Oklahoma men's gymnastics: Sooners go for ninth national title this weekend

Despite the loss of Olympian Jake Dalton, OU has exceeded expectations this season.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: April 18, 2013
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photo - OU, COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams poses for a photo on Monday, April 14, 2008, in Norman, Okla. The men's gymnastics team is preparing to compete for the NCAA national championship in California.  PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER  ORG XMIT: KOD
OU, COLLEGE GYMNASTICS: The University of Oklahoma men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams poses for a photo on Monday, April 14, 2008, in Norman, Okla. The men's gymnastics team is preparing to compete for the NCAA national championship in California. PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER ORG XMIT: KOD

“We won the Metroplex Challenge, and nobody thought that that was possible. And then we beat Michigan at Michigan and nobody thought that was possible, and then we won the conference championships. Anything we do this weekend is kind of an extension of that theme. We'll continue to exceed expectations.”

Did you think you'd be able to make it back to the NCAA team finals?

“At the beginning of the year, I never thought that was a given. I felt like we really had to work hard to get in that group of Top-6 teams. The fact that we're ranked second in the nation going into the last weekend is, to me, a pretty amazing feat.”

What did it take to win your first NCAA titles?

“You have to have guys that really believe that what they've done throughout the season matter and that they have the opportunity to do something that's incredible as a group. And compete to be national champions is just an extension of the excellence they've had throughout the season and the practice leading up to the Championships.”

What will the team have to do this weekend to win No. 9?

“For that to be a reality, we're going to have to find a way to be, not perfect, but we're going to have to get through 30 routines without any major errors. ... I think the competition is just too close. ... We're going to have to have guys who developed the confidence that it's not going to matter, that they can still put out their best performance at the most critical time and get out there and we can hit 30 sets for 30.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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