Oct. 2, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione and head coach K.J. Kindler announced the women's gymnastics schedule for the 2008 season Tuesday.
The schedule is highlighted by Oklahoma hosting the Big 12 Championships and NCAA South Central Regional at the Lloyd Noble Center in late spring and also features home duals against Iowa State, Nebraska and Auburn - all ranked in the final 2007 GymInfo top-25 poll.
"For the first time in over 20 years Oklahoma will be hosting the 2008 NCAA Regional Championships and by the luck of the draw we will also host the Big 12 Championship meet as well," said head coach K.J. Kindler. "It is rare to host two postseason competitions that hold such significance in one year."
OU starts the year with four straight road events, including a season-opening trip to the fifth-annual Cancun Classic in Cancun, Mexico on January 4.
The Sooners round out the month of January with trips to Central Michigan, Texas Women's University and West Virginia.
The squad opens up the home portion of its schedule on February 1 when conference foe Nebraska travels to the Lloyd Noble Center for a double-dual also featuring the men's squads.
Oklahoma upset then-No. 6 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., last year -- a feat no OU team had accomplished since 1991.
After a Feb. 9 road meet to Denver -- who was ranked in the top-12 last season -- the team joins the OU wrestling squad for Beauty and the Beast night against Big 12 opponent Iowa State at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The demanding Oklahoma schedule doesn't let up as the Sooners travel to Columbia, Mo., to face a Tigers squad that finished the year ranked 22nd.
OU hosts TWU before competing against SEC opponents Auburn and Arkansas. The Sooners celebrate Senior Night in hosting the Auburn Tigers on March. 7 before traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., the following weekend to take on the Lady Razorbacks.
A road trip against the Golden Gophers of Minnesota ends the regular season slate on March 22.
The 2007 Big 12 Championships will be held March 29 at the Lloyd Noble Center with the NCAA South Central Regional set for April 12 in Norman.
"The Big 12 Champion will be crowned in Norman and the top two teams from our Regional Championship meet will qualify on to the National Championships. The goal is to put our team in the best possible position going into these postseason events and to have the crowd to back us up," added Kindler.
Athens, Ga., plays host to the NCAA National Championships (April 24-26) at Stegeman Coliseum on the campus of the University of Georgia.
Oklahoma finished eighth at the 2006 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history and is led by senior Kiara Redmond who was a first-team All-American on vault, floor exercise and in the all-around. Her three All-America honors were the most for an OU gymnast in a single season since Olympian Kelly Garrison won five in 1988.
4th, Friday -- 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma @ Cancun
11th, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma @ Central Michigan
19th, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma @ TWU
27th, Sunday -- 1 p.m. Oklahoma @ West Virgina
1st, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Nebraska
*Double Dual w/ men vs Nebraska
9th, Saturday -- 6 p.m. Oklahoma @ Denver
15th, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Iowa State
*Beauty and the Beast with Wrestling Team
22nd, Friday -- 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma @ Missouri
29th, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma vs. TWU
*Breast Cancer Awareness "Pink Meet"
7th, Friday -- 7 p.m. Oklahoma vs. Auburn
15th, Saturday -- 2 p.m. Oklahoma @ Arkansas
22nd, Saturday -- 6 p.m. Oklahoma @ Minnesota
29th, Saturday -- 7 p.m. Big 12 Championships
*Big 12 Alumni reunion
12, Saturday -- 6 p.m. NCAA Regional Championships @ Oklahoma
24-26th -- (Times TBA) NCAA National Championships @ Georgia