Sooners Earn No. 2 Seed for NCAA Championships

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 21:06

Sooners Earn No. 2 Seed for NCAA Championships

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NORMAN – The second-ranked Oklahoma men's gymnastics team will be the No. 2 national seed at the 2024 NCAA Championships, which will be held April 19-20 at Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.

The Sooners will face off against No. 3 Michigan, host and No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 10 Air Force and No. 11 Springfield in the second qualifying session at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, April 19.

The first qualifying session, to be held at noon CT on April 19, will consist of No. 1 Stanford, No. 4 Illinois, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 8 California, No. 9 Navy and No. 12 Greenville.

The top three teams and the top three all-around competitors not on one of the qualifying teams, plus the top three individuals on each event not already qualified on a team or as an all-around competitor, will advance from each qualifying session to the finals. The NCAA Championship finals, set for 5 p.m. CT on April 20 will determine team, all-around and individual event champions.

Oklahoma faced three of its five qualifying session opponents during the regular season. The Sooners topped Ohio State 411.500 to 400.600 on Feb. 3 in Norman and fell to Michigan 416.300 to 409.550 in Ann Arbor, Mich., on March 2. OU has defeated Air Force three times this season: 413.600 to 382.750 on Feb. 13 in Norman, 420.350 to 392.750 at the Rocky Mountain Open on Jan. 20 and 418.400 to 395.450 at the MPSF Championship in Norman on April 6.

OU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Springfield all shared a qualifying session at the 2023 NCAA Championships. The Sooners won that qualifier with a score of 415.491, followed by Penn State (415.290) and Michigan (413.922).

Oklahoma has won 12 NCAA men's gymnastics championships, including nine national titles under head coach Mark Williams (since 2000). OU has finished first or second in 19 of the last 22 NCAA team championships held, and has reached 23 consecutive NCAA finals, or the finals of every championship held since 2000. OU's most recent national championship was in 2018, the final in a run of four straight national titles. Oklahoma and Penn State are tied for the most men's gymnastics national championships nationally.

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