Submitted byd Patrick Dunn | Communications Assistant, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department
NORMAN - Three University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics alumni and head coach Mark Williams are set for competition at the 2019 FIG World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, beginning Monday.
2019 alumnus Yul Moldauer and 2017 graduate Allan Bower are part of the six-man traveling team with USA Gymnastics. Williams will be serving as Team USA's head coach at the world meet. Moldauer is set to compete on the five-man competition team while Bower will serve as the alternate.
"Our first goal is to qualify the team to the Olympic Games,” said Williams. “We're going to have to be in the top 12 for that to happen and hopefully we'll qualify into the team finals which would put us in the top eight. We're hoping to have another really good World Championships setting us up for the Olympic year."
Moldauer, a seven-time individual national champion at OU and 18-time All-American, took 12th in the all-around and fourth in the floor exercise final at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. In 2017, the Arvada, Colo., native brought home his first Worlds' medal, taking bronze in the floor exercise event final.
Also competing at the World Championships for Team Jamaica will be 2015 OU alumnus Michael Reid. Reid, an NCAA champion on pommel horse for the Sooners in 2015, will be making his first World Championships appearance for the Jamaican National Team after securing his dual-citizenship last year and making the senior national team.
The men's meet will begin Monday morning at 3 a.m. CT with the team qualifying round. The championships will stretch throughout the next week, with the team final on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6:45 a.m. The men's all-around final is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at 9 a.m. and individual event finals will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 12-13, at 9 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.