NCAA men's gymnastics: Sooners finish second after early struggles

By Greg Garno, For The Oklahoman Published: April 11, 2014

photo - Oklahoma’s Alec Robin was second in the vault during the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday. 
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Oklahoma’s Alec Robin was second in the vault during the NCAA men’s gymnastics championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Friday. AP Photo

Reid and Squires were two of seven Sooners to finish in the top 10 and qualify for Saturday’s individual finals. Kanji Oyama, Collin Van Wicklen, Alec Robin, Will Clement and Danny Berardini moved on for Oklahoma, which will send at least one athlete in every event.

The Sooners captured first in the floor exercise and vault routine, their third and sixth rotations, in an attempt to come back from its fourth-place finish on the parallel bars and third-place finish on the high bar.

The Wolverines, though, finished first on the pommel horse, vault and parallel bars to create a four-point lead after the fourth event that was too much to overcome.

“We did everything we could to close the gap from last year and hopefully take away their chance of a national championship at home,” Williams said. “But they were just too good.”

Momentum was tough to find in front of a nearly sold-out crowd at the Crisler Center.

“It was the loudest (crowd) I’ve heard all year,” Berardini said. “But it didn’t impact us. The noise only helped us, I think. We really enjoyed a crowd to perform for.”

Added Williams: “In the practices, we were trying to work ways to distract each other so they blocked everything out and did their job.”