No. 9 Nebraska at No. 1 Oklahoma with No. 11 Air Force
Date: Saturday, March 17
Start Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Norman, Okla.
Venue: McCasland Field House
Live Stats: SoonerSports.com
The No. 9 Nebraska men's gymnastics team will head south this weekend for their final regular season road meet of 2012, traveling to Norman, Okla. to face No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 11 Air Force. The trio of teams will compete on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the McCasland Field House on the University of Oklahoma campus. Live stats for the event will be made available at SoonerSports.com. Fans are also encouraged to follow the Huskers' Twitter page for live updates during the meet (@NebraskaMGym).
Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers rose one spot to No. 9 nationally in the March 12 GymInfo Poll. NU's team three-score average of 341.950 holds them at sixth among Big Ten teams and fourth in the western region. Oklahoma maintained their No. 1 national ranking this week (35.6267), marking the eighth consecutive week the Sooners have been ranked first. Stanford jumped from No. 4 nationally to No. 2 (354.233), while Illinois held strong at No. 3 (353.683).
Nebraska continued to improve in the national event rankings this week, appearing in the top ten on four separate events. The Huskers are paced by their No. 5 ranking on parallel bars (58.050), followed by a No. 7 ranking on vault (58.867). NU also notched appearances No. 8 nationally on both floor exercise (58.800) and high bar (56.850).
A total of five Husker athletes appeared in the individual national rankings this week, picking up ranks on five different events. Nebraska was led by junior Wyatt Baier, who appears at 13th nationally on vault (14.950). Senior Andreas Hofer picked up a ranking of 14th on high bar (14.550), while freshman Grant Perdue locked up the 16th-place ranking on floor exercise (14.950). Sophomore Mark Ringle is a leader on parallel bars, ranking 17th (14.717), and the Huskers were rounded out by sophomore Eric Schryver's 19th-place ranking on pommel horse (14.617)
Scouting the Oklahoma Sooners
Head Coach: Mark Williams | 2012 Record: 11-1 | 2012 High Score: 357.050
The No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners enter this weekend ranked first in the nation for the eighth consecutive week. OU is fresh off a victory over No. 7 Michigan in which the Sooners posted their third-highest score this season (355.500). Head coach Mark Williams is in his 13th season as head coach of the Sooners. A former All-American at Nebraska, Williams has coached the Sooners to five national championships during his time at Oklahoma.
Oklahoma is ranked first nationally on three separate events: floor exercise (61.200), still rings (61.067) and parallel bars (59.150). The Sooners add two more top-five rankings with their fourth place rankings on pommel horse (58.133) and vault (59.450).
The Sooners have been led this season by junior All-American and U.S. National Team member Jake Dalton. Dalton ranks first nationally in all-around (89.833), parallel bars (15.400) and floor exercise (16.133).
Scouting the Air Force Academy Falcons
Head Coach: Kip Simons | 2012 Record: 10-4 | 2012 High Score: 338.900
The No. 11 Air Force Academy Falcons enter the weekend with a team three-score average of 337.967. This weekend marks the third time this season that the Huskers and the Falcons have met for competition; the teams have split the previous two meetings with Air Force edging NU at the Rocky Mountain Open in January before the Huskers rebounded to defeat Air Force in Lincoln the following weekend.
Air Force has been a national leader this season on still rings and currently ranks fifth overall (58.533). The Falcons add another top ten individual event ranking with their appearance at tenth on high bar (56.333).
Deven Menefee has been tops on still rings for the Falcons this season. The senior currentlly ranks ninth nationally, holding an average of 15.133. Air Force also has a pair of parallel bar athletes ranked, with Josh Ramos coming in at 15th (14.733) and James Okamoto holding an 18th-place rank (14.633).
Nebraska will host their final regular season meet this year against Iowa on Saturday, March 24 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The meet is slated for a 7 p.m. start and will be Senior Night for the Huskers, honoring Andreas Hofer, David Jacobs, Will Eastman and Michael Killeen.
Last Time Out: Nebraska Notches Third Place Finish
The No. 10 Huskers finished third behind No. 3 Illinois (353.650) and No. 6 Minnesota (346.900) but continued to improve, logging their best score yet this season at 344.700 last weekend at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Sophomore Wyatt Aycock was the lone Husker to capture an event title, scoring a 14.70 on pommel horse to lead the meet.
The day began for Nebraska on floor exercise, where the Huskers were paced by a pair of new season-best marks from freshman Grant Perdue and senior Andreas Hofer. Perdue led the way with a score of 15.05, while Hofer added a 14.95. Sophomore Mark Ringle also contributed a 14.60 as the team compiled a mark of 58.800.
The Huskers moved to pommel horse for their second rotation, where Aycock's mark of 14.70 to lead the Big Red. Nationally-ranked sophomore Eric Schryver added a 14.55 to help the Huskers to a team score of 54.000.
Nebraska took to still rings for their third rotation, notching a team score of 56.300. Sophomore Donovan Arndt led the Huskers with a score of 14.40, while Hofer and junior Wyatt Baier added scores of 14.00 apiece.
The fourth rotation took the Big Red to vault, compiling a team score of 59.300. Baier was tops for the Huskers on the event, posting a season-high mark of 15.25. Hofer's mark of 14.85 was also his best this spring, and nationally-ranked Perdue tacked on a 14.65 as well.
Nebraska moved on to parallel bars for the fifth rotation of the afternoon, where Ringle had another excellent week, posting a score of 15.00 to lead the Huskers. Schryver added a 14.60, while Aycock contributed a 14.50 to help Nebraska to a team score of 58.550.
The Huskers finished their day on high bar, putting together a team score of 57.750. Hofer led the Huskers with a score of 14.60, while freshman Josh Ungar picked up a new personal-best mark of 14.50. Schryver also contributed his own season-best score of 14.35.