LINCOLN, Neb. – In its first meet since the debut of the new scoring system, No. 3 Oklahoma (13-1, 3-1 MPSF) won its fifth consecutive meet with a 435.850-426.350 victory against No. 10 Nebraska (4-7, 0-2 Big Ten) on Saturday at the Devaney Sports Center.
Since the season began, six gymnasts competed in each event, with the top five scores counting towards a team’s final totals. This weekend across the NCAA, five competitors performed in each event and all five scores counted. The inability to drop the worst score resulted in lower team totals compared to recent competitions, but still higher than many of OU’s season averages.
Oklahoma’s 436.750 final score was its fourth-highest total of the season and above its season average. Each of OU’s team event scores remained within one point of its average score.
|Floor||Alec Robin (OU)||15.200|
|Pommel||Eric Schryver (Neb.)||14.950|
|Rings||Troy Nitzky (OU)||15.300|
|Vault||Presten Ellsworth (OU)||15.000|
|P-Bars||CJ Schaaf (Neb.)||14.700|
|H-Bar||Stanton Rehkemper (OU)||14.850|
|AA||Alec Robin (OU)||86.250|
“I think we handled the gymnastics well enough where for the most part we hit the routines that we’ve been doing,” OU head coach Mark Williams said. “No one error really killed us. Our hit percentage was a little bit down from where I’d like it to be, but we were trying to push a few things on vault in terms of difficulty, and in other places there’s never going to be the perfect competition. When guys had struggles, they handled them pretty well. I didn’t feel like we put ourselves in a big hole on any particular event, but I still feel like we have room to improve.”
Ranked sixth nationally in the all-around, Alec Robin posted a career-high 86.250 to defeat Nebraska’s C.J. Schaaf by 2.350 points to claim the all-around crown. Robin’s scores were boosted by a career-high mark on vault and a career-high tying total on pommel horse.
“Alec [Robin] keeps on getting better,” Williams said. “He’s competing more confidently as the season goes on. Having him in the all-around again, being a guy that we can count on anywhere in the lineup has definitely been a luxury. I’m starting to depend on him more and more. He’s started to carve out a position on a lot of events where at the beginning of the season I didn’t expect him to keep doing. I’m happy for the progress he has made.”
For the fourth consecutive meet, the Sooners won at least four team and individual event titles. OU posted the highest team scores on floor, pommel horse, still rings and high bar. Robin’s high score on floor, Troy Nitzky on rings, Presten Ellsworth on vault and Stanton Rehkemper on high bar notched meet-high results.
OU began the meet on pommel horse, where Robin’s career-high tying 14.750 opened the competition for the Sooners. It gave them an early lead that would never disappear. The Sooners posted a 71.650, which gave them a slight 0.250 point advantage against the Cornhuskers after the first rotation.
On floor, the Sooners extended their lead with a 73.350, a rotation capped by Robin’s meet-high 15.200. Dylan Akers scored a 14.850, while Todd Dowdy and Ellsworth each recorded a 14.600.
With a 4.500-point lead, Oklahoma moved to its third event, vault. The Sooners scored a 72.000, their second-lowest total of the season. Ellsworth scored a 15.000 to lead all gymnasts and Robin again anchored OU’s rotation with a 14.900, a career high.
At the halfway point in the competition, the Sooners had a 217.000 point lead, 5.100 points higher than the host Cornhuskers.
A 74.650 on rings was the third-highest total of the season for Oklahoma on the event. Ellsworth led off with a career-high-tying 14.900 and Troy Nitzky followed with a meet-high 15.300.
Oklahoma posted a 72.500 on high bar, its third-highest score of the season on the event, and found itself with a seven-point lead after the fifth rotation. Career-highs of 15.850 from Stanton Rehkemper and 14.700 from Ethan Jose led the way for the Sooners.
On the final rotation, the Sooners notched a 71.700 on parallel bars. Danny Berardini closed with a 14.550, a high for OU. It marked the only event where Nebraska claimed both the highest team and individual score.