NORMAN — The field of 12 teams was cut in half Thursday in the semifinals of the NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships at Lloyd Noble. No. 1-ranked Oklahoma posted the second-highest score among the six qualifying teams.
The Sooners seek a ninth NCAA team championship in program history at 7 p.m. Friday at Lloyd Noble Center.
Michigan, Penn State and Stanford each earned a spot in the team finals with scores of 353.45, 353 and 348.50, respectively, in the first session. In the second session, Illinois, Oklahoma and California won entry into the team finals with scores of 356.25, 356.20 and 351.15, respectively.
The Sooners are hosting the championships for the third time in 10 years, having won it on two previous occasions.
“I was pleased with the performance tonight,” Oklahoma coach Mark Williams said. “Our goal was to qualify in the top three teams.”