March 26, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. – OU gymnastics fans can catch the Sooners latest conference crown as the 2009 Big 12 Championships will air tape delayed on Fox Sports Southwest Thursday at 1:30 p.m. (CT). The 1.5 hour broadcast will be replayed on FS Southwest Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (CT).
Those outside of the FS Southwest viewing region can catch the meet on select FSN and Comcast channels throughout the country. Check the PDF link below for television times in your viewing area.
The squad posted a team tally of 196.125 at the conference meet on March 21 in Ames, Iowa, in defending their 2008 victory, marking the first time Oklahoma has won back-to-back conference titles since reeling off three-straight Big Eight crowns from 1984-1986.
Nebraska placed second (196.075), Missouri third (195.925), as host squad Iowa State rounded out the team scoring in fourth (195.775).
Haley DeProspero (beam), Megan Ferguson (bars and beam) and Ashley Jackson (bars) became OU's latest conference event champions, as Oklahoma clinched event titles on beam and floor.
Ferguson became the first freshman in Big 12 history to win multiple event titles at the conference championship. A winner on bars and beam, Ferguson is only the second Sooner gymnast to claim a Big 12 crown in her freshman campaign, joining Ashley Cooney who won the vault title in 2004. The OU pair account for three of the seven event wins by a Big 12 freshman at the conference championships.
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The victory marked OU's eighth conference title (2009,'08,'04,'93,'91,'86,'85,'84) and first ever in Ames. Oklahoma has now won a conference title in every Big 12 venue.
The Sooners return to competition on April 4 at the NCAA Northeast Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Oklahoma is the two seed in the six-team event and must place in the top two in order to advance to the 2009 NCAA Championships, held April 16-18, in Lincoln, Neb.