NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest GymInfo poll released today. This marks the second time this season the Sooners have been ranked No. 5.
Oklahoma’s highest ranking in school history was achieved during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3. That same year they were ranked No. 5 for one week.
The Sooners stay in first in the South Central Region with a 196.210 RQS, but are still second behind Iowa State (196.225) in the Big 12 Conference.
In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 2 nationally (49.265), tied for 11th on uneven bars (48.955), No. 5 on balance beam (49.020) and tied for No. 6 on floor exercise (49.140).
Individually, the Sooners continue to make a mark in the top 25. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is ranked No. 8 in the all-around, tied for 11th on vault, tied for 17th on floor, No. 9 on beam and No. 25 on bars. Freshman Haley DeProspero is ranked No. 21 in the all-around and tied for 25th on vault. Sophomore Kiara Redmond is tied for 17th on floor and junior Lori Winn sits at a tie for 14th on balance beam.
The Big 12 continues to prove that it is arguably the toughest conference in the country with all four teams ranked in the top 15. Iowa State leads the way at No. 4, OU No. 5, Nebraska No. 11 and Missouri No. 12. It is the only conference other then the SEC that has four teams ranked in the top 15.
Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average.
Starting on Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts were ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team’s top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team’s or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Oklahoma will be back in action on March 10 to host Centenary in what will be Senior Night for Tara Anderson, Coral Borda and Kristen Cox. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.