Feb. 20, 2010
Courtesy of Oklahoma
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -Freshman Jacob Dalton claimed the all-around title with a score of 87.650, as the No. 2 Oklahoma men’s gymnastics team defeated its fourth top-10 opponent at No. 3 Michigan on Saturday.
OU (7-0 overall, 3-0 MPSF) posted its second highest team total of the season (354.450) en route to its victory over the Wolverines (354.000).
“Beating Michigan on their floor is a huge accomplishment and I am really proud of the performance today,” said head coach Mark Williams. “At this time of year, I am really happy with the team because they did what they had to do in a hostile environment.”
The Sooners claimed half of the six events in the team portion of the meet with wins on floor (61.050), vault (63.000) and parallel bars (57.450).
“There are certain areas that we can improve upon,” added Williams. “But when it came down to it, the guys went out and did a good job.”
The meet was highlighted by Oklahoma taking four of the seven individual events with three different gymnasts winning titles, with Legendre claiming floor (15.900), junior Bobby Shortle claiming vault (16.100) and Dalton claiming parallel bars (14.650) and all-around (87.650).
The U. S. Senior National Team member has claimed three of the four all-around titles in 2010.
“I feel like we did really well but we have a lot of room to improve,” said Dalton. “This shows that if we go out as a team and compete together, we can accomplish a lot.”
Oklahoma returns home for its next meet against the University of Minnesota and the Texas Club Team at the McCasland Field House. The meet marks “Cleveland Elementary Night.”
The event is part of a “Partners in Education” program developed by Oklahoma Head Coach Mark Williams and Cleveland Elementary music teacher Regina Bell.
The OU Athletics Marketing Department has some special events planned for “Cleveland Elementary Night”. Several lucky students will win the opportunity to serve as junior judges, score flashers, march-in leaders, junior PA announcer and award presenters at the meet. One Cleveland student will also perform the national anthem.