No. 1 Sooners Post 2018 NCAA-High

Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo by Ty Russell)
Yul Moldauer, Oklahoma (Photo by Ty Russell)
Feb. 6, 2018

YUL MOLDAUER OF OKLAHOMA MPSF GYMNAST OF THE WEEK

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Oklahoma junior Yul Moldauer (Arvada, CO) turned in one of the top performances by any gymnast across the nation this season, as the Sooners accumulated a 2018 NCAA-high 418.000 in a tri-meet win over No. 2 Nebraska and No. 4 Stanford (Feb. 3). Moldauer, who was performing the all-around for the first time this season, totaled a national-high 87.150. He claimed three-of-six event titles, winning floor (14.400), still rings (14.600), and parallel bars (14.900). He added a pair of second-place outcomes on high bar (14.250) and pommel horse (14.300), as well as a bronze finish on vault (14.700). This is Moldauer’s fourth career MPSF weekly award, including a repeat of the honor from last week. Others Nominated: Robert Neff (STAN); Fletcher Braunton (AFA)….

NO. 1 SOONERS POST NCAA SEASON-HIGH TOTAL

No. 1 OKLAHOMA totaled 418.000, the highest score in the NCAA this season, in a home tri-meet win over No .4 Stanford and No. 2 Nebraska (Feb. 3). Yul Moldauer posted three event titles, placing first on floor (14.400), parallel bars (14.900), and still rings (14.600). He also won the all-around title with an 87.150, the highest individual total in the country this season, and led OU on all six events. The Sooners as a team accumulated a 2018 national-high on pommel horse with 69.700. No. 10 Iowa visits Norman on Saturday (Feb. 10) in a dual meet.

No. 2 STANFORD Robert Neff posted the high bar title (14.550) as the Cardinal took second-place at No. 1 Oklahoma, ahead of No. 2 Nebraska. The win marked Neff’s third of the year on high bar, proceeding to take second all-around with a season-high (83.450). Stanford added career-bests from Andrew Bitner (13.950) and Jacob Barrus (14.300) on parallel bars. Neff added his second-best score of 14.000 on the season in the event, while Blake Sun recorded a 14.400 for a second-place finish. No. 2 Stanford hosts No. 12 California Saturday.

No. 11 AIR FORCE broke 400 with a season-high 400.450 at home this past Saturday (Feb. 3) against No. 7 Minnesota. The total was the ninth-best in Academy history. Fletcher Braunton won the still rings (14.350) and placed second on pommel horse (13.550), just ahead of Michael Graft who was third (13.400). Lukas Texeira was third on high bar (14.150). The No. 11 Falcons compete in the annual All-Academy Championships Saturday (Feb. 10) in San Antonio, TX.

No. 12 CALIFORNIA totaled a season-high 395.050 last in action (Jan. 27) at Stanford’s tri-meet, as Aaron Mah was the all-around winner (80.350) and Yordan Aleksandrov the top performer on parallel bars (14.250). No. 12 Cal visits No. 2 Stanford again in its next competition on Feb. 10.