Sooners Set Third-Straight NCAA-High

Levi Anderson, Oklahoma (Photo by Ty Russell).
Levi Anderson, Oklahoma (Photo by Ty Russell).
Feb. 27, 2018

MPSF Men's Gym Release 6


Oklahoma junior Levi Anderson (Houston, TX) posted the secondhighest all-around in the country with a career-high 86.100, as the Sooners accumulated the highest overall team score in the country for the third-straight week (429.550). Anderson leaped into a first-place tie in the NCAA’s all-around average on the heels of his performance. He finished in the top-five in each of his events, which included careerhighs on still rings (13.900) and parallel bars (14.250). Anderson also posted scores of 14.850 on high bar, 14.800 on vault, 14.400 on floor, and 13.900 on pommel horse. This is Anderson’s first career MPSF weekly award, and the fourth-straight for the Sooners….


No. 1 OKLAHOMA for a third-straight week has improved on its own 2018 NCAA overall high total, the latest going for 429.550 in a home dual win over Navy (Feb. 24). The Sooners’ floor team also went for a national-high 71.850, with Tanner Justus leading the way on a career-high 14.850. OU’s NCAA-high on pommel horse (71.750) was led by Genki Suzuki and Yul Moldauer sharing the title (14.800). Moldauer added a victory on parallel bars (15.400), as did Suzuki on high bar (14.950). Reese Rickett won still rings (14.300) and Gage Dyer took the vault win (14.900). Levi Anderson posted the second-highest allaround in the country with a career-high 86.100, leaping into first-place in the NCAA’s all-around average. He finished in the topfive in each of his events with career-highs on still rings (13.900) and parallel bars (14.250).

No. 2 STANFORD won five event titles in a home quad meet win over nationally-ranked California, Arizona State, and Washington (Feb. 10). The Cardinal totaled 403.600. Joey Ringer claimed his second career event title, scoring 14.200 on pommel horse, leading a top-four Cardinal finish. Connor Lewis posted his first career title with a 14.650 vault. Jacob Barrus took his first title of the year on parallel bars with a 13.600, leading a one through six Cardinal sweep in the event. Team competition resumes at home against California Saturday (Mar. 3) in the International Collegiate Challenge.

No. 11 AIR FORCE captured its eighth consecutive All-Academy Championship team title (Feb. 10) in San Antonio, as it registered a season-high 403.850 to easily defeat No. 9 Navy (400.200) and No. 14 Army West Point (399.550). Fletcher Braunton and Casey Branin combined for three individual titles. Braunton won the pommel horse (14.000) and still rings (13.950), while Branin collected a 14.400 – the second-highest score in program history – to win the floor exercise. Air Force claimed the top-five scores on the still rings, as Braunton was followed by Frankie Valentin (second, 13.900) and senior Michael Graft (third, 13.800). The Falcons also registered the top-two marks on floor, as Ryan Girouard garnered a 14.200 to finish second. Air Force visits Ohio State, Mar. 3.

No. 12 CALIFORNIA Aaron Mah recorded his second all-around title of the season with an 80.850, while the Golden Bears collectively delivered a season-best 390.150 at Stanford (Feb. 10). Cal placed ahead of ASU and Washington. Mah earned his first meet win at Burnham Pavilion two weeks ago. Cal's second-place finish was also highlighted by event wins on rings (13.850) and high bar (13.700) by Yordan Aleksandrov. The Bears posted the top three scores on high bar with Mah recording a 13.400 as the runner-up and Nathaniel Ramil finishing third (13.250). Cal competes March 3, again at Stanford.