That escalated quickly. On Saturday night, in front of their home crowd, Oklahoma cruised to an NCAA-high score (by over 10 points, bettering their score from 2/10) of 429.55 to defeat Navy (401.3).
Could you argue that there were some judging discrepancies? Sure. But look at it this way: take ten points away from OU's score and they still would've put up the highest score of the weekend by 13.35 points. It sure looks like Mark Williams has his team setting to peak at the right time.
Levi Anderson (NCAA Gymnast of the Week) caught fire putting up an all-around score of 86.1 -- second-best in the NCAA this season behind his teammate, Yul Moldauer.
Levi Anderson (photo via Sooner Sports)
"Levi was having a good night," Williams told soonersports.com. "When I saw him on parallel bars, he was just out of his mind. I've known Levi has had the talent and he's putting in the work and paying attention to the details. It has been huge."
Anderson claimed four top-three event finishes on Saturday including a highlight performance on high bar to close out the night.
You can never talk about Oklahoma without mentioning Moldauer as well. The junior took top-three on all three of his events and made this event-winning 15.4 on PB look simple.
Other titles came from Tanner Justus on FX (Justus also scored an 83.45 in his all-around debut), Genki Suzuki/Moldauer on PH, Reese Rickett on SR, Gage Dyer on VT and Suzuki on HB.
Tanner Justus (photo via Sooner Sports)
Without a doubt, Oklahoma is the top dog with just a handful of weeks until the start of postseason. Check out full highlights of their 429.55 here.
Overlooked amongst all the Sooners' hype was Navy continuing their solid 2018 campaign. Saturday marked their third-straight meet of scoring 400+.
Two of Navy's three top-five individual finishes came from freshman Ryan McVay. He led the Mids on both rings (13.5) and high bar (13.95).
Ryan McVay (photo via Navy Sports)
As a whole, Navy competed great for being in one of the toughest road venues in the country. It's also a great sign that they only were forced to count two falls. As some other teams learned this weekend, falls, especially multiple, will quickly take you out of contention in a five-up, five-count format.
"We had a bit of a watered down lineup due to some injuries, but the next man up mentality that we prepare with was in full effect tonight," explained head coach Kip Simons to navysports.com. This meet was the beginning of our preparations into the postseason and we are exactly where we need to be at this time. We will get back to work on Monday and continue our pursuit of perfection.”
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