Sooner Men Capture 20th Gymnastics Conference Title


Saturday, April 6th 2013, 10:48 pm
By: News 9


The No. 2 University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics team captured its 20th conference title and 12th in the past 15 years Saturday night with its second-consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Conference Championship in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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.

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.

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.

No. 2 Oklahoma has next weekend off before competing for its ninth NCAA Championship in State College, Pa. on April 19-21.