Championship Personal Coach • 2002 World Championship Personal Coach • 2002 NCAA National Champions • 2002 National Coach of the Year • 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2001 MPSF Coach of the Year • 2001 West Region NCAA Coach of the Year • 2001 World Championship Personal Coach • 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year • 1999 Pan American Games Head Coach • 1996 Assistant Olympic Coach • 1995 Assistant World Championship Coach • 1994 World Championship Personal Coach • 1994 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year • 1994 NCAA Assistant Coach of the Year • 11-time USA International Team Coach

• Williams reaches the 100-win plateau faster than any other coach in NCAA history after defeating then-No. 1 Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. 2003 • Record: 26-0; NCAA Finish: First; Individual National Champions: Landis (PH, FX), Furney (AA, PB); All-Americans: 11; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Furney (AA), Landis (PH), Stevens (V). • Williams makes history by becoming the first coach in NCAA history to win two national titles in his first four years as a head coach. • Daniel Furney receives the Nissen Emery Award and is the fifth Sooner to receive the award.

Coaching Accomplishments • Two Athletes on U.S. Olympic Team • Three athletes on World Championship Teams • Athlete on Pan American Games Team • Athlete on Pan American Championship Team • Athlete on World University Games Team • Nine athletes on USA Senior National Team • Eight athletes on Junior National Team • 103 NCAA All-America Athletes • 17 NCAA National Champions • Two USA Junior National All-Around Champions

2002 • Record: 28-1; NCAA Finish: First; All-Americans: Nine; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Bierker (HB), Covey (SR), Landis (PH), Stevens (FX). 2001 • Record: 24-2; NCAA Finish: Second; All-Americans: 10; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: O’Neil (FX), Van Etten (V), Covey (SR).

Gymnastics Activities • NCAA Rules Committee Chair, 2005 • NCAA Rules Committee, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - Present • NGJA Nationally Certified Judge, 1984-2001 • F.I.G. Certified Judge, 1998-2004 • USAG Men’s Program Committee Member, 1994-2000 • U.S. Men’s Elite Coaches Association Sec./Treas. & V.P., 1991-98 • USAG Board of Directors Sr. Rep, 1996-98 • Coached on seven NCAA National Championship Teams (1981, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008)

2000 • Record: 15-4; NCAA Finish: Fourth; All-Americans: Five; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Bierker (PB), Furney (PH), Rome (HB).

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Athletic Accolades (Nebraska) • NCAA Team Champion, 1979 and 1980 • All-American High Bar, 1978

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2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Three National Championships Former Olympian Guard Young was named assistant coach of the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team on June 15, 2011. Young, a 2004 Olympic silver medalist, previously served as an assistant coach for the Sooners from 2000 to 2005. “I’m really excited to have Guard Young back and part of the program,” said OU Head Coach Williams. “He was with the University of Oklahoma previously during a five-year span as an assistant coach and made it to the 2004 Olympic games. He moved on and then coached a junior national team member in California and started his own business. “Now, we’re bringing him back. I know we can continue to win championships with him as part of the staff. He’s going to be a wonderful addition to the program.” Young brings an impressive resume to Norman. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Young was a six-time AllAmerican and two-time NCAA vault champion (1999-2000). He was also the NCAA all-around runner-up in 2000.  “This is actually my third time moving to Oklahoma,” said Young. “I moved here with my family in eighth grade and then, after college, Coach Williams brought me here to help coach while training for the Olympics. Now I’m heading back as an assistant coach. I think this is fate telling me I belong here.” During his previous tenure at OU, Young helped lead the Sooners to three NCAA National Championship titles (2002, 2003 and 2005) and he looks forward to adding on to the program’s rich tradition during his second stint. “I wouldn’t be coming back to Oklahoma if I didn’t feel it was the best program in the country and the best opportunity to help win a National Championship. That’s exactly what I plan on doing.” While coaching at OU, Young was mentored by Williams and earned his way onto the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team. In Athens, Greece, Young was the first American to compete in both team competitions at the Summer Games and helped the Americans win silver, the first team Olympic medal since 1984. Young opened the team finals with a 9.7 floor routine before posting a a strong performance on the still rings and vault.  In addition to his Olympic appearance, Young was a 10-time U.S. National Team member and competed for Team U.S.A. in the 2001, 2002 and 2003 World Championships. The American squad claimed Silver in 2001 and 2003.    After coaching at OU, Young founded Youngsters, Inc. Gymnastics Academy in Sacramento, Calif. He also directed and coached boys gymnastics at multiple gyms in the Sacramento area.   Young’s father, Wayne, was the 1976 Olympic team captain and the head coach of Brigham Young’s men’s gymnastics team from 1979-1987. Wayne Young was also Guard’s first coach during his childhood. All six of Young’s siblings were also gymnasts.

Education • B.S. Communication (Brigham Young, 2001) Coaching Experience • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2011-present) • Byers Gymnastics Center (2009-11) • Youngsters, Inc., Gymnastics Academy (2007-11) • Technique Gymnastics Academy (2005-09) • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2000-2005) Career Coaching Highlights • 2005 NCAA National Champions • 2003 NCAA National Champions • 2002 NCAA National Champions Gymnastics Accomplishments • 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist • 2003 U.S. World Championship Team Alternate • 2002 U.S. World Championship Team • 2001 World Championship Silver Medalist • 2000 NCAA Vault Champion • 1999 NCAA Vault Champion • 1996 Junior National Champion

As a junior gymnast, Young trained under Williams at the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy in Norman. Under Williams’ guidance, Young was the 1996 junior national champion and earned three junior national team berths. Williams continued to train Young when he returned to OU in preparation for international competition and the Olympic Games. Young graduated from Brigham Young University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He was recently inducted into BYU’s Hall of Fame in 2010. He and his wife, Alisha, have three children: Tyler (8), Jaxson (5) and Hadley (1).

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Captain of the Japanese National Team in the 2000 Olympic Games Japanese Olympian Norimasa Iwai (pronounced “Nor-ee-mah-sa Ee-why”) joined the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics staff in August, 2011. Iwai competed as both an individual and as the captain of the Japanese National Team in the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. “We’re very excited to have Coach Iwai as the latest addition to our staff,” said Williams. “His experience as a previous captain of the Japanese Olympic team gives him tremendous credibility and credentials coming into our program.” Iwai captained the Japanese National Team to a fourth place team finish in Sydney, Australia, at the 2000 Olympics while finishing seventh individually on the still rings. A year later, he competed for Japan at the 2001 World Championship and took home gold on the rings at the 2001 East Asia Games.

Education • Degree in Physical Education (Nihon, 2005) Coaching Experience • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2011-present) • Houston Gymnastics Academy (2007-11) • Gymnastics Network (2005-07) • Swan Gymnastics Club (2005-07)

Williams believes Iwai’s experience at the sport’s pinnacle events will provide a strong asset to his coaching staff. “Japanese gymnastics is very well respected throughout the world,” said Williams. “We expect him to bring that experience into our program, both collegiately and for our student-athletes with aspirations to compete internationally in Team USA events and even the Olympic Games.”

Career Coaching Highlights • Personal coach of Raj Bhavsar, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games

Along with his numerous accolades as a competitor, Iwai has built up experience of coaching gymnasts at the Gymnastics Network and Swan Gymnastics Club in Japan and recently at the Houston Gymnastics Academy. As a personal coach, Iwai guided United States gymnast Raj Bhavsar, who claimed a bronze medal in team competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Iwai has also been a personal coach for gymnasts in the 2007 Swiss Cup and 2010 Toyota Cup.

Gymnastics Accomplishments • 2001 East Asia Games Gold Medalist • 2001 World Championships Team Member • 2000 Captain of Japanese Olympic Team • 2000 Seventh Place on Rings at Olympic Games

Entering his first season as an assistant coach of at a university, Iwai is excited for the opportunities he’ll have with a program rooted in rich gymnastics tradition. “I’m very excited about coaching at Oklahoma,” said Iwai. “OU has a strong history of posting good results at the NCAA Championships. My job is to help our gymnasts continue to post those good results and to train future champions.” A native of Gunma, Japan, Iwai graduated with a degree in physical education from Nihon University in Tokyo. He and his wife, Akko, have two children: Mumo (8) and Jun (5).

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SUPPORT STAFF

Dr. Ted Boehm Team Primary Care Physician

Paul Buzzard Equipment Manager

Lisa Cavanaugh Meet Director

Ben Coldagelli Communications

Debbie Copp Director of Publications

Danny Davis Director of Event Management

Kelsey Hargens Assistant Director of Graphic Design

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Danny Haynor Event Management

Dr. David Holden Team Orthopedist

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Steven Legendre Volunteer Graduate Assistant

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Scott Matthews Director of Graphic Design

Ben Mayer Team Manager

Brandon Meier Assistant A.D. for Broadcast/Soonervision

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•••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••• UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT | 18th Year at OU David L. Boren, who has served Oklahoma as governor and U.S. senator, became the thirteenth president of the University of Oklahoma in November 1994. He is the first person in state history to have served in all three positions. Boren is widely respected for his academic credentials, his longtime support of education, and for his distinguished political career as a reformer of the American political system. A graduate of Yale University in 1963, Boren majored in American history, graduated in the top one percent of his class and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a master’s degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, England, in 1965. In 1968, he received a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he was on the Law Review, elected to the Order of the Coif, and won the Bledsoe Prize as the outstanding graduate by a vote of the faculty. As Oklahoma’s governor from 1974 through 1978, Boren promoted key educational initiatives that have had an enduring impact on Oklahoma. Established during his tenure were the Oklahoma Arts Institute, the Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program, and the Oklahoma Physicians Manpower Training Program, which provides scholarships for medical students and medical personnel who commit to practice in underserved rural areas. Also, the first state funding for Gifted and Talented classes was provided in 1976 and, from 1976 through 1978, Oklahoma ranked first among all states in the percentage increases of funding for higher education. One of Boren’s most far-reaching projects in promoting quality education at all levels is the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, which he founded in 1985. The foundation recognizes outstanding public school students and teachers and helps establish private local foundations to help give academic endowment grants to local public schools. As a senator, he was the author of the National Security Education Act in 1992, which provides scholarships for study abroad and for learning additional languages, as well as legislation to restore the tax deductibility of gifts of appreciated property to universities in 1993. Boren, also a former state legislator, spent nearly three decades in elective politics before becoming the president of the University of Oklahoma. Boren was the youngest governor in the nation when he served from 1974 to 1978. Known as a reformer, Boren campaigned with a broom as his symbol. During his term, he instituted many progressive programs, including conflict-of-interest rules, campaign-financing disclosure, stronger open meeting laws for public bodies, more competitive bidding on state government contracts, and reform of the state’s prison system, including expanded education programs for first-time offenders and the largest expansion of the work-release program in state history. During his time in the U.S. Senate from 1979 to 1994, Boren served on the Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees and was the longest-serving chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. From his days as a state legislator and governor of Oklahoma to Washington, Boren carried a commitment to reform, leading numerous ef

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forts to make government work better for American citizens. As chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he strengthened oversight of secret government programs and reformed the procedures for Presidential notice of such programs to Congress. For more than 10 years, he led the fight for congressional campaign finance reform and for legislation discouraging administration and congressional staff from cashing in on government experience and contacts by becoming lobbyists. In addition, he introduced legislation seeking to limit gifts and travel subsidies that government workers, including members of Congress, can receive from lobbyists. Boren also chaired the special 1992-93 Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress, which produced proposals to make Congress more efficient and responsive by streamlining congressional bureaucracy, reducing staff sizes and reforming procedures to end legislative gridlock. Boren left the U.S. Senate in 1994 with an approval rating of 9l percent after being reelected with 83 percent of the vote in 1990, the highest percentage in the nation in a U.S. Senate contest in that election year. Boren served from 1988 to 1997 as a member of the Yale University Board of Trustees. His university experience also includes four years on the faculty of Oklahoma Baptist University, where he was chairman of the Department of Political Science and chairman of the Division of Social Sciences. In 1993, the American Association of University Professors presented Boren with the Henry Yost Award as Education Advocate of the Year. In April 2004, Boren received the Mory’s Cup from the Mory’s Association at Yale University. In making the presentation to Boren it was noted that he was the first Yale graduate in the university’s history extending over three centuries to have served as a Governor, U.S. Senator and President of a major university. Under Boren’s leadership, the University of Oklahoma has developed and emerged as a “pacesetter university in American public higher education,” with 20 major new programs initiated since his inauguration. They include establishment of the Honors College, the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, a new expository writing program for freshmen modeled on the program at Harvard, an interdisciplinary religious studies program, the Artist-in-Residence Program, the International Programs Center, and the Faculty-in-Residence Program putting faculty family apartments in student residence halls. The Retired Professors Program has been started, bringing 50 retired full professors back to the University to teach freshmen. The number of new facilities started or completed on the campus during the Boren years has matched the explosion in new programs. Since 1994, almost $1 billion in construction projects have been completed or are under way on OU’s three campuses. Season Outlook

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ADMINISTRATION The number of new facilities started or completed on the campus during the Boren years has matched the explosion in new programs. Since 1994, almost $1 billion in construction projects have been completed or are under way on OU’s three campuses. Among the largest of the recent projects are the $18.7 million renovation and expansion of historic Holmberg Hall, home of music and dance programs; the $67 million National Weather Center; the $19 million addition to the Michael F. Price College of Business; the $17 million Gaylord Hall for journalism and mass communication; the $27 million Stephenson Research and Technology Center; and the $83.5 million stadium project. The Health Sciences Center has a new Student Union, and the new $24 million Stanton L. Young Biomedical Research Center. Presidential Travel Scholarships, students from 111 countries on campus, more reciprocal international exchange agreements than any other university and the new International Programs Center are all making OU more international. The new Honors College helps to assure that no students need to leave Oklahoma to find an educational experience to match their potential. In 1995, Boren launched the “Reach for Excellence” fundraising campaign with a five-year goal of $200 million, which was twice as large as any fundraising drive in Oklahoma history. The drive exceeded $500 million, raising OU into the top 15 public universities in the

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United States in private endowment per capita. Since 1994, endowed professorships have increased from 100 to 560 and the OU donor base has grown from 18,000 to more than 125,000 friends and alumni. During the first 10 years of Boren’s tenure over $1 billion in private gifts were donated to the university. Above all, the Boren years have been marked by an emphasis on putting students first. There is not a university president in the country that is more committed to students as his number one priority. He teaches a freshman-level course in political science each semester and is one of the few presidents of major universities to teach. Boren is married to Molly Shi Boren, a former judge and English teacher. Mrs. Boren is President Emeritus of the Oklahoma Arts Institute, which provides education programs in nine arts disciplines for high school students from across the state who are gifted in the arts. Molly Boren has two degrees from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree in English and a Juris Doctorate from the OU College of Law. A native of Seminole, Boren has two children, Carrie Christine Boren, an Episcopal minister, and David Daniel Boren, who has served as a member of the United States Congress from Oklahoma. Devoting much of his life to public service, Boren drew from the example of his parents, the late Congressman Lyle H. Boren and Christine Boren.

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DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS | 15th Year at OU Renaissance – A rebirth or renewal The word “renaissance” has often been used to describe the University of Oklahoma since the arrival of David L. Boren as its 13th president. It’s no coincidence then that the same term could be used to describe the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and its leader, Joe Castiglione. Just as Boren has transformed the university community that the department is an integral part of, Castiglione, with the support of Boren and OU’s Board of Regents, has done the same thing with the athletics department, easily one of the most recognized representatives of the state’s flagship for higher education. A department with a long tradition of excellence, there are some who would argue that the past 13 years represent the best of the best. With seven national championships and 44 conference titles produced in his tenure, it would be hard to dispute that. A place where competitive dreams come true and academic goals are the expectations, not the exceptions, has been created at OU. Through his leadership and the support of the University’s administration, there is a department-wide commitment, involving student-athletes, coaches and staff, to that standard. The 11th director of athletics at OU, Castiglione arrived on the Sooner campus in 1998 and what he found was nothing like what you would see today. He made some big changes, some big and, in the process, created a team of administrators, coaches and support staff who have built a climate that pursues ambitious, if not, lofty goals, high standards and a commitment to ethical behavior that is second to none. The emphasis has been and will always be on OU’s nearly 600 student-athletes who have flourished in the atmosphere, creating new levels of excellence in competition and in the classroom only to raise the bar in succeeding years. Their performances enhance the belief shared by Castiglione, the department’s staff and the university family that the best is yet to come. Proof of the overall excellence of the program can be demonstrated by the annual Learfield Director’s Cup rankings. The Sooners broke into the top 10 for the first time in school history at the conclusion of the 2010-11 academic year. That performance came after the department finished in the top 30 in 10 of the previous 12 years, a sustained pattern of excellence not seen before in the history of one of the nation’s premier intercollegiate athletics departments. For Castiglione, though, it’s not just about the championships and trophies. The victories that he celebrates with his Sooners include graduation rates that continue to climb, record-setting grade point averages and academic honors. The true measure of achievement for Castiglione and, by extension, the department’s coaches and staff, is measured in the success of the student-athletes in relation to the department’s mission statement “Inspiring champions today … Preparing leaders for tomorrow” Since arriving at OU in 1998 after an outstanding administrative career at Missouri, Castiglione has insisted that daily and long-term decisions be made in a financially responsible manner. The result of that commitment has helped the department close the

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books in the black in each of the last 13 years, making it one of the few Division I programs which remain totally self-sustaining. His understanding of how the department fits into the University’s academic mission led to a decision in June 2009 to increase the direct support provided by the department on an annual basis to $4 million dollars. Through direct and indirect support, OU Athletics, under Castiglione’s leadership, provides more than $7 million annually to OU’s Academics Budget. Facility improvement and construction has been carried out at a record pace and Castiglione takes pride to point out that those improvements have all been paid for with private money. Castiglione is quick to give full credit to the student-athletes and coaches, the staff, OU President David L. Boren, the OU Board of Regents, the donors and the fans for the success experienced during his tenure. It was that commitment to a team approach emphasis that was one of the many qualities that that the search committee recognized when they recommended Castiglione to university administration in 1998. In recognition of the performance of OU’s teams on the field and in the classroom, of the fiscal stability created during his tenure, the dramatic increases in donor giving, facility construction and renovations, and the cutting-edge programs that the department has begun during his tenure, Castiglione was named National Athletic Director of the Year in May 2009 by the Sports Business Journal. That award was one of several earned by Castiglione and the department. The 2007 PRISM Award winner, presented by the School of Sports Management at the University of Massachusetts, OU was just the second Division I winner and all of the programs recognized by the selection panel were started under Castiglione’s leadership with the full support of university administration. His peers have honored him for the department’s achievements as well. In October 2004, the Bobby Dodd Foundation named him Athletics Director of the Year. In 2003, he was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Hall of Fame. In June 2001, he received the General Robert R. Neyland Athletic Director Award for lifetime achievement from the All-American Football Foundation. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) named him Central Region AD of the Year in 2000. The achievement that may bring him the most pride, though, came in May 2007 when he completed a master’s of education degree from OU. To understand the need for education and lifelong learning, OU’s student-athletes just have to look at their AD who started and completed his master’s degree while running the department and maintaining his priorities to his family. He quickly put his experience to use as an adjunct professor in the College of Education, teaching graduate classes in Marketing, Development and Leadership in Higher Education. Season Outlook

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ADMINISTRATION Development and Leadership in Higher Education. Castiglione was instrumental in the athletics department’s major campaign, Great Expectations: The Campaign For Sooner Sports. The largest fund-raising effort in OU athletics history included projects that impact each of OU’s 21 sports and has become a national model for intercollegiate athletics. The campaign ended three years later with more than $125 million raised and that figure has grown to more than $330 million since then as funds continue to be raised for facility improvements, including the recently announced $75 million Sooner Student Housing Center, and scholarship endowments. Hired on April 30, 1998, Castiglione joined the Sooner family after serving as athletics director at Missouri. In his 17-year career with the Tigers, Castiglione, who was named director of athletics at Missouri on Dec. 15, 1993, was credited with rebuilding sports programs, hiring outstanding coaches, implementing an innovative master plan for facilities, inspiring record-setting increases in fund-raising and balancing the budget in each of his five years as athletics director. A 1979 Maryland graduate, Castiglione received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in April 2007. He began his career as the sports promotions director at Rice. He then worked a year as director of athletic fund-raising at Georgetown before being hired in 1981 at Missouri as director of communications and marketing. His commitment to the success of student-athletes has gone beyond the Norman campus and he has served at the national and conference level. He recently was named to the

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NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee. He chairs the NCAA’s Football Academic Progress Rate (APR) Working Group and is currently serving on the Gatorade Collegiate Advisory Board, the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the NCAA Bowl Licensing Committee. He served three terms as the chair of the Big 12 Board of Athletics Directors and is a past president of both the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association and NACDA. He served a four-year term on the NCAA Championship/Competition Cabinet and the NCAA Baseball Committee and is a past member of the NCAA Football Special Events Certification Committee. He recently served on the NCAA Diversity Leadership Strategic Planning Committee and the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Discussion Group. He is currently serving on the NCAA Working Group on Collegiate Model-Rules Committee. A former member of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation Board of Trustees, he is a highly requested speaker at annual conventions and continuing education institutes. In November 2011, he was named to the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame. His involvement in the local community has led to service with civic clubs, churches and charities, including the United Way of Norman. Castiglione recently served his third term as OU’s campus co-chair, which resulted in the highest recorded contributions ever by faculty, staff and students to the United Way of Norman’s annual campaign. A native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Castiglione is married to the former Kristen Bartel, a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri. They are the parents of two sons, Joseph Robert, Jr. and Jonathan Edmund.

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HEAD COACHES

Sunny Golloway Baseball

Martin Smith Cross Country/Track and Field

Sherri Coale Women’s Basketball

Ryan Hybl Men’s Golf

Veronique Drouin Women’s Golf

Mark Williams Men’s Gymnastics

K.J. Kindler Women’s Gymnastics

Leanne Crain Rowing

Matt Potter Soccer

Patty Gasso Softball

John Roddick Men’s Tennis

David Mullins Women’s Tennis

Santiago Restrepo Volleyball

Mark Cody Wrestling

Bob Stoops Football

Lon Kruger Men’s Basketball

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CHAD CRUMLEY Senior | 5-11 Floor, High Bar Stevenson High School | Long Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center Zoology Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Scored a 13.400 on floor in the 2010 NCAA Qualifier. • Recorded an 11.950 on high bar in the 2011 NCAA Qualifier. • Broke career high on floor at Nebraska with a score of 14.150 in 2010.

2011 (JUNIOR) • Competed in NCAA Qualifier on high bar (11.950). • Tied for fifth on floor with a score of 13.750 in win over Minnesota and Team Texas. • Finished 10th on high bar with a score of 13.300 in win over Ohio State. • Placed 15th on floor with a score of 13.500 at the Rocky Mountain Open. 2010 (SOPHOMORE) • Competed in the NCAA Qualifier, scoring a 13.400 on floor. • Scored a career-high 13.600 on high bar at Penn State. • Broke career high on floor at Nebraska with a score of 14.150. • Posted a 13.100 on floor to count in team’s event score at Iowa. 2009 (FRESHMAN) • Tied for sixth on floor (13.250) in win against Team Texas. • Posted a 13.150 in home win against Nebraska. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center. • Attended Stevenson High School in Long Grove, Ill. • Coached by his father, Kelly Crumley, and Don Osborn. • 2007 National Champions (Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center). PERSONAL

• Full name is Chad Thomas Crumley. • Born in Long Grove, Ill. • Son of Kelly and Teri Crumley. • Has a younger sister, Taylor. • Majoring in zoology.

CAREER HIGHS FLOOR................................................................14.150, March 7, 2010, at Nebraska HIGH BAR.................................................... 13.600, March 20, 2010, at Penn State

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JAKE DALTON Junior | 5-5 All-Around Spanish Springs High School | Reno, Nev. Gymnastics Nevada Human Relations Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• 2011 NCAA National Champion on floor and vault. • 2011 USA Gymnastics National Champion on floor and vault. • 2009 USA Gymnastics National Champion floor. • Current member of the U.S. Men’s National Team • Finished in third place and qualified the United States for the

2012 Olympic Games with the U.S. National Team at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. • 2011 All-American on floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar. • 2010 All-American on all-around, vault and floor. • 2011 MPSF Conference Champion on all-around, floor, vault and parallel bars. USA GYMNASTICS

2010 (FRESHMAN) • Was awarded All-American status on the all-around after posting a score of 87.050 in the team finals of the 2010 NCAA Championships. • Also earned All-America status on vault (16.100) and floor (16.55) at the NCAA Championships. • Tied for fifth on floor (15.150) and tied for third on high bar (14.700) at the 2010 MPSF Conference Championships. • Won the all-around (87.500), vault (16.250), parallel bars (14.900) and high bar (14.800) in his first collegiate competition at the Rocky Mountain Open. • Tied for first on floor (16.000) and tied for third on vault (15.950) in a win at Ohio State. • Placed in first on vault with a score of 16.150 and finished second in the all-around with a score 88.650 against Minnesota. • Claimed the all-around title at Michigan with a score 87.650. • Won the all-around (89.600), floor (15.750), rings (15.000) and vault (16.000) and parallel bars (15.050) at Iowa. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Gymnastics Nevada. • Coached by Andrew Pileggi. • Attended Spanish Springs High School in Reno, Nev. • U.S. Junior National Team member for three years. • U.S. Senior National Team member for one year. • Finished second at Junior Olympics National Championship

• Current member of the U.S. Senior National Team. • Finished in third place and helped qualify the United States for in 2008 and 2009. the 2012 Olympic Games with the U.S. National Team at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. • Won the USA Gymnastics title on floor and vault and finished in fifth in the all-around at the 2011 Visa Championships. • Took the 2011 Winter Cup title on all-around, floor, vault in Las Vegas, Nev. • Placed in second on floor at the 2010 Visa Championships. • Named the USA National Champion on vault at the 2009 Visa Championships.

2011 (SOPHOMORE) • Earned the first two NCAA titles of his career on floor (16.200) and vault (16.550) at the 2011 NCAA Championships. • Runner-up on parallel bars in the event finals of the 2011 NCAA Championships. • Earned All-American status on floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar. • Recorded a program-record 16.800 on vault at the NCAA Qualifier. • Claimed the all-around title with a career-high 90.900, while finishing first on floor (15.900), vault (16.650) and parallel bars (15.600) at the 2011 MPSF Conference Championships. • Placed first on floor (16.250) and vault (16.700) in win over Penn State and Illinois. • Won the floor (15.350) and rings (15.100) individual event titles in win at Michigan. • Claimed first on parallel bars (15.400) and tied for first on floor (16.200) at the Stanford Open. • Won the parallel bars event title in win at Nebraska with a score of 15.100. • Broke the program record on vault with a 16.550, while winning his second straight all-around title in win over Ohio State with a 90.750. • Started the season by winning the all-around title at the Rocky Mountain Open title with an 88.500.

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• Full name is Jacob William Dalton. • Born in Reno, Nev. • Son of Tim and Denise Dalton. • Has one older sister, Jessi. • Majoring in human relations.

CAREER HIGHS ALL-AROUND...............................90.900, April 2, 2011, at MPSF Championships FLOOR......................................16.250, twice, last: April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier POMMEL HORSE....................... 14.350, Jan. 16, 2010, at Rocky Mountain Open RINGS....................................................15.350, April 15, 2011, at NCAA Team Finals VAULT........................................................ 16.800, April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier PARALLEL BARS.................................. 15.650, April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier HIGH BAR....................................................... 15.350, Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Ohio State

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PRESTEN ELLSWORTH Sophomore | 5-10 All-Around Allen High School | Allen, Texas World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Criminology/Sociology Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Recorded a 14.250 on parallel bars in the 2011 NCAA Team

Finals. • Finished in 16th place on parallel bars (14.450) at the 2011 MPSF Championships. • Claimed top-10 finishes in all events and scored a 84.100 in the all-around against Ohio State in 2011. 2011 (FRESHMAN) • Earned a 14.250 on parallel bars in the 2011 NCAA Team Finals. • Placed 16th on parallel bars (14.450) at the MPSF Championships. • Finished seventh on paralell bars (14.500) in win over Penn State and Illinois. • Finished seventh on vault (15.500) and high bar (14.400) in win against Cal. • Tied for sixth on parallel bars with a score of 13.500 in win over Minnesota and Team Texas. • Finished in the top-10 on all events scoring a 84.100 in the all-around against Ohio State, setting four career highs. • Claimed sixth on vault with a score of 15.800 at the Rocky Mountain Open. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy. • Coached by Sergei Pakanich. • Attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas. • Finished seventh in the all-around at the Junior Olympics National Championship in 2009. PERSONAL

• Full name is Presten Michael Ellsworth. • Born in Allen, Texas. • Son of Mike and Cami Ellsworth. • Has a younger brother, Brady, and a younger sister, Cailee. • Majoring in criminoloy/sociology.

CAREER HIGHS ALL-AROUND.............................................. 84.100, Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Ohio State FLOOR.............................................................. 14.400, Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Ohio State POMMEL HORSE........................................ 12.850, Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Ohio State RINGS............................................................... 14.400, Jan. 22, 2011, vs. Ohio State VAULT..............................................15.800, Jan. 15, 2011, at Rocky Mountain Open PARALLEL BARS.................14.600, twice, last: April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier HIGH BAR.......................................................14.400, March 5, 2011, vs. California

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MICHAEL HEREDIA Senior | 5-11 Floor, Vault Bishop Manogue HS | Reno, Nev. Gymnastics Nevada Multidisciplinary Studies Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Earned a 14.450 on floor in the 2011 NCAA Qualifier. • Scored a season high of 14.300 on floor in win against Cal. 2011 (SOPHOMORE) • Scored a career-high 14.450 on floor in the NCAA Qualifier. • Recorded a season high of 14.300 on floor in win against Cal. • Competed in first meet as a Sooner, scoring a 12.300 on floor in win over Ohio State. PREVIOUS SCHOOL: NEBRASKA

• Transfer from the University of Nebraska. • Best finish as a Husker came against Ohio State, UIC and Air Force on Feb. 21, placing third on vault with a season-high score of 15.750. • Prior to Nebraska, spent two years at the University of Nevada. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Gymnastics Nevada. • Coached by Andrew Pileggi. • Attended Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nev. • Eight-time regional team member and four-time national qualifier.

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• Full name is Michael Fabian Heredia. • Born in Burbank, Calif. • Son of Bobby Bonnet and Angela Heredia-Bonnet. • Has one older brother, Dante. • Majoring in multidisciplinary studies.

CAREER HIGHS FLOOR....................................................... 14.450, April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier VAULT.....................................15.750, Feb. 21, 2010, vs. Ohio State, UIC & Air Force*

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TROY NITZKY RS-Junior | 5-6 Pommel Horse, Rings, Parallel Bars William Tennent HS | Philadelphia, Pa. Temple Boys Gymnastics Multidisciplinary Studies Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Awarded All-American status on rings after posting a 15.200 at the 2011 NCAA Championships. • Tied for fifth on rings with a 15.300 at the 2011 MPSF Conference Championships.

2011 (RS-SOPHOMORE) • Earned All-America honors on rings after posting a 15.200 at the 2011 NCAA Championships. • Tied for fifth on rings (15.300) at the MPSF Conference Championships. • Placed second on rings with a career-high 15.700 in win over Penn State and Illinois. • Took fifth on pommel horse (14.200) in win at Michigan. • Tied for seventh on pommel horse (14.150) against Cal. • Tied for third on rings in win at the Stanford Open with a score of 15.300. • Placed second on rings (14.900) in win at Nebraska. • Finished second on pommel horse (13.850) and first on rings (15.350) in win over Minnesota and Team Texas. • Finished fourth on pommel horse (14.050) and third on rings (15.250) in win over Ohio State. • Tied for fourth on rings with a 14.600 at the Rocky Mountain Open. 2010 (RS-FRESHMAN) • Tied for 22nd on rings with a score of 14.550 in the Team Finals of the NCAA Championships. • Tied for 10th in MPSF Championship on rings with a score of 14.450 on rings. • Posted a 14.050 to finish seventh on pommel horse in win at Ohio State. • Posted a 14.550 on rings to place sixth against Minnesota. • Recorded a 14.650 to finish fifth on rings in win against Nebraska. 2009 (FRESHMAN) • Missed the 2009 season due to injury. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Temple Boys Gymnastics. • Attended William Tennent High School in Philadelphia, Pa. • Third in all-around at Maccabiah Games. PERSONAL

• Full name is Troy Ryan Nitzky. • Born in Philadelphia, Pa. • Son of Karen Nitzky. • Has three older siblings, brother Derek and sisters Liz and

CAREER HIGHS POMMEL HORSE................14.450, twice, last: April 14, 2011, at NCAA Qualifier RINGS.............................................15.700, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois PARALLEL BARS............................................13.900, Feb. 13, 2011, at Nebraska

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PATRICK PISCITELLI Senior | 5-11 Floor, Rings, High Bar, Vault, P-Bars Charlotte Catholic HS | Charlotte, N.C. G & J Speedway Human Resources Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Tied for fifth on rings at the 2010 MPSF Championship with a 14.600. • Tied for 14th on floor (15.200) and 15th on vault (15.850) in the team finals of the 2011 NCAA Championships.

2011 (JUNIOR) • Tied for 14th on floor (15.200) and 15th on vault (15.850) in the team finals of the 2011 NCAA Championships. • Finished in a tie for eighth place on floor (15.000) at the MPSF Championships. • Took third place on vault with a career-high 16.200 in a tri meet against Penn State and Illinois. • Placed second on floor (15.100) against Cal. • Tied for third on floor (15.000) in win at Nebraska. 2010 (SOPHOMORE) • Tied for 11th on rings (14.800), tied for 24th on floor (14.850) and placed in 26th on parallel bars (14.000) in the team finals of the 2010 NCAA Championships. • Recorded a 14.600 on rings to finish in a tie for fifth at the MPSF Championships. • Placed second on rings with a 14.900 in a team win over Penn State. • Finished third on floor (15.000) and tied for second on rings (15.100) against Nebraska. 2009 (FRESHMAN) • Finished in 48th on floor (11.500) and 38th on rings (14.550) in the team finals of the 2009 NCAA Championships. • Claimed eighth place on floor at the MPSF Championships with a 15.100. • Earned second on floor (14.650) and fourth on high bar (14.400) in win at Nebraska. • Tied for second on rings (15.150) and finished third on floor (14.650) in his collegiate debut at the Rocky Mountain Open. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Attended Charlotte Catholic High School. • Twelve-time state champion in all-around. • Three-time regional champion in all-around. • 2008 North Carolina Athlete of the Year. PERSONAL

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• Full name is Patrick Anthony Piscitelli. • Born in Charlotte, N.C. • Son of Phil and Susan Piscitelli. • Has three older siblings, brothers Jon and Matt and sister

FLOOR............................................15.350, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois RINGS..............................................15.150, Jan. 10, 2009, at Rocky Mountain Open VAULT.............................................16.200, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois PARALLEL BARS..........................14.700, April 2, 2011, at MPSF Championships HIGH BAR.................................................... 14.500, March 20, 2010, at Penn State

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CHRIS STEHL Junior | 5-5 All-Around William B. Travis HS | Houston,Texas Cypress Academy Human Relations Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Claimed 18th on parallel bars (14.350) at the 2011 MPSF

Championship. • Boasted the meet’s top score on parallel bars with a 14.050 in win over Minnesota and Team Texas. 2011 (SOPHOMORE) • Scored a 14.350 on parallel bars in the NCAA Team Finals. • Placed 18th on parallel bars (14.350) at the MPSF Championship. • Finished in third on rings (14.800) in win at Michigan. • Claimed second on rings with a career high 15.500 in win against Cal. • Placed third on parallel bars (14.600) in win at Nebraska. • Posted the top score of the meet on parallel bars with a 14.050 in win of Minnesota and Team Texas. • Finished second on parallel bars with a 14.300 in win over Ohio State. • Placed eighth on parallel bars with a 14.100 at the Rocky Mountain Open. 2010 (FRESHMAN) • Competed in the NCAA Qualifier on pommel horse (13.650). • Scored a 13.650 on pommel horse in the NCAA Team Finals. • Finished fourth on pommel horse with a score of 13.650 against Nebraska. • Placed 11th on pommel horse at the Rocky Mountain Open with a score of 13.750. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Cypress Academy. • Coached by Tom Meadows. • Attended William B. Travis High School in Richmond, Texas. • Finished fourth in all-around in 2007, eighth in the all-around in 2008 and fifth in the all-around in 2009 at the J.O. Nationals. • Finished second on rings and parallel bars at the 2006 Visa Championship. PERSONAL

• Full name is Chris Michael Stehl • Born in Syosset, N.Y. CAREER HIGHS • Son of Robert and Susan Stehl. • Has an older brother, Robbie, younger brothers, Michael and ALL-AROUND.................................................85.200, Feb. 13, 2011, at Nebraska

FLOOR...................................................................14.500, Feb 19, 2011, at Stanford POMMEL HORSE........................................ 14.400, March 5, 2011, vs. California RINGS............................................................... 15.500, March 5, 2011, vs. California VAULT..................................................................14.800, Feb. 13, 2011, at Nebraska PARALLEL BARS.......................14.750, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois HIGH BAR.....................................14.400, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois

Nicholas, and a younger sister, Summer. • Majoring in human relations.

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RAYMOND WHITE Sophomore | 5-4 All-Around John B. Connally HS | Austin, Texas Crenshaw Athletic Club Linguistics Major CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Finished in eighth on pommel horse (14.050) at the 2011 MPSF Championships. • Competed in the 2011 NCAA Team Finals on floor (14.950) and pommel horse (14.000).

2011 (FRESHMAN) • Scored a 14.950 and 14.000 on floor and pommel horse, respectively in the NCAA Team Finals. • Placed eighth on pommel horse (14.050) at the MPSF Championships. • Earned fifth on floor (14.600) in win at Michigan. • Tied for fifth on vault with a 15.850 against Cal. • Placed fifth on pommel horse (14.500) in win at Stanford Open. • Took fourth on vault with a score of 15.600 in win over Ohio State. • Finished sixth on floor (14.400) and fifth on vault (15.800) at the Rocky Mountain Open. CLUB/HIGH SCHOOL

• Trained at Crenshaw Athletic Club. • Coached by Reed Crowe. • Attended John B. Connally High School in Austin, Texas. • Region Three floor champion. • Placed eighth in all-around in the Region Three Finals. PERSONAL

• Full name is Raymond Gerard White, Jr. • Born in Austin, Texas. • Son of Anita Marie White and Raymond Gerald White, Sr. • Has one sister. • Majoring in linguistics.

CAREER HIGHS FLOOR............................................15.100, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois POMMEL HORSE...........................................14.500, Feb. 19, 2011, vs. Stanford VAULT...............................................................15.880, March 5, 2011, vs. California

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NEWCOMERS

DYLAN AKERS

DANNY BERARDINI

Freshman | 5-9 All-Around Kingwood HS | Kingwood,Texas Cypress Academy Undecided Major

Freshman | 5-8 All-Around Lake Forest HS | Lake Forest, Ill. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center Accounting Major

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• Competed at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center. • Coached by Kelly Crumley, the father of OU gymnast Chad

PERSONAL • Full name is Dylan Taylor Akers. • Born in Houston, Texas. • Son of Coy and Pauline Akers. • Has an older brother, Jacob, and an older sister, Caitlin • Undecided on major.

• Full name is Daniel James Berardini. • Born in Lake Forest, Ill. • Son of Don and Terri Berardini. • Has three older brothers: Mike, Nick and Kevin. • Older brother Nick played basketball for the University of

competitions in Australia, Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico. • Claimed first place on pommel horse in the junior division of the 2009 Visa Championships. • Fifth place finisher on pommel horse at the 2010 and 2011 Visa Championships. • Competed with Jacob Dalton on Team USA at the Pan American Championships, taking first place as a team.

Crumley. • Attended Lake Forest High School in Lake Forest, Ill. • Claimed fourth place on still rings in the junior division of the 2011 Visa Championships. • Finished in fourth place on high bar, fifth place on still rings and 11th place in all-around in the junior division of the 2009 Visa Championships. • Took 11th place in all-around and fifth place on parallel bars and rings at the 2009 J.O. National Championships. PERSONAL

Missouri. • Older brother Kevin is a junior on the University of Illinois men’s basketball team. • Majoring in accounting.

WILLIAM CLEMENT

ETHAN JOSE

Freshman | 5-10 All-Around Valley Christian HS | San Jose, Calif. California Sports Center Health and Exercise Science Major

RS-Freshman | 5-7 Rings, Parallel Bars, High Bar Mission San Jose HS | Fremont, Calif. Golden Bear Gymnastics Pre-Med/Zoology Major

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• Competed at California Sports Center. • Coached by Scott Burns. • Attended Valley Christian High School in San Jose, Calif. • Participated in the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. • Region 1 team member in 2010 and 2011. • Finished in 27th place in the all-around and 11th on high bar at the 2010 Junior National Championships. PERSONAL • Full name is William Carlton Clement. • Born in Berkeley, Calif. • Son of Donna Diaz and Carl Clement. • Has an older brother, Bryan, and a younger sister, Whitney. • Majoring in health and exercise science.

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• Competed at Cypress Academy of Gymnastics. • Coached by Tom Meadows. • Attended Kingwood High School in Kingwood, Texas. • Three-time Junior National Team member. • Represented the United States in international

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• Competed at Golden Bear Gymnastics. • Coached by Vince Miller and Michael Ashe. • Attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif. • Selected to the Region 1 Team. • Finalist at the Junior Olympic National Championships on parallel bars and rings. • Six-time Junior Olympic National Championships qualifier. PERSONAL

• Full name is Ethan Warner Jose. • Born in San Leandro, Calif. • Son of Joe and Diane Jose. • Has a younger sister, Megan. • Majoring in pre-med/zoology. Season Outlook

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STANTON REHKEMPER

MICHAEL REID

RS-Freshman | 5-7 Floor, High Bar Plano Senior HS | Plano, Texas World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Health and Exercise Science Major

Freshman | 5-6 Pommel Horse Killeen HS | Killeen,Texas Crenshaws Athletic Club Mechanical Engineering Major

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• Competed at World Olympic Gymnastics Academy. • Coached by Yuri Kartsev. • Attended Plano Senior High School in Plano, Texas. • Participated in the Junior Olympic National Championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010. PERSONAL

PERSONAL

• Full name is Stanton Nicholas Rehkemper . • Born in Garland, Texas. • Son of Chris and Trina Rehkemper. • Has an older brother, Jarod, and a twin sister, Brianna. • Is an Eagle Scout. • Majoring in health and exercise science.

• Full name is Michael James Reid. • Born in Werzburg, Germany. • Son of Angela Manigault. • Majoring in mechanical engineering.

SERGEY RESNICK

ALEC ROBIN

Freshman | 5-4 Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars G.W. Carver HS | Houston, Texas Houston Gymnastics Academy Electrical Engineering Major

Freshman | 5-6 All-Around Calabasas HS | Calabasas, Calif. Victory Gymnastics Academy Pre-Dental/Zoology Major

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• Competed at Houston Gymnastics Academy. • Coached by current OU assistant Norimasa Iwai. • Attended G.W. Carver High School in Houston, Texas. • Region 3 champion in 2011. • Finished in sixth place on pommel horse and12th place on parallel bars at Nationals in 2011. PERSONAL

• Full name is Sergey Victor Resnick • Born in Houston, Texas. • Son of Hannah Bilson and Victor Resnick • Has two older brothers, Erick and Thomas. • Majoring in electrical engineering.

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• Competed at Crenshaws Athletic Club. • Coached by Eric Marburger. • Attended Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas. • Competed in the National Qualifier. • Region 3 team member.

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• Competed at Victory Gymnastics Academy. • Coached by Ru-wei Jiang. • Attended Calabasas High School in Calabasas, Calif. • Four-time qualifier for the Junior Olympics National

Championship. • Two-time qualifier for the Visa Championships. • Three-time member of the Region 1 regional team. • Nine-time member of the Southern California State Team. PERSONAL

• Full name is Alec Thomas Robin. • Born in Tarzana, Calif. • Son of Steve and Tami Robin. • Has an older brother, Max, and a younger brother, Jake. • Majoring in pre-dental/zoology and minoring in Spanish.

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JACOBY RUBIN

MICHAEL SQUIRES

Freshman | 5-3 All-Around Stevenson HS | Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center Undecided Major

Freshman | 5-2 Rings Edmond North HS | Edmond, Okla. Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics Petroleum Engineering Major

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• Competed at Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center. • Coached by Leo Krivisky. • Attended Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Ill. • Member of the U.S. Junior National Team in 2005, 2007,

2008 and 2010. • Claimed second place in all-around in the junior division of the 2010 Visa Championships. PERSONAL

• Full name is Jacoby Bennett Rubin. • Born in Chicago, Ill. • Son of Michael and Kelly Rubin. • Has an older sister, Samara, and an older brother, Hal. • Undecided on major.

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• Competed at Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics. • Coached by Josh Grelle, Brandon Cottle and Jamie

Henderson. • Region 3 Rings Champion in 2011. • Competed in the National Qualifier in 2010 and 2011. • Valedictorian (with distinction) at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla. PERSONAL

• Full name is Michael Taylor Squires. • Born in Oklahoma City, Okla. • Son of Ron and Kristen Squires. • Has a younger brother, Andrew. • Majoring in petroleum engineering.

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2011 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AND HONORS

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The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics squad saw yet another successful season under head coach Mark Williams. The Sooners went undefeated in the regular season (12-0 overall, 5-0 MPSF) before taking second place in both the MPSF Conference Championship and the NCAA Championships. Oklahoma’s flawless regular season marked the fourth time the Sooners have finished the regular season undefeated under Williams (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004). In addition to clinching their 11th-straight top-three finish at the NCAA Championships, the Sooners racked up numerous individual awards and honors, including national titles in three of the six events. Sooner standout Jake Dalton claimed a pair of NCAA titles on floor and vault. His national title on floor marks the

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sixth-straight year that an OU gymnast has claimed the top spot in the event. Dalton, now a junior, also took home four All-American honors on floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Alex Naddour added to the Sooners’ success by earning an NCAA individual title on pommel horse for his secondstraight season. He is the first Sooner in program history to repeat in the event and the first in the nation to repeat since Tim McNeil in 2007 and 2008. Graduating gymnast Steven Legendre ended his historic career at Oklahoma by being named to college gymnastics highest honor, the Nissen-Emery Award. The coveted award, considered the Heisman Trophy of men’s gymnastics, is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding college gymnast.

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2011 SEASON NOTES ANOTHER TOP-FOUR FINISH UNDER WILLIAMS

With the second-place finish in the 2011 NCAA Championships, the University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team became the only collegiate men’s gymnastics program to finish in the top four every year at the NCAA Championships since 2000, all under head coach Mark Williams. Since their fourth-place finish in 2000, the Sooners have finished no lower than third in their quest for the national title, marking 11 straight top-three finishes. YEAR..........FIRST................. SECOND............... THIRD............. FOURTH 2011...........Stanford.................OKLAHOMA............Illinois..................California 2010............. Michigan................Stanford...................OKLAHOMA.......Illinois 2009............. Stanford.................Michigan..................OKLAHOMA........California 2008............. OKLAHOMA...........Stanford...................Illinois..................Penn State 2007............. Penn State..............OKLAHOMA.......... Stanford..............Michigan 2006............. OKLAHOMA...........Illinois......................Stanford..............Penn State 2005............. OKLAHOMA...........Ohio State................Illinois..................Penn State 2004............. Penn State..............OKLAHOMA............Illinois..................Ohio State 2003............. OKLAHOMA...........Ohio State................Penn State...........Michigan 2002............. OKLAHOMA...........Ohio State................California.............Michigan 2001............. Ohio State...............OKLAHOMA............California.............Michigan 2000............. Penn State..............Michigan..................Iowa....................OKLAHOMA

UNDEFEATED REGULAR SEASON

Oklahoma finished the regular season undefeated for the fourth time under Williams. The Sooners have finished the regular season undefeated four times in the past seven years (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004). Of the Sooners 12 victories, 10 came against top-10 opponents.

12 ALL-AMERICA HONORS

The Sooners boasted 12 All-America honors in the 2011 season, the most of any school. Steven Legendre (All-Around, Floor, High Bar), Jake Dalton (Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar), Troy Nitzky (Rings), Alex Naddour (All-Around, Pommel Horse, Vault) and Bobby Shortle (Floor) were awarded the honors after placing in the top eight at the NCAA Championships. Oklahoma claims 219 All-Americans in the program’s history, 80 of which have come under Williams (since 2000).

35 INDIVIDUAL TITLES

With Jake Dalton’s national titles on floor and vault and Alex Naddour taking first on pommel horse, the Sooners now boast 35 individual NCAA titles, the fourth most of any collegiate men’s gymnastics program. 1. Illinois.........................................52 2. Penn State...................................51 3. Nebraska.....................................42 4. OKLAHOMA..........................35 5. California.....................................29 UCLA............................................28 Michigan.....................................28 8. Ohio State....................................26 9. USC..............................................24 Stanford......................................24 11. Iowa State...................................18 Michigan St.................................18 13. New Mexico.................................17 14. Southern Illinois..........................15 Minnesota...................................15

16. Iowa ...........................................12 17. Arizona State...............................10 Indiana State...............................10 19. Illinois-Chicago.............................9 Navy..............................................9 21. Florida State..................................7 22. Army.............................................6 Cal State-Los Angeles....................6 Kent State......................................6 Syracuse........................................6 *Totals include co-championships

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

The Sooners were 5-0 at the Howard McCasland Field House in 2011, scoring an average of 357.563 and defeating their opponents by a whopping average of 10.140. Oklahoma has won 19 straight meets at Howard McCasland Field House since its last home loss in 2007 to Ohio State.

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2011 SEASON NOTES

LEGENDRE EARNS GYMNASTICS’ TOP HONOR

Steven Legendre closed out his Sooner career by claiming the 2011 Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding senior collegiate gymnast. Legendre became the seventh Sooner to garner collegiate gymnastics’ top honor. OU’s seven honorees lead the nation, with Legendre’s award breaking a tie between Oklahoma and Penn State for the top spot. Previous Nissen winners from OU include Jonathan Horton (2008), Daniel Furney (2003), Todd Bishop (1999), Dan Fink (1998), Jarrod Hanks (1991) and Bart Conner (1981). A two-time team captain during his Sooner career, Legendre stands as one of the most decorated gymnast in OU program history. The 2009 NCAA all-around champion, Legendre owns Oklahoma records for career NCAA individual titles at six, a mark previously held by Olympic silver and bronze medalist Jonathan Horton. Legendre is also a 12-time All-American. In his four years in Norman, Legendre has helped lead the Sooners to the 2008 National Championship as well as three other top-three finishes. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native has helped OU win two conference titles in 2008 and 2010 during his career, while collecting four individual titles (floor, 2008; vault, 2009; floor, 2010; floor, 2011). Legendre, a U.S. Senior National Team member, has been a world finalist on floor in the last three World Gymnastics Championships.

DALTON AND LEGENDRE REWRITE RECORD BOOK

The Sooner season was filled with record breaking performances by individual gymnasts and team scores. The program record for team vault score (previously 64.650) was broken three times with a 64.900 against Penn State and Illinois, a 65.200 at the NCAA Qualifier, and a 65.350 at the MPSF Championships.

CONFERENCE DOMINANCE

After an undefeated regular season, Oklahoma lost its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship since 2009 with a second-place finish in the Cadet West Gymnasium on the campus of United States Air Force Academy. Despite falling short to Stanford, the Sooners notched their 13th-straight top-two finish at the MPFS Championships. OU has won 11 out of the last 13 MPSF Championships. Three Sooners (Alex Naddour, Jacob Dalton and Steven Legendre) added five individual MPSF conference titles to increase the program total to 37 titles. 1999.............. OKLAHOMA 2000.............. OKLAHOMA 2001.............. OKLAHOMA 2002.............. OKLAHOMA 2003.............. OKLAHOMA 2004................. California 2005.............. OKLAHOMA

2006.............. OKLAHOMA 2007.............. OKLAHOMA 2008.............. OKLAHOMA 2009.................. Stanford 2010.............. OKLAHOMA 2011.................. Stanford

UNMATCHED ON FLOOR

The Sooners were a dominating force in the floor exercise, an event that they won in every regular and post-season meet of 2011. Oklahoma’s consistent excellence in the event was led by NCAA National Champion Jake Dalton and graduating senior Steven Legendre. As a team, the Sooners won 11 event titles on floor in 2011, building off of their 10 titles in the event in 2010. Oklahoma’s lone loss on floor in 2010 came in the NCAA Team Finals to Michigan. The Sooners’ have not been topped in floor exercise during the regular season since March 7, 2009, marking 18-straight titles in the event.

The individual record on vault of 16.500, previously set by Steven Legendre in 2009, was topped twice by Legendre and five times by Jake Dalton in the 2011 season. Dalton’s 16.800 at the NCAA Team Qualifier is the current program record. On the floor exercise, Dalton and Legendre broke the old record of 16.100 (also set by Legendre in 2009) four times a piece. The record score now stands at 16.250, a total that the Sooner duo reached a combined three times this past season.

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2011 TEAM AND EVENT TITLES 2011 INDIVIDUAL EVENT TITLES Jake Dalton (25) Floor (8): Vault (6): Parallel Bars (5): All-Around (3): High Bar (2): Rings (1):

Jan. 15 Jan. 29 Feb. 19 March 12 March 19 April 2 April 14 April 16 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 March 19 April 2 April 14 April 16 Jan. 22 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 April 2 April 14 Jan. 15 Jan. 22 April 2 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 March 12

Rocky Mountain Open vs. Minnesota at Stanford & California at Michigan vs. Penn State & Illinois MPSF Championships NCAA Team Qualifier NCAA Event Finals vs. Ohio State vs. Minnesota vs. Penn State & Illinois MPSF Championships NCAA Team Qualifier NCAA Event Finals vs. Ohio State at Nebraska & UIC at Stanford & California MPSF Championships NCAA Team Qualifier Rocky Mountain Open vs. Ohio State MPSF Championships vs. Ohio State vs. Minnesota at Michigan

15.700 15.050 16.200 15.350 16.250 15.900 16.250 16.200 16.550 16.550 16.700 16.650 16.800 16.200 15.350 15.100 15.400 15.600 15.650 88.500 90.750 90.900 15.350 16.550 15.100

Jan. 22 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 March 5 April 2 April 15 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 March 5 March 12 March 19 Feb. 13 March 5 March 19 Jan. 15 Feb. 13 March 12

vs. Ohio State at Nebraska & UIC at Stanford & California vs. California MPSF Championships NCAA Team Finals at Nebraska & UIC at Stanford & California vs. California at Michigan vs. Penn State & Illinois at Nebraska & UIC vs. California vs. Penn State & Illinois Rocky Mountain Open at Nebraska & UIC at Michigan

16.250 16.200 16.200 15.950 15.900 16.200 92.200 90.400 90.400 89.250 91.250 15.000 15.650 15.350 16.400 16.700 16.050

Jan. 22 Feb. 13 March 5 March 12 April 2 April 16 Jan. 29

vs. Ohio State at Nebraska & UIC vs. California at Michigan MPSF Championships NCAA Event Finals vs. Minnesota

15.250 15.400 15.750 15.650 15.000 16.200 83.250

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at Nebraska & UIC vs. California

15.200 16.100

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Steven Legendre (17) Floor (6): All-Around (5): High Bar (3): Vault (3):

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Pommel Horse (6): All-Around (1):

Ian Jackson (2) Rings (1): Vault (1):

Troy Nitzky (1) Rings (1):

Chris Stehl (1)

Parallel Bars (1):

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Floor (11): Parallel Bars (7):

Jan. 15 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 March 5 March 12 March 19 April 2 April 14 April 15

Rocky Mountain Open vs. Ohio State vs. Minnesota at Nebraska & UIC at Stanford & California vs. California at Michigan vs. Penn State & Illinois MPSF Championships NCAA Team Qualifier NCAA Team Finals

58.600 61.850 56.750 60.600 62.100 60.450 59.100 62.850 62.050 62.800 62.900

Jan. 15 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 Feb. 13 Feb. 19 March 12 March 19

Rocky Mountain Open vs. Ohio State vs. Minnesota at Nebraska & UIC at Stanford & California at Michigan vs. Penn State & Illinois

57.400 56.400 55.150 59.500 59.000 59.450 59.150

Vault (7):

Jan. 15 Jan. 29 Feb. 13 March 12 March 19 April 2 April 14

Rocky Mountain Open vs. Minnesota at Nebraska & UIC at Michigan vs. Penn State & Illinois MPSF Championships NCAA Team Qualifier

63.750 63.700 64.500 63.100 64.900 65.350 65.200

High Bar (6):

Jan. 15 Jan. 22 Jan. 29 Feb. 13 March 5 March 19

Rocky Mountain Open vs. Ohio State vs. Minnesota at Nebraska & UIC vs. California vs. Penn State & Illinois

55.600 58.550 56.000 58.700 59.250 59.300

Pommel Horse (4):

Jan. 22 Feb. 13 March 5 March 12

vs. Ohio State at Nebraska & UIC vs. California at Michigan

57.550 57.900 59.250 58.600

Rings (4):

Jan. 15 Jan. 29 March 5 March 12

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2011 SEASON RESULTS at Rocky Mountain Open (Jan. 16, 2011). FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 58.600................53.500................57.600............... 63.800................ 57.400................55.600...............346.500 Nebraska...................................................... 54.400.................... 54.600.................... 53.600.................... 62.100.................... 54.800....................55.000.................. 334.500 Air Force....................................................... 55.000.................... 52.400.................... 53.900.................... 62.300.................... 52.700....................51.000.................. 327.300 Arizona State................................................ 52.700.................... 48.800.................... 50.600.................... 60.200.................... 50.000....................49.900.................. 312.200 Ohio State (Jan. 22, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 61.850................57.550................60.250............... 63.750................ 56.400................58.550.............. 358.350 Ohio State.................................................... 57.400.................... 54.600.................... 57.600.................... 61.700.................... 51.900.....................57.150..................340.350 Minnesota (Jan. 29, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 56.750................53.950................59.100............... 63.700................ 55.150................56.000.............. 344.650 Minnesota.................................................... 55.750.................... 54.500.................... 56.900.................... 61.800.................... 54.300....................53.500.................. 336.750 at Nebraska & UIC (Feb. 13, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.600................57.900................59.400............... 64.500................ 59.500................58.700.............. 360.600 Nebraska...................................................... 59.100.................... 57.100.................... 57.800.................... 62.700.................... 55.800....................57.200.................. 349.700 Illinois-Chicago............................................ 57.800.................... 54.600.................... 52.800.................... 60.100.................... 54.600....................52.600.................. 332.500 at Stanford (Feb. 19, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 62.100................58.100................58.900............... 63.400................ 59.000................56.000.............. 357.500 Stanford....................................................... 60.600.................... 53.600.................... 60.000.................... 64.000.................... 57.500....................56.300.................. 352.000 California...................................................... 59.900.................... 58.300.................... 56.100.................... 63.500.................... 58.500....................55.400.................. 351.700 California (March 5, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.450................59.250................60.650............... 63.300................ 57.400................59.800.............. 360.850 California...................................................... 58.550.................... 58.450.................... 59.650.................... 63.600.................... 59.100....................58.400.................. 357.750 at Michigan (March 12, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 59.100................58.600................59.350............... 63.100................ 59.450................58.150.............. 357.750 Michigan...................................................... 58.100.................... 57.300.................... 58.700.................... 62.650.................... 59.400....................59.250.................. 355.400 Penn State & Illinois (March 19, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 62.850................58.950................61.250............... 64.900................ 59.150................59.300.............. 366.400 Illinois.......................................................... 60.800.................... 59.000.................... 59.250.................... 63.550.................... 58.450....................58.050.................. 359.100 Penn State.................................................... 59.300.................... 56.850.................... 61.400.................... 63.150.................... 56.750....................59.300.................. 356.750 at MPSF Championships (April 2, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total Stanford....................................................... 61.000.................... 56.500.................... 62.100.................... 64.200.................... 58.350....................60.100.................. 362.250 OKLAHOMA........................................ 62.050................56.150................60.350............... 65.350................ 59.700................57.100.............. 360.700 California...................................................... 58.900.................... 57.900.................... 59.050.................... 62.550.................... 60.500....................57.150.................. 356.050 Nebraska...................................................... 56.800.................... 54.550.................... 56.750.................... 63.200.................... 58.200.....................57.00................... 346.500 Air Force....................................................... 57.750.................... 53.800.................... 57.550.................... 62.300.................... 57.550....................55.850.................. 344.800 at NCAA Team Qualifier (April 14, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA................................................62.800................57.500................60.400............... 65.200................ 60.500................57.100.............. 363.500 Illinois.......................................................... 59.900.................... 59.050.................... 59.400.................... 62.300.................... 60.550....................54.800.................. 356.000 Penn State.................................................... 59.150.................... 55.250.................... 62.300.................... 62.850.................... 58.650....................57.800.................. 356.000 Minnesota.................................................... 58.450.................... 53.150.................... 57.900.................... 62.850.................... 58.700....................55.800.................. 346.850 Illinois-Chicago............................................ 56.550.................... 53.600.................... 56.600.................... 60.450.................... 58.300....................54.500.................. 340.000 Air Force....................................................... 57.500.................... 52.750.................... 57.150.................... 61.650.................... 56.350....................55.300.................. 339.700 at NCAA Team Finals (April 15, 2011) FX PH SR V PB HB Total Stanford....................................................... 62.450.................... 56.500.................... 60.700.................... 64.550.................... 59.950....................59.300.................. 363.450 OKLAHOMA........................................ 62.900................57.300................60.650............... 64.000................ 59.000................57.750.............. 361.600 Illinois.......................................................... 61.050.................... 57.500.................... 60.100.................... 63.200.................... 60.000....................58.300.................. 360.150 California...................................................... 60.300.................... 58.900.................... 59.550.................... 63.000.................... 58.750....................58.200.................. 358.700 Michigan...................................................... 60.550.................... 56.100.................... 59.700.................... 63.500.................... 58.500....................57.850.................. 356.200 Penn State.................................................... 59.350.................... 56.400.................... 61.700.................... 62.150.................... 57.900....................58.200.................. 355.700

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Team Score Floor Pommel Horse Rings Vault Parallel Bars High Bar Margin of Victory Margin of Defeat

High 366.400 vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) 62.900 at NCAA Team Finals (4/15) 58.950 vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) 61.250 vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) 65.350 at MPSF Championships (4/2) 60.500 at NCAA Team Qualifier (4/14) 59.800 vs. California (3/5) 28.100 over UIC at Nebraska & UIC (2/13) 1.850 to Stanford at NCAA Team Finals (4/15)

INDIVIDUAL HIGHS

All-Around 92.200 Steven Legendre 91.250 Steven Legendre 90.900 Jake Dalton 90.750 Jake Dalton 90.400 Alex Naddour Steven Legendre 90.000 Alex Naddour Floor Exercise 16.250 Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Steven Legendre 16.200 Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Steven Legendre

at Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago (2/13) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) at MPSF Championships (4/2) vs. Ohio State (1/22) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) vs. California (3/5) at MPSF Championships (4/2)

at NCAA Team Qualifier (4/4) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) vs. Ohio State (1/22) at NCAA Event Finals (4/16) at NCAA Team Finals (4/15) at Stanford & California (2/19) at Stanford & California (2/19) at Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago (2/13)

Pommel Horse 15.750 Alex Naddour 15.650 Alex Naddour 15.550 Alex Naddour Alex Naddour 15.400 Alex Naddour

vs. California (3/5) at Michigan (3/12) at NCAA Event Finals (4/16) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) at Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago (2/13)

Still Rings 15.700 Troy Nitzky 15.500 Chris Stehl 15.450 Troy Nitzky 15.400 Steven Legendre 15.350 Jake Dalton Troy Nitzky

vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) vs. California (3/5) at NCAA Team Qualifier (4/14) vs. Ohio State (1/22) at NCAA Team Finals (4/15) vs. Minnesota (1/29)

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Low 344.650 vs. Minnesota (1/29) 56.750 vs. Minnesota (1/29) 53.500 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/16) 57.600 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/16) 63.100 at Michigan (3/12) 55.150 vs. Minnesota (1/29) 55.600 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/16) 2.350 over Michigan (3/12) 1.550 to Stanford at MPSF Championships (4/2)

Vault 16.800 16.700 16.650 16.550

Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Jake Dalton

at NCAA Team Qualifier (4/14) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) vs. Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago (2/13) at MPSF Championships (4/2) at NCAA Event Finals (4/16) at MPSF Championships (4/2) vs. Minnesota (1/29) vs. Ohio State (1/22)

Parallel Bars 15.650 Jake Dalton 15.600 Jake Dalton 15.400 Jake Dalton 15.350 Jake Dalton 15.300 Jake Dalton Jake Dalton

at NCAA Team Qualifier (4/14) at MPSF Championships at Stanford & California (2/19) vs. Ohio State (1/22) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) at Michigan (3/12)

High Bar 15.650 Steven Legendre 15.350 Steven Legendre Jake Dalton 15.300 Alex Naddour 15.050 Jake Dalton 15.000 Steven Legendre

vs. California (3/5) vs. Penn State & Illinois (3/19) vs. Ohio State (1/22) vs. California (3/5) at NCAA Event Finals (4/16) at Nebraska & Illinois-Chicago (2/13)

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS Jan. 15 ● Cadet West Gymnasium ● Colorado Springs, Colo.

346.500 334.500 327.300 ARIZONA STATE 311.600

OKLAHOMA NEBRASKA AIR FORCE

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sophomore Jacob Dalton claimed the fourth all-around title of his career with a score of 88.500, as the No. 3 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team won its 12th straight Rocky Mountain Open title, Saturday, Jan. 15. OU (346.500) opened the 2011 season with wins over No. 9 Nebraska (334.500), No. 13 Air Force (327.300) and Arizona State (311.600). A team comprised of athletes from the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs scored a 350.750 but was ineligible for awards in the collegiate division. “We did not have our full team for this meet, so we did what I expected us to do,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “We got through without any major setbacks or any injuries to the team and that is good but we have a lot of work to do from here on out.” The Sooners claimed five of the six team event titles on the night with wins on floor (57.300), rings (57.600), vault (63.800), parallel bars (57.400) and high bar (55.600). It marks the fifth time Oklahoma claimed at least six events at the Rocky Mountain Open. The meet was highlighted by two Sooners that posted RMO record highs with Legendre’s 16.400 on vault and Dalton’s 15.100 on parallel bars. Two different Sooners took home three of the six individual event titles, with Legendre claiming vault (16.400) and sophomore Jacob Dalton claiming floor (15.700) and parallel bars (15.100). This continues OU’s streak of claiming at least half of the event titles since 2002.

Floor Exercise - 58.600 1. T3. 6. T12. 15. 16.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Raymond White Jeremy Adams Chad Crumley Chris Stehl

15.700 14.800 14.400 13.700 13.500 13.400

Pommel Horse - 53.500 T7. 9. T11. 12. T16. T17.

Jeremy Adams Steven Legendre Anthony Naddour Raymond White Jake Dalton Troy Nitzky

Still Rings - 57.600 3. Jake Dalton T5. Troy Nitzky 7. Steven Legendre T9. Ian Jackson T15. Chris Stehl T18. C.J. Grimes

All-Around

1. Jake Dalton 5. Steven Legendre

13.600 13.400 13.300 13.200 12.700 12.700 14.700 14.600 14.400 13.900 13.300 12.800

Vault - 63.800 1. 5. 6. T7. 8. 9.

Steven Legendre Raymond White Presten Ellsworth Jake Dalton Ian Jackson Jeremy Adams

16.400 15.800 15.800 15.800 15.700 15.700

Parallel Bars - 57.400 3. 7. 8. 9. T10. 14.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Jeremy Adams Presten Ellsworth Troy Nitzky

High Bar - 55.600 3. T4. 11. 14. T19. T21.

Jake Dalton Ian Jackson Chris Stehl Jeremy Adams Steven Legendre Presten Elsworth

15.100 14.200 14.100 14.000 13.900 13.600 14.500 14.300 13.700 13.100 12.900 12.500

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The Sooners (4-0 overall, 2-0 MPSF) posted their highest score of the season (358.350) and improved to 4-0 with the victory over the Buckeyes (340.350). OU has won three straight regular-season meets against Ohio State dating back to 2007. “I liked the energy in the building and from the team. We always love Cleveland night because it is always one of our best meets of the season,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. OU claimed all six team event titles for the first time this season with wins on floor (61.850), pommel horse (57.550), rings (60.250), vault (63.750), parallel bars (56.400) and high bar (58.550). Leading the Sooners was sophomore Jacob Dalton with a vault score of 16.550, a program record. The sophomore also posted the night’s top all-around score (90.750) and highest tally on parallel bars with a 15.350. “It went pretty good because we had a tough week last weekend,” said Dalton. “Everyone went back into the gym and worked hard and I think that paid off this weekend. I think that this is a good start to the rest of the season.” Fellow U.S. National Team member, senior Steven Legendre was the second Sooner to claim a program record on floor after he broke his own school record with a 16.250. “There was vast improvement from last weekend, so I am much happier than the start of the season,” added Williams. “I saw energy and fight in this team that makes me believe that we can win the national championship.”

Floor Exercise - 61.850

Vault - 63.750

Pommel Horse - 57.550

Parallel Bars - 56.400

Still Rings - 60.250

High Bar - 58.550

1. 2. 3. 5. 9. 12.

T1. 3. 4. 5. 6. T10. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 9.

Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Presten Ellsworth Raymond White Michael Heredia

Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Troy Nitzky Anthony Naddour Raymond White Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Troy Nitzky Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Anthony Naddour Ian Jackson

1. Jake Dalton 3. Alex Naddour Boomer Sooner

340.350 358.350

NORMAN, Okla. – The fourth-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team easily defeated No. 8 Ohio State in Saturday’s “Cleveland Elementary Night” in front of 1,065 fans at the McCasland Field House.

All-Around

88.500 86.100

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16.250 15.750 15.450 14.400 13.900 12.300 15.250 14.350 14.050 13.900 13.500 12.850 15.400 15.250 14.900 14.700 14.250 13.800 90.750 87.900

1. 2. T4. T4. T7. T7. 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7.

1. 3. 5. 7. 8. 10.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Raymond White Presten Ellsworth Alex Naddour Jake Dalton Chris Stehl Alex Naddour Troy Nitzky Presten Ellsworth Steven Legendre

16.550 16.000 15.600 15.600 15.350 15.350 15.350 14.300 13.450 13.300 13.200 13.050

Jake Dalton Ian Jackson Steven Legendre Presten Ellsworth Alex Naddour Chad Crumley

15.350 14.800 14.500 13.900 13.700 13.300

2. Steven Legendre 4. Presten Ellsworth

89.550 84.100

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS Jan. 29 ● McCasland FieldHouse ● Norman, Okla.

MINNESOTA OKLAHOMA

336.750 344.650

NORMAN, Okla. – The fourth-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team remained undefeated in 2011 on Saturday after defeating No. 7 Minnesota and Team Texas at the McCasland Field House. A season-best 1,098 fans watched OU (5-0 overall, 2-0 MPSF) post a 344.650 en route to the victory over the Gophers (336.750) and Team Texas (293.400). “I am pleased with the crowd support and it’s great to hear them respond to good gymnastics,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “Steve caught three high bar release moves in a row, the crowd cheered and that gets really fun.”

Feb. 13 ● Devaney Center ● Lincoln, Neb.

OKLAHOMA ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

NEBRASKA

360.600 352.000 352.000

LINCOLN, Neb. -- The fourth-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team remained undefeated against No. 9 Nebraska and No. 13 Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 13. The Sooners (6-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) posted its highest team total of the season (360.600) en route to their victory over the Huskers (349.700) and Flames (332.500). OU swept each of the team events on floor (60.600), pommel horse (57.900), rings (59.400), vault (64.500), parallel bars (59.500) and high bar (58.700). The Sooners last swept each of the event titles against Ohio State on Jan 22.

The Sooners claimed five of the six team events on floor (56.750), rings (59.100), vault (63.700), parallel bars (55.150) and high bar (56.000). The Sooners have only lost two event titles this season, both on pommel horse (Saturday and at the Rocky Mountain Open).

“We had a pretty good last half of the week in practice. I had a feeling we could come in and put things together well,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “I am looking forward to next weekend when we go up against No. 1 Stanford.”

Sophomore Alex Naddour claimed his first all-around title of the season with a score of 83.250.

The Sooners recorded season highs on pommel horse, high bar, parallel bars and vault while sophomore Steven Legendre won his first all-around title of the season with a score of 92.200.

The Sooners posted top scores on five of the six individual events with three different gymnasts winning titles. Sophomore Jacob Dalton won three events on floor (15.050), vault (16.550) and high bar (14.450). For the second straight week, Dalton tied the program record on vault with a score of 16.550. The U.S. Senior National Team member previously recorded OU’s top score last week against then-No. 8 Ohio State. Sophomore Chris Stehl claimed his first career individual title on parallel bars with a 14.050, while redshirt sophomore Troy Nitzky finished with the night’s top score on rings (15.350).

Floor Exercise - 56.750 1. T2. T5. 8. T9. 12.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Chad Crumley Bobby Shortle Patrick Piscitelli Raymond White

15.050 14.300 13.750 13.650 13.500 13.200

Pommel Horse - 53.950 2. 5. 6. T7. 10. 12.

Troy Nitzky Chris Stehl Raymond White Jeremy Adams Anthony Naddour Alex Naddour

Still Rings - 59.100 1. 2. 3. 4. 6. T10.

Troy Nitzky Ian Jackson Chris Stehl Anthony Naddour C.J. Grimes Anthony Naddour

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13.850 13.550 13.350 13.200 12.700 12.200 15.350 14.750 14.600 14.400 14.300 13.800

Vault - 63.700 1. 2. 4. 5. 8. 9.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Raymond White Alex Naddour Presten Ellsworth

Legendre, a six-time NCAA National Champion, also claimed three individual event titles, including a program-record 16.700 on vault. Legendre also won on floor (16.200) and high bar (15.000). Oklahoma swept each of the events for the first time this year with four different gymnasts claiming titles. In addition to Legendre’s three event victories, senior Ian Jackson tied for first on rings (15.200), sophomore Alex Naddour claimed the pommel horse (15.400) and sophomore Jacob Dalton won on parallel bars (15.100).

16.550 16.250 15.500 15.400 15.300 15.150

Parallel Bars - 55.150 1. 2. 3. T6. 10. T11.

Chris Stehl Jeremy Adams Alex Naddour Presten Ellsworth Troy Nitzky Steven Legendre

High Bar - 56.000 1. 2. T3. 5. 8. 10.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Chris Stehl Jeremy Adams Ian Jackson

14.050 13.850 13.750 13.500 12.850 12.200 14.450 14.000 13.900 13.650 13.050 12.100

Floor Exercise - 60.600

Vault - 64.500

Pommel Horse - 57.900

Parallel Bars - 59.500

Still Rings - 59.400

High Bar - 58.700

1. T3. T3. T9. 14. 17.

1. 3. 5. 8. T13. T13. T1. 3. 4. 6. T7. 10.

Steven Legendre Patrick Piscitelli Jeremy Adams Bobby Shortle Chris Stehl Michael Heredia

Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Troy Nitzky Anthony Naddour Jeremy Adams Ian Jackson Troy Nitzky Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Alex Naddour Anthony Naddour

All-Around

1. Steven Legendre 3. Chris Stehl

16.200 15.000 15.000 14.400 14.000 13.600 15.400 14.600 14.200 13.700 13.200 13.200 15.200 14.900 14.800 14.500 14.300 13.900

1. Steven Legendre 2. Jake Dalton T3. Ian Jackson T6. Bobby Shortle T8. Jeremy Adams T14. Chris Stehl 1. T2. T2. 4. T9. T13. 1. 2. T4. T4. T12. 18.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Troy Nitzky Jeremy Adams Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Ian Jackson Alex Naddour Chris Stehl Jeremy Adams

16.700 16.300 15.900 15.600 15.500 14.800 15.100 14.900 14.900 14.600 13.900 13.500 15.000 14.900 14.400 14.400 13.100 11.800

92.200 85.200

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS Feb. 19 ● Burnham Pavilion ● Palo Alto, Calif.

OKLAHOMA 357.500 CALIFORNIA 351.700 STANFORD 357.500

PALO ALTO , Calif. – The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team recorded its eighth win over a top-10 opponent and kept its undefeated streak alive in dominating fashion against No. 4 Stanford and No. 5 Cal at the Burnham Pavillion on the campus of the Stanford University. OU ended the night with a team score of 357.500 to the Cardinal’s 352.000, while the Golden Bears placed third with a 351.700 tally. The Sooners are now 2-0 against opponents ranked in the top-five this season. “I thought that we came out well prepared for this, knowing that there were going to be great teams at the event,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “It was fun to match up against this competition, because Stanford and Cal are going to be teams that we meet in the future.”

CALIFORNIA 357.750 OKLAHOMA 360.850

NORMAN, Okla. -- The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team remained undefeated in 2011 on Saturday after defeating No. 4 California at the McCasland Field House. OU claimed the victory without the services of sophomore Jacob Dalton, due to his selection to the list of competitors at the 2011 American Cup. OU (9-0 overall, 6-0 MPSF) posted its highest score of the season (360.850) and improved to 9-0 with the victory over the Cal (357.750). The Sooners are now 3-0 against top-five opponents this season with their second straight victory over the Golden Bears. “The guys did a great job tonight. We got it going early and sustained the energy throughout the meet,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “We did a lot of great routines and the guys stepped up in the absence of Jake.” OU claimed four of the six team events on floor (60.450), pommel horse (59.250), rings (60.650) and high bar (59.800). Oklahoma posted its highest scores of the season on pommel horse, rings and high bar.

Leading the Sooners was sophomore Jacob Dalton, who finished second in the all-around with a score of 88.200. The U. S. National Team member took home individual event titles on floor and parallel bars with career high scores of 15.400 and 16.200, respectively.

Three Sooners took four individual titles on the night with Steven Legendre posting the top score on floor and high bar, Alex Naddour on pommel horse and Ian Jackson on vault.

Dalton shared the floor individual event title with senior Steven Legendre. Legendre, a six-time NCAA national Champion, claimed his 62nd title of his career with a 16.200.

Leading the Sooners was senior Steven Legendre with his fourth floor title of the season and 28th of his career with a score of 15.950. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native also claimed his second all-around title of the season with a score of 90.400, while posting a career high on pommel horse (14.950) and high bar (15.650).

Oklahoma claimed two of the six team event titles on the day with wins on floor (62.100) and parallel bars (59.000). The Sooners scored their highest scores of the season on floor and pommel.

Floor Exercise - 62.100 T1. T1. T7. T9. T11. 17.

Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Chris Stehl Raymond White

16.200 16.200 15.100 14.600 14.500 13.200

Pommel Horse - 58.100 2. 3. 5. T7. 10. 12.

Alex Naddour Jeremy Adams Raymond White Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Troy Nitzky

Still Rings - 58.900 T3. 5. 6. T11. 13. 14.

Troy Nitzky Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Chris Stehl

All-Around 2. 4.

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Jake Dalton Alex Naddour

14.900 14.700 14.500 14.000 13.900 13.600 15.300 14.900 14.600 14.100 14.000 13.900 88.200 87.900

Vault - 63.400 T3. 5. T8. T10. 15. 16.

Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Bobby Shortle Raymond White Ian Jackson

16.100 16.000 15.700 15.600 15.000 14.400

Parallel Bars - 59.000 1. T4. 6. T8. T12. 16.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Presten Ellsworth Chris Stehl Bobby Shortle Steven Legendre

High Bar - 56.000

15.400 14.700 14.600 14.300 14.100 11.800

2. 6. 8. T9. 11. T12.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Alex Naddour Chris Stehl Patrick Piscitelli

14.600 14.200 13.700 13.500 13.400 13.000

3. 5.

Steven Legendre Chris Stehl

87.200 84.500

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Floor Exercise - 60.450

Vault - 63.300

Pommel Horse - 59.250

Parallel Bars - 57.400

Still Rings - 60.650

High Bar - 59.800

1. 2. 3. 7. T8. 10. T1. 3. 6. T7. T7. 11. 2. 3. 4. T6. 8. 9.

Steven Legendre Patrick Piscitelli Bobby Shortle Jeremy Adams Michael Heredia Raymond White Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Raymond White Troy Nitzky Jeremy Adams

Chris Stehl Ian Jackson Anthony Naddour Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Troy Nitzky

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15.950 15.100 15.000 14.400 14.300 14.100 15.750 14.950 14.400 14.150 14.150 13.450 15.500 15.400 15.050 14.700 14.650 14.500

T1. T5. T5. 7. 10. 12. T3. T3. 7. 8. 9. 10. 1. 2. T5. 7. 8. 12.

Ian Jackson Raymond White Steven Legendre Presten Ellsworth Jeremy Adams Bobby Shortle Jeremy Adams Alex Naddour Chris Stehl Presten Ellsworth Steven Legendre Bobby Shortle Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Presten Ellsworth Chris Stehl Ian Jackson

16.100 15.850 15.850 15.500 15.400 15.050 14.500 14.500 14.250 14.150 13.350 13.100 15.650 15.300 14.450 14.400 14.250 12.400

90.400

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS March 12 ● Cliff Keen Arena ● Ann Arbor, Mich.

357.750 355.400

OKLAHOMA MICHIGAN

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Senior Steven Legendre claimed the all-around with a score of 89.250, as the second-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team defeated sixth-ranked Michigan on the road Saturday.

March 19 ● McCasland Fieldhouse ● Norman, Okla.

PENN STATE ILLINOIS OKLAHOMA

357.500 352.000 366.400

OU moved to 10-0 on the season after it scored a 357.750 to beat the defending NCAA National Champions (355.400) in their first meeting of the regular season.

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 2 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team capped off another undefeated regular season with a pair of wins over No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Penn State at the Howard McCasland Field House on Saturday,

“It was a pretty impressive day. I felt like the guys came in well prepared and they did a great job,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “I feel like we are really on track heading into the postseason.”

The Sooners (12-0 overall, 5-0 MPSF) posted the highest score in the NCAA this season (366.400) en route to its victory over the Nittany Lions (356.750) and the Fighting Illini (359.100).

The win marks the second straight victory over the Wolverines at Cliff Keen Arena. OU won five out of six events each of the team event on floor (59.400), pommel horse (58.600), rings (59.350), vault (63.100) and parallel bars (59.450).

“It was a pretty special night sending off the seniors and we just put it all together tonight,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “We were rocking and rolling all the way through -- it was awesome.”

Highlighting the meet for Oklahoma was Legendre winning his second straight allaround, which was the 12th of his career. Legendre also claimed an individual event title on vault with a score of 16.050.

Oklahoma finished the regular season undefeated for the fourth time under Williams. The Sooners have finished the regular season undefeated four times in the past seven years (2011, 2009, 2006, 2004).

Sophomore Alex Naddour also took his fourth pommel horse title of the season with a score of 15.650.

In addition, the Sooners are 19-0 at Howard McCasland Field House since its last home loss in 2007 to Ohio State.

Sophomore Jacob Dalton, fresh off his American Cup third-place finish, posted top scores on floor (15.350), rings (15.100) to take two individual titles.

“The 366.400 is the highest anybody has scored in the NCAA. We are going to try and keep this going all the way to conference championships and NCAA’s,” added Williams.

Altogether, the Sooners claimed five out of the six individual event titles on the night.

Highlighting the meet was Jacob Dalton, who tied an individual program record on vault with a 16.700, previously held by senior Steven Legendre. OU also broke a team program record on vault with a 64.900, previously set against Penn State in 2009 (64.650).

Floor Exercise - 59.100 1. T5. T5. 7. 8. 9.

Jake Dalton Raymond White Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Bobby Shortle Patrick Piscitelli

15.350 14.600 14.600 14.550 14.400 14.200

Pommel Horse - 58.600 1. 3. 5. 6. 7. 10.

Alex Naddour Jeremy Adams Troy Nitzky Steven Legendre Anthony Naddour Chris Stehl

Still Rings - 59.350 1. 3. T4. 6. 7. T8.

Jake Dalton Chris Stehl Ian Jackson Steven Legendre Anthony Naddour Troy Nitzky

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1. Steven Legendre

15.650 14.600 14.200 14.150 13.800 13.450 15.100 14.800 14.750 14.700 14.550 14.500

Vault - 63.100 1. 2. T5. T7. T7. 11.

Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Bobby Shortle Jeremy Adams Ian Jackson Raymond White

16.050 15.900 15.650 15.500 15.500 15.300

Floor Exercise - 62.850

Vault - 64.900

15.300 14.900 14.800 14.450 14.250 12.500

Pommel Horse - 58.950

Parallel Bars - 59.150

14.950 14.700 14.350 14.150 13.500 13.150

Still Rings - 61.250

High Bar - 59.300

Parallel Bars - 59.450 2. 3. 4. 7. 9. 11.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Chris Stehl Presten Ellsworth Jeremy Adams

High Bar - 58.150 3. 5. 6. 7. 9. 10.

Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Presten Ellsworth

89.250

1. 2. 4. 5. 9. T10. 2. 5. 7. 8. 10. T17. 2. 4. 5. T7. 11. 15.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Bobby Shortle Patrick Piscitelli Raymond White Alex Naddour

Alex Naddour Anthony Naddour Troy Nitzky Steven Legendre Raymond White Jeremy Adams Troy Nitzky Ian Jackson Steven Legendre Jacob Dalton Anthony Naddour C.J. Grimes

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16.250 15.850 15.400 15.350 15.100 15.000 15.550 14.600 14.450 14.350 14.200 13.100 15.700 15.350 15.150 15.050 14.900 14.300 91.250 89.950

1. 3. 4. T5. T9. 12.

2. 3. 5. 7. 8. T15.

Jake Dalton Patrick Piscitelli Alex Naddour Steven Legendre Ian Jackson Bobby Shortle Jake Dalton Chris Stehl Steven Legendre Presten Ellsworth Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli

16.700 16.200 16.050 15.950 15.850 15.650 15.300 14.750 14.600 14.500 14.400 13.400

T1. T4. T7. T10. T12. 16.

Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Jeremy Adams Ian Jackson Chris Stehl Jake Dalton

15.350 14.800 14.700 14.450 14.400 13.550

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS April 2 ● Cadet West Gymnasium ● Columbus, Ohio.

STANFORD OKLAHOMA CALIFORNIA NEBRASKA AIR FORCE

362.250 360.700 356.050 346.500 344.800

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The top-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team was unable to claim its second-straight Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference championship on Saturday, April 2 with a second-place finish in the Cadet West Gymnasium on the campus of United States Air Force Academy. OU finished second with a score of 360.700, while No. 2 Stanford won the meet with a 362.250 and No. 3 Cal finished third at 355.950. No. 11 Nebraska and No. 8 Air Force rounded out the scoring with a 346.500 and 344.800, respectively. The Sooners have won 10 out of the last 11 MPSF Championships, including 2010. Despite scoring the third best tally of the season, the Sooners dropped to 15-1 (MPSF, 10-1) on the year. OU won two out of the six team events on floor (62.050) and vault (65.350). The win on vault broke a program record, previously set this season against Penn State and Illinois (64.900). Three Sooners (Alex Naddour, Jacob Dalton and Steven Legendre) added five individual MPSF conference titles to increase the program total to 37 titles.

Floor Exercise - 62.050 T1. T1. 5. T8. 10. 15.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Bobby Shortle Raymond White

15.900 15.900 15.250 15.000 14.950 14.500

Pommel Horse - 56.150 1. 8. T12. 20. T21. T23.

Alex Naddour Raymond White Steven Legendre Anthony Naddour Jeremy Adams Troy Nitzky

Still Rings - 60.350 T5. 7. 9. T10. 14. T19.

Troy Nitzky Ian Jackson Anthony Naddour Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Steven Legendre

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1. Jake Dalton 4. Steven Legendre

15.000 14.050 13.800 13.300 13.250 13.100 15.300 15.150 15.000 14.900 14.700 14.300 90.900 87.950

Vault - 65.350 1. 2. 4. 5. T10. 23.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Ian Jackson Bobby Shortle

16.650 16.550 16.100 16.050 15.850 15.400

Parallel Bars - 59.700 1. T8. T11. T14. 16. 18.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Steven Legendre Presten Ellsworth Chris Stehl

High Bar - 57.100

15.600 14.850 14.700 14.550 14.450 14.350

4. T13. 16. 17. T20. 27.

Jake Dalton Jeremey Adams Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Chris Stehl Ian Jackson

14.750 14.200 14.100 14.050 13.800 13.050

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OKLAHOMA PENN STATE ILLINOIS MINNESOTA ILLINOIS-CHICAGO

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363.500 356.000 356.000 346.850 340.000 339.700

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Championship team finals for the 12th consecutive season after posting a 363.500 in Thursday’s qualifying session on the campus of Ohio State. OU placed first in the session amongst the six teams, finishing ahead of No. 4 Illinois (356.000) and No. 5 Penn State (356.000). The 363.500 posted by the team marks the highest qualifying score in OU program history. The Sooners have advanced to the team finals in every season under head coach Mark Williams. “We did what we wanted to do. I am surprised we finished with the high score that we did,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “It was well deserved and I was really happy with our effort today.” OU claimed three of the six team events on floor (62.800), vault (65.200) and parallel bars (60.500). Leading Oklahoma was sophomore Jacob Dalton, who posted half of the top individual event scores (floor, parallel bars and vault). The Reno, Nev., native posted career highs on parallel bars (15.650) and vault (16.800) and tied a career high on floor (16.250). Dalton’s 16.800 on vault is an OU program and NCAA record, which he previously broke against Penn State and Illinois (16.700).

Floor Exercise - 62.800

Vault - 65.200

Pommel Horse - 57.500

Parallel Bars - 60.500

Still Rings - 60.400

High Bar - 57.100

1. 2. 4. 6. T15. T20. 3. 4. 5. 12. T15. 18. T3. 7. 8. T14. T36. T39.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Bobby Shortle Patrick Piscitelli Raymond White Michael Heredia

Alex Naddour Troy Nitzky Jeremy Adams Steven Legendre Anthony Naddour Raymond White Troy Nitzky Ian Jackson Anthony Naddour CJ Grimes Presten Ellsworth Chris Stehl

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16.250 16.050 15.350 15.150 14.650 14.450 14.750 14.450 14.300 14.000 13.850 13.600 15.450 15.150 15.100 14.700 13.700 13.500

1. 2. 3. 6. 12. T28. 1. 4. T5. T17. T20. T23. 2. 5. T6. T18. 25. 39.

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2011 MEET-BY-MEET RESULTS April 15 ● St. John Arena ● Columbus, Ohio

363.450 361.600 360.150 358.700 356.200 355.700

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April 16 ● St. John Arena ● Columbus, Ohio

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS COLUMBUS, Ohio -- On the final night of the 2011 National Championships, Oklahoma added a trio of individual National Championships. Sophomore Jacob Dalton claimed the title on floor and vault and sophomore Alex Naddour claimed the title on pommel at the St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State. Oklahoma ranks fourth all time in individual NCAA championships with a total of 35 titles. “Everyone was fantastic and I can’t say enough about the conditioning of our athletes,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “To go through three days of competition and bring home 12 All-America titles, three individual titles and a second-place team finish, it has been a great season with a great group of guys.”

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team tallied 361.600 points to finish second at the 2011 NCAA Championship at St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State. Stanford (363.450) claimed the National Championship.

Dalton’s national title on floor makes it the sixth straight year the Sooners have claimed the title. Jonathan Horton won the title in 2006 and 2007, while Legendre claimed the title from 2008-2010. Dalton is the first Sooner to win multiple national titles since Legendre in 2009 (AA, FX, V).

“We couldn’t fight off Stanford and they are very deserving of the title,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “I am very fortunate that my team had a great display of gymnastics. I am very proud of the season that we put together.”

“I wanted to come in today and keep fighting to represent my school,” said Dalton. “That is all I wanted to do today and it worked out well.”

Senior Steven Legendre, the 2011 Nissen-Emery Award winner, finished fourth in the all-around with a score of 89.700 as a total of five OU gymnasts qualified for a combined five individual event finals scheduled for Saturday.

Along with the two national titles, Dalton claimed four All-American honors on floor (16.200), vault (16.550), parallel bars (14.900) and high bar (15.050). The sophomore now has seven All-America honors to his name.

Legendre (All-Around, Floor, High Bar), Jacob Dalton (Floor, Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar), Troy Nitzky (Rings), Alex Naddour (All-Around, Pommel Horse, Vault) and Bobby Shortle (Floor) will compete tomorrow in the individual championships and be crowned All-Americans in the respected events.

Collecting an NCAA individual title for the second straight year as a co-champion was Alex Naddour with a score of 15.550 on pommel horse. He is the first Sooner in program history to repeat on the apparatus and the first in the nation to repeat since Tim McNeill (2006-2008).

“The meet is not done until we are done with individual finals,” continued Williams. “I am looking forward to some great gymnastics tomorrow and we have some guys that will be fighting for some individual national titles.”

The Sooners led the night with three individual national titles and 12 All-America honors. Gymnasts who finished in the top eight on their event were awarded All-America status.

Floor Exercise - 62.900 1. 2. 7. T14. T16. 24.

Steven Legendre Jake Dalton Bobby Shortle Patrick Piscitelli Alex Naddour Raymond White

16.200 16.000 15.500 15.200 15.100 14.950

Pommel Horse - 57.300 T7. 11. 17. 18. T21. 33.

Alex Naddour Troy Nitzky Anthony Naddour Jeremy Adams Raymond White Steven Legendre

Still Rings - 60.650 7. T8. T15. T15. T24. T38.

Jake Dalton Troy Nitzky Anthony Naddour Ian Jackson Steven Legendre Alex Naddour

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Vault - 64.000 T4. T9. 14. T15. T20. T41.

Alex Naddour Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Patrick Piscitelli Bobby Shortle Ian Jackson

16.250 16.000 15.900 15.850 15.750 15.100

14.550 14.400 14.200 14.150 14.000 13.450

Parallel Bars - 59.000

15.350 15.300 15.000 15.000 14.800 14.400

High Bar - 57.750 T5. T7. T18. T38. 43. T44.

Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Alex Naddour Patrick Piscitelli Jeremy Adams Ian Jackson

14.900 14.800 14.450 13.600 13.150 12.900

89.750 87.200

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Steven Legendre

89.700

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Steven Legendre, the 2011 Nissen-Emery Award winner, was also named an All-American on floor and high bar with scores of 16.000 and 14.800, respectively. It is the 11th career All-America honor of his career. Bobby Shortle also claimed All-America honors by posting a score of 15.300 on floor. It is the first time that the senior has claimed the honor since 2009. In his first individual finals, redshirt sophomore Troy Nitzky earned All-America honor with a score of 15.200.

15.100 15.000 14.550 14.350 14.250 13.500

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Jake Dalton Steven Legendre Bobby Shortle

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T1. Alex Naddour

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16.200 16.000 15.300 15.550 15.200 14.850

Vault 1. 8.

Jake Dalton Alex Naddour

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4. Jake Dalton T6. Steven Legendre

16.550 15.250

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2011 INDIVIDUAL AWARDS AND HONORS

Steven Legendre Nissen-Emery Award MPSF Co-Gymnast of the Year All-American (AA, FX, HB) MPSF Conference Champion (FX) MPSF All-Academic Team

Jake Dalton NCAA National Champion (FX, V) All-American (FX, V, PB, HB) MPSF Conference Champion (AA, FX, V, PB) MPSF Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 25, Feb. 9)

Alex Naddour NCAA National Champion (PH) All-American (AA, PH, V) MPSF Conference Champion (PH)

Bobby Shortle All-American (FX)

Troy Nitzky All-American (SR)

Ian Jackson MPSF All-Academic Team

Patrick Piscitelli MPSF All-Academic Team

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Two years after the first student started at the University of Oklahoma, David C. Hall, a former Brown University gymnast, came to the campus to teach physical education. Hall would become Oklahoma’s first gymnastics coach. Few formal records remain, but Hall’s program lasted 15 years. Sooner yearbooks from 1902-1917 feature faded pictures of young men who were members of Hall’s “Gymnasium Squads.”

Porterfield would admit he had to beg students to try out for OU’s first season in 1966 and the squad finished last in its Big Eight debut. But Porterfield persisted, and in 1971 the Sooners notched their first winning season. When he departed in 1973, Porterfield had given OU its first national champion, Odess Lovin, who won floor titles in 1972 and ’73.

In 1965 Ken Farris, then an associate athletics director, journeyed to the NCAA National Championships in hopes of re-establishing gymnastics at Oklahoma. Soon after, Russ Porterfield, a former University of Iowa gymnast, was hired as the Sooners’ first competitive gymnastics coach.

Porterfield’s successor was Illinois native Paul Ziert, a successful high school coach. Ziert turned Oklahoma gymnastics into one of the nation’s most respected programs. His early teams were led by Illinois State transfer Greg Buwick, a two-time conference floor champ. Buwick would stay on at OU as Ziert’s assistant and eventually become the Sooners’ third head coach.

Porterfield’s program sprung from beginnings almost as humble as Hall’s efforts in the early 1900s. Later,

In 1977, just four years after Ziert took over, Oklahoma had its first national title, tying Indiana State for the

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national crown. (The 1977 finish remains the only tie in NCAA team championship history.) The Sooners also claimed their first national all-around champion when 1976 Olympian Bart Conner earned the first of two NCAA titles. Ziert’s Sooners repeated as champions in 1978, while all-around honors were claimed by Conner for the second straight year. Though he sat out the 1980 season with injury, Conner came back in 1981 and became the first Oklahoma gymnast to claim the Nissen Emery Award.

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PROGRAM HISTORY In 1980 Conner and teammate Mike Wilson (alternate) earned spots on the 1980 U.S. The 2010 campaign saw Steven Legendre took one step closer to breaking Jonathan Olympic team, but couldn’t compete because of the U.S. boycott. Conner got his third shot Horton’s OU program record six national titles by capturing one more individual National at the Games in 1984, where he earned two gold medals. Championship on floor. Legendre’s third National Championship on floor marks the fifth straight year the Sooners have claimed the title. Horton won the title on the same event That same year, Buwick took over the reins as head coach, leading his team to the first of in 2006 and 2007. many conference championships. Also collecting an NCAA Individual Championship in his freshman year was Alex Naddour In 1991, Buwick added the program’s third national title. Under Buwick’s leadership, OU on pommel horse. The last time Oklahoma claimed the individual title on pommel horse also produced three Nissen Award winners: Jarrod Hanks (1991), Dan Fink (1998), Todd was Josh Landis in 2003. Bishop (1999). Oklahoma also claimed its 10th conference title out of the last 12 years in the Mountain In 2000, Mark Williams, who served as Buwick’s assistant for 12 seasons, took over as Pacific Sports Federation Championship. head coach, leading his team to the conference title and a fourth-place NCAA The Sooners recorded an undefeated regular season in 2011 before taking second place at finish.Williams won his second consecutive conference Coach of the Year honor in 2001 both the MPSF Championship and the NCAA Team Finals. Naddour picked up his secondand led the Sooners to a second-place finish nationally. straight title on the pommel horse while Jake Dalton won individual national titles on floor and vault. The 2002 season was about redemption as the Sooners claimed the fourth national title in the program’s history. With most of the team intact from 2002, OU repeated as champions in 2003, going undefeated at 26-0. Daniel Furney, OU’s fifth honoree, won the Nissen Emery Award as Oklahoma recorded its fifth NCAA national championship. In 2004, OU’s run of national championships ended with a second-place finish. The 2004 season saw the men’s gymnastics program extend a winning streak to 52 straight before it ended at the 2004 MPSF Championships. Still, the Sooners broke the school record for most consecutive wins by an athletic team, topping the old mark held by the football team, which won 47 straight from 1953-1957.

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In 2005, the Sooners got back to what has been a constant under Williams, winning their sixth national title behind a school-record 13 All-Americans. The 2006 campaign was an even greater success as Williams’ squad completed a perfect 31-0 season by capturing back-to-back NCAA titles for the third time in OU history. Sophomore Jonathan Horton claimed the all-around title and the 2006 team broke the previous season’s school record with 14 All-Americans. The Sooners finished as the national runner-up in 2007, while Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons earned the NCAA all-around championship, giving OU back-to-back NCAA champions. The duo were the first teammates to win consecutive all-around crowns since Ohio State’s Jamie Natalie and Raj Bhavsar in 2001-2002. Horton made history of his own at the 2007 NCAA Championships, claiming individual titles on high bar and floor exercise and earning All-America honors in the all-around and on floor, high bar, vault and rings. With five career NCAA titles as just a junior, Horton broke the school record (3), held by Conner, and also broke Conner’s OU mark for career All-America awards with 15. The Sooners finished with an eighth national title and ninth MPSF conference championship in 2008. OU claimed 11 All-America honors while Horton won a national title (rings) and Steven Legendre claimed two titles (floor, vault). Horton became OU’s latest Nissen winner in 2008. With six winners, OU has produced more Nissen Award winners than any other university and is the only school to claim back-to-back honorees. In 2009, Legendre won the all-around, floor exercise and vault National Championships, while the Sooners claimed 11 All-America for the second consecutive year. Oklahoma finished third at the NCAA Championships and second at the MPSf conference championship. Boomer Sooner

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EIGHT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

1977 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HEAD COACH - PAUL ZIERT

THE SOONERS: Garry Beasley, Paul Black, Bart Conner, George Howell, Craig Martin, Leslie Moore, Steve Rutledge, Bernard Van Wie, Mike Wilson THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY): Four years into the Paul Ziert era, OU won its first national title. The Sooners (7-1) tied Indiana State for the national crown. It remains the only tie in NCAA team championship history.

1991 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HEAD COACH - GREG BUWICK

THE SOONERS: Ricky Armstrong, Laurence Chavez, Brian Halstead, Jarrod Hanks, Marcus Jordan, Jeff Lutz, Tom Meadows, Vince Pagano, Orson Sykes, Ric Sweezy, Greg Zeiders THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY PENN STATE UNIVERSITY): Head coach Greg Buwick produced OU’s third national title and his first of three Nissen Award winners with Jarrod Hanks in 1991. Buwick’s Sooners went 15-1 and also won the Big Eight title.

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THE SOONERS: Garry Beasley, Paul Black, Bart Conner, George Howell, Dale Kerr, Jeff Martin, Leslie Moore, Steve Rutledge, Mike Wilson THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON): Head Coach Paul Ziert and the Sooners won their second straight national title with a 10-1 season. OU was led by All-American Bart Conner who won his second straight all-around title.

2002 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS HEAD COACH - MARK WILLIAMS

THE SOONERS: Everette Bierker, Shannon Carrion, Brett Covey, Daniel Furney, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, David Henderson, Ryan Hillyer, David Johnston, Josh Landis, Jim Lovelady, Heath Mueller, John Payton, Quinn Rowell, Jock Stevens, Brian Trause THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA): OU won its fourth national championship on its home floor after suffering just one defeat in the 2002 season. The Sooners, guided by Mark Williams, went 28-1 one year after finishing as NCAA runners-up.

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2005 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

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THE SOONERS: Shannon Carrion, Brett Covey, Daniel Furney, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, David Henderson, Jamie Henderson, Josh Landis, Heath Mueller, James Myers, Curtis O’Rorke, Quinn Rowell, Jock Stevens, Brian Trause

THE SOONERS: Mubarak Abdullah-Simmons, Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, David Iammatteo, Brian Carr, Kyle Fernandez, Michael Gehart, Josh Gore, Jacob Messina, Joseph Weaver, David Henderson, Jonathan Horton, Jamie Henderson, James Myers, Brian Trause

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY TEMPLE UNIVERSITY): The Sooners won their second straight title in 2003 under Mark Williams with a perfect 26-0 record. Daniel Furney (Nissen Award winner) was the all-around and parallel bars champion. Josh Landis won titles on the floor and pommel horse.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY): The Sooners won their third title in four years under Mark Williams, finishing 21-2 on the season and leading the nation with 13 All-America honors. David Henderson was the still rings champion and Jonathan Horton brought home five All-America honors.

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2008 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

THE SOONERS: Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Wesley Aderhold, Chris Brooks, Brian Carr, Garrett Carr, Russell Czeschin, Jamie Henderson, Jonathan Horton, Jason Laughton, Kyle McNamara, Jacob Messina, James Myers, Reed Pitts, Joseph Weaver

THE SOONERS: Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons, Chris Brooks, Garrett Carr, Russell Czeschin, Corey English, C.J. Grimes, Jonathan Horton, Ian Jackson, Jason Laughton, Steven Legendre, Kyle McNamara, Jacob Messina, Reed Pitts, Bobby Shortle, Joseph Weaver

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA): OU won its fourth NCAA crown in five years while compiling a perfect 31-0 record. Jonathan Horton captured the all-around, as well as individual titles on the parallel bars and high bar. The Sooners again led the nation in AllAmerica honors, setting a school record with 14 honorees.

THE CHAMPIONSHIP (HOSTED BY STANFORD UNIVERSITY): The Sooners won their fifth title in the last seven seasons while finishing the season 28-1. Senior Jonathan Horton won the still rings title while freshmen Steven Legendre captured the floor and vault titles. The Sooners rounded out the 2008 season with 11 All-America honors, second highest in the nation.

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35 INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL TITLES

JAKE DALTON

Floor Exercise.................. 2011 Vault............................... 2011

DAVID HENDERSON

Still Rings........................2005

JEREMY KILLEN

Floor Exercise..................1997

GREG GOODHUE

Vault..............................1974

ALEX NADDOUR

Pommel Horse.................2011 Pommel Horse.................2010

JOSH LANDIS

Pommel Horse.................2003 Floor Exercise..................2003

MARK OATES

Vault...............................1983

STEVEN LEGENDRE

Floor Exercise..................2010 All-Around......................2009 Floor Exercise..................2009 Vault...............................2009 Floor Exercise..................2008 Vault...............................2008

DANIEL FURNEY

All-Around......................2003 Parallel Bars....................2003

MIKE WILSON

Floor Exercise..................1979

JONATHAN HORTON

Still Rings........................2008 Floor Exercise..................2007 High Bar..........................2007 All-Around......................2006 Floor Exercise..................2006 Still Rings........................2006

TODD BISHOP

High Bar..........................1999 High Bar..........................1998

LESLIE MOORE

Vault..............................1979

TAQIY ABDULLAHSIMMONS

All-Around......................2007

DAN FINK

Still Rings........................1998

BART CONNER

Floor Exercise..................1979 All-Around......................1978 All-Around......................1977

ODESS LOVIN

Floor Exercise..................1973 Floor Exercise..................1972

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219 ALL-AMERICA HONORS RUSS PORTERFIELD ERA 1968 (1) Tom Sexton (PB) 1972 (1) Odess Lovin (FX)

1988 (1) Jeff Lutz (V) 1989 (1) Brian Halstead (V) 1990 (3) Jim Endres (V) Brian Halstead (V) Jarrod Hanks (FX)

1973 (1) Odess Lovin (FX) PAUL ZIERT ERA 1974 (2) Rich Bova (HB) Greg Goodhue (V)

1991 (10) Brian Halstead (V, HB) Jarrod Hanks (AA, FX, SR, HB) Jeff Lutz (AA, SR, PB, HB)

1976 (1) Greg Buwick (FX)

1992 (1) Tom Meadows (FX)

1977 (3) Bart Conner (AA) Mike Wilson (AA, PB)

1993 (2) Marcus Jordan (AA, HB)

1978 (5) Bart Conner (AA, SR, PB, HB) Mike Wilson (AA)

1994 (3) Jeremy Killen (FX) Daniel Stover (FX, V)

1979 (7) Bart Conner (AA, FX, PB, HB) Leslie Moore (V) Mike Wilson (AA, FX)

1995 (6) Aaron Basham (AA) Casey Bryan (HB) Jeremy Killen (AA, FX, V) Daniel Stover (FX)

1980 (2) Leslie Moore (FX) Peter Stout (PB) 1981 (5) Bart Conner (AA, FX, SR, PB, HB) 1983 (1) Mark Oates (V) GREG BUWICK ERA 1984 (2) Mark Oates (FX) Scott Wilbanks (V)

1996 (4) Casey Bryan (AA, PH) Jeremy Killen (FX, V) 1997 (10) Todd Bishop (PB) Casey Bryan (AA, FX, PH, V) Dan Fink (AA, SR) Andy Howard (FX) Jeremy Killen (FX) Garon Rowland (PB) 1998 (7) Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Dan Fink (AA, SR) Andy Howard (FX, V)

1985 (2) Mark Oates (V) Mark Rice (FX)

1999 (4) Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Steve Van Etten (FX)

1986 (3) Mark Rice (FX, SR) Tom Vaughn (HB) 1987 (5) Mark Rice (AA, FX, PB) Carlo Sabino (PB) Tom Vaugh (HB) Boomer Sooner

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MARK WILLIAMS ERA 2000 (5) David Johnston (SR) Josh Landis (PH) Brendan O’Neil (FX, PB) Steve Van Etten (HB)

2007 (11) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, V, SR, HB) Chris Brooks (HB) Russell Czeschin (FX) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, V, SR, HB)

2001 (10) Brett Covey (SR) Daniel Furney (PH, PB) Ryan Hillyer (HB) Josh Landis (PH, FX) Brendan O’Neil (FX) Steve Van Etten (PH, HB, FX) 2002 (9) Everette Bierker (PB, HB) Shannon Carrion (SR) Daniel Furney (V, HB, AA) David Henderson (SR) Quinn Rowell (HB) Jock Stevens (V) 2003 (11) Daniel Furney (AA, V, PB, HB) Josh Landis (FX, PH, PB) Brett Covey (SR) Jamie Henderson (SR) Heath Mueller (PB) Jock Stevens (V) 2004 (8) Josh Gore (PB) David Henderson (AA, SR) Jamie Henderson (SR) Heath Mueller (AA) Quinn Rowell (HB) Jock Stevens (FX) Brian Trause (PB)

2008 (11) Chris Brooks (PB, HB) Russell Czeschin (FX) Jonathan Horton (AA, SR, PB) Jason Laughton (PH) Steven Legendre (FX, V, HB) Reed Pitts (FX) 2009 (11) Chris Brooks (AA, FX, V) Russell Czeschin (FX, V) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, V) Kyle McNamara (HB) Jacob Messina (PH) Bobby Shortle (FX) 2010 (11) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, V) Alex Naddour (AA, PH) Corey English (PH, PB) Jacob Dalton (AA, FX, V) Jeremy Adams (PH) 2011 (12) Jake Dalton (FX, V, PB, HB) Steven Legendre (AA, FX, HB) Alex Naddour (AA, PH, V) Troy Nitzky (SR) Bobby Shortle (FX)

2005 (13) Josh Gore (PH, PB) David Henderson (SR, V) Jamie Henderson (SR) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, PB) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, V, SR, HB) Jacob Messina (FX) 2006 (14) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, V, PB) Chris Brooks (HB) Brian Carr (PH) Jamie Henderson (PH, SR) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, SR, PB, HB) Reed Pitts (FX, V)

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18 CONFERENCE TITLES

YEAR SCORE 1999........................................................228.775 2000........................................................230.675 2001........................................................217.725 2002........................................................219.225 2003........................................................223.500 2005........................................................225.650 2006........................................................219.175 2007........................................................217.950 2008........................................................359.150 2010........................................................358.350

YEAR SCORE 1977........................................................427.550 1978........................................................434.900 1979........................................................443.200 1981........................................................551.650 1984........................................................279.650 1987........................................................285.200 1991........................................................283.800 1996...............................................................N/A

107 Individual Conference Titles 1968 Rich Carr (Trampoline) Tom Sexton (HB) 1972 Odess Lovin (FX) 1973 Odess Lovin (FX) 1974 Rich Bova (HB) 1975 Greg Buwick (FX) 1976 Greg Buwick (FX) Mike Wilson (PB) 1977 Paul Black (PH, PB) Bart Conner (AA) 1978 Gary Beasley (PH) Bart Conner (AA) 1979 Bart Conner (AA, PB, HB) Leslie Moore (FX) 1980 Peter Stout (PH) 1981 Mark Biespiel (FX) Bart Conner (AA, PB) Peter Stout (HB)

1982 Mike Sims (PB) 1984 Rob Mahurin (PB) Scott Wilbanks (FX) Mike Rice (SR) Mike Sims (PH, HB) 1985 Mark Oates (PB) 1986 Mike Rice (AA, PB, PH) Carlo Sabino (FX) Mark Steves (V) 1987 Mike Rice (AA, FX) Carlo Sabino (PH) Mark Steves (HB)

1993 Aaron Basham (HB) Marcus Jordan (HB) Tom Meadows (SR) Daniel Stover (FX, V)

2002 Everette Bierker (HB) Brett Covey (SR) Josh Landis (PH) Jock Stevens (FX)

1994 Aaron Basham (HB) Daniel Stover (FX, V)

2003 Daniel Furney (AA) Josh Landis (PH) Jock Stevens (V)

1995 Dan Fink (SR)

2004 Josh Gore (PB) Quinn Rowell (HB)

1996 Casey Bryan (AA) Dan Fink (SR) Jeremy Killen (V) Kyle Johnson (FX)

2005 David Henderson (V) Jamie Henderson (PH) Jonathan Horton (AA, SR)

1997 Jeremy Killen (FX, V)

2006 Chris Brooks (HB) Jonathan Horton (FX, SR)

1988 Mark Steves (FX, HB) Jeff Lutz (V)

1998 Todd Bishop (PB) Dan Fink (SR)

1989 Brian Halstead (V, HB)

1999 Todd Bishop (PH, PB, HB) Brendan O’Neil (FX)

1990 Jarrod Hanks (SR) 1991 Ricky Armstrong (HB) Brian Halstead (PB) Jeff Lutz (SR) 1992 Tom Meadows (SR) Orson Sykes (V)

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2000 Everette Bierker (PB) Daniel Furney (PH) Robby Rome (HB) 2001 Brendan O’Neil (FX) Steve Van Etten (V) Brett Covey (SR)

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2007 Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, SR, HB) 2008 Jonathan Horton (AA, SR) Steven Legendre (FX) 2009 Steven Legendre (V) 2010 Ian Jackson (V) Steven Legendre (FX) 2011 Jake Dalton (AA, FX, V, PB) Steven Legendre (FX) Alex Naddour (PH)

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RUSS PORTERFIELD

GREG BUWICK

1966-1973 Record: 40-45 (.471) YEAR 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973

RECORD 1-6 2-10 6-7 9-3 4-6 7-4 7-4 4-5

1984-1999 Record: 224-74-1 (.749)

CONFERENCE FINISH Fifth (Big Eight) Fifth (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Fourth (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight)

NCAA FINISH N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

YEAR 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

PAUL ZIERT

1974-1983 Record: 62-28 (.702) YEAR 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

RECORD 7-3 5-4 6-5 7-1 10-1 4-2 10-3 4-2 5-4 8-3

CONFERENCE FINISH Second (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight)

RECORD 9-3 8-4 10-3 14-1 13-2 1-2 8-4 15-1 8-4 18-7 13-3 9-9 15-11 21-5 39-8 23-7-1

CONFERENCE FINISH First (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Third (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) Second (Big Eight) First (Big Eight) Second (MPSF) Fifth (MPSF) First (MPSF)

NCAA FINISH Seventh Eighth Fourth Fourth Eighth N/A Sixth First Fifth (Regionals) Fourth Fourth Fourth Fifth Second Fourth N/A

MARK WILLIAMS

NCAA FINISH N/A N/A N/A First First Second Fourth Second N/A Seventh

2000-Present Record: 294-27 (.916) YEAR 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

RECORD 15-4 24-2 28-1 26-0 24-4 21-2 31-0 26-4 28-1 23-3 24-4 24-2

CONFERENCE FINISH First (MPSF) First (MPSF) First (MPSF) First (MPSF) Second (MPSF) First (MPSF) First (MPSF) First (MPSF) First (MPSF) Second (MPSF) First (MPSF) Second (MPSF)

NCAA FINISH Fourth Second First First Second First First Second First Third Third Second

Coaching Honors 1987 NCAA Coach of the Year................................Greg Buwick 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2001 West Region NCAA Coach of the Year............Mark Williams 2001 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2002 National Coach of the Year............................Mark Williams 2003 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2003 National Coach of the Year............................Mark Williams 2005 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams Boomer Sooner

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2005 National Coach of the Year............................Mark Williams 2006 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2006 National Coach of the Year............................Mark Williams 2006 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year................Mark Williams 2007 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2008 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams 2008 National Coach of the Year............................Mark Williams 2009 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year................Mark Williams Season Review

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LETTERWINNERS NOTE: According to university records, the following student-athletes earned varsity gymnastics letters during the years indicated. Corrections and additions are welcome and should be addressed to the Oklahoma Athletics Communications Office.

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Jeremy Adams..................................................2010-11 Mubarak Abdullah-Simmons...........................2004-05 Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons.................................2005-08 Wesley Aderhold..............................................2006-07 Jose Aguero......................................................1980-81 Ricky Armstrong...............................................1990-92 David Arnoth......................................................... 1972 Robert Atchison.................................................... 1972

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Matt Bailey.......................................................1982-84 Forrest Barker........................................................ 1966 Aaron Basham..................................................1992-95 Jody Bayless.....................................................1978-80 Garry Beasley...................................................1975-78 Everette Bierker............................................1999-2002 Matthew Biespiel.............................................1979-81 Todd Bishop.....................................................1996-99 Paul Black........................................................1976-79 Greg Bond........................................................1984-85 Richard Bova....................................................1972-75 Tim Brassfield..................................................1974-75 Chris Brooks.....................................................2006-09 Casey Bryan......................................................1994-96 Dale Burrow.....................................................1975-76 Greg Buwick.....................................................1975-76

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Mike Cahill.......................................................1969-71 Michael Caldwell..............................................1970-71 Russell Campbell................................................... 1967 John Capozzoli.................................................1972-74 Brian Carr.........................................................2004-07 Garrett Carr......................................................2006-07 Richard Carr.......................................................... 1968 Shannon Carrion..............................................2000-03 Laurence Chavez..............................................1991-93 Bruce Cole............................................................. 1968 Bart Conner............................................1977-79, 1981 Brett Covey.......................................................2000-03 Skip Crawley......................................................... 1986 William Crews..................................................1966-67 Wayne Crockett................................................1970-72 Chad Crumley...............................2009-Present Russell Czeschin...............................................2006-09

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Jacob Dalton.................................2010-Present Douglas Datillo...................................................... 1968 J.J. Davis................................................................ 1993 Mike Doke............................................................. 1984 T.J. Dortch........................................................1992-93 Chad Duncan....................................................1995-97

E

Dale Eby................................................................ 1976 Andrew Eddington...........................................1996-97 Jim Endres........................................................1988-90 Corey English....................................................2007-10

J

Ian Jackson.......................................................2007-11 James Johannesen...................................... 1968, 1970 Larry Johns............................................................ 1993 Bradley Johnson...............................................1979-81 Kyle Johnson......................................................... 1996 Matthew Johnson................................................. 1987 David Johnston............................................1999-2002 Alan Jones........................................................1966-67 Jeff Jones.........................................................1990-91 Kevin Jordan....................................................1985-88 Marcus Jordan..................................................1990-93 Tim Jordan.......................................................1984-87

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Mark Farbin........................................................... 1974 Kyle Fernandez.................................................2004-05 Dan Fink...........................................................1995-98 David Finning........................................................ 2009 Mark Folger......................................................1981-82 Benjamin Fox...................................................1980-83 Brian Funkhouser.................................................. 1987 Daniel Furney...................................................2000-03

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G

Michael Gehart................................................2002-05 Mike Glover........................................................... 1967 Charley Goicoechea..........................................1998-99 Greg Goodhue..................................................1973-74 Josh Gore.........................................................2002-05 Mischa Gorkuscha................................................. 1960 Stuart Gray............................................................ 1985

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Brian Halstead..................................................1988-91 Kent Hamilton..................................................1989-90 Anthony Hampton................................................ 1980 Jarrod Hanks....................................................1988-91 Gabe Hansen................................................1999-2001 Pat Harbour........................................................... 1969 David Henderson..............................................2002-05 Jamie Henderson.............................................2003-06 Michael Henry..................................................1973-74 Anibal Hernandez............................................1982-83 Matt Hervey.....................................................1986-88 Ryan Hillyer..................................................1999-2002 Jerry Hinkle......................................................1973-75 Jonathan Horton..............................................2005-08 Andy Howard...................................................1997-98 George Howell.................................................1975-78

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David Iammatteo.......................................... 2001, 200

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Darren Keller......................................................... 1984 Jay Kemp..........................................................1982-85 Scott Kerns............................................................ 1974 Dale Kerr............................................................... 1978 Jeremy Killen...................................................1994-97 Josh Kramb......................................................1993-96 Gregory Krippel................................................1971-74

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Larry Lain.............................................................. 1975 Josh Landis.......................................................2000-03 Jason Laughton................................................2006-08 Steven Legendre..............................................2008-11 Roger Letourneau............................................1972-73 Kevin Lindsey........................................................ 1971 Fulton Loebel...................................................1971-74 Michael Lofland.................................................... 1975 Carey Loomis......................................................... 1976 Odess Lovin..................................................1970-1973 Jeff Lutz.................................................1987-88, 1991 Huy Ly..........................................................1997-2000

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John Maddox........................................................ 1966 Robert Mahurin................................................1981-84 Craig Martin.......................................................... 1977 Daniel Martin...................................................1984-85 Jeff Martin.......................................................1978-81 Michael Maxie....................................................... 1968 Jeff McGuire.......................................................... 1973 Kyle McNamara................................................2006-09 Tom Meadows..................................................1991-93 Jacob Messina...............................2005-06, 2008-2009 Michael Mihalco...............................................1971-73 Martin Miller....................................................1976-77 Robert Miller......................................................... 1975 Leslie Moore.....................................................1977-80 Jake Moran.......................................................1998-99 Heath Mueller..................................................2001-04 James Myers..........................................2003, 2005-06

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Mark Oates.......................................................1982-85 Patrick O’Brien.................................................1971-74 Brendan O’Neil.............................................1998-2002 Curtis O’Rorke....................................................... 2003 Richard Orna......................................................... 1969

P

Vince Pagano...................................................1990-93 John Payton.................................................1999-2002 Patrick Piscitelli............................2009-Present Reed Pitts........................................... 2006, 2008 Donald Pollard...................................................... 1975

R

Richard Ranier....................................................... 1970 Ramon Repp......................................................... 1968 Roy Rettberg............................................... 1968, 1970 Mike Rice................................................1983, 1985-87 Dave Riehl........................................................1984-85 Robby Rome.................................................1997-2000 Quinn Rowell...................................................2001-04 Garon Rowland................................................1995-97 Gavin Rowland.................................................1996-99 Anton Rupert...................................................1975-75 Stephen Rutledge............................................1977-80

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Carlo Sabino...........................................1985-87, 1989 Matt Shoen......................................................1996-99 Dave Schultz......................................................... 1986 Bernard Schwalbe................................................. 1966 Tom Sexton......................................................1967-68 Mark Seyler......................................................1992-95 Bobby Shortle..................................................2008-11 Mike Sims.........................................................1981-84 Joe Smith.........................................................1967-68 Brad Snowden....................................................... 1985 Donald Steinbach.................................................. 1975 Chris Stehl....................................2010-Present Jock Stevens.....................................................2001-04 Mark Steves......................................................1985-88 Peter Stout.......................................................1980-81 Daniel Stover....................................................1992-95 Ric Swezey.................................................. 1991, 1993 Orson Sykes......................................................1991-92

T

Jon Thibadeaux................................................1996-97 Alan Thomas......................................................... 1987 Michael Torrez..................................................1970-71 Brian Trause.....................................................2001-05

V

Steve Van Etten............................................1998-2001 Bernard Van Wie...............................................1976-77 Thomas Vaughan.............................................1986-89

W

Monty Waldron................................................1987-90 Eric Weaver.......................................................1992-95 Joseph Weaver.................................................2005-07 Ronald Webb....................................................1970-71 Ed Wentzheimer...........................................1997-2000 Terry Wheelock...................................................... 1983 Lee White.............................................................. 1984 Scott Wilbanks.................................................1982-84 Scot Wilce.........................................................1979-81 Mike Wilson . ...................................................1976-79 Kelly Woner......................................................1990-91 David Wright.....................................1979-80, 1982-83

Y

Tommy Yuen....................................................1970-73

Z

Greg Zeiders.....................................................1990-91 Dain Zinn.........................................................1966-68

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RECORD BOOK TEAM: 2006-2011

INDIVIDUAL: 2006-2011

NOTE: Records set under current FIG Code scoring system updated prior to the 2006 gymnastics season.

NOTE: Records set under current FIG Code scoring system updated prior to the 2006 gymnastics season.

EVENT SCORE DATE(S) SET Floor Exercise................................. 63.000...................................................02.27.10 Pommel Horse............................... 59.250...................................................03.21.09 Still Rings....................................... 62.100...................................................03.15.08 Vault.............................................. 65.350...................................................04.02.11 Parallel Bars................................... 61.200...................................................03.15.08 High Bar......................................... 60.000...................................................03.21.09 Total.............................................. 366.850..................................................03.21.09

EVENT SCORE.................................GYMNAST (DATE SET) All-Around................................. 92.450................................. Jonathan Horton (03.15.08) Floor Exercise............................. 16.250..........................................Jake Dalton (03.19.11) Pommel Horse............................ 15.750.......................................Alex Naddour (03.05.11) Still Rings................................... 16.125................................. Jonathan Horton (04.19.08) Vault.......................................... 16.800..........................................Jake Dalton (04.14.11) Parallel Bars............................... 15.650................................. Jonathan Horton (03.15.08) High Bar..................................... 15.650..................................Steven Legendre (03.05.11)

TEAM: 2001-2005

TEAM: THROUGH 2000

NOTE: Records set under Federation de Internationale Gymnastics (FIG) Code scoring system in place from 2001-2005.

NOTE: Records set under College Code scoring system in place through 2000.

EVENT RECORD DATE(S) SET Total...................................................... 225.675..........................................04.08.05 Floor Exercise......................................... 37.575...........................................03.25.05 Pommel Horse........................................ 38.500...........................................01.20.02 Still Rings............................................... 38.700...........................................03.28.03 Vault...................................................... 37.750...........................................03.13.04 Parallel Bars........................................... 37.400...........................................01.28.05 High Bar................................................. 38.325...........................................03.25.05

EVENT SCORE YEAR Total.......................................... 232.725.................................................................... 1997 Floor Exercise............................. 39.625..................................................................... 2000 Pommel Horse............................ 39.050..................................................................... 2000 Still Rings................................... 38.800..................................................................... 2000 Vault.......................................... 38.850..................................................................... 1997 Parallel Bars............................... 39.050..................................................................... 1997 High Bar..................................... 39.000..................................................................... 2000

INDIVIDUAL: 2001-2005

INDIVIDUAL: THROUGH 2000

NOTE: Records set under Federation de Internationale Gymnastics (FIG) Code scoring system in place from 2001-2005. EVENT RECORD RECORD HOLDER (YEAR) All-Around.............................. 56.475..................................Jonathan Horton (2005) Floor Exercise........................... 9.825...................................Jonathan Horton (2005) Pommel Horse.......................... 9.725........................................... Josh Landis (2003) Josh Gore (2005) Still Rings................................. 9.900........................................... Brett Covey (2002) Vault........................................ 9.700......................................... Jock Stevens (2002) Daniel Furney (2003) Parallel Bars............................. 9.675......................Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (2005) High Bar................................... 9.850........................................Quinn Rowell (2004)

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NOTE: Records set under College Code scoring system in place through 2000. EVENT RECORD RECORD HOLDER (YEAR) All-Around.................................. 58.60................................................Casey Bryan (1997) Floor Exercise.............................. 9.95............................................ Brendan O’Neil (2000) Shannon Carrion (2000) Pommel Horse.............................. 9.95.............................................. Daniel Furney (2000) Josh Landis (2000) Still Rings..................................... 9.90.......................................................Jeff Lutz (1991) Jarrod Hanks (1991) Dan Fink (1998) David Johnston (2000) Vault............................................ 9.90.................................................. Mark Oates (1983) Parallel Bars................................. 9.90.......................................................Jeff Lutz (1991) Todd Bishop (1999) High Bar....................................... 10.0.................................................Todd Bishop (1999)

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