Friday, January 24, 2014

Men's Gymnastics: No. 1 Sooners Go on the Road to Face No. 7 Minnesota

Two weeks ago, the Oklahoma men's gymnastics team competed at the Rocky Mountain Open. The Sooners not only came out with a first-place finish, they scored a 443.150 - the highest season-opening score in program history.

To put OU's performance in perspective, the Sooners scored higher than a 443.150 just once all of last season, a season in which the Sooners finished second in the nation.

Yet last Saturday Oklahoma almost repeated its performance, posting a 440.700 in a resounding win over No. 6 Air Force. After two weeks, OU holds the two highest team scores in the country, with Michigan coming in third at 437.500. In fact, no other team in the country has scored above even a 432.000 more than twice yet this season.

Ranked No. 1 in both the statistical rankings and the national coaches poll for the second straight week, the Sooners are going back on the road to compete in an historically hostile environment at No. 7 Minnesota looking to get even better.

"Yeah, we've had two really high scores in the first two meets, but it's only a confidence booster for the team," said senior co-captain Presten Ellsworth. "It makes us want to go out and do even better."

Oklahoma has never lost to Minnesota since Mark Williams became head coach in 2000. Last season, OU defeated the Golden Gophers in Norman, 443.350 - 435.450.

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