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a tradition and history of excellence

The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics program is based on a foundation and tradition of excellence. That tradition includes eight NCAA team championships, 19 conference championships, seven Nissen-Emery award winners and 231 All Americans. We are led by student-athletes willing to persevere in times of adversity and work hard every day with an unbending will to prepare and succeed. Whether it’s striving for success in the classroom or on the competition floor, we always capitalize on the opportunities in front of us. Through dedication to the schedule and plan, commitment to a refinement of the details and putting action to that preparation, excellent results have followed. From our longtime partnership with Cleveland Elementary School to joining five Sooners at the Olympics in London this summer, it is a privilege and an honor to work with these student-athletes. At Oklahoma, we provide the avenues to reach the highest level. Our team accomplishments in the past 13 years are unprecedented. We take pride in helping student-athletes live their dreams beyond OU, to compete at World Championships, Olympic Games or other international events. Inspiring student-athletes to compete at the highest levels in all that they do – that’s what we aspire to achieve at Oklahoma.

Head Coach Mark Williams


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Quick Facts................................................. 4 Roster......................................................... 5 From National Championships................... 6 To the Olympics.......................................... 8 Nissen-Emery Award................................ 10 Head Coach Mark Williams....................... 12 Gymnastics Facilities................................ 16 McCasland Field House............................. 16 Sooner Tradition....................................... 18 The National Spotlight............................. 20 Academics and Support........................... 22 Facts About OU......................................... 24

Norman and Oklahoma City..................... 28 Sooners in the Community....................... 30

2013 SEASON OUTLOOK

Season Preview........................................ 32 Opponent Information............................. 34 Gymnastics Scoring 101........................... 36

STAFF

Head Coach Mark Williams....................... 38 Assistant Coaches..................................... 42 Volunteer Assistant Coaches..................... 44

Athletic Training Staff............................... 45 Support Staff............................................ 46 Administration......................................... 47 Athletics Communications....................... 48 Media Information................................... 49 OU President David L. Boren..................... 50 Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione......... 52 OU Head Coaches..................................... 54

THE SOONERS

Returning Gymnasts................................ 56 Newcomers.............................................. 70


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Team and Event Titles............................... 72 Season Results......................................... 73 Highs and Lows........................................ 74 Meet-by-Meet Results............................. 75 Individual Awards and Honors................. 82

HISTORY

Program History....................................... 84 Eight National Championships................. 86 37 Individual National Titles..................... 88 231 All-Americans.................................... 89 19 Conference Titles................................. 90

All-Time Coaches...................................... 91 Letterwinners.......................................... 92 Record Book............................................. 94 MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS The 2013 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 2013) Writer & Designer Charlie Healy Photography Ty Russell, Jerry Laizure, Jessi Dalton, John Cheng, USA Gymnastics, Candid Color Photography, OU Athletics Communications Archives

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quick facts General Information

Location......................................................................Norman, Okla. Enrollment..............................................................................30,753 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................................................ 618-177-1 (.776)

Team Information

2012 Overall Record.........................................................26-3 (.897) High Score..............................357.450, April 20 at NCAA Team Finals MPSF Finish.................................................................................First NCAA Finish............................................................................Second Letterwinners Returning/Lost....................................................13/4 All-Americans Returning/Lost......................................................4/8

Coaching Staff

Head Coach................................................................. Mark Williams Year................................................................................ 14th Season Alma Mater............................................................... Nebraska, 1980 Record at OU................................................................322-30 (.915) Career Record...............................................................322-30 (.915) Assistant Coach............................................................. Guard Young Year...........................................................................Seventh Season Alma Mater......................................................Brigham Young, 2001 Assistant Coach ..........................................................Norimasa Iwai Year............................................................................Second Season Alma Mater....................................................Nihon University, 1995

2013 Schedule Date Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 25 Feb. 2 Feb. 7 & 9 Feb. 16 Feb. 23 March 3 March 9 March 23 April 6 April 19 April 20 April 21

opponent Rocky Mountain Open Stanford Open Metroplex Challenge Iowa Winter Cup Minnesota Air Force Nebraska Michigan Ohio State MPSF Championships NCAA Qualifier NCAA Team Finals NCAA Team Finals

location Time (CT) Colorado Springs, Colo. 7 p.m. Palo Alto, Calif. 5 p.m. Fort Worth, Texas 7 p.m. Iowa City, Iowa 5 p.m. Las Vegas, Nev. 5 p.m. McCasland Field House 7 p.m. McCasland Field House 7 p.m. Lincoln, Neb. 1 p.m. Ann Arbor, Mich. 6 p.m. McCasland Field House 7 p.m. Colorado Springs, Colo. 6 p.m. State College, Penn. 7 p.m. State College, Penn. 7 p.m. State College, Penn. 7 p.m.

2012 Results

Date opponent location result Jan. 14 Rocky Mountain Open Colorado Springs, Colo. First (343.700) Jan. 21 Ohio State Columbus, Ohio W (353.150-347.750) Jan. 28 Illinois & Michigan Champaign, Ill. Second (347.700) Feb. 2-4 Winter Cup Las Vegas, Nev. Individual Event Feb. 12 California & Stanford Berkeley, Calif. First (351.600) Feb. 25 Iowa Norman W (356.250-334.400) March 3 stanford Norman W (357.050-351.400) March 10 michigan Norman W (355.500-348.950) March 17 air force & nebraska Norman First (352.400) March 24 Minnesota & Ohio State Minneapolis, Minn. First (353.100) April 7 MPSF Championships Colorado Springs, Colo. First (355.600) April 19 NCAA Qualifier NORMAN Second (356.200) April 20 NCAA TEAM FINALS NORMAN Second (357.450) April 21 NCAA EVENT FINALS NORMAN 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.............................................Charlie Healy Office Phone..............................................................(405) 325-8349 Cell Phone.................................................................(847) 641-0602 Fax............................................................................(405) 325-7623 E-mail....................................................................... chealy@ou.edu Web Site......................................................www.SoonerSports.com Twitter............................... @SoonerGymnasts, @SoonerSports.com Facebook......................................... Facebook.com/SoonerGymnasts Mailing Address.............................. 180 West Brooks St., Suite 2525, ............................................................................Norman, OK 73019

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2013 Sooners roster

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

Danny Berardini So., 5-8, HB, PB Lake Forest, Ill.

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

Todd Dowdy Fr., 5-4, FX, V, SR Superior, Colo.

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

Ethan Jose RS-So., 5-7, All-Around Fremont, Calif.

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

Kanji Oyama Fr., 5-6, All-Around Huntington Beach, Calif.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Yee Fr., 5-7, All-Around Mililani, Hawaii

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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OKLAHOMA: HOME OF CHAMPIONS

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 (10). Oklahoma has proven itself to be a dominant force throughout the season, claiming 19 conference championship crowns while owning a .776 winning percentage all time. In the last 12 seasons under head coach Mark Williams, the Sooners have won five national titles and never finished below third nationally. In addition to team success, Oklahoma has also produced 37 individual NCAA title winners and a whopping 231 All-America honorees. Over the years, seven Sooners have earned the honor of the Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate men’s gymnast. 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.

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The 2008 NCAA National Champion Sooners, OU’s fifth 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 11 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. In 13 seasons 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 11 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships and produced 115 All-America honors and 20 individual NCAA titles to go along with five national championships.

National Titles Since 2000

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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 2012............. Illinois........................ oklahoma.................Penn State................California 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 8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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PLENTY OF crimson in london

When it comes to Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, the university has done an unprecedented job at preparing its gymnasts for the greatest stage in all of sports: the Olympic Games. This summer, five of the eight members of the U.S. men’s gymnastics team to compete at the 2012 London Olympics were from OU. Jonathan Horton (2005-08) and Jake Dalton (2009-11) were named to the five-man squad while Chris Brooks (2006-09), Steven Legendre (2008-11) and Alex Naddour (2010-11) were named the three alternates. It marked the second Olympic appearance for Horton, who helped lead Team USA to a Bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, while also collecting a Silver medal on the high bar. Dalton, who helped Team USA to a Bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships, made his Olympic debut. Brooks, Legendre and Naddour also made their first appearance on the Olympic squad, but did not compete in London.

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OU head coach Mark Williams with Steven Legendre (left) and Jake Dalton (right), two of the five Sooner Gymnasts on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team.

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to THE OLYMPICS OU on the world stage

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 in Tokyo, Japan. The United States’ bronze medal showing 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.

OU Olympic team members at the 2012 London Games (L to R): Former Asst. Coach Rustam Sharipov, Head Coach Mark Williams, Steven Legendre, Jake Dalton, Chris Brooks, Jonathan Horton, Alex Naddour & OU alum 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. In addition to 2012, OU 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. 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 it on to the current OU gymnasts. Second-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 Jake Dalton at the 2012 Olympics

Olympians

Bart Conner - 1976, 1980, 1984; Guard Young - 2004; Jonathan Horton - 2008, 2012; Jake Dalton - 2012

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, Tom Meadows, Alex Naddour, Mark Oates, Mike Rice, Guard Young, Mike Wilson

Head Coach Mark Williams with Jake Dalton at the 2012 Olympic Games in London

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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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. The Heisman Trophy of gymnastics, the award was founded by trampoline inventor George Nissen, and 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 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 ‘78. Conner was a member of three Olympic teams (1976, ‘80, ‘84) and won two gold medals at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. 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 ‘03. 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.

Award Winners By Team

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ALl-time Award Winners Year Winner School 2012 . .......... Paul Ruggeri III..........................................................Illinois 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

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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In 2000, 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. Williams became just the fouth coach in the program’s storied history, and thirteen years later, his 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 12 years, claiming crowns in 2002, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06 and most recently in ‘08. 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 every season under Williams’ leadership. Under Williams, the Sooners have won 24 individual titles, 10 conference championships and 42 individual conference titles. Oklahoma has also been awarded a whopping 138 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 38.

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Head Coach Mark Williams hoists the NCAA championship trophy after winning his first of five national titles in 2002. Season Outlook

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head coach mark williams

under coach williams...

5 National Championships 24 Individual National Titles 10 Conference Championships 42 Individual Conference Titles 3 Nissen-Emery Award Winners 138 All-America Honors Individual champions

Under head coach Mark Williams, seven University of Oklahoma gymnasts have been responsible for 24 NCAA individual national championships.

Josh Landis 2003 NCAA Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse Champion Daniel Furney 2003 NCAA All-around and Parallel Bars Champion

Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons 2007 NCAA All-around Champion Steven Legendre 2008 NCAA Floor Exercise and Vault Champion 2009 NCAA All-Around, Floor Exercise and Vault Champion 2010 NCAA Floor Exercise Champion

David Hederson 2005 NCAA Still Rings Champion

Alex Naddour 2010 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion 2011 NCAA Pommel Horse Champion

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

jake dalton 2011 NCAA Floor Exercise and Vault Champion 2012 NCAA All-Around and Parallel BarsChampion

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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When it comes to training, the Sooners have it as good as anyone. The newly renovated San Viersen Gymnastics Center provides OU gymnasts everything they need to be successful. OU’s practice facility features new locker rooms and two sports medicine training rooms in addition to two regulation size apparatuses for every event. Numerous other training tools for each event make the Sam Viersen Center truly state of the art. 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. With championship trophies filling the bookcases, a team meeting room provides a space for team meetings, video review sessions and team building activities. Complete with a plasma TV, wood floors, custom cabinetry and computer workstations, this area provides an area for the team to unite. The latest renovations to the facility also included a new storage area, a reconfiguration of foam and resi pits and an outdoor patio adjacent to the coaches offices.

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OU Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione delivers a speech at the dedication ceremony for the renovation of the Viersen Center in Spring 2010

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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

• Four vault stations • In-ground trampoline • Two regulation size apparatuses for every event.

• Six foam in-ground pits, eight resi in-ground pits and outdoor patio. • New locker rooms, men’s and women’s training rooms and weight room.

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. 8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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howard mccasland field house

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 storied venue provides the OU men’s gymnastics, volleyball and wrestling programs with a firstclass training and competition venue. In the summer of 2012, the OU Athletics Department completed a major renovation of the Field House. The list of improvements included refurbished exterior brick, new windows and entry doors and a complete roof replacement. Inside, the main lobby, restrooms and concessions were renovated and chair-back seating was added. The volleyball and wrestling locker rooms, training areas and offices also received substantial upgrades. A new sound system, lighting and video scoreboards make the McCasland Field House the perfect home for the Sooners. 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 men’s gymnastics and basketball programs, volleyball 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). Former President Bill Clinton spoke at the Field

House during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

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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. In 2011-12, Sixteen of Oklahoma’s 21 teams advanced to postseason competition during the 2011-12 school year. Highlights included the men’s gymnastics and softball teams finishing second nationally and the men’s cross country team finishing 3rd. Several teams, including the men’s gymnastics squad, hosted postseason play, highlighted by the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships at the Lloyd Noble Center. After 12 Sooners represented OU at the 2012 Olympics in London, the success continued in the fall of 2012, where the football team won its eight Big 12 title and the volleyball and cross country teams competed in postseason play.

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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 31 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, 44 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 ninth-straight NCAA Championships in 2012 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 had the nation’s longest regular season win streak at 29.

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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 2012, all 13 Oklahoma football games appeared on live television. OU ended the season with a streak of 138 consecutive televised games and has been shown on TV 348 times dating back to the 1953 season. With the debut of Sooner Sports TV, even more OU programing can be seen by Sooner fans across the world. All three men’s gymnastics home meets are scheduled to air on the network, in addition to features, historical replays and interviews with coach Williams and the team.

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national spotlight In conjunction with the OU football team hosting Notre Dame in the fall of 2012, the show “ESPNU Road Trip” did a feature on Oklahoma, including a segment on the men’s gymnastics team. The only OU sport besides football to be featured on the 30-minute show, ESPN’s cameras and on-air talent spent several hours at the Sam Viersen Center with the Sooners. In addition to watching practice, the show’s hosts interacted with the gymnasts, and even learned a few tricks of their own. The men’s gymnastics team has had regular television coverage thanks to consistent topthree rankings through the years. The nation’s eyes were on Norman in April, 2012 when the Sooners hosted 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.

Over the past ten years, ESPN’s popular College Football Gameday production has broadcast on site from 25 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. 2012 graduate and All-American gymnast Patrick Piscitelli.

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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.

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.

Wagner Hall, 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 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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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 Big 12 Baseball Championship since 2005. 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 three playoff appearances and one conference title. Oklahoma City reached the NBA Finals in 2012 where they fell to the Miami Heat. The Thunder were led by Kevin Durant. The Thunder’s home venue, Chesapeake Energy Arena, is considered one of the top atmosphere’s to catch a game in all of basketball.

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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 the teachers interact with the students before, during and after class. The Sooners take time to spend an hour with the classes once a week for the entire year as well as attending special functions, including the annual Jog-a-Thon and Fall Festival and an exhibition at the school before the season begins 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 their February 23 meet against Air Force at the McCasland Field House. Students will have the opportunity to serve as junior judges, score flashers, march-in leaders, junior PA announcers and award presenters at the meet.

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The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team enters the 2013 season ranked No. 3 in the GymnInfo Preseason Coaches Poll.

This is not uncharted territory for the eight-time national champions, who have been ranked in the top three in every preseason poll since 2000. The Sooners are ranked behind defending NCAA Champion and top-ranked Illinois, and Michigan. Penn State is fourth, followed by Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe Stanford at No. 5. MPSF members California (No. 6) and Air Force (No. 11) are also ranked in the preseason poll. All four MPSF teams competed at the 2012 NCAA Championship, and OU, California and Stanford all placed in the top five. Oklahoma, the 2012 NCAA runner-up, heads into 2013 fresh off its 12th-consecutive top-three finish at the NCAA Championships. The Sooners also claimed their 19th conference title in 2012, their 10th in the past 13 years under head coach Mark Williams.

The storylines for the 2013 season undoubtedly will be the team’s returning youth and a new team scoring format. With a 17-man roster that includes 10 sophomores and just two seniors, consistency in the new five-up, five-count scoring system will be important. “My emphasis has been on getting gymnastics that was consistent, and done well,” Williams said. “We’re trying to put together a team that can build on its difficulty but certainly looking at hit percentages as the most important quality of this team.”

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2013 SEASON PREVIEW five up, five count

The biggest change in college gymnastics this season will be the new scoring system. In the past, six gymnasts competed at each event, with the top four scores counting toward a team’s total. This season, five scores will count, and beginning in March, only five gymnasts will compete for each team. The new format will put a greater importance on consistency, without the benefit of the lowest score being dropped. “I think it will change things dramatically, where you can’t have two misses on an event and still be ok after you drop those scores.” Williams said. “In the preseason, it’s been a work in progress where certain things have had to either come in or out of routines so that we reach our most consistent high team score. We’ll just have to make the most of what we have in terms of doing good gymnastics that guys can do well consistently throughout season and hope we can keep up with the best teams just by our quality of performances. “I think from a spectator standpoint, it will be much easier to understand who’s winning and who’s doing well. When somebody falls, it will affect your team right then, and you know you won’t have the option to drop a score later.”

sophomore-led youth movement

The OU roster is packed with youth. Nine sophomores and four freshmen lead the way, with two juniors and two seniors serving as the experienced veterans on the squad. What was a group of wide-eyed freshmen last season return more mature a year later, having seen what it takes to reach an elite level. “The great thing about the sophomores is that they now have the scope of a full season behind them and they understand the whole process of competing throughout the regular season and into the championship rounds and team finals,” Williams said. “To understand the processes is the key to having them be a little more prepared for what comes our way throughout the year.”

The Sooners return All-Americans (left to right) Presten Ellsworth, Troy Nitzky, Chris Stehl and Danny Berardini.

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The 2013 OU schedule consists of 10 regular season meets, including three home meets at the McCasland Field House. The season begins at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 12. The Sooners will face Nebraska, Arizona State, Washington and host Air Force. Oklahoma heads to the west coast on Jan. 19 for the Stanford Open on Jan. 19. “The Stanford Open will be a good test against two teams in our conference,” Williams said. “Two meets in, we will have competed against our entire conference and have a good understanding of where everybody’s at.” The Sooners will be closer to home, at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Jan. 25. OU will see several top collegiate teams, Illinois, Ohio State and Iowa.

Williams expects Alec Robin on floor, Mike Squires on rings and Mike Reid on pommel horse to play a prominent role in 2013, in addition to Dylan Akers on all-around and returning All-American Danny Berardini on parallel bars and high bar. All five sophomores are coming off impressive freshman campaigns for OU.

“The Metroplex Challenge is new to our schedule this year,” Williams said. “It will be a big meet against some strong competition, including defending national champions Illinois.”

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Oklahoma closes out the first half of its season on the road at Iowa on Feb. 2.

The Sooners return four All-Americans from last season. Seniors Troy Nitzky and Chris Stehl earned the honor on rings last season, while junior Presten Ellsworth earned All-American status on vault and sophomore Danny Berardini did so on parallel bars. Nitzky was also an All-American in 2011 on rings.

The first of three home meets is slated for Feb. 16 as the Sooners welcome Minnesota to the McCasland Field House. OU hosts MPSF conference foe Air Force the following weekend on Feb. 23. Both meets begin at 7 p.m.

OU lost three All Americans, led by Jake Dalton’s honors in the all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar. Mike Heredia and Patrick Piscitelli were All Americans on vault.

“We look forward to finally getting home,” said Williams. “Minnesota is another team that has improved a lot. Air Force will be coming in right after that for a conference meet.”

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After trips to Nebraska on March 3 and Michigan on March 9, Oklahoma hosts Ohio State on March 23 in the final meet of the regular season. The season-finale is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m.

“The conference and NCAA team finals will be very interesting,” Williams said. “In the past, you’ve had that leniency where you can drop two scores, and now, it’s going to be just like the Olympic finals. It’s all going to count, and that’s definitely a very different way of counting scores than we’ve done in the past. It’s going to make it exciting and interesting, but it’s also going to be a very challenging task even for the best teams to put their best day out there and be capable of hitting 30 out of 30 routines.”

The postseason begins two weeks later for OU, as the Sooners return to Colorado Springs for the MPSF Conference Championships on April 6. Oklahoma will be competing for its 12th conference title in the last 15 seasons and 20th overall. The 2013 season concludes on April 19-21 in State College, Pa., at the NCAA Championships. The three-day event is hosted by Penn State, where the Sooners will be competing for their ninth national championship in program history and sixth in the last 12 years.

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DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME (CT)

Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 25 Feb. 2 Feb. 7 & 9 Feb. 16 Feb. 23 March 3 March 9 March 23 April 6 April 19 April 20 April 21

Rocky Mountain Open Stanford Open Metroplex Challenge Iowa Winter Cup Minnesota Air Force Nebraska Michigan Ohio State MPSF Championships NCAA Qualifier NCAA Team Finals NCAA Team Finals

Colorado Springs, Colo. Palo Alto, Calif. Fort Worth, Texas Iowa City, Iowa Las Vegas, Nev. McCasland Field House McCasland Field House Lincoln, Neb. Ann Arbor, Mich. McCasland Field House Colorado Springs, Colo. State College, Penn. State College, Penn. State College, Penn.

7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m.

Location.....................................................USAF Academy, Colo. Nickname........................................................................Falcons Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue......................................................Cadet West Gym Head Coach..................................... Kip Simons (Eighth Season) Alma Mater, Year.............................................. Ohio State, 1994 Preseason Ranking................................................................. 11 2012 Record......................................................................13-14 Conference Finish..................................................................4th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU...................... Jan. 12 (Rocky Mountain Open) .......................................................................Feb. 23 (Norman) ...................................................April 6 (MPSF Championships)

CALIFORNIA Location.............................................................. Berkeley, Calif. Nickname.................................................... Golden Bears/Bears Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue.......................................................... Haas Pavilion Head Coach...................................... Tim McNeill (Third Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................California, 2008 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 6 2012 Record............................................................................... Conference Finish.................................................................. 3rd NCAA Championships Finish..................................................4th Meets against OU.................................. Jan. 19 (Stanford Open) ...................................................April 6 (MPSF Championships)

ILLINOIS Location.................................................Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Nickname.............................................................. Fighting Illini Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue..................................................................Huff Hall Head Coach..................................Justin Spring (Fourth Season) Alma Mater, Year.................................................... Illinois, 2006 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 1 2012 Record........................................................................28-2 Conference Finish...................................................................1st NCAA Championships Finish...................................................1st Meets against OU........................ Jan. 25 (Metroplex Challenge)

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IOWA Location..............................................................Iowa City, Iowa Nickname....................................................................Hawkeyes Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue................Field House Main Floor and Carver Arena Head Coach.......................................... J.D. Reive (Third Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Nebraska, 2000 Preseason Ranking................................................................. 10 2012 Record........................................................................3-22 Conference Finish..................................................................6th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU........................ Jan. 25 (Metroplex Challenge) ..............................................................Feb. 2 (Iowa City, Iowa)

NEBRASKA Location.................................................................Lincoln, Neb. Nickname.................................................. Cornhuskers/Huskers Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue.....................................Bob Devaney Sports Center Head Coach.............................. Chuck Chmelka (Fourth Season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Nebraska, 1982 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 9 2012 Record........................................................................7-19 Conference Finish..................................................................7th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU...................... Jan. 12 (Rocky Mountain Open) ............................................................. Jan. 19 (Stanford Open) ..............................................................March 3 (Lincoln, Neb.)

MICHIGAN Location........................................................... Ann Arbor, Mich. Nickname..................................................................Wolverines Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue...................................................... Cliff Keen Arena Head Coach........................................Kurt Golder (17th season) Alma Mater, Year................................................Michigan, 1977 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 2 2012 Record......................................................................17-12 Conference Finish................................................................. 2nd NCAA Championships Finish..................................................6th Meets against OU............................. March 9 (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

OHIO STATE Location.............................................................Columbus, Ohio Nickname.....................................................................Buckeyes Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue.........................................................St. John Arena Head Coach...........................Rustam Sharipov (Second Season) Alma Mater, Year.........................................Kharkov State, 1997 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 8 2012 Record......................................................................10-14 Conference Finish..................................................................5th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU........................ Jan. 25 (Metroplex Challenge) ....................................................................March 23 (Norman)

MINNESOTA Location.......................................................Minneapolis, Minn. Nickname.......................................................... Golden Gophers Conference...................................................................... Big Ten Home Venue........................................................Sports Pavilion Head Coach.......................................Mike Burns (Ninth Season) Alma Mater, Year..............................................Penn State, 1981 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 7 2012 Record......................................................................19-10 Conference Finish..................................................................4th NCAA Championships Finish................................................. N/A Meets against OU............................................Feb. 16 (Norman)

STANFORD Location..............................................................Palo Alto, Calif. Nickname...................................................................... Cardinal Conference...........................Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Home Venue..........................Ford Center and Burnham Pavilion Head Coach.....................................Thom Glielmi (10th Season) Alma Mater, Year.................................................... Illinois, 1988 Preseason Ranking................................................................... 5 2012 Record......................................................................12-12 Conference Finish................................................................. 2nd NCAA Championships Finish..................................................5th Meets against OU.................................. Jan. 19 (Stanford Open) ...................................................April 6 (MPSF Championships)

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GYMNASTICS SCORING 101 overview of scoring system

new scoring system in 2013

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.

2013 brings a new scoring system to NCAA men’s gymnastics. For each event, instead of six gymnasts competing and four scores counting, now five gymnasts will compete for each team, and all five scores will be counted towards a team’s final score. The new format will put a greater emphasis on a teams’ depth, and any errors will be magnified. The new system will begin on March 1st. Before that, six gymnasts will compete at each event, and the top five scores will count.

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). Special Note: Not all events are necessarily equal now. You will tend to see higher scores on 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 14.8-15.4.

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Floor 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.

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.

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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, ‘03, ‘05, ‘06 and most recently in ‘08. 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 322-30 (.915) in 13 seasons. He became the program’s fourth head coach after serving as an assistant since 1988. In addition to five national titles, the Sooners have recorded five national runner-up finishes under Williams and other gaudy numbers that include 24 individual national champions, 137 All-America honors, 10 conference team championships, 41 individual conference titles and three Nissen Emery Award winners (Steven Legendre in 2011, Jonathan Horton in ‘08 and Daniel Furney in ‘03), presented annually to the nation’s top senior gymnast.

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Oklahoma collected its 10th conference title in 2012 along with its 10th top-two finish since 2001 by claiming second at the NCAA Championship. Jake Dalton became the first gymnast in OU history to earn All-America honors on six events (all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) in one season while claiming NCAA titles on all-around and parallel bars. Dalton also won conference titles on all-around, parallel bars, high bar and rings. Williams was named the MPSF Coach of the Year along with the Coach of the Year for the West Region. At the 2012 Olmypic Games in London, the eight-man U.S. men’s gymnastics team featured five Sooners. Jake Dalton and Jonothan Horton competed for the United States, while Chris Brooks, Steven Legendre and Alex Naddour served as alternates.

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head coach mark williams In 2011 senior Steven Legendre was named the program’s seventh Nissen-Emery Award winner. OU also added three individual NCAA National Champions (Jake Dalton; floor and vault, Alex Naddour; pommel horse) and 12 All-American to its extensive list of accomplishments. The team was runner-up in the team final, which marks the four time under Williams that the Sooners have finished in second. 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. 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 finished 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 represented half of the USA men’s gymnastics’ team that competed at the 2009 World Championships. 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 helped guide the U.S. Gymnastics Team to a bronze medal. Following the 2008 and ‘05 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 added to his international resume by being the 2006 World Championship head coach, 2007 World Championship assistant coach and a personal coach at the ‘09 and ‘10 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 30 years as a professional gymnastics coach, Williams has guided gymnasts to the Olympic, World Championship, Pan American Games and University Games. He has also coached numerous senior and junior U.S. national team members. “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 has been a nationally and internationally certified judge. He has 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 now is the NCAA Chairman of the rules committe.

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 Sooners at the past two 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 both the 2012 and ‘08 Summer Olympic Games. In 2008, Horton lead 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 ‘95 World Championships, as well as the ‘87 Junior International, ‘91-92 DTB Cups, ‘91 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.

Year Record Conference Finish NCAA Finish 2000 15-4 First Fourth 2001 24-2 First Second 2002 28-1 First First 2003 26-0 First First 2004 24-4 Second Second 2005 21-2 First First 2006 31-0 First First 2007 26-4 First Second 2008 28-1 First First 2009 23-3 second Third 2010 24-4 First Third 2011 24-2 Second Second 2012 26-3 First Second Total 322-30 .915 Winning Percentage

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Williams Career Notes 2012 • Record: 26-3; NCAA Finish: Second; Individual National Champions: Dalton (AA, PB); All-Americans: 12; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Dalton (AA, HB, PB, SR). 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). • Steven Legendre is crowned with the Nissen Emery Award and is the seventh Sooner to receive the award. 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)

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).

Coaching Experience • Head Coach, Oklahoma (2000-present) • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (1988-99) • High School Coach (1982-88) Career Coaching Highlights • 2012 U.S. Olympic Personal Coach • 2012 MPSF Coach of the Year • 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

2004 • Record: 24-4; NCAA Finish: Second; All-Americans: Eight; Conference Finish: Second; Conference Champions: Gore (PB), Rowell (HB). • 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. 2002 • Record: 28-1; NCAA Finish: First; All-Americans: Nine; Conference Finish: First; Conference Champions: Bierker (HB), Covey (SR), Landis (PH), Stevens (FX).

Coaching Accomplishments • Three 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 • 132 NCAA All-America Athletes • 24 NCAA National Champions • Two USA Junior National All-Around Champions

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 • Big Eight Champion High Bar, 1978 • U.S. Junior National Team, 1975

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young

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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 ‘05. “It was great to have Guard Young back and part of the program last season,” said OU head coach Mark 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, and we are grateful he came back to OU last season. I know we can continue to win championships with him as part of the staff. He is a tremendous asset to the program and an excellent coach to our student-athletes.” 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 living in 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 in my second year as an assistant coach, and I’m truly enjoying working with Mark and the gymnasts.” During his first tenure at OU, Young helped lead the Sooners to three NCAA Championship titles (2002, ‘03 and ‘05). In his first year back at Oklahoma, he helped the Sooners win a conference title, his sixth at OU, and a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. “I wouldn’t have come back again 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 from 2000-’05, 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, ‘02 and ‘03 World Championships. The American squad claimed Silver in 2001 and ‘03.    In 2005, 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-’87. 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 (9), Jaxson (6) and Hadley (2).

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iwai

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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 a member of our staff,” said Williams. “His experience as a previous captain of the Japanese Olympic team gives him tremendous credibility and credentials, which he has shown through his first year at Oklahoma.” 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. Williams believes Iwai’s experience at the sport’s pinnacle events has provided a strong asset to his coaching staff. “Japanese gymnastics is very well respected throughout the world,” said Williams. “He has brought 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.” 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 ‘10 Toyota Cup. 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.

Education • Degree in Physical Education (Nihon, 2005) Coaching Experience • Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2011-present) • Personal Coach at the Toyota Cup (2010) • Houston Gymnastics Academy (2007-11) • Personal Coach at the Swiss Cup (2007) • Gymnastics Network (2005-07) • Swan Gymnastics Club (2005-07) Career Coaching Highlights • Personal coach of Raj Bhavsar, a bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games 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

“Coaching at Oklahoma has been a fantastic opportunity,” said Iwai. “OU has a strong history of posting good results at the NCAA Championships. My job is to continue to help our gymnasts 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 (9) and Jun (6).

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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Six National Championships Education • Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Oklahoma, 2011) • Current Graduate Student (Oklahoma, 2015)

After a storied gymnastics career at OU that included being named the 2011 Nissen-Emery Award winner, a team national championship in 2008, six individual national titles and 12 AllAmerican honors Steven Legendre is in his second season as a volunteer graduate assistant coach for the Sooners.

Coaching Experience • Volunteer Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2011-present) Gymnastics Accomplishments • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Alternate • 2012 U.S. Floor Exercise Silver Medalist • 2011 World Championships Team Bronze Medalist • 2011 Nissen Emery Award Winner • 2009-11 World Championships Team Member • 2010 U.S. Vault Champion • 2010 Floor Exercise NCAA National Champion • 2009 All-Around, Floor and Vault NCAA National Champion • 2008 Floor Exercise and Vault NCAA National Champion • 2008 NCAA Team National Champions • 12 All-American Honors at OU from 2008-11

An alternate on the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, he also was on the U.S. World Championship team that won a bronze medal in 2011. Legendre has been a U.S. senior national team member since 2009.

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dalton

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Four National Championships Education • Current Student (Oklahoma, 2013)

Jake Dalton is in his first year as a volunteer student assistant coach for the Sooners. The senior is finishing his degree after a successful collegiate career at OU. Dalton was a four-time NCAA national champion, winning the all-around and parallel bars events in 2012, and the vault and floor exercise events in 2011. He earned 13 All-American honors and helped OU win two conference titles. He also won eight individual conference titles.

Coaching Experience • Volunteer Assistant Coach, Oklahoma (2012-present) Gymnastics Accomplishments • 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Member • 2012 U.S. Floor Exercise and Vault Champion • 2012 All-Around and Parallel Bars NCAA National Champion • 2011 World Championships Team Bronze Medalist • 2011 U.S. Vault and Floor Exercise Champion • 2011 NCAA Vault and Floor Exercise Champion • 2009 World Championships Team • 2009 U.S. Vault Champion • 13 All-American Honors at OU from 2010-12

On the national scene, Dalton made his Olympic debut in 2012 in London, where he competed in the team and floor exercise finals. He has been a U.S. senior national team member since 2009 and has won four U.S. championships.

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holden

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Dr. David Holden, a board certified orthopedic surgeon from the McBride Clinic in Oklahoma City, has worked with the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics squad since 1998. His experience with elite athletes is extensive, having served as the U.S. Swim Team Physician at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, in addition to being a team physician for several U.S. Olympic teams in 1994, 1995 and 2008. Holden also works with the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team in addition to several other OU teams. He also has worked at numerous hospitals and clinics in Oklahoma. Holden is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has a subspecialty certificate in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. He serves as a clinical instructor at the University of Oklahoma Medical School and is a member of various professional organizations including the American Medical Association, Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma County Medical Association, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Holden is a Duke University and University of Texas Medical School in Houston graduate. He and his wife, Rachel, have two children.

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hartog

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Certified Athletic Trainer

Licensed Athletic Trainer

Phillip Hartog is a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, and is in his second year at OU after earning a bachelor’s degree in exercise science with an emphasis in athletic training at BYU. In addition to working with the men’s gymnastics team at OU, Hartog was the volunteer athletic trainer for Jake Dalton and Steven Legendre in the summer of 2012 as they trained for the Olympic Games. While attending BYU, he worked with the football, women’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, rugy track and field and cross country teams and the spirit squad. Hartog is a certified member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association and is a licensed member of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainer’s Association.

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

Education • B.S. Exercise Science (BYU, 2011) • Current Graduate Student (Oklahoma, 2013) Athletic Training Experience • Men’s Gymnastics Athletic Trainer, Oklahoma (2011-present) • Region III Camps Athletic Trainer (2011-present) • Volunteer Trainer for Jake Dalton & Steven Legendre (2012) • Athletic trainer for seven sports at BYU (2008-11) Athletic Training Accolades • Certified Member of the National Athletic Trainer’s Association • Licensed Member of the Oklahoma Athletic Trainer’s Association • Vice President of Cougar Athletic Training from 2008-10 • Named “Rookie Trainer of the Year” at BYU in 2009 SoonerSports.com | @SoonerGymnasts

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support staff

Dr. Ted Boehm Team Primary Care Physician

Paul Buzzard Equipment Manager

Lisa Cavanaugh Meet Director

Kelsey Hargens Assistant Director of Graphic Design

Danny Haynor Event Management

Charlie Healy Communications

Brandon Meier Assistant A.D. for Broadcast/Soonervision

Ashley Payne Marketing

Debbie Copp Director of Publications

David Payne Information Technology

Carol Ludvigson Academic Advisor

Patrick Piscitelli Team Manager

Danny Davis Director of Event Management

Scott Matthews Director of Graphic Design

Lindy Roberts Sport Administrator

Matt Schaeperkoetter Ticket Office

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administration joe castiglione

Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Programs and Director of Athletics, The University of Oklahoma

Kenny Mossman

Senior Associate A.D. for External Relations

Dr. brandon martin

Senior Associate A.D./Administration

michael alford

Senior Associate A.D. for Development

luther lee

Associate A.D. for Business/Chief Financial Officer

dusty clements

Assistant A.D. for Development

matt mcmillen

Assistant A.D. for Football Operations

ou ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT

Larry Naifeh

Executive Associate Director of Athletics

Dr. Nicki Moore

Senior Associate A.D./Senior Woman Adminstrator

Jason Leonard

Executive Director of Compliance

LINDY ROBERTS

Associate A.D. for Event Management

Greg Tipton

Associate A.D. for Internal Operations

Mike Meade

Associate A.D. for Athletics Academic Services

danny davis

Assistant A.D. for Operations and Facilities

brandon meier

The mission of the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department is to inspire champions today and prepare leaders for tomorrow by providing an excellent environment to enable student-athletes to achieve their highest academic, athletic and personal aspirations.

Assistant A.D. for Broadcast Operations

Core Values • Integrity • Passion for Excellence • Commitment • Respect & Responsibility for Self & Others • Appreciation for and Encouragement of Gender & Cultural Diversity

Assistant A.D. for Marketing

Philosophy The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department promotes excellence in athletics without compromising excellence in academics or integrity in its commitment to rules or conduct. Student-athletes are encouraged by the coaching and administrative staff to maintain a balance between athletics, academics, and the social aspects of college. It is believed that athletic participation gives an added dimension to the student’s overall college experience and provides an opportunity for social, moral, emotional, and cultural growth and development. The athletic programs strive to create traits that once acquired will carry over and benefit student-athletes in their personal and professional endeavors. The University of Oklahoma maintains a tradition of excellence in intercollegiate sports. The Athletics Department continues to uphold this tradition by striving to make each athletic team and individual of championship caliber. Its staff members work to instill in student-athletes an appreciation for hard work, perseverance, and pride in accomplishment. It is believed these attributes will be utilized throughout the student-athlete’s life.

charlie taylor

mck williams

Assistant A.D. for Ticket Operations

Pete Moris

Assistant A.D. for Communications

Renata Hays

Assistant A.D. for Branding and Licensing

Joe Washington

Special Assistant to the Athletics Director, Executive Director, Varsity O Association

Merv Johnson

Special Assistant to the Athletics Director

Kelly Damphousse

Faculty Athletics Representative

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OU Athletics communications Scott matthews

Pete moris

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

Assistant Athletics Director, Communications Office: (405) 325-0096 | E-mail: pmoris@ou.edu

Kelsey hargens

Mike Houck

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

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

Jared Thompson

ANNA KREMER

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

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

Karl anderson

Jason Matheson

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

Director of Digital Media Office: (405) 325-4274 | E-mail: jmatheson@ou.edu

mike ashcraft

andrew lentz

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

Assistant Director of Digital Media Office: (405) 325-1855 | E-mail: tkukowski@ou.edu

jenn mereby

Debbie Copp

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

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

charlie healy

Intern - Men’s Gymnastics / Rowing / Men’s Basketball Office: (405) 325-8234 | E-mail: chealy@ou.edu

OU Athletics Communications Communications Main Phone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-8231 Communications Fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (405) 325-7623

Jordan christiansen

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

University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications McClendon Center, Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Suite 2525, 180 W Brooks St, Norman, OK 73019 SoonerSports.com The latest, official information on the Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team is available at SoonerSports.com. Log on for complete media services including statistics, rosters, bios, schedules and more. Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics Online Official OU Athletics Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SoonerSports.com OU Men’s Gymnastics on Twitter . . . . . . . . . . . . Twitter.com/SoonerGymnasts OU Men’s Gymnastics on Facebook . . . . . . . Facebook.com/SoonerGymnasts OU Men’s Gymnastics on Instagram . . . . . . Instagram.com/ou_mgymnastics Mountain Pacific Sports Federation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MPSports.org Official NCAA Stats and Rankings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Troester.com/gym

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local media outlets

CREDENTIALS Members of the media should contact Charlie Healy of the OU Athletics Communications Office to request season or individual meet credentials for Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics meets. Individual meet requests should be made no later than 5 p.m. the day prior to the meet. 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 and practice policy Non-postgame interview requests for players and coaches should be directed to Charlie Healy in the OU Athletics Communications Office at (405) 325-8234 or chealy@ou.edu. All requests should be made at least one day in advance of the desired interview time. Practices are usually open to the public. However, media who wish to attend must gain clearance by contacting Charlie Healy in the OU Athletics Communications Office.

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

Postgame Information Postgame interviews will take place on the gym floor following a “cooling off period” of approximately 5-10 minutes. Final stat sheets will be available at the end of each meet.

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

Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center OU’s practice facility, the Sam Viersen Gymnastics Center, 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 north end of the Lloyd Noble Center parking lot. soonersports.com For the latest information on Oklahoma men’s gymnastics, including stats, recaps, notes, videos, photos and more, visit the official website of Oklahoma Athletics at www. SoonerSports.com. Social Media For the latest updates and behind-the-scenes news on the team, follow the Sooners on Twitter at @SoonerGymnasts, on Facebook at Facebook.com/SoonerGymnasts and on Instagram at @ou_mgymnastics.

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•••••••••••••••• ••••••••••••••• University president | 19th 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

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 | 16th 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

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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Martin Smith Cross Country/Track & Field

Sherri Coale Women’s Basketball

Ryan Hybl Men’s Golf

Veronique Drouin-Luttrell

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Mark Williams Men’s Gymnastics

K.J. Kindler Women’s Gymnastics

Leeanne 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

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dylan akers Sophomore | 5-9 All-Around Kingwood HS | Kingwood,Texas Cypress Academy Communication Major 2012 (freshman) • Finished 12th in the all-around finals of the 2012 NCAA Championship and third among freshmen. • Finished ninth on floor exercise in the 2012 NCAA Championship’s event finals with a 14.900, just .05 points shy of All-America honors. • Claimed his first all-around title of his career with an 83.100 against Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24. • Collected his first collegiate high bar title on March 17 against Air Force and Nebraska with a 14.650 along with a career-best vault score of 14.850. • Scored a 86.700 in his collegiate all-around debut against California and Stanford,his highest AA score of the year. • Had two of the Sooners’ top three pommel horse scores of the season with a 14.950 against Stanford on March 3 and a 14.900 at the team qualifier of the NCAA Championship on April 19. • Competed in all 12 of OU’s meets in 2012. • Scored a career-high 15.300 on floor against Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24. • Earned career-best scores on rings (14.250) and high bar (14.800) at the MPSF Championship on April 7. • Secured a career-high 14.750 on parallel bars against Iowa on Feb. 25. Club/High School

• 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

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. 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 • Microbiology major.

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career highs All-Around................................86.700, Feb. 12, 2012 at California & Stanford Floor........................................ 15.300, March 24, 2012 at Minnesota & Ohio State Pommel Horse...........................................14.950, March 3, 2012 vs. Stanford Rings.......................................14.250, April 7, 2012, 2012 at MPSF Championships Vault..............................................14.850 March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska Parallel Bars....................................................14.750, Feb. 25, 2012 at Iowa High Bar.........................................14.250, April 7, 2012 at MPSF Championships

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danny berardini Sophomore | 5-8 Parallel Bars, High Bar Lake Forest HS | Lake Forest, Ill. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center Accounting Major 2012 (freshman) • Became OU’s first freshman All-American on parallel bars since Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons in 2005 with a 14.950 and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship’s event finals. • Claimed his first collegiate parallel bars title with a 14.950 against Iowa on Feb. 25. • Scored over a 15 on parallel bars in the MPSF Championship, NCAA Team Qualifier and NCAA Team Finals. • Earned a career-best 15.150 on parallel bars in the team qualifier of the NCAA Championship on April 19. • Competed in all 12 of OU’s meets in 2012. • Collected a career-best 14.500 on high bar on March 10 against Michigan. • Scored a career-high 14.350 on rings on Feb. 25 against Iowa. • Earned career-best scores on floor (12.600) and vault (14.400) on Jan. 14 at the Rocky Mountain Open. Club/High School

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

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

• 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

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

career highs All-Around................................86.700, Feb. 12, 2012 at California & Stanford Floor.......................................15.300, March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State Pommel Horse...........................................14.950, March 3, 2012 vs. Stanford Rings...................................................14.250, April 7, 2012 at MPSF Championsips Vault.............................................14.850, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska Parallel Bars...................................................14.750, Feb. 25, 2012 vs. Iowa High Bar...................... 14.800, Twice, Last: April 7, 2012 at MPSF Championships

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william clement Sophomore | 5-10 All-Around Valley Christian HS | San Jose, Calif. California Sports Center Health and Exercise Science Major 2012 (FRESHMAN) • Was the only Sooner to compete on high bar in all 12 of OU’s meets in 2012. • Finished third on high bar at the MPSF Championship with a 14.450. • Scored a career-high 14.700 on high bar against Michigan on March 10. • Earned career-best scores on pommel horse (13.650) and rings (13.400) against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17. • Scored a career-high 14.800 on vault against Minnesota and Ohio State.

• Club/High School • 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.

career highs Pommel Horse......................13.650, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska Rings.............................................13.400, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska Vault........................................14.800, March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State High Bar.......................................................14.700, March 10, 2012 vs. Michigan

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presten ellsworth Junior | 5-10 All-Around Allen High School | Allen, Texas World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Criminology/Sociology Major 2012 (Sophomore) • Named an All-American on vault after taking third place at the NCAA Championship’s event finals with a season-best 15.200. • Recorded career highs on rings (14.800) and parallel bars (14.900) against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17. • Scored a career-high 15.100 on floor at the NCAA Championship’s team qualifier on April 19 and against Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24. • Earned a career-high 14.500 on pommel horse in the NCAA Championship’s team finals on April 20. 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.......................................15.100, March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State Pommel Horse..............................14.500, April 20, 2012 at NCAA Team Finals Rings.............................................14.800, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska Vault..............................................15.800, Jan. 15, 2011, at Rocky Mountain Open Parallel Bars.......................14.900, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska High Bar....................................................... 14.400, March 5, 2011, vs. California

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ethan jose RS-Sophomore | 5-7 All-Around Mission San Jose HS | Fremont, Calif. Golden Bear Gymnastics Pre-Med/Zoology Major 2012 (RS-Freshman) • Sat out the first four meets of the season, but competed in the Sooners’ final eight meets of the year on high bar. • Scored a career-best 14.550 on high bar on March 10 against Michigan. Club/High School

• 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 Hayward, Calif. • Son of Joe and Diane Jose. • Has a younger sister, Megan. • Majoring in pre-med/zoology.

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troy nitzky RS-Junior | 5-6 Pommel Horse, Rings William Tennent HS | Philadelphia, Pa. Temple Boys Gymnastics Multidisciplinary Studies Major 2012 (RS-Junior) • Named an All-American on rings for the second-straight season after finishing sixth with a 14.750 in the NCAA Championship’s event finals. • Took third on pommel horse (14.650) and fourth on rings (15.150) at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship on April 7. • Claimed the pommel horse title against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17 with a 14.600. • Boasted two of the Sooners’ top six rings scores of the season (15.450 and 15.400). • Scored a career-best 14.850 on pommel horse during the team qualifier of the NCAA Championship on April 19. • Earned a career-high 14.450 on parallel bars in a win over Michigan on March 10. • Notched a season-best 15.450 on rings on March 3 against Stanford. • Competed in all 12 meets on pommel horse and rings. • One of OU’s three co-captains.

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 Stacey.

• Majoring in multidisciplinary studies.

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.

career highs Pommel Horse.................................. 14.850, April 19, 2012 at NCAA Qualifier Rings.............................................15.700, March 19, 2011, vs. Penn State & Illinois Parallel Bars.........................................14.450, March 10, 2012 vs. Michigan

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stanton rehkemper RS-Sophomore | 5-7 Floor, High Bar Plano Senior HS | Plano, Texas World Olympic Gymnastics Academy Health and Exercise Science Major 2012 (RS-freshman) • Made his collegiate debut with a 13.450 on floor against Iowa on Feb. 25. • Scored career highs on floor (14.200) and high bar (14.400) against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17. Club/High School

• 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, ‘09 and ‘10. 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.

career highs Floor............................................14.200, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska High Bar.....................................14.400, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska

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michael reid Sophomore | 5-6 Pommel Horse Killeen HS | Killeen,Texas Crenshaws Athletic Club Mechanical Engineering Major 2012 (freshman) • Claimed the pommel horse title at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14 with a 14.400. • Notched the Sooners’ top pommel score (15.000) of the year on Jan. 21 against Ohio State. • Scored OU’s fifth-best pommel horse score of the season (14.800) against Stanford on March 3. • Competed on pommel horse in 11 of OU’s 12 meets. Club/High School

• 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. Personal

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

career highs Pommel Horse.......................................... 15.000, Jan. 21, 2012 at Ohio State

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sergey resnick RS-Freshman | 5-4 Pommel Horse, Parallel Bars G.W. Carver HS | Houston, Texas Houston Gymnastics Academy Health and Exercise Science Major 2012 (freshman) • Did not compete, redshirted. Club/High School

• 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 health and exercise science.

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alec robin Sophomore | 5-6 All-Around Calabasas HS | Calabasas, Calif. Victory Gymnastics Academy Pre-Dental/Biology Major 2012 (freshman) • Earned a career-high 15.050 on floor to tie for sixth at the MPSF Championship on April 7. • Recorded a career-best 14.800 on vault on the road against California and Stanford on Feb. 12. • Scored a career-high 13.100 on pommel horse in a road win over Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24. • Competed on floor in all 12 of the Sooners’ meets along with eight meets on vault and two on pommel horse. Club/High School

• 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/biology and minoring in chemistry

and Spanish.

career highs Floor................................................15.050, April 7, 2012 at MPSF Championships Pommel Horse.................13.100, March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State Vault..........................................................14.800, Feb. 12, at California & Stanford

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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JACOBY RUBIN Sophomore | 5-3 All-Around Stevenson HS | Buffalo Grove, Ill. Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center Undecided Major 2012 (Freshman) • Won three event titles in the 2012 season, the most of any OU freshman. • Claimed his first career parallel bars title on March 17 against Air Force and Nebraska with a career-high 14.950. • Won the high bar title against Iowa on Feb. 25 with a career-best 15.250. • Earned his first collegiate pommel horse title by scoring a career-high 14.800 against Minnesota and Ohio State on March 24. • Earned a career-high 15.000 on rings at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14. • Could not compete in the NCAA Championship after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. • Competed in 11 of OU’s 12 meets. Club/High School

• 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.

career highs Pommel Horse.....14.800, 2x, Last: March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State Rings.........................................................15.000, Jan. 14 at Rocky Mountain Open Parallel Bars.......................14.950, March 17, 2012 vs. Air Force & Nebraska High Bar.................................................................15.250, Feb. 25, 2012 vs. Iowa

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MICHAEL SQUIRES Sophomore | 5-2 Rings Edmond North HS | Edmond, Okla. Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics Petroleum Engineering Major 2012 (Freshman) • Scored a career-high 15.000 on rings on the road against California and Stanford on Feb. 12. • Scored a 14.700 on rings in the team finals of the 2012 NCAA Championship. • Competed on rings in 10 of OU’s 12 meets. Club/High School

• 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.

career highs rings.................................................15.000, Feb. 12, 2012 at California & Stanford

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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chris stehl Senior | 5-5 All-Around William B. Travis HS | Houston,Texas Cypress Academy Human Relations Major

• Full name is Chris Michael Stehl • Born in Syosset, N.Y. • Son of Robert and Susan Stehl. • Has an older brother, Robbie, younger brothers, Michael and Nicholas, and a younger sister, Summer.

• Majoring in human relations.

2012 (Junior) • An All-American on rings after scoring a 14.900 in the NCAA Championship’s event finals. • Won six event titles in 2012, the second-most of any Sooner. • Won his first all-around title at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 14, scoring an 83.000. • Also won parallel bars (14.500) and rings (15.700) titles at the Rocky Mountain Open. • Claimed the rings title with a career-high 15.750 against Iowa on Feb. 25. • Earned the rings title vs. Michigan on March 10 with a 15.400. • Scored a 15.000 on rings to take the event title against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17. • Earned a career-high 15.050 on floor in the team qualifier of the NCAA Championship on April 19. • Competed in all 12 of OU’s meets. 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.

career highs

Club/High School

• Trained at Cypress Academy. All-Around.................................................85.200, Feb. 13, 2011, at Nebraska • Coached by Tom Meadows. Floor........................................................ 15.050, April 19, 2012 at NCAA Qualifier • Attended William B. Travis High School in Richmond, Texas. • Finished fourth in all-around in 2007, eighth in the all-around Pommel Horse........................................ 14.400, March 5, 2011, vs. California

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.

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Rings.........................................................................15.750, Feb. 25, 2012 vs. Iowa 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

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RAYMOND WHITE Junior | 5-4 All-Around John B. Connally HS | Austin, Texas Crenshaw Athletic Club Linguistics Major 2012 (Sophomore) • Won three event titles. • Took fourth place on floor exercise at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship, scoring a 15.150. • Won the floor title against Minnesota and Ohio State with a career-high 15.500 on March 24. • Claimed an event title on floor by earning a 15.350 against Air Force and Nebraska on March 17. • Won the pommel horse title on Feb. 25 against Iowa with a 14.750. • Scored a career-high 14.900 on pommel against Stanford on March 3. • Earned a season high of 15.000 on vault in the NCAA Championship’s team finals on April 20. • Competed in 10 of the Sooners’ 12 meets. 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.................... 15.500, Twice, Last: March 24, 2012 vs. Minnesota & Ohio State Pommel Horse...........................................14.900, March 3, 2012 vs. Stanford Rings..........................................................................14.050, Feb. 25, 2012 at Iowa Vault...............................................................15.880, March 5, 2011, vs. California high bar.........................................13.400, Feb. 12, 2012 at California & Stanford

8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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newcomers

todd dowdy

kanji oyama

Freshman | Floor, Vault, Rings Monarch HS | Superior, Colo. Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics Marketing Major Club/High School

Freshman | 5-6 All-Around Marina HS | Huntington Beach, Calif. SCATS Gymnastics Undecided Major

Club/High School

• Competed at Xtreme Altitude Gymnastics. • Attended Monarch High School.

• Trained at SCATS Gymnastics. • Graduated from Marina High School. • Was vault and parallel champion at Regionals in 2012

Personal

where he also finished 3rd in all-around. • Finished 10th in the all-around at the 2010 Nationals.

• Full name is Todd Dowdy. • Born in San Jose, Calif. • Son of Rick and Linda Dowdy. • Has two older sisters, Dana and Jill. • Majoring in marketing.

Personal

• Originally from Japan. • Speaks fluent Japanese. • Son of Mari and Shoji Oyama. • Has an older sister, Eri, and two younger brothers, Kouji and

Zenji. • Undecided on major.

josh yee Freshman | 5-7 All-Around

Myron B. Thompson Academy | Mililani, Hawaii

Hawaiian Island Twisters Health and Exercise Science Major Club/High School

• Trained at Hawaiian Island Twisters. • Coached by Mike Yee. • Graduated from Myron B. Thopmson Academy. • Finished 10th in the all-around, 7th in pommels, 7th in

vault and 7th in parallel bars at the 2011 Visa Championships. Personal

• Full name is Josh Yee. • Born in Mililani, Hawaii. • Son of Mark and Lori Yee. • Has two older brothers, Mark and Michael. • Majoring in Health and Exercise Science.

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2012 season in review


2012 Team and Event Titles 2012 INDIVIDUAL EVENT TITLES Jake Dalton (29) Floor (6): Parallel Bars (7): All-Around (5): High Bar (5): Vault (5): Rings (3):

Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Feb. 12 Jan. 28 Jan. 21 Apr. 19 Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Jan. 28 Jan. 21 Apr. 20 Apr. 7 Mar. 3 Jan. 28 Jan. 21 Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 3 Jan. 21 Jan. 14 Apr. 20 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Jan. 21 Apr. 7 Jan. 28 Jan. 21

vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at California & Stanford at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State NCAA Qualifier MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Michigan vs Stanford at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State NCAA Finals MPSF Championships vs Stanford at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Stanford at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open NCAA Finals vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at Ohio State MPSF Championships at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State

16.050 16.050 16.100 15.600 15.900 16.250 15.400 15.300 15.200 15.350 15.550 15.300 15.100 91.000 89.250 90.500 88.400 89.000 15.200 15.300 15.000 15.550 14.700 15.500 15.550 15.350 15.250 15.000 15.300 15.300 15.200

Chris Stehl (6) Rings (4): All-Around (1): Parallel Bars (1):

Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Feb. 25 Jan. 14 Jan. 14 Jan. 14

vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Iowa Rocky Mountain Open Rocky Mountain Open Rocky Mountain Open

15.000 15.400 15.750 15.700 83.000 14.500

Patrick Piscitelli (3) Floor (1): Vault (2): Jacoby Rubin (3) Parallel Bars (1): High Bar (1): Pommel (1):

Jan. 14 April 19 Jan. 14

Rocky Mountain Open NCAA Qualifier Rocky Mountain Open

14.300 15.350 15.000

Mar. 17 Feb. 25 Mar. 24

vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Iowa at Minnesota & Ohio State

14.950 15.250 14.800

Raymond White (3) Floor (2): Mar. 24 Mar. 17 Pommel (1): Feb. 25

at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Iowa

15.500 15.350 14.750

Dylan Akers (2) All-Around (1): High Bar (1):

at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska

83.100 14.650

Danny Berardini (1) Parallel Bars (1): Feb. 25

vs Iowa

14.950

Presten Ellsworth (1) Floor (1): Apr. 19

NCAA Qualifier

15.100

Mar. 24 Mar. 17

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15.100

Michael Reid (1) Pommel (1):

Jan. 14

Rocky Mountain Open

14.400

Troy Nitzky (1) Pommel (1):

Mar. 17

vs Air Force & Nebraska

14.600

2012 Team EVENT TITLES Floor (10): Rings (9):

Apr. 19 Mar. 24 Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Feb. 12 Jan. 28 Jan. 21 Jan. 14

NCAA Qualifier at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at California & Stanford at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open

60.150 61.100 60.200 61.250 60.050 60.750 59.500 60.500 61.600 57.300

Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Feb. 12 Jan. 21 Jan. 14

MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at California & Stanford at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open

59.950 58.600 58.900 60.350 60.550 60.750 60.300 59.950 57.600

Parallel Bars (8):

Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Jan. 28 Jan. 21

MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at Illinois & Michigan at Ohio State

59.350 58.500 58.900 58.600 59.650 59.200 57.400 57.150

High Bar (8):

Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Jan. 21 Jan. 14

MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open

58.750 58.200 58.100 58.950 58.950 57.800 58.050 55.600

Vault (7):

Apr. 20 Mar. 17 Mar. 10 Mar. 3 Feb. 25 Jan. 21 Jan. 14

NCAA Finals vs Air Force & Nebraska vs Michigan vs Stanford vs Iowa at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open

61.200 59.800 59.600 59.650 59.100 59.150 58.400

Pommel (7):

April 19 Apr. 7 Mar. 24 Mar. 10 Feb. 25 Jan. 21 Jan. 14

NCAA Qualifier MPSF Championships at Minnesota & Ohio State vs Michigan vs Iowa at Ohio State Rocky Mountain Open

59.100 57.750 57.300 56.750 58.650 57.250 57.400

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2012 Season results at Rocky Mountain Open (Jan. 14, 2012). FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 55.400................55.600................61.900............... 58.400................ 55.600................56.800...............343.700 Air Force....................................................... 54.100.................... 52.900.................... 59.200.................... 56.000.................... 56.600....................54.500.................. 333.300 Nebraska...................................................... 54.200 ................... 53.500 ................... 56.800 ................... 56.600 ................... 56.100 ...................54.100 ................. 331.300 Arizona State................................................ 50.300.................... 49.300.................... 55.700.................... 54.100.................... 52.900....................51.800.................. 314.100 Washington.................................................. 47.000.................... 31.300.................... 45.900.................... 51.600.................... 38.200....................34.100.................. 248.100 at Ohio State (Jan. 21, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 61.600................57.250................59.950............... 59.150................ 57.150................58.050.............. 353.150 Ohio State.................................................... 60.300.................... 56.850.................... 57.750.................... 58.450.................... 56.400....................58.000.................. 347.750 at Illinois (Jan. 29, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total Illinois.......................................................... 58.200.................... 55.200.................... 59.100.................... 58.900.................... 57.000....................61.400.................. 349.800 OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.500................55.000................59.200............... 58.100................ 57.400................57.500.............. 347.700 Michigan...................................................... 57.800.................... 55.800.................... 55.900.................... 57.700.................... 55.900....................56.000.................. 339.100 at California (Feb. 12, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 59.500................57.500................60.300............... 59.100................ 56.700................58.500.............. 351.600 California...................................................... 56.000.................... 59.200.................... 58.200.................... 59.200.................... 57.300....................59.500.................. 349.000 Stanford....................................................... 56.700.................... 55.700.................... 58.200.................... 58.900.................... 56.400....................57.800.................. 343.700 Iowa (Feb. 25, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.750................58.650................60.750............... 59.100................ 59.200................57.800.............. 356.250 Iowa............................................................. 55.650.................... 54.800.................... 58.800.................... 56.550.................... 55.000....................53.600.................. 334.400 Stanford (March 3, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.050................58.250................60.550............... 59.600................ 59.650................58.950.............. 357.050 Stanford....................................................... 59.950.................... 58.550.................... 58.550.................... 59.200.................... 58.000....................57.150.................. 351.400 Michigan (March 10, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 61.250................56.750................60.350............... 59.600................ 58.600................58.950.............. 355.500 Michigan...................................................... 60.000.................... 56.250.................... 58.050.................... 59.050.................... 57.600....................57.400.................. 348.950 Nebraska & Air Force (March 17, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 60.200 ...............56.500 ...............58.900 ............... 59.800 ............... 58.900 ...............58.100 ............. 352.400 Nebraska...................................................... 59.250 ................... 54.450 ................... 56.000 ................... 58.400 ................... 56.850 ...................56.600 ................. 341.550 Air Force....................................................... 56.550 ................... 53.000 ................... 55.950 ................... 56.450 ................... 53.000 ...................53.000 ................. 327.950 at Minnesota (March 24, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA........................................ 61.100 ...............57.300 ...............58.600 ............... 59.400 ............... 58.500 ...............58.200 ............. 353.100 Minnesota.................................................... 59.900 ................... 55.700 ................... 58.500 ................... 60.200 ................... 58.700 ...................57.600 ................. 350.600 Ohio State.................................................... 60.000 ................... 56.600 ................... 57.100 ................... 58.700 ................... 56.200 ...................55.900 ................. 344.500 at MPSF Championships (April 7, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total OKLAHOMA . ...................................... 60.600 ...............57.750 ...............59.950 ............... 59.200 ...............59.350 ...............58.750 ............. 355.600 Stanford ...................................................... 60.950 ................... 56.750 ................... 58.800 ................... 59.450 ................... 59.300 ...................56.850 ................. 352.100 California . ................................................... 59.650 ................... 56.300 ................... 58.100 ................... 59.300 ................... 57.450 ...................55.150 ................. 345.950 Air Force ...................................................... 55.900 ................... 54.750 ................... 57.400 ................... 56.850 ................... 55.850 ...................55.200 ................. 335.950 NCAA Team Qualifier (April 19, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total Illinois .......................................................... 59.50 ..................... 58.80 ..................... 58.15 ..................... 59.55 ..................... 60.15 .....................60.10 ................... 356.25 Oklahoma ........................................60.15 .................59.10 ................ 59.25 . ............... 59.50 .................60.05 .................57.55 ............... 356.20 California . .................................................... 59.15 ..................... 56.50 ..................... 56.50 ..................... 59.70 ..................... 59.45 .....................59.85 ................... 351.15 Minnesota .................................................... 57.20 ..................... 55.05 ..................... 56.75 ..................... 59.75 ..................... 58.45 .....................56.15 ................... 343.35 Temple ......................................................... 57.30 ..................... 56.20 ..................... 55.85 ..................... 58.15 ..................... 56.30 .....................55.55 ................... 339.45 Air Force ....................................................... 56.35 ..................... 56.10 ..................... 53.15 ..................... 57.35 ..................... 56.40 .....................54.40 ................... 333.75 NCAA Team Finals (April 20, 2012) FX PH SR V PB HB Total Illinois .......................................................... 60.00 ..................... 60.75 ..................... 59.45 ..................... 60.10 ..................... 59.80 .....................58.75 ................... 358.85 OKLAHOMA . .......................................60.95 .................58.35 ................ 60.20 . ............... 61.20 .................59.60 .................57.15 ............... 357.45 Penn State . .................................................. 59.95 ..................... 59.00 ..................... 60.60 ..................... 59.55 ..................... 57.80 .....................57.90 ................... 354.80 California . .................................................... 59.70 ..................... 60.00 ..................... 57.90 ..................... 59.25 ..................... 57.80 .....................58.35 ................... 353.00 Stanford ....................................................... 61.25 ..................... 58.90 ..................... 57.60 ..................... 60.10 ..................... 56.60 .....................58.20 ................... 352.65 Michigan ...................................................... 59.80 ..................... 57.10 ..................... 57.15 ..................... 59.40 ..................... 59.10 .....................58.50 ................... 351.05 8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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team and individual highs and lows team Highs and lows

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

High 357.450 at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) 61.600 at Ohio State (1/21) 59.100 at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) 61.900 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) 61.200 at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) 60.050 at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) 58.950 vs Michigan (3/10) 21.850 over Iowa (1/14) 2.100 to Illinois (1/28)

Low 343.700 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) 55.400 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) 55.000 at Illinois & Michigan (1/28) 57.500 at California & Stanford (2/12) 58.100 at Illinois & Michigan (1/28) 55.600 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) 56.800 at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) 2.200 over California (2/12) 0.05 to Illinois (1/19)

individual highs

All-Around 91.000 Jake Dalton 90.500 Jake Dalton 90.000 Jake Dalton 89.250 Jake Dalton 89.000 Jake Dalton 88.400 Jake Dalton

at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) vs Stanford (3/3) vs Michigan (3/10) MPSF Championships (4/7) at Ohio State (1/22) at Illinois & Michigan (1/28)

Floor Exercise 16.250 Jake Dalton 16.100 Jake Dalton 16.050 Jake Dalton Jake Dalton 15.950 Jake Dalton 15.900 Jake Dalton 15.800 Jake Dalton 15.750 Jake Dalton

at Ohio State (1/21) vs Iowa (2/25) vs Stanford (3/3) vs Michigan (3/10) at NCAA Event Finals (4/21) at Illinois & Michigan (1/28) MPSF Championships (4/7) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20)

Pommel Horse 15.000 Michael Reid 14.950 Dylan Akers 14.900 Dylan Akers Raymond White 14.850 Troy Nitzky 14.800 Raymond White Jacoby Rubin Jacoby Rubin Michael Reid

at Ohio State (1/21) vs Stanford (3/3) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) vs Stanford (3/3) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) vs Minnesota & Ohio State (2/24) at California & Stanford (2/12) vs Stanford (3/3)

Still Rings 15.750 Chirs Stehl 15.700 Chris Stehl 15.550 Jake Dalton 15.500 Jake Dalton 15.450 Troy Nitzky 15.400 Troy Nitzky Chris Stehl

vs Iowa (2/25) at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) vs Stanford (3/3) at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) vs Stanford (3/3) at Rocky Mountain Open (1/14) vs Michigan (3/10)

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Vault 15.550 15.350 15.250 15.200

Jake Dalton Jake Dalton Patrick Piscitelli Jake Dalton Mike Heredia Patrick Piscitelli Jake Dalton Patrick Piscitelli

at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) vs Michigan (3/10) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) vs Stanford (3/3) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) vs Iowa (2/25) at Minnesota & Ohio State (3/24)

Parallel Bars 15.550 Jake Dalton 15.500 Jake Dalton 15.400 Jake Dalton 15.350 Jake Dalton 15.300 Jake Dalton Jake Dalton 15.250 Jake Dalton 15.200 Jake Dalton 15.150 Danny Berardini 15.100 Jake Dalton

vs Stanford (3/3) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) vs Michigan (3/10) at Illinois & Michigan (1/28) MPSF Championships (4/7) at NCAA Event Finals (4/21) vs Minnesota & Ohio State (3/24) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) at Ohio State (1/21)

High Bar 15.550 Jake Dalton 15.400 Jake Dalton 15.300 Jake Dalton 15.250 Jake Dalton Jacoby Rubin 15.200 Jake Dalton 15.000 Jake Dalton Jake Dalton 14.950 Jacoby Rubin

at Ohio State (1/21) at NCAA Team Finals (4/20) vs Minnesota & Ohio State (3/24) at NCAA Qualifier (4/19) vs Iowa (2/25) MPSF Championships (4/7) vs Stanford (3/3) at California & Stanford (2/12) vs Stanford (3/3)

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2012 Meet-by-Meet resuLts Jan. 14 ● Cadet West Gymnasium ● Colorado Springs, Colo.

343.700 333.300 331.300 arizona state 314.100

Oklahoma air force Nebraska

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team clinched its 13th-straight Rocky Mountain Open title Saturday at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Sooners, ranked No. 1 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll, posted a team score of 343.700, edging out second-place Air Force (333.300) by 10.400 points. Nebraska took third place with a 331.300 followed by club teams from Arizona State (314.100) and Washington (248.100). Members of the U.S. Olympic Training Center also competed but their results are not official. “It always means a lot for us to start the season off strong and with a win,” said junior Jake Dalton. “We came in and we did what we wanted to do. We’ve put a lot of effort into the gym since coming back from Christmas break. We wanted to come in here and hit our routines. We had a few mistakes, with it being the first meet of the season, but that keeps the fire under our feet as we head back to the gym to fix those mistakes.” As a team, Oklahoma claimed the top score on floor, pommel horse, rings, vault and high bar. Individually, four Sooners took home a combined six event titles: Chris Stehl (rings, parallel bars), Patrick Piscitelli (floor, vault), Dalton (high bar) and Michael Reid (pommel horse). Since 2000, Oklahoma has won at least two individual event titles in each year of the Rocky Mountain and has swept the individual titles five times (2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012). Stehl, the only Sooner to compete in all-around, collected an 83.000 to take first place. In the past 13 seasons, all of the Rocky Mountain Open all-around champions have been Sooner gymnasts. “Starting the season with winning the all-around is just amazing,” said Stehl. “I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, they were backing me up the entire way. The energy level was just amazing.” The Sooners opened the meet on rings, where they scored a 61.900, improving on last year’s season-best of 61.250. Stehl set a Rocky Mountain Open record with a career-high 15.700. Dalton (15.500) and Patrick Piscitelli (15.300) also boasted career highs on rings. On vault, Oklahoma posted a 58.400. Three of the Sooners’ four counting scores came from freshmen, with Alec Robin scoring a 14.600 and Danny Berardini and Dylan Akers each earning a 14.400. Piscitelli led the Sooners with a 15.000.

Jan. 21 ● St. John Arena ● Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma Ohio state

353.150 347.750

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 3 University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team continued its hot start to the 2012 season by taking down No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, 353.150-347.750. The Sooners (5-0, 1-0 MPSF) swept all six team event titles and scored almost 10 points higher than their season-opener total in Colorado last weekend. “I think we’re going to be a good team,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “I was a little frustrated at times that we were giving away more than we should have. I’m certainly happy for the victory, but we have a lot to do to be a good team and we have a lot more work to do to actually get there.” OU was led by junior Jake Dalton, who took home five event titles (floor, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar) along with the all-around title with an 89.000. “I definitely saw a jump from last weekend,” said Dalton. “I had a few mistakes last weekend and I had a couple of mistakes tonight as well, but our team is really coming together. We’re staying strong and fighting through the whole meet. We came out with a win and that’s what we’re looking to do.” Oklahoma began the dual on pommel horse, scoring a 57.250. The Sooners were led on the apparatus by freshmen Michael Reid (15.000) and Jacoby Rubin (14.600), both posting career highs. After trailing Ohio State through one event by 3.050, the Sooners collected a 61.600 on floor and took a 118.850-117.150 lead after two rotations. Raymond White (15.500), Dylan Akers (14.950) and Alec Robin (14.900) all set career highs on floor, while Dalton tied his personal best of 16.250. OU extended its lead in the third rotation with a 59.150 on vault behind Dalton’s 15.000 and Michael Heredia’s 14.800. Oklahoma scored a 59.150 on rings with three gymnasts posting scores of 15.000 or higher on rings; Dalton (15.200), Nitzky (15.100) and Stehl (15.000). Dalton led Oklahoma on high bar in the fifth rotation with a career-best 15.550 to help the Sooners score a 58.050 in the event. The Sooners clinched the victory with a 57.150 on parallel bars with top scores coming from Dalton (15.100) and Rubin (14.500). The dual marked Ohio State’s first home meet under former OU assistant Rustam Sharipov. The Buckeyes’ first-year head coach spent six seasons in Norman as an assistant coach from 2005-2011 and helped coach the Sooners to NCAA titles in 2006 and 2008. “It was great to see my old friend Rustam,” said Williams. “He put on a great competition for his first home meet as their new head coach.”

As of this season, the NCAA is having judges score the vault one full point lower per gymnast than in the past. Stehl led the Sooners on parallel bars with a 14.500 followed by freshman Jacoby Rubin with a 14.400. As a team, Oklahoma scored a 55.600 on the apparatus. On high bar, Oklahoma scored a 56.800 behind Dalton’s 14.700 and Rubin’s 14.500. The Sooners scored a 55.400 on floor exercise with Piscitelli leading the squad with a 14.300. OU ended the night on pommel horse, posting a 55.600. Freshman Michael Reid led the Sooners with a 14.400, winning his first career event title. “I think this showed that we have a lot of heart,” said Dalton. “If there’s a mess up, we have the next guy to pick it up and step up. Nobody gave up and everyone fought to the end. We started strong and finished strong, which is something we wanted to do.” 8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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2012 Meet-by-meet results Jan. 28 ● Huff Hall ● Champaign, Ill.

illinois Oklahoma michigan

Feb. 12 ● Haas Pavilion ● Berkeley, Calif.

Oklahoma 351.600 California 349.000 stanford 343.700

349.800 347.700 339.100

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The top-ranked University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 2 Illinois on Saturday, 349.800-347.700. No. 7 Michigan scored a 339.100 to take third place in the triangular meet, held in Champaign, Ill. Oklahoma led the Fighting Illini through the first five of the six rotations before Illinois scored a 61.400 on high bar to knock off the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. The tri-meet marked the Sooners (6-1, 1-0 MPSF) first regular-season loss since falling to Stanford on March 7, 2010. “Illinois had a pretty electric atmosphere,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “The home team took advantage of that and came away with the victory because they wanted it more. We gave things away, little by little. We started well in the first few events but then we started to have some uncharacteristic mistakes. We have to do better at finishing and being the team that wants to win.” Despite taking second in the overall meet, the Sooners still took event titles on floor and parallel bars. OU junior Jake Dalton claimed three event titles - floor, rings and parallel bars - along with the all-around title with an 88.400. Through three meets, Dalton has accumulated two all-around titles and 10 event titles. The Sooners began the night by posting a 59.200 rings to take an early lead. Dalton led Oklahoma with a 15.300 followed by junior Chris Stehl (14.900) and freshman Michael Squires (14.600). Junior Presten Ellsworth tied a career best with a 14.400.

BERKELEY, Calif. -- After suffering a tough road loss to Illinois two weeks ago, the topranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team got right back to business by taking down No. 7 California and No. 5 Stanford at Sunday’s tri-meet in Berkeley, Calif.

 The Sooners (8-1, 3-0 MPSF) boasted a 351.600 total to top California’s 349.400 and Stanford’s 343.700. OU posted the night’s top team scores on floor and rings while junior Jake Dalton won the floor exercise title with a 15.600. Oklahoma began the meet on parallel bars, where freshman Danny Berardini’s careerhigh 14.300 led the Sooners to a team score of 56.700. Freshman Dylan Akers notched a career-best 14.600 on high bar, helping OU score 58.500, its best high bar score this season. The Sooners had a strong showing on floor behind Dalton’s meet-leading 15.600 and freshman Alec Robin’s 14.800, scoring a 59.500.The top five floor scores of the meet all came from OU gymnasts. Oklahoma had its best performance on pommel horse this season with a 57.500. Freshman Jacoby Rubin and Akers each recorded career bests with a 14.800 and 14.600, respectively. Three Sooners scored over a 15.000 on rings to score a 60.300. Dalton and junior Chris Stehl both earned a 15.200 while freshman Michael Squires scored a career-high 15.000.

Oklahoma totaled a 60.200 on floor behind a 15.900 from Dalton and a 15.200 for sophomore Raymond White. Senior Michael Heredia set a career high with a 14.700.

OU concluded the meet by scoring a 59.100 on vault behind sophomore Raymond White’s 14.900 and junior Presten Ellsworth’s and Robin’s season highs of 14.800 each.

Freshman Dylan Akers posted a career-best 13.900 on pommel horse to lead the Sooners in their 55.000 showing on the apparatus. Freshman Jacoby Rubin scored a 13.900 and White earned a 13.700.

Oklahoma competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) for men’s gymnastics, a hybrid conference that also features Air Force, California and Stanford, making the Sooners win over the pair of west coast schools even more important.



On high bar, the Sooners scored a 57.500 with Dalton claiming the team’s best score of 14.900. Freshmen Rubin (14.600) and William Clement (14.400) each scored career highs. After four rotations, Oklahoma led Illinois by a narrow margin of 232.200-231.400. The Sooners put together a 58.100 on vault after White notched a season-best 14.900 to extend their lead to 290.300-288.400 with one rotation remaining. Oklahoma concluded the meet with a 57.400 on parallel bars, but it wasn’t enough to match the Fighting Illini’s 61.400 on high bar in the sixth rotation. Illinois’ high bar total, fueled by C.J. Maestas’ 15.600 and Paul Ruggeri’s 16.000, gave the Illini their first lead of the meet and with it, the victory. “Obviously, we have to get better,” said Williams. “There are events that, as a team, we did poorly. We can’t give things away like that and expect to be in the hunt at the end with the best teams.”

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2012 Meet-by-Meet resuLts Feb. 25 ● McCasland Field House ● Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma Iowa

356.250 334.400

March 3 ● McCasland Fieldhouse ● Norman, Okla.

Oklahoma Stanford

357.050 351.400

NORMAN, Okla. -- After starting its first five weeks of the 2012 season on the road, the top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team finally got a chance to compete in front of a home crowd on Saturday night, scoring a season-best score of 356.250 to take down No. 12 Iowa at the McCasland Field House.

NORMAN, Okla. -- – In a battle between two of the most dominant programs in collegiate gymnastics, the top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team took down defending national champion Stanford on Saturday night at the McCasland Field House.

Oklahoma, the No. 1-ranked team in the GymInfo rankings for the past five straight weeks, improved to 9-1 in the home opener win, topping Iowa’s 334.400 total.

Oklahoma’s team total 357.050 was the highest of any NCAA program this season and it easily topped the Cardinal’s 351.400. The Sooners won event titles in five events and captain Jake Dalton claimed four individual event titles (floor, vault, parallel bars and high bar) in addition to winning the all-around title with a season-high 90.500.

“I was happy with our team’s energy and their fight,” said Head Coach Mark Williams. “In terms of team performance I was really happy with the way things went. We still had quite a few mistakes, but we didn’t necessarily have to count any of those. We’re still in the middle of the season and still working on some of that stuff, but in the end we came up with our highest score of the season. I’m very pleased with that.” Oklahoma won the team title in all six events along with five Sooners combining to win all six individual titles – Jake Dalton (floor, vault), Raymond White (pommel horse), Chris Stehl (rings), Danny Berardini (parallel bars) and Jacoby Rubin (high bar). The Sooners began their home debut with a hot start on the floor exercise, totaling a 60.750, their second highest floor score of the season. Oklahoma has won the floor title in 23 consecutive regular season meets. Four Sooners either tied or broke career highs on floor, including a 14.950 by freshman Alec Robin and a 14.850 by senior Michael Heredia. OU was led in the event by Dalton’s meet-best 16.100. Oklahoma kept up its strong start on pommel horse, where it recorded a season-best 58.650 behind three individual career highs. Sophomore Raymond White led the Sooners with a career-high 14.750. Freshmen Jacoby Rubin and Dylan Akers each scored a 14.650 on the apparatus. The Sooners are back at home next Saturday when they host defending national champion Stanford on at the McCasland Field House. OU defeated the Cardinal in a conference tri-meet in Berkeley, Calif., on Feb. 12, 351.600-343.700. Chris Stehl nailed a 15.750 on rings, the highest score in the event by a Sooner this season, to lead OU to a 60.750. Stehl was one of four Sooners to set a personal best on rings. Oklahoma also saw high scores from junior Troy Nitzky with a 15.350 and Dalton’s 15.000. Oklahoma totaled a 59.100 on vault, just .05 points shy of its season best. Dalton, the 2011 NCAA vault champion, took the event title with a 15.250. Heredia hit his vault for a 14.900, a career-best after calculating the scoring change from this offseason. Presten Ellsworth, Dylan Akers, Rubin and Berardini all posted career-high scores of over 14.700, including a 14.950 from Berardini. The Sooners were able to set the season-high score on parallel bars without Dalton competing in the event lineup. Dalton holds OU’s two highest individual scores on p-bars this season.

“I feel like this team has improved almost every week,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “This is how you win championships, by putting together a competition like this. There’s still work to be done, but overall we’re in a good place right now and I’m really happy about the performance.” The Sooners (10-1, 4-0 MPSF) started the meet by notching a 60.060 on floor exercise. Oklahoma, ranked No. 1 in the nation on floor, scored over a 60 in the event for the fourth time this season. The Sooners topped Stanford’s floor score of 59.950, claiming its 23rdstraight floor title. Dalton, the 2011 NCAA floor champion, won the event title with a 16.050, scoring over a 16 for the third time this season. Freshman Dylan Akers (14.950) and Raymond White (14.900) both scored career highs on pommel horse to lead the Sooners to a 58.25 on the apparatus. The Cardinal posted a 58.550 on the horse, the only event it won, to lead the Sooners by 0.2 points after two rotations, 118.5-118.3. The Cardinal’s lead didn’t last long, as Oklahoma reclaimed first place in the third rotation with a 60.550 on rings behind Dalton’s career-high 15.550 and junior Troy Nitzky’s season-high 15.450. The Sooners extended their lead with a 59.600 on vault behind career highs from senior Mike Heredia (14.950) and Akers (14.600). Dalton, the 2011 NCAA vault champion, claimed the event title with a season-high 15.350. Picking up on the momentum headed into the final two rotations, the Sooners scored their highest parallel bars score of the season with a 59.650. Dalton led the way for OU with a season-high 15.550 to take his third event title of the night while sophomore Preseten Ellsworth set a career-high on parallel bars for the second week in a row with a 14.750. In the final rotation, the Sooners sealed the victory with a 58.950 on high bar behind Dalton’s 15.000 and Rubin’s 14.950. “Ending the meet on high bar was great,” said Williams. “It was so exciting for the crowd and for the team. We stuck five out of six dismounts.”

Oklahoma concluded the night on high bar, notching a 57.800 behind Rubin’s career-best 15.250.

Dalton agreed that the Sooners performance is right on track to compete for a national title.

The Sooners saw a lot of high scores from their freshman-filled lineup in their home debut.

“I think we’re definitely going to be in contention for the national championship,” said Dalton. “This meet helped prove it because we came out here and did our job, although we still made mistakes. Scoring over a 357 and still having mistakes is proof that we’re here to compete for that No. 1 spot. We’re going to go back in the gym and work hard to keep the ball rolling the rest of the season. We’re not giving up and we’re going to keep

“I think the younger guys really got a feel for what our team is about,” said Dalton, one of the three captains. “They learned how to get on a roll and keep that roll going the whole meet. It’s a little hard to do that at other competitions. We’ve done it here and there but I think tonight was the best because we started, got on a roll and kept it going. They’re starting to click and starting to get experience. That’s exactly what we need.”

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2012 Meet-by-meet results March 10 ● Lloyd Noble Center ● Norman, Okla.

oklahoma michigan

355.500 348.950

NORMAN, Okla. -- The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team continued its hot streak with a 355.500-348.950 win over No. 8 Michigan at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday. The Sooners (11-1, 4-0 MPSF) totaled over a 355 for the third consecutive meet and swept all six events in their win over the eighth-ranked Wolverines (6-6, 4-3 Big Ten). Oklahoma, who normally competes at the McCasland Field House, hosted the meet at the Lloyd Noble Center to preview the venue for the 2012 NCAA Championships, held at the LNC on April 19-21. “We’re on track,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “There are still a few little mistakes that we made and need to fix, but overall I have to be pleased with this dry-run performance before we come in here to compete in the NCAA Championships. The guys handled the new environment well.” Junior Jake Dalton claimed three individual event titles on floor, vault and a shared title on parallel bars but barely fell to Michigan’s Sam Mikulak in the all-around, 90.30090.000. Mikulak, who tied Dalton for the p-bars crown, also took event titles on pommel horse and high bar. Dalton and Mikulak, both members of the U.S. National Team, will compete as teammates next week at the 2012 Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Wash., as part of Team USA’s three-man lineup. The Sooners began the meet on floor exercise, totaling a 61.250 behind Dalton’s 16.050 and senior Michael Heredia’s career-best 15.150. Oklahoma, the top-ranked team on floor, has scored over a 60 in the event in five of its past six meets. The Sooners have won the floor title in each of its last 25 regular-season meets. In the second rotation, OU posted a 56.750 on pommel horse, its lowest score on the apparatus since Jan. 28 at Illinois. Freshmen Jacoby Rubin (14.450) and Michael Reid (14.350) earned the Sooners’ top scores. Chris Stehl (15.400), Troy Nitzky (15.200) and Dalton (15.100) led the Sooners to a 60.350 on rings, topping a 60 on rings for the third-straight meet. Nitzky, an All-American on rings, has scored a 15.350 or higher during that streak. Stehl picked up his third rings title of the season. In the fourth rotation, the Sooners scored a season-high 59.600 on vault for the secondstraight week. Dalton led the way with a season-high 15.550 followed by Heredia’s 14.900. On parallel bars, Dalton took the event title with a 15.350 to lead the Sooners to a 58.600 total. Danny Berardini collected a 14.500 and Nitzky scored a career-high 14.450. The Sooners clinched the victory with a 58.950 on high bar in the final rotation behind Dalton’s 14.900. Freshmen Dylan Akers (14.800) and William Clement (14.700) each scored career highs.

March 17 ● McCasland Fieldhouse ● Norman, Okla.

oklahoma nebraska air force

352.400 341.550 327.950

NORMAN, Okla. -- The top-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team closed out its four-meet homestand with a tri-meet win over No. 9 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force on Saturday at the McCasland Field House. The Sooners (13-1, 5-0 MPSF) posted a 352.400 to top the Huskers (341.550) and Falcons (327.950) without the contribution of the nation’s top all-around gymnast, Jake Dalton. The OU junior is competing for Team USA this weekend at the Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Championships in Everett, Wash. Without Dalton, Oklahoma still managed to sweep all six event titles with six Sooners winning individual titles - Raymond White (floor), Troy Nitzky (pommel horse), Chris Stehl (rings), Michael Heredia (vault), Jacoby Rubin (parallel bars) and Dylan Akers (high bar). “I think it was a great way to send our seniors out,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “We were without Jake Dalton, our biggest scorer for a lot of our events, so we gave opportunities to some different guys and they responded really well. We had a great hit percentage and energy throughout the meet. Overall, I was very pleased with everyone’s performance.” The meet served as the final home event at the McCasland Field House for seniors Mike Heredia, Patrick Piscitelli and Chad Crumley. The three Sooners never lost a meet at the McCasland Field House during their time in a Sooner uniform. Oklahoma began the meet by topping a 60 on floor for the fourth-straight meet and sixth time this season with a 60.200. OU, the nation’s No. 1 team on floor, claimed the event’s title for the 26th consecutive regular-season meet. Sophomore Raymond White (15.350) and seniors Mike Heredia (15.050) and Patrick Piscitelli (15.000) led the Sooners with a trio of scores of 15 or higher. The Sooners put up a 56.500 on pommel horse behind Troy Nitzky’s 14.600 and Jacoby Rubin’s 14.450. After two rotations, the Sooners led the second-place Huskers by a margin of 1.450 points, 116.700-115.250. Oklahoma quickly began to pull away in the next rotation by posting a 58.900 on rings. Stehl took the event title with a 15.000 followed by a career-high 14.800 by Presten Ellsworth. On vault, the Sooners totaled a season-best 59.800 behind Heredia’s 15.100 and Piscitelli’s 15.050. Oklahoma topped a 59 on vault for the fifth consecutive meet. The Sooners pieced together a 58.900 on parallel bars in the fifth rotation behind career highs from Rubin (14.950) and Ellsworth (14.900). Oklahoma closed the meet on high bar with a 58.100 to seal the victory. Freshman Dylan Akers led the meet with a 14.650 on the apparatus to take the event title. The meet marked the fourth-straight and final home event of the regular season. During the stretch, Oklahoma has rolled to victories over Iowa (356.250-334.400), Stanford (357.050-351.400), Michigan (355.500-348.950) and now Nebraska and Air Force, averaging 355.300 points a meet. Out of 24 events from the four meets, the Sooners claimed titles in 23, failing to top an opponent only once (pommel horse vs. Stanford).

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2012 Meet-by-Meet resuLts March 24 ● Sports Pavilion ● Minneapolis, Minn.

oklahoma Minnesota Ohio State

353.100 350.600 344.500

MINNEAPOLIS – The No. 1 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team capped another dominant regular season by taking down No. 5 Minnesota and No. 6 Ohio State on Saturday night in Minneapolis. While Oklahoma improved to 15-1 overall, it wasn’t easy. After going back and forth all meet, the Sooners totaled a 353.100 to edge the Gophers’ season-best 350.600, while the Buckeyes (344.500) took third. The meet came down to the wire with Oklahoma and Minnesota tied at 294.900 heading into the final rotation before the Sooners posted a 58.200 on high bar to seal the victory. “We did a decent job,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “Being on the road was an adjustment after having our last four meets at home. We definitely left the door open in terms of not having the best performance I thought we could’ve had. Our hit percentage was down, our sticking of landings was down. We just didn’t improve from the past two meets we’ve had.” The Sooners claimed event titles on floor, pommel horse, rings and high bar with Jake Dalton taking event titles on parallel bars and high bar and Raymond White claiming the floor title. Dylan Akers took the all-around title with an 83.100. With the nation-best 15-1 record, the Sooners finished the season with one or less loss for the 11th time in the past 12 years. Oklahoma’s one loss of the season came to then-No. 2 Illinois on Jan. 28 in Champaign, Ill. Since the lone loss, OU has gone 9-0 over a stretch of six meets, defeating seven top10 opponents, including three in the top five. Oklahoma started the meet off strong with four Sooners posting career highs on floor exercise to total a 61.100, its third-highest score of the season. Dalton, the nation’s top gymnast on floor and gold medalist in the event at last week’s Pacific Rim Championships, did not compete in OU’s floor lineup.

April 7 ● Cadet West Gymnasium ● Colorado Springs, Colo.

oklahoma California stanford air force

355.600 352.100 345.950 335.950

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The eighth conference championship in the last 10 years came on Saturday for the second-ranked Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team behind a dominating performance by junior Jake Dalton, who collected four individual titles. OU won its 19th conference title after posting a 356.600 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship at the Air Force Academy. Since head coach Mark Williams took over the program in 2000, the Sooners have claimed 10 MPSF team titles. Defending MPSF champion No. 3 Stanford took second with a 352.100 followed by No. 7 California (345.950) and No. 12 Air Force (335.950). The MPSF is a hybrid conference for school’s that belong to conferences which don’t sponsor men’s gymnastics. “We’re really excited,” said OU Head Coach Mark Williams. “The guys stringed together a great competition and really stepped it up to put together a fantastic performance, from the first guy that went to the very end. We’re going to enjoy this one through tonight and start thinking about the NCAA Championship tomorrow.” Following the meet, Williams was named the MPSF’s Coach of the Year. Dalton, who was crowned the conference’s Gymnast of the Year, claimed his secondstraight MPSF all-around title with a 89.250 in a dominant performance. Dalton placed in the top-two in all five of the events he counted, with conference titles on rings, parallel bars and high bar and second-place finishes on floor and vault. With Dalton’s four conference titles, the Sooners now have 111 individual conference titles, including 42 under Williams. “Today went really,” said Dalton. “Today was all about the team, with everybody going in there and doing our job. I tried to make myself a part of that, doing my job. Everybody backed me up and I backed them up, just like our team is supposed to do.”

The Sooners were led by White’s career-high-tying 15.500 along with career bests by Dylan Akers (15.300), Presten Ellsworth (15.000) and Chris Stehl (14.900). Senior Patrick Piscitelli scored a season-high 15.100.

“The season isn’t over though,” added Dalton. “We have one more meet and it’s the big one. We still have work to do.”

Oklahoma, the nation’s top-ranked team on floor, won the event title in all nine of its regular-season meets, scoring over a 60 in seven meets. The Sooners have claimed the floor title in 27 straight regular-season meets, dating back to 2009.

Oklahoma took an early lead in the first rotation by posting a 59.950 on rings behind Dalton’s 15.300 and Troy Nitzky’s 15.150. The Sooners kept it rolling in the second rotation with a 59.200 on vault. Dalton led the Sooners with a 15.150 followed by Patrick Piscitelli’s 14.950 and Raymond White’s 14.600.

After struggling to surpass a 57 on pommel horse for two consecutive meets, the Sooners scored a 57.300 in their weakest event. Rubin scored a 14.800 followed by Michael Reid’s 14.400 and Troy Nitzky’s 14.300.

OU posted its second-best parallel bars score of the season (59.200) behind Dalton’s 15.300 and Danny Berardini’s career-high 15.050.

After two rotations, the Golden Gophers narrowly led Oklahoma 118.700-118.400. Oklahoma’s woes continued in third rotation with a 58.600 on rings, an event it normally scores over a 59 in. Nitzky posted a team-best 15.100 and Stehl scored a 14.600. Minnesota posted a 58.700 on parallel bars to extend its lead to four-tenths of a point, 177.400-177.000. The Sooners picked it up on vault with a 59.400 to retake the lead, 236.400-235.000. Piscitelli led Oklahoma with a season-best 15.200 followed by William Clement’s careerhigh 14.800.

Oklahoma scored its second-best high bar score of the year in the fourth rotation with a 58.750. Dalton led the Sooners with a 15.200 along with Akers’ 14.800. Dalton then nailed a 15.800 on floor exercise to lead the Sooners to a 60.950 event total. Carrying a 297.850-292.800 lead over Stanford into the final rotation, the Sooners needed a big night on its weakest event, pommel horse, to hold off the defending MPSF and NCAA champs. Oklahoma stepped up and totaled a 57.750 on horse behind Nitzky’s career-high 14.650 to seal the conference title.

Through four rotations, the Sooners hadn’t seen action from Dalton, the nation’s top all-around gymnast. The junior captain sat out on four events to help rest before the start of the postseason. 8 National Championships • 19 Conference Championships • 231 All-Americans • 7 Nissen-Emery Awards

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2012 Meet-by-meet results April 19 ● Lloyd Noble Center ● Norman, Okla.

illinois oklahoma california minnesota Temple air force

356.25 356.20 351.15 343.35 339.45 333.75

NORMAN, Okla. - No. 1 Oklahoma advanced to the team finals of the NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championship after posting a 356.20 in the national qualifier on Thursday night at the Lloyd Noble Center. Oklahoma (22-2) finished second and will compete for its ninth national title on Friday night at 7 p.m. on its home floor. The Sooners have won five national championships since 2002, all under current head coach Mark Williams. “I was pleased with the performance tonight,” said Williams. “Our goal was to qualify and be in the top three teams. Some events, we exceeded our expectations for tonight. I was real happy with the pommel horse, as a team. We still have room to get better. I held out Jake Dalton on a couple things and Dylan Akers, so I think we can do better tomorrow night.” The Sooners will be joined in the finals by Illinois (356.25) and California (351.15), who finished in first and third, respectively in the second qualifier. OU posted the evening’s top scores on floor exercise, pommel horse and still rings while Illinois recorded the meet’s top scores on vault, parallel bars and high bar. In Thursday’s afternoon session, No. 2 Penn State (353.00), No. 3 Stanford (348.50) and No. 6 Michigan (353.450) qualified for the finals by finishing in the top three. Oklahoma started the meet strong by topping 60 points on parallel bars for the first time this season. Dalton led Oklahoma with a 15.400 followed by a career-best 15.150 from Danny Berardini. Dalton’s posted the night’s top parallel bars’ score. After a slow start on high bar, Dalton boosted the Sooners’ top score with a 15.250 to total a 57.550. The Fighting Illini countered with a season-high 60.150 on p-bars to take a 119.700-117.600 lead after two rotations. Both Oklahoma and Illinois competed on its best events in the third rotation with the Sooners scoring a 60.150 on floor and the Illini earning a 60.100 on high bar. Dalton, the 2011 NCAA champion and the nation’s top gymnast on floor, did not compete in the event to rest for Friday’s finals. Preston Ellsworth was tied for the meet’s top score on floor with a 15.100. After failing to score over a 59 on pommel horse all season, the Sooners collected a 59.100 on the apparatus behind Dylan Akers’ 14.900 and Troy Nitzky’s 14.850. Oklahoma’s previous season-best was a 58.650.

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358.85 357.45 354.80 353.00 352.65 351.05

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team captured second place at the 2012 NCAA Championship, narrowly falling to Illinois, 358.85-357.45 Friday night. Since 2001, the Sooners have finished in the top two of the NCAA Championship 10 times. Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton claimed the all-around title with a score of 91.00. Dalton has won three individual NCAA titles during his three seasons at OU, claiming both floor and vault in 2011. Oklahoma and Illinois went back and forth the entire meet, but thanks largely to a Fighting Illini pommel horse score of 60.75 in the fifth rotation, Illinois pulled off the comeback on the Sooners’ home floor. Given the option of where to begin the meet, Oklahoma head coach Mark Williams and his team captains chose to start with their strongest event - floor exercise. OU entered the meet as the top floor team in the nation, and it didn’t disappoint. Presten Ellsworth kicked off the meet with a 15.05 and was followed by a 15.00 from Alec Robin. The rest of the Sooner floor lineup followed suit. Led by Dalton -- the 2011 NCAA floor champion -- and his 15.75, OU posted a 60.95 team score. Following the first rotation, the Sooners narrowly led second-place Penn State, 60.95-60.60. Considered to be their weakest event, the Sooners scrapped together a 58.350 on pommel horse with top scores coming from Michael Reid (14.70) and Ellsworth (14.50). Penn State and Illinois passed the Sooners in the team standings, although all three squads were within 0.85 points of each other. The Sooners began their rings set with a pair of sub-14.50 scores before the upperclassman trio of Chris Stehl (15.300), Troy Nitzky (15.000) and Dalton (15.200) stepped up to boost OU’s score to a 60.20. Oklahoma’s rings total was enough to retake the lead halfway through the meet, a 179.50-178.65 advantage over Illinois. The Sooners took their momentum into the fourth rotation and posted their highest vault score of the season. Oklahoma’s 61.20 topped a previous high of 60.10.

Dalton scored a 15.150 to lead the Sooners on rings to a 59.250 in the sixth rotation.

All six OU gymnasts topped a 14.70 on vault, including team-high scores from Dalton (15.55) and seniors Mike Heredia and Patrick Piscitelli (15.250 each).

Trailing by exactly two points heading into the final rotation, the Sooners stepped up and posted a season-best vault score of 60.100 behind Patrick Piscitelli’s meet-high 15.350.

Dalton’s 15.50 led to a 59.60 on parallel bars for Oklahoma. On the other side of the floor, however, Illinois put together a 60.75 on pommel horse to reduce OU’s lead.

The Sooners will start Friday’s championship meet on the floor exercise.

Heading into the final rotation, the Sooners led the Fighting Illini, 300.30-299.40. The Sooners put together a 57.15 on high bar, but it wasn’t enough to counter the Fighting Illini’s 59.45 on rings. Jacoby Rubin, one of the Sooners’ top scorers on high bar, was unable to compete due to a recent diagnosis of mononucleosis.

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2012 Meet-by-Meet resuLts April 21 ● Lloyd Noble Center ● Norman, Okla.

iNDIVIDUAL RESULTS NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma junior Jake Dalton proved that he is the nation’s top allaround gymnast by claiming the parallel bars title and All-America honors on five of the six events at the NCAA Championship on Saturday night. Dalton, who claimed the NCAA all-around title and All-America status last night, is the first gymnast in OU history to earn All-America honors on six events (all-around, floor, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar) in one season. Through his three years at Oklahoma, Dalton boasts 13 All-America honors and four individual national titles. As a team, the Sooners racked up 12 total All-America honors between Friday and Saturday, the most of any school. In addition to Dalton, the NCAA bestowed All-America status to Troy Nitzky and Chris Stehl on rings, Danny Berardini on parallel bars and Presten Ellsworth, Patrick Piscitelli and Mike Heredia on vault. OU’s 12 All-America honors are the most since the Sooners claimed 14 in 2006 behind 2008 Olympian Jonathan Horton. Oklahoma has claimed 11 or more All-America honors every year since 2005. Oklahoma’s history now claims 231 All-Americans and 37 individual titles in addition to eight national championships. In addition to his p-bars and all-around titles, Dalton finished second on floor and third on rings and high bar. Ellsworth and Berardini also claimed top-three finishes with Ellsworth taking third on vault and Berardini tying for third on parallel bars. Berardini is the first OU freshman to earn All-America status since 2010. The Sooners impressive showing in the event finals came one night after taking second place in the team finals, narrowly falling to Illinois, 358.85-357.45 on Friday. Since 2001, the Sooners have finished in the top two of the NCAA Championship 10 times.

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Jake Dalton NCAA National Champion (AA, PB) All-American (AA, FX, SR, V, PB, HB) MPSF Conference Champions (AA, HB, PB, SR) MPSF Gymnast of the Year

Danny Berardini All-American (PB)

Presten Ellsworth All-American (V)

Mike Heredia All-American (V)

Troy Nitzky All-American (SR)

Patrick Piscitelli All-American (V)

Chris Stehl All-American (SR)

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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 19021917 feature faded pictures of young men who were members of Hall’s “Gymnasium Squads.”

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 program sprung from beginnings almost as humble as Hall’s efforts in the early 1900s. Later, Porterfield would admit he had to beg students to try out for OU’s first season in 1966 and the squad finished

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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. 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. In 1977, just four years after Ziert took over, Oklahoma had its first national title, tying Indiana State for the national crown. (It 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. Boomer Sooner

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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. In 1980 Conner and teammate Mike Wilson (alternate) earned spots on the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, but couldn’t compete because of the U.S. boycott. Conner got his third shot at the Games in 1984, where he earned two gold medals.

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program history That same year, Buwick took over the reins as head coach, leading his team to the first of many conference championships.

Oklahoma also claimed its 10th conference title out of the last 12 years in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship.

In 1991, Buwick added the program’s third national title. Under Buwick’s leadership, OU also produced three Nissen Award winners: Jarrod Hanks (1991), Dan Fink (1998), Todd Bishop (1999).

The Sooners recorded an undefeated regular season in 2011 before taking second place at both the MPSF Championship and the NCAA Team Finals. Naddour picked up his secondstraight title on the pommel horse while Jake Dalton won individual national titles on floor and vault.

In 2000, Mark Williams, who served as Buwick’s assistant for 12 seasons, took over as head coach, leading his team to the conference title and a fourth-place NCAA finish.Williams won his second consecutive conference Coach of the Year honor in 2001 and led the Sooners to a second-place finish nationally. 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.

Legendre became OU’s latest Nissen winner in 2011. With seven winners, OU has produced more Nissen Award winners than any other university and is the only school to claim back-to-back honorees. In 2012, the Sooners won their 19th conference championship, and 11th MPSF crown since 1999. OU would host the NCAA Championships and finish in second place for the second year in a row. The national finish marked the 13th straight year in which Oklahoma finished in the top four at the championship meet, all under Williams.

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. 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.

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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 also became OU’s sixth Nissen winner. 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. The 2010 campaign saw 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. 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 in 2006 and 2007. Also collecting an NCAA Individual Championship in his freshman year was Alex Naddour on pommel horse. The last time Oklahoma claimed the individual title on pommel horse was Josh Landis in 2003.

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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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2003 NCAA National Champions Head Coach - mark williams

2005 NCAA National Champions Head Coach - mark williams

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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37 individual national titles

jake dalton

All-Around...................... 2012 Parallel Bars.................... 2012 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

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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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231 all-america honors RUSS PORTERFIELD ERA 1968 (1) Tom Sexton (PB) 1972 (1) Odess Lovin (FX) 1973 (1) Odess Lovin (FX) PAUL ZIERT ERA 1974 (2) Rich Bova (HB) Greg Goodhue (V) 1976 (1) Greg Buwick (FX) 1977 (3) Bart Conner (AA) Mike Wilson (AA, PB)

1988 (1) Jeff Lutz (V) 1989 (1) Brian Halstead (V) 1990 (3) Jim Endres (V) Brian Halstead (V) Jarrod Hanks (FX) 1991 (10) Brian Halstead (V, HB) Jarrod Hanks (AA, FX, SR, HB) Jeff Lutz (AA, SR, PB, HB) 1992 (1) Tom Meadows (FX) 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) 1985 (2) Mark Oates (V) Mark Rice (FX) 1986 (3) Mark Rice (FX, SR) Tom Vaughn (HB) 1987 (5) Mark Rice (AA, FX, PB) Carlo Sabino (PB) Tom Vaugh (HB)

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

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

2007 (11) Taqiy Abdullah-Simmons (AA, V, SR, HB) Chris Brooks (HB) Russell Czeschin (FX) Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, V, SR, HB) 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) 2012 (12) Jake Dalton (AA, FX, SR, V, PB, HB) Danny Berardini (PB) Presten Ellsworth (V) Mike Heredia (V) Troy Nitzky (SR) Patrick Piscitelli (V) Chris Stehl (SR)

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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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 2012........................................................355.600

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

111 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) 1988 Mark Steves (FX, HB) Jeff Lutz (V) 1989 Brian Halstead (V, HB)

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

2004 Josh Gore (PB) Quinn Rowell (HB)

1995 Dan Fink (SR)

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

1996 Casey Bryan (AA) Dan Fink (SR) Jeremy Killen (V) Kyle Johnson (FX) 1997 Jeremy Killen (FX, V)

2007 Jonathan Horton (AA, FX, SR, HB)

1998 Todd Bishop (PB) Dan Fink (SR)

2008 Jonathan Horton (AA, SR) Steven Legendre (FX)

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

2009 Steven Legendre (V)

1990 Jarrod Hanks (SR)

2000 Everette Bierker (PB) Daniel Furney (PH) Robby Rome (HB)

1991 Ricky Armstrong (HB) Brian Halstead (PB) Jeff Lutz (SR)

2001 Brendan O’Neil (FX) Steve Van Etten (V) Brett Covey (SR)

1992 Tom Meadows (SR) Orson Sykes (V)

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

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

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

2010 Ian Jackson (V) Steven Legendre (FX) 2011 Jake Dalton (AA, FX, V, PB) Steven Legendre (FX) Alex Naddour (PH) 2012 Jake Dalton (AA, HB, PB, SR)

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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

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)

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

NCAA Finish N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

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)

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

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

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

2000-Present Record: 322-30 (.915) Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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 26-3

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) First (MPSF)

NCAA Finish Fourth Second First First Second First First Second First Third Third Second 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

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 2012 MPSF Coach of the Year................................Mark Williams

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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 Dylan Akers..................................2012-Present Ricky Armstrong...............................................1990-92 David Arnoth......................................................... 1972 Robert Atchison.................................................... 1972

B

Matt Bailey.......................................................1982-84 Forrest Barker........................................................ 1966 Aaron Basham..................................................1992-95 Jody Bayless.....................................................1978-80 Garry Beasley...................................................1975-78 Danny Berardini...........................2012-Present 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

C

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 William Clement...........................2012-Present 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...............................................2009-2012 Russell Czeschin...............................................2006-09

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Jacob Dalton................................................2010-2012 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 Presten Ellsworth.........................2012-Present 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 Ethan Jose....................................2012-Present

F

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

H

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 Michael Heredia.................................................... 2012 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

I

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

M

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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Alex Naddour.................................................. 2010 -11 Anthony Naddour.............................................2009-11 Troy Nitzky................................... 2010-Present

O

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............................................2009-2012 Reed Pitts.................................................... 2006, 2008 Donald Pollard...................................................... 1975

R

Richard Ranier....................................................... 1970 Stanton Rehkemper...................... 2012-Present Michael Reid................................. 2012-Present Ramon Repp......................................................... 1968 Roy Rettberg............................................... 1968, 1970 Mike Rice................................................1983, 1985-87 Dave Riehl........................................................1984-85 Alec Robin.................................... 2012-Present Robby Rome.................................................1997-2000 Quinn Rowell...................................................2001-04

Garon Rowland................................................1995-97 Gavin Rowland.................................................1996-99 Jacoby Rubin................................ 2012-Present Anton Rupert...................................................1975-75 Stephen Rutledge............................................1977-80

S

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 Michael Squires............................ 2012-Present 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 Raymond White............................ 2012-Present 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 BOLD indicates active student-athletes

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record book Team: 2006-2012

Individual: 2006-2012

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............................... 60.300...................................................02.12.12 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 & 01.21.12) 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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