NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma gymnastics team was announced this week as top seeds for the upcoming NCAA Championships in Champaign, Illinois (April 19-20) at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois campus.
The Sooners will attend Friday in the preparatory session of the second qualifier, which will start at 19.00. CT. OU will face No. 4 in Illinois, No. 5, Penn State, No. 8, Iowa, No. 9, Ohio State and No. 12 in the preliminary round.
The afternoon qualifiers include No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Michigan, No. 6 Minnesota, No. 7 Nebraska, No. 10 Navy and No. 11 California. Session I is scheduled for 1pm. Begin.
Oklahoma defeated nine of the eleven other teams that qualified for the championship during the 2019 regular season and conference championship, including three of the Sooners five opponents in their qualifiers.
The team finale will take place on Saturday evening at 6pm. The top three teams of each pre-qualifying session will enter the championship round.
Both preliminary rounds will be televised live on NCAA.com, and Saturday's team final will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.
Tickets and more information about the NCAA Championships 2019 in Champaign can be found here.
LAST TIME OUT
The top-ranked OU most recently appeared on April 6 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference in Norman. The Sooners defeated Stanford (418,550), Cal (394,700) and Air Force (382,200) with a closing count of 420,500. Senior co-captain Yul Moldau, who last played as a historic player at the historic McCasland Field House, compiled four conference titles and won the All-Round Crown (87,700) and the Pommel Horse (14,250), Still Rings (15,250) and Ingots (15,150) titles. Last Captain Levi Anderson won the conference title on safe with an impressive 15,250. sophomore Gage Dyer won his first career conference crown with a 14,650 ground practice.
The team title marked Sooners Eighth Conference Championship in a row and 18th MPSF title overall, most in the conference. Moldova's four titles brought the number of his career conference to 12 and he overtook Olympic champion Jonathan Horton.
With an unprecedented fifth national title in a row in 2019, the Sooners were on the history of NCAA men's gymnastics with a record of 13 national titles. They broke the same with Penn State for most and would only be the second team ever to win five times with Nebraska running from 1979-1983. With another national title, OU head coach Mark Williams With a record of 10 titles as head coach, he would also head the coaching charts. Moldova, who has yet another national title, breaks a tie to take possession of most of the national titles in NCAA history.
WIN STREAK ACCESS RARE AIR
The Sooners won or took first place in every meeting they participated in since finishing second at the 2014 NCAA Team Final. During this time they have won 116 victories, including 70 at home, most successes in the program history. The series is the longest active series in Division I NCAA sports and the third longest winning streak in NCAA history. She has recently won the 111 victories of the UConn women's basketball team from 2014-17. The two best series are 137 from Miami Men's Tennis (1957-64) and 130 from BYU-Hawaii Women's Tennis (2002-05).
NISSEN-EMERY FINALIST YUL MOLDAUER
Senior Yul Moldauer has left his mark on the OU's record books and will round off his college career this weekend as the Sooners compete in the national championships. The reigning NCAA all-round champion was named Nooky Emery Award 2019 finalist at the beginning of the season, which is awarded annually to the best senior gymnast of the NCAA. The winner will be announced on Thursday, April 18, at a banquet prior to the championship in Champaign.
Moldauer is a seven-time single champion and became the third gymnast in 2018 to win four singles titles in a year. Last season was Moldova's second all-round title after winning the crown of his first season in 2016. Seven titles are top of the list for OU Steven Legendre (6) and Olympians Jonathan Horton (6) and Jake Dalton (4).
With his seven individual titles, he fights for most of the individual crowns in NCAA history. Moldova will have the chance to win the most titles by themselves when the Sooners compete in the NCAA championships next weekend.
The Sooners hold the best national qualifying average (421,163) and hold the top places on the Stillringen (70,925), the Vault (73,150) and the Reck (69,950).
In the other three competitions, the team also occupies a place among the top three. In the ground training (70,925) and Barren (69,488), it took second place, in the Pommel horses (67,500) in third place.
• Individual, former gymnasts hold three of the top 10 country courses on the ground. Sophomore and conference champion at the event Dyer ranks first with an NQA of 14,650, while Moldova ranks fifth (14,413). student in the first year Vitaliy Guimaraes completes the Top 10 in 10th place with an NQA of 14,350. Moldova finished fourth on the pommel horse with an NQA of 14,325, after claiming the conference title against the Cardinal, Bears and Falcons at 14,250.
• OU occupies three of the country's top 7 places in open rings. Moldova (14,950) was the first to top the list after claiming the crown of the conference last Saturday with a NCAA Best 15,250. With seniors Peter Daggett and Jake Maloley Fifth and seventh with NQAs of 14,400 and 14,313.
• In an event where the Sooners have an average of the best NCAA score of 73,150, OU-Turner hold four of the top 10 singles. Senior Levi Anderson (14,763) is in third place with his NCAA best of 15,250 after winning the MPSF title. Dyer (14,700) sits fourth while he is junior Gerber Justus (14,663) and Guimaraes (14,575) come in fifth or ninth place.
• Moldauer leads the top of the bar with an impressive 14.988 NQA. The Nissen Emery finalist won the conference title with a 15,150 routine.
• The Sooners land three in the top five on the horizontal bar, led by Anderson (14,500) at one point. Dyer (14,363) is in third place while he is older Genki Suzuki comes in fifth with an NQA of 14,238.