Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Gymnastics: OU Earns No. 2 Seed in NCAA Championship

After winning its 20th conference title Saturday, the University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championship and will be the top seed in the first national qualifier on Friday, April 19 at 1 p.m. CT in State College, Pa.

The Sooners (18-1, 6-1 MPSF) are the No. 2 team with a qualifying score of 438.662 and will compete for their ninth national title. Penn State, the host institution, earned the top seed with a 442.088.

"It's exciting to be in the mix for another national championship," OU head coach Mark Williams said. "We'll try to make it out of the qualifier next Friday and compete for it all on Saturday. As the top seed in our session, we got to select what event we start on, and we are going to start on floor. We're comfortable on that because we've done that five times this year and have won all of those meets, so we hope that's the ticket to making it into the final six."

The two pre-qualifying sessions each have six teams, with the top three teams in each session advancing to the NCAA Finals on April 20 at 6 p.m. CT. Individual event finals will be held April 21 at 1 p.m. CT.

OU will face No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Illinois, No. 10 Nebraska and No. 11 Air Force. The second qualifier, at 7 p.m. CT, will feature No. 1 Penn State, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 8 Iowa, No. 9 California and No. 12 Temple.

In the past 12 years, OU has never finished below third nationally and has claimed five national titles, all under current head coach Mark Williams.

Oklahoma boasts a 9-0 record this season against the five teams in its session and has defeated every team at least once. Against the twelve teams in the NCAA Championship, the Sooners are 16-1, with their lone loss coming Jan. 19 in a second-place finish to Stanford at the Stanford Open.

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