Oklahoma's championship weekend began Thurday night with the 2017 NCAA men's gymnastics championships awards banquet.
After spending the entirety of the 2017 season ranked No. 1 in both the coaches poll and the standings, the Sooners' rolled into the NCAA Championships with a sixth straight conference title in tow and expectations that couldn't have been any higher. Their run at meeting those expectations began Friday night with qualifying.
Saturday was a day of fate for the Sooners. After months of blood, sweat and preparation, it was finally time for Oklahoma to reap the rewards of its hard work.
Oklahoma exploded in rotation three on rings. All five Sooner gymnasts stuck their dismounts en route to a team score of 74.000 that was nearly four full points better than the next best mark.
Sophomore Yul Moldauer led the Sooners' in scoring with a 14.950 that was good enough to earn him the national title on the event.
“One guy stuck after the other. And then another and another. Everyone was saying ‘it’s going to come to you.’ Colin (Van Wicklen) looked at me told me that it would be there and it was. I stuck it and I turned back and all the guys were—that was just the turning point of the meet and we got on a roll after that. We knew no one would come close to us after that." - Senior Allan Bower