No. 2 Oklahoma captures MPSF conference title with 5 of 6 event wins
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- No. 2 Oklahoma captured its 20th conference title and 12th in the past 15 years on Saturday with its consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Conference Championship.
The Sooners posted a 435.350 to finish ahead of No. 4 Stanford's 425.950. No. 9 California finished third with a 419.550, while No. 11 Air Force scored a 416.400.
OU head coach Mark Williams was named the MPSF coach of the year, while junior Presten Ellsworth was honored with Gymnast of the Year honors.
"I'm ecstatic for the performance our team did [Saturday]," Williams said. "When I looked at this team early in the season I didn't expect a whole lot in terms of overall team success throughout the entire year, but they've met and exceeded all the expectations I've had for them. Finishing the regular season ranked second in the country and then winning the conference championship is just thrilling. It was great to see this group come together as a team and win championships. I can't be more proud of them."
OU won five of the six individual conference titles. Sergey Resnick on pommel horse (14.500), Michael Squires on rings (15.650), Alec Robin on vault (15.500), Presten Ellsworth on parallel bars (14.800) and William Clement (14.950) all claimed conference championships. All-time, Oklahoma has now won 116 individual conference crowns.
"We were very dominant in individual performances, where we won five of the six individual events," Williams said. "It just makes the win even better. We certainly look forward to the challenge of the NCAA championships coming up, and I think we put ourselves in a good position to contend for another national title."
Since Mark Williams was named head coach in 2000, the Sooners have claimed 11 team championships, all as members of MPSF. Oklahoma's first eight championships came as members of the Big Eight.