March 24, 2010
IRVING, Texas - The second-ranked OU women's gymnastics squad claimed a conference-leading 10 spots on the 2010 All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team, the conference office announced Wednesday. It marked the third straight year the Sooners have led all Big 12 foes on the regular season selection, which began in 2008.
The conference awarded the top four Big 12 gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event and the top two in the all-around standings.
Oklahoma had six different gymnasts collect the 10 total honors. No other conference opponent had more than two gymnasts named to the All-Big 12 team or more than six total accolades. Meanwhile, the Sooners have had at least five selections every year under head coach K.J. Kindler.
The Sooners were the only conference squad to notch multiple honorees on an event. OU did so on each apparatus.
Headlining the 2010 award winners were OU's Hollie Vise and Megan Ferguson, who both earned multiple selections for the second consecutive season with honors on bars and beam. Kristin Smith was a two-time honoree in 2010 on beam and floor, after being named All-Big 12 on floor a year ago.
Sara Stone rounded out the repeat winners with her second-place standing on vault, the same event she earned the honor on in 2009.
|2010 All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team | (PDF of all honorees)|
Despite competing on a 100% ACL tear the entire season, freshman Natasha Kelley earned the accolade on both vault and bars.
Rounding out the OU selections was Jackie Flanery, who earned All-Big 12 honors on floor after being selected to the 2008 team on that event as a sophomore. Flanery currently leads the NCAA with a 9.940 RQS on the apparatus.
Missouri's Sara Shire was named All-Big 12 on all four events. Shire and teammate Mary Burke were the two all-arounders selected to the All-Big 12 squad, while Nebraska's Lora Evenstad (floor) and Erin Davis (vault) rounded out this year's event honorees. The Sooners did not have a gymnast compete all four events more than once this season, disqualifying any OU gymnasts from All-Big 12 status in the all-around.
The regional qualifying scores for each gymnast can be found at www.troester.com/gym.
The Sooners travel to Lincoln, Neb., for the Big 12 Championship on March 27 at 2 p.m. (CT).