CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – University of Oklahoma senior gymnast Yul Moldauer added to his impressive resumÃ© of accomplishments on Thursday night as he was named the Sooners’ eighth recipient of the Nissen-Emery Award, given annually to the top senior male gymnast in the NCAA.
Moldauer won the award following arguably the best season of his collegiate career, with the NCAA Championships yet to take place. The senior co-captain compiled 25 event titles through the regular season and conference championship, along with tallying the top scores in the country on three events (FX, SR, PB) plus the all-around.
Additionally, Moldauer holds numerous NCAA and OU program records. He boasts the most individual national titles in OU history with seven, which puts him in a tie for first in NCAA history with this weekend’s championship remaining. Moldauer’s 15 All-America honors through his junior season rank second in program history behind Olympian Jonathan Horton’s 18. He passed Horton’s program record of 10 individual conference titles on April 6 at the MPSF Championships, where he claimed four titles to bring his career total to 12.
Helping lead the Sooners to three of their four consecutive team national championships, the two-time NCAA all-around champion also holds a tie for the most individual NCAA championships won at one competition, winning four in 2018. Moldauer also sits atop the program record book for parallel bars, holding the top five scores in OU history.
The Arvada, Colo., native has just as impressive of an international resume as he does in collegiate competition. He has been a U.S. Senior Men’s National Team member throughout his four years at OU and claimed his third consecutive American Cup all-around title in March, becoming one of only three gymnasts to win the crown three straight years.
The 2017 U.S. Championships all-around gold medalist is a two-time World Championships participant for Team USA, claiming a bronze medal on floor exercise in 2017 along with making the all-around finals each of the past two years. Moldauer won his second Winter Cup all-around crown in February 2019 to retain his spot on the U.S. Senior Men’s National Team for the fourth consecutive year.
Oklahoma is home to the most Nissen-Emery Award recipients of any school with eight gymnasts winning the prestigious award, dubbed the “Heisman of gymnastics.”
Moldauer won the award over finalists Grant Breckenridge (Stanford), Alex Diab (Illinois), Jacopo Gliozzi (William & Mary), Vitali Kan (Minnesota), Justin Karstadt (Minnesota), Anton Stephenson (Nebraska) and Alec Yoder (Ohio State).
The senior also took home the College Gymnastics Association MVP award at the pre-championship banquet Thursday evening.