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A perfect 26 for Oklahoma

2015 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics

In 2006, when Oklahoma native Michael Squires was barely a teenager, he ventured to Norman, Oklahoma, to see the Sooners complete an undefeated season and capture the national championship. As he watched, he hoped he would one day be able to emulate his idols out on the floor. Now a senior on the University of Oklahoma gymnastics team, he accomplished that goal on April 10 in Norman, where the Sooners capped a 26-0 season with an NCAA championship.

“To say though that we achieved something they accomplished – that is the most amazing part,” Squires said. “I have done something now that my heroes have done.”

And Squires did his part. He posted a 16.45 on the rings, which set a personal record and tied the NCAA record in the event.

Along the way to perfection, the Sooners broke the NCAA single-meet scoring record, amassing 456.4 points in a February contest against Michigan. A week later, they broke the record again, garnering 457.3 points against Illinois. The Sooners’ victory in the national championship came by a slimmer margin, only seven points.  

“I don’t think we were as dominant as we wanted,” Oklahoma coach Mark Williams said after his team captured the championship. “(But) I really feel like the guys were wellprepared and able to execute in the end.”

The Results
2015 National Collegiate Men’s Gymnastics

1st: Oklahoma, 447.05
2nd: Stanford, 440.45
3rd: Penn State, 439.50

Akash Modi, Stanford

Jonathan Zirna, Springfield
Ethan Lottman, Nebraska

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