There were some amazing things at this year's NCAA event finals. The format is ten athletes compete and eight become All-Americans. Some notable achievements:
Tim McNeill defended his Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars titles. He three-peated on PH, outscoring the next closest competitor by .7. He major competition came from Illinios freshmen Daniel Ribeiro who was ranked above him, but a hand slip during the middle of his routine caused him to fall. Tim then went on to win PB by .65, successfully defending his title from last year. The most amazing part is Tim has received the All-American distinction five times in his career for individual events and each time he has won. Three times on PH and twice on PB. That is so crazy. Everytime he All-Americans, he wins.
Other notable performances go to Jon Horton. He won Rings with a 16.125, increasing his career event titles to 6. He leads the OU record books in most event titles in a career and All-American honors. His total All-American honors increased to 18 this weekend. Not to mention his three Team Titles and a second place showing last year.
David Sender of Stanford got 2nd on Rings and Vault and fourth in the All-Around. His three All-American honors makes him the all time leading Stanford male gymnast with 9 career All-American honors. He dethrowned Dan Gill, the 2004 Nissen-Emery Award winner. Sender's All-American honors are three on Vault, three on Rings, and three in the All-Around. He broke Stanford's record even withou receiving any All-American honors his freshman year.
Lastly, freshman Sooner Steven Legandre won Floor and Vault and dethrowned two time defending Vault Champion, David Sender of Stanford, and two time defending Floor Champion, Jon Horton. His floor score was 16.1 from a 16.5 start and his vault was a 16.4 from a 16.6. He also received All-American honors on high bar.
As for teams, Stanford had a record 15 All-Americans this weekend and the Sooners had 13, both teams far outpaced the rest in All-American honors.