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March 23, 2013

Squires has seen hard work come to fruition for OU gymnastics

No. 2 Sooners host No. 5 Buckeyes in final meet of regular season

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NORMAN —

Squires has done more than just make the team. After a solid first year, he came this season and has become a vital part in the Sooners’ search for a ninth championship. He is tied for fifth in the nation on the rings with a 15.383 four-score average and his season-high of 16.000 is the highest in the nation.

Squires said he owes his success to all the hard work he put in before this season even began.

“As a walk-on it’s pretty challenging,” Squires said. “You really have to prove yourself. You have to show everybody you are meant to be on the team. Last summer I was able to come in the gym. I was only gone for a week in the summer. That’s completely optional. You don’t have to be here at all during the summer. I took it upon myself to work hard, train hard. When the summer was over, I was the team’s top ring guy. Coming from a walk-on as a freshman to now leading the team on rings, I had to step up.”

As confident as Squires is in himself and his abilities, even he has been surprised with his results this season.

“This has as been a dream come true,” Squires said. “I have wanted to be on this team since I was 10. Back then they were just beginning their dynasty. Growing up all you hear in the gymnastics news and community is how great OU is. Being able to come here and do this is a dream come true and it’s a great feeling.”

Squires and No. 2 Oklahoma will host No. 5 Ohio in their final meet of the regular season at 7 p.m. today at the McCasland Fieldhouse. It will be the last chance for Oklahoma fans to see the Sooners at home.

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