The Oklahoma Sooners came into Saturday’s NCAA Championship as the favorites to win it all once again, and they did just that with an overall team score of 414.858 on Sunday night in Chicago. The Sooners edged out Minnesota (411.923), Illinois (411.689), Stanford (408.725), Nebraska (403.589) and Penn State (387.958) for the 12th men’s gymnastics title in school history and the fourth in a row for Mark Williams’s program. Additionally, Yul Moldauer won three individual national championships with a floor score of 15.166, a vault score of 14.900 and a parallel bars score of 14.733.
Geneki Suzuki capped the night with a score of 13.533 on the high bars, helping OU to a score of 66.531 in the event. The Sooners scored 69.798 on the floor routine, 68.566 on the pommel, 67.565 on rings, 72.566 on vault, 69.832 on parallel bars.
Unfortunately, the women’s team fell just short of the three-peat when UCLA ended the competition with an incredible performance on the balance beam, and their title was clinched with a perfect 10 on the final routine of the night. For the record, OU got some raw deals from the judges (Maggie Nichols probably deserved another perfect 10 on the bars) and otherwise could’ve claimed a title of their own. Having said that, UCLA was pretty incredible down the stretch and definitely earned the recognition they received in St. Louis.
The teams made history in 2016 by becoming the first school both men’s and women’s national titles in the same season, and the programs matched that by defending the titles in 2017. Even though they didn’t quite pull it off this season, the University of Oklahoma definitely demonstrated once again that it is indeed “Gym U” with some incredible performances from both teams. These are the premier programs in their sport, and they will absolutely be back for more in 2019.