Feb. 5, 2008
IRVING, Texas -- 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 Tuesday.
The Big 12 honor was the first for the Hudsonville, Mich., native, and marked the third consecutive week an OU gymnast had been awarded the top conference honor. Kiara Redmond-Sturms had won the previous two, sharing last week's award with Nebraska's Emily Parsons.
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.
Nebraska's Tricia Woo was named the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week.
Oklahoma remained sixth in the latest GymInfo rankings, released Monday, the highest of any Big 12 squad. The poll, which is calculated by total season average until Feb. 11, also ranks the Sooners tops in the South Central region.
The Sooners hold top-15 rankings across the board, standing No. 15 nationally on vault, eighth on bars, seventh on beam and third on floor.
Individually, senior All-American Redmond-Sturms is second in the NCAA on floor (9.93), eighth on vault (9.885), 12th on bars (9.86) and 16th in the all-around (39.250).
Haley DeProspero (9.845) and Hollie Vise (9.825) also hold top-20 rankings on beam, standing fifth and 17th, respectively. Jackson (9.865) and fellow junior Jessica Kinder (9.85) round out the top-20 rankings for the Sooners, as the pair rank 16th and 20th on the floor, respectively.
The Sooners hit the road for the fifth time in six meets as OU travels to Denver, Colo., on Feb. 9, to face DU. The meet against the Pioneers is slated for a 7 p.m. (CST) start.