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OU Hosts Beauty and the Beast
February 13, 2008
 No. 8 OU vs. Iowa State
 Date  Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. CT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Online  Live Scoring | Live Webcast: All-Access
 Promotions  Meet Promotions

NORMAN, Okla. - The OU women's gymnastics and wrestling programs join forces for the inaugural Beauty and the Beast Night on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. inside the Lloyd Noble Center.  
 
In what is becoming a popular craze at schools around the country, this unique event will showcase both teams competing side-by-side, giving fans of each sport the opportunity to see what the other is all about.

Currently undefeated on the season and ranked No. 8 in the country, the women's gymnastics team meets Big 12 foe Iowa State, while the No. 18 wrestling team squares off against Cal Poly.

Live scoring will be available at SoonerSports.com with a webcast available through the All-Access portion of the site.

  Opponent Preview

Iowa State The Cyclones enter Friday's meet ranked 30th in the latest GymInfo poll after four consecutive losses to start their 2008 campaign.  ISU is coming off of a season-high team score of 194.550 against Stanford on Feb. 10.

Iowa State is led by the duo of Nikki Dilbert and Jasmine Thompson who have been all-around competitors in each meet of the `08 season.  Dilbert posted a season-high 39.325 against the Cardinal last Sunday, which also marked a Cyclone all-around high for the year. 

  Beauty and the Beast Promotions

• The first 500 fans through the doors will receive FREE "First Annual Beauty and the Beast Event" T-shirts.
 
• One lucky fan will win two (2) round-trip tickets to Las Vegas, two (2) tickets to "Le Reve" at the Wynn Theater in Las Vegas, and a $300 check card.
 
• Raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the evening.
 
• Post-match autographs featuring both the OU wrestling and women's gymnastics teams.

  Women's Gymnastics Notes

TENTATIVE OU LINE-UP

Name/Event Season High
VAULT             
1. Jackie Flanery - 9.825
2. Haley DeProspero - 9.825
3. Ashley Jackson - 9.825
4. Natalie Ratcliff - 9.800
5. Mary Mantle - 9.900
6. Redmond-Sturms - 9.900

BARS
1. Ashley Jackson - 9.825
2. Mary Mantle - 9.600
3. Haley DeProspero - 9.825
4. Hollie Vise - 9.825
5. Stephanie LoPiccolo - 9.875
6. Kiara Redmond-Sturms - 9.925

Beam
1. Kristin Smith - 9.850
2. Redmond-Sturms - 9.875
3. Ashley Jackson - 9.800
4. Stephanie LoPiccolo - 9.900
5. Hollie Vise - 9.900
6. Haley DeProspero - 9.925

Floor
1. Kristin Smith - 9.850
2. Jessica Kinder - 9.850
3. Haley DeProspero - 9.825
4. Jackie Flanery - 9.875
5. Ashley Jackson - 9.900
6. Kiara Redmond-Sturms - 9.950

All-around
1. Redmond-Sturms - 39.650
2. Ashley Jackson - 39.275
3. Haley DeProspero - 39.125
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LOOKING BACK - COLORADO QUAD MEET    
A capacity crowd of 2,195 witnessed the No. 6 OU women's gymnastics squad remain undefeated on the year as the Sooners posted a team score of 195.925 in outlasting No. 13 Denver (195.700), Utah State (192.275) and Air Force (186.400).  Senior Kiara Redmond-Sturms won her fifth all-around title of the season as the All-American posted a 39.275.

The Sooners picked up event titles on bars (49.050) and floor (49.300), as Mary Mantle (vault-9.9), Redmond-Sturms (bars-9.875, floor-9.9) and Haley DeProspero (beam-9.850) swept the individual event titles.
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ROLLER COASTER RANKING
With no coaches' poll in collegiate gymnastics (other than the initial preseason poll), rankings are based strictly on season average for the first seven weeks of the year.  Despite remaining undefeated in `08, including a road win at No. 13 Denver over the weekend, the Sooners dropped from sixth to eighth in the latest rankings, released on Feb. 11.
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NATIONALLY KNOWN NAMES

Kiara Redmond-Sturms is currently ranked No. 2 in the country on floor (9.925 average), No. 12 on bars (9.862 average), No. 14 in the all-around (39.254) and No. 17 on vault (9.867). In addition, her season averages on floor, bars, vault and the all-around rank in the top-three in the South Central Region. Teammate Haley DeProspero stands fourth in the country on beam with a season average of 9.846, which also ranks second in the Big 12. Rounding out the national top-25 rankings for the Sooners is Ashley Jackson's 13th-place standing on floor (third in the Big 12).
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FLOOR FANATICS

OU has quickly risen in the rankings on the floor exercise during the 2008 season, currently standing second in the country on the apparatus with a season average of 49.200. The Sooners are the only Big 12 Conference squad that holds a top-five team ranking on any apparatus.
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WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONORS... AGAIN

After leading the OU women's gymnastics squad to its 12th consecutive win last Saturday, Sooner gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Mary Mantle were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday.  It marked the fourth consecutive week that an OU gymnast has won conference gymnast of the week honors and the second time this season Oklahoma has swept the weekly awards.
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MARY'S MILESTONE

Mary Mantle, a sophomore, won the first event title of her career after she posted a 9.9 on vault in Denver, Colo., on Saturday, garnering her first Big 12 conference award.  The stuck routine was witnessed by 2,195 fans inside Hamilton Gymnasium, including many that were rooting on the Bellvue, Colo., native, after making the short drive to Denver.  Mantle was making her first appearance in a collegiate competition in her home state.
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

Through six events in 2008, Los Angeles, Calif., native Kiara Redmond-Sturms is having the kind of season any gymnast would dream about.  The five-time All-American won her fifth all-around title in six meets against No. 13 Denver, Utah State and Air Force last Saturday.

Winner of three Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors already this season, Redmond-Sturms has netted 21 individual titles through six events.

 Media Guide | Meet Notes  
Video Feature on OU's Women's Gymnastics

REGULAR SEASON SENSATIONS

OU has won 25 of its last 26 regular-season matchup's dating back to Jan. 19, 2007.  Winners of all regular season meets on the year, the Sooners last regular season defeat was to Stanford on March 9, 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif.
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COMING UP NEXT

After OU's home meet against the Cyclones, the Sooners travel to Columbia, Mo., for a Big 12 match-up with Missouri on Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. (CST) . 
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DOMINATING THE COMPETITION

The Sooners haven't been overly kind to their opponents early on this season. Through six events, Oklahoma has either won the event outright or shared title honors in 20 of a possible 22 event competitions. 

Winners of 17 outright titles, OU shared the floor title with Iowa at the Cancun Classic.
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RACKING UP THE CONFERENCE HONORS
Fresh off her first career all-around title that propelled OU to a 195.275-194.950 victory over conference rival Nebraska, OU junior Ashley Jackson was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week by the league on Feb. 5.

The Big 12 honor was the first for the Hudsonville, Mich., native.

Competing in every event for just the fourth time in her career, Jackson posted career highs in the all-around (39.275) and on floor (9.9) against the Cornhuskers, while also matching a career best on bars (9.825).  Jackson started the night off right by setting a season high on vault (9.825) in OU's first rotation, unveiling a new vault for the first time.

In all, Jackson recorded three top-3 finishes (vault, bars and floor) in her career night. 
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NEW YEAR, SAME RESULTS
Following her all-around title against West Virginia that propelled OU to its highest score of the 2008 season, gymnast Kiara Redmond-Sturms was named co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Week by the league, sharing the honor with Nebraska's Emily Parsons.

It marked the second consecutive week that the senior All-American had earned the accolade.

The all-around title was the fourth of the year for the Los Angeles, Calif., native, as the Sooners coasted to wins over West Virginia, GWU and William & Mary in Morgantown, W. Va.

Champion on vault (9.875), bars (9.9) and floor (9.925), Redmond-Sturms finished second on beam to teammate Hollie Vise in the only event she didn't win. 
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THE BEAM QUEEN(S)
OU junior Haley DeProspero won the beam title at the first three 2008 meets for the Sooners and added another title on the apparatus at Denver. Her season average of 9.846 on the beam ranks fourth in the nation.  The McKinney, Texas, native has company though.  Hollie Vise earned the first event title of her career after a 9.85 on beam at West Virginia, a week after being named the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week.

Ashley Jackson Feature | OU Sweeps Weekly Awards | Wrestling Release

THROWN INTO THE MIX 
True freshmen Natalie Ratcliff and Melanie Root have already seen significant action early on during their collegiate campaigns.  Root has been in the floor line-up in three `08 events and made her debut on vault at the Cancun Classic. Ratcliff made her first collegiate appearance against Central Michigan, scoring a 9.8 on vault against the Chippewas.
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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS 

Returning to her home state of Michigan for the first time in collegiate competition, Ashley Jackson recorded a 9.775 on vault, 9.875 on floor and a career-high 9.75 on bars to finish third in the all-around against CMU.
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AMONG THE BIG 12's BEST 

Leading OU in its win over TWU, Sooner gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Hollie Vise were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Jan 23.

Redmond-Sturms won her third all-around title of the season with a career-high 39.65, the second-highest mark in OU women's gymnastics history. Highlighted by a career-high 9.95 in the win on the floor exercise, the Los Angeles, Calif., native also earned event titles on bars and vault against the Pioneers.

Capped off by career high's in both events, Vise finished second on beam (9.9) to teammate Redmond-Sturms and third on the uneven bars (9.825) against TWU to earn her first weekly honor. The Dallas, Texas, native's 9.9 on beam tied for the second-highest non-OU beam score this season in the Big 12
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REST AND RELAXATION
With the promising starts of Ratcliff and Root, the Sooners were able to rest senior Caitlin Hinkis and junior Jessica Kinder, who both were recovering from injuries. Now back in competition, the two add a mature presence to numerous event line-up's for the Sooners. In her first meet back, Kinder recorded a career high-tying 9.85 on floor against TWU.

Hinkis, a native of Simsbury, Conn., finished in the top five on bars four times last season.
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THE BEAM DREAM TEAM                                               
Oklahoma posted a staggering 49.425 score on beam at the season-opening Cancun Classic. The mark tied the second-highest score in program history and was the highest by an OU beam team since April 3, 2004.
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SOONERS OPEN SEASON RANKED NO. 8                       
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team was ranked eighth in the preseason GymInfo coaches poll, the second-highest ranking of any Big 12 team.  The Sooners return All-Americans Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Stephanie LoPiccolo from a Sooner squad that finished eighth last season at the NCAA Championships under first-year head coach K.J. Kindler, marking a program-best.
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KINDLER SIGNS THREE FOR 2008
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team posted its best finish in NCAA history last spring and recruits are taking notice. Head coach K.J. Kindler announced one of the most decorated classes in OU history during the early announcement period, signing three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent.  Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley and Sara Stone will join the Sooners in the fall of 2008.
 
Ferguson, a Level 10 from Blue Valley High School in Olathe, Kan., trains at Eagles Gymnastics, the former club of current OU gymnast Jacqueline Flanery.  Ferguson was two-time Junior Olympic Nationals beam champion and five-time J.O. Nationals qualifier. She has dominated state competition, winning the level 10 all-around title in 2005, `06 and `07 while sweeping every individual event honor all three seasons as well.

Kelley enters the OU program as a four-time U.S. National Team member.  The senior elite gymnast from Katy, Texas, has found success on both the international and national stage, finishing second in the all-around of the 2006 Visa Championships, after capturing the all-around title a year prior in the junior division of the Visa Championships. In her `06 Visa Championships runner-up finish, Kelley finished second on the uneven bars and beam, and fourth on the floor exercise.  Kelley shared all-around honors at the 2006 U.S. Classic, placing first on the uneven bars, second on vault and fourth on beam and floor. At the 2007 Visa Championships, Kelley finished 10th in the all-around after placing sixth on the beam and ninth on the uneven bars. On the International stage, Kelley won the all-around title at the 2007 Houston International Invitational, placing first on the beam, floor, uneven bars, and second on the vault.  The 17-year old placed second at the 2007 Tyson American Cup and fourth in the all-around of the `07 USA vs. Great Britain International Competition in Lisburn, Ireland. She also captured all-around titles at both the `05 Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yohohama, Japan, and the Olympiad Elite in Ensenada, Mexico, a year prior.  Kelley helped the U.S. squad to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championships as a finalist on floor.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Stone is a member of Metroplex Gymnastics where she is coached by Bryan Streeter, Dave Marus, and Jana and Marcus Harlin.  The Spring Creek Academy senior and junior elite gymnast is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Classic. She won the all-around title at the 2005 Metroplex Challenge and won the beam title at the 2006 level 10 Texas state competition.

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