Oklahoma gymnastics: Alec Robin, Michael Squires win individual championships

BY GREG GARNO, For The Oklahoman Published: April 12, 2014
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— Oklahoma juniors Alec Robin and Michael Squires couldn’t finish their first night of team competition with a national championship on Friday.

So they did the next best thing on Saturday: take home individual titles.

Led by Robin’s two individual national championships in the floor exercise and vault routine and Squires’ first-place finish on the still rings, the OU men’s gymnastics team ended the night at the NCAA gymnastics championships with eight athletes earning All-America honors. Fellow junior Michael Reid finished runner-up on the pommel horse with a score of 15.175, less than three tenths of a point short of first.

The Sooners finished with an All-American in each event after they finished runner-up behind Michigan in the team competition on Friday. The top-10 scorers in each event Friday advanced to Saturday’s competition.

“We didn’t hang our heads low, but coming into today it was a get back at them (moment),” Robin said.

Added Squires: “Having this is definitely a sweeter way to end the week. Obviously we wanted to get the first-place team trophy. … I think this was an appropriate way to go out.”

Robin ended his vault routine with a score of 15.250 after he stuck his dismount.

Robin, who entered the event seeded second, held the lead after Michigan senior Sam Mikulak briefly lost his balance as he landed.

Robin had offseason shoulder surgery and at first had a tough time returning to form.

“It’s really been a struggle for him to get back on everything,” said Oklahoma coach Mark Williams. “Tonight you could see him have that bounce, extra energy.”