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Oklahoma gymnastics: Alec Robin, Michael Squires win individual championships

BY GREG GARNO, For The Oklahoman Published: April 12, 2014
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/articleid/3954903/1/pictures/2425143">Photo - Oklahoma’s Alec Robin celebrates after he won the floor exercise individuals event at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Oklahoma’s Alec Robin celebrates after he won the floor exercise individuals event at the NCAA men's gymnastics championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

But it was Robin’s floor routine, where he sat 10th entering the competition, that took him by surprise. After sticking his dismount, Robin watched seven gymnasts behind him come close, but ultimately edged Illinois’ Chandler Eggleston by .025 points for the title.

Squires, meanwhile, defended his title in the rings from last year with a score of 15.800. The walk-on out of Edmond missed out on .200 points extra after he took a step back on his landing.

“This year was a little bit more of a grind because I knew what winning felt like,” Squires said. “Coming into this meet, there was a lot more pressure. … You try not to think about it and just what you’ve been doing in the gym every day.”

Junior Danny Berardini captured fourth in the parallel bars (15.300) and eighth on the high bar (14.650) while junior William Clement took fourth on the high bar, finishing with a score of 15.050 and a stuck dismount on a broken foot.

Freshman Colin Van Wicklen rounded out the three-day weekend for Oklahoma with a fifth-place performance in the vault (14.950) and a sixth-place finish on the floor exercise (15.025).

“They’re really well conditioned, and three days in a row is really no problem for them,” Williams said. “Everybody competed great and everybody hit routines. So I’m very happy leaving with runner-up finishes and a couple individual champions.”


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