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No. 7 Women's Gymnastics Ready for the Road
January 13, 2011

Jan. 13, 2011

 No. 7 Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0 Big 12)  at N.C. State (0-0, 0-0 EAGL)
 Date  Friday, Jan. 14 | 6 p.m. (CT)
 Location  Raleigh, N.C. | Reynolds Coliseum
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RALEIGH, N.C. - The seventh-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad heads to Raleigh, N.C., for its first road meet of 2011. The Sooners face N.C. State on Friday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Pack's Reynolds Coliseum.

Oklahoma (1-0, 0-0 Big 12) enters Friday's meet following its season-opening win over then-ranked No. 11 Arkansas in Norman. The Sooners out scored the Razorbacks, 195.475-195.075, while taking home all four individual event titles and three of the four team event titles.

OU improved to 29-2 at home under head coach K.J. Kindler with the win against Arkansas in front of the OU "Beauty and the Beast" record crowd of 2,351.

Junior Sara Stone was named the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week for Jan. 11, after winning the vault individual event title against Arkansas with a 9.875.

The Sooners hope to repeat their road success in recent seasons on Friday in their 2011 road opener. In 2010, five of OU's highest scores came on the road. OU scored above a 196.500 in eight of its 10 road meets. OU also posted five of its seven highest scores away from Norman in both the 2009 and 2008 seasons.

The Sooners are 30-5 on the road during the regular season under Kindler.

N.C. State opens its 2011 season against the Sooners. N.C. State was recently voted to finish first in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL), announced by the conference earlier this month. Last season the Pack went 16-7 to finish in second place in the EAGL.

OU leads the all-time series with N.C. State, 1-0, after winning the programs' only meeting in 2010, 196.100-194.875, at the 2010 Metroplex Challenge in Dallas, Texas on Jan. 30, 2010.

ON THE WEB:
OU's meeting with N.C. State will feature a live webcast for All-Access subscribers, which can be found at www.GoPack.com.  Live stats for all meets can be found on SoonerSports.com.

WEEKEND ACTION AROUND THE BIG 12 
Friday, Jan. 14:
Nebraska @ Iowa State- 7 p.m. (CT) 

Saturday, Jan. 15:
SEMO @ Missouri - 2 p.m. (CT)    

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MEET NOTES:
 
CLOSER LOOK AT N.C. STATE
N.C. State opens its 2011 season against the Sooners on Friday, Jan. 14, at the Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C. The Wolfpack returns defending EAGL floor champion Brooke Barr, along with seniors Brittany Vontz and Brittney Hardiman, both former EAGL All-Tournament performers.

In 2010, NC State finished with a record of 17-6, finished second in the EAGL, and earned an eighth-straight NCAA Regional berth.

ROAD WARRIORS
The Sooners hope to repeat its road success in recent years throughout the 2011 season. In 2010, five of OU's highest scores came on the road. OU scored above a 196.500 in eight of its 10 road meets. In 2009, the Sooners set their season-high team score on the road (197.175 at TWU). OU posted five of its seven highest scores away from Norman in both the 2009 and 2008 seasons.

The Sooners are 30-5 on the road during the regular season under head coach K.J. Kindler.

DAZZLING DEBUTS
Seven of OU's 24 routines in the season opener were performed by freshmen, including at least two routines on every event except bars. Madison Mooring competed on three events (vault, beam and floor) for the Sooners after joining the team less than a month ago following her December high school graduation.

Hope Bruce and Taylor Spears both performed on two events, Bruce scored a 9.775 on vault while Spears posted a 9.775 on bars to tie for the highest score by a
freshman in the meet.

 
 SOONER TO WATCH

Sara Stone | Jr. | VT-FX 
 
Junior Sara Stone was named the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week after winning the vault title in OU's win over Arkansas on Jan. 7 with a score of 9.875 on the apparatus. The Dallas, Texas, native also scored a 9.8 on floor against the Razorbacks, boosting OU's lead and eventual win over Arkansas, 195.475-195.075.

   

A GROUP EFFORT
Oklahoma did not have an all-around competitor against Arkansas, which is
nothing new for the Sooners. OU had an all-arounder just twice during OU's record-breaking 2010 season (Kayla Nowak at Illinois and Hollie Vise vs.
Washington). The Sooners are the only squad currently ranked in the top 15 nationally that does not have a gymnast in the top 25 all-around rankings.

REGULAR SEASON SENSATIONS
Oklahoma is 56-6 in the regular season under Kindler. The Sooners finished the 2010 regular season as the only undefeated team in the NCAA at 14-0. OU has gone undefeated in the regular season twice in the past three seasons.

TOP-NOTCH SCHEDULING
The Sooners face eight teams currently ranked in the preseason top 25, including three top 10 teams and five programs that competed at the 2010 NCAA
Championships. CollegeGymFans.com recently ranked OU at No. 10 nationally in strength of schedule.

CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA IN 2011
Oklahoma started the season ranked No. 4 nationally, the highest preseason ranking in program history. The back-to-back-to-back Big 12 Champions return nine members of the record-breaking 2010 squad, as the team looks to make its second-straight NCAA Super Six in 2011.

Headlining OU's returnees are Megan Ferguson and Natasha Kelley. Ferguson is a two-time All-American and was named All-Big 12 on both bars and beam in 2010. Kelley was named the 2010 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 on vault and bars. The redshirt-sophomore enters the 2011 season with a career-high 9.925 on vault and 9.9 on both bars and beam.

The Sooners welcome four newcomers for the 2011 season. Hope Bruce and Taylor Spears joined the team in the summer of 2010, while Madison Mooring and Hayden Ward began training with the team in December.

HOME SWEET HOME
The Sooners are 29-2 in Norman under fifth-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU's only two losses at home have come against SEC opponents in Alabama and Arkansas. Top-seeded Alabama knocked off the Sooners en route to the NCAA South Central Regional title in 2008, while OU's loss to Arkansas in the 2009 home opener marked Oklahoma's only regular season home defeat in Kindler's tenure.

Among the 62 home wins since 2000 are notable victories over then-ranked No. 1 Alabama and then-No. 4 Florida in 2010 as well as wins over Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Stanford and West Virginia.

COACHES SWEEP
The Oklahoma coaching staff swept the 2010 national coaching awards. Head Coach K.J. Kindler was named National Head Coach of the Year, South Central Region Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year. OU's assistant coaches Lou Ball and Tom Haley were named National Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year and South Central Region Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year.

Last season Kindler also made coaching history, becoming the only head coach in the NCAA to take two separate programs to the NCAA Super Six (Iowa State - 2006, Oklahoma - 2010).

IN ELITE COMPANY
Oklahoma is one of just five programs to advance to the NCAA
Championships every year since 2004. OU joins Alabama, Florida, LSU and Utah on the elite list.

2011 SIGNING CLASS
K.J. Kindler announced the signing of five gymnasts to join OU's roster in 2011. Madison Mooring and Hayden Ward joined the team in December for the 2011 season, while Erica Brewer, Rebecca Clark and Haley Sorensen join Oklahoma in the summer of 2011.

CHAMPIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
For the fourth-straight season, five Sooners earned National
Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches All-American Scholar Athlete Awards. Nitya Ramaswami finished the academic year with a 4.0 in chemical engineering, she was one of just 67 gymnasts in the country and was the only gymnast in the Big 12 to finish with a 4.0.

FOLLOW THE SOONERS
The OU gymnastics program maintains its own Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts, which are updated frequently with all of the latest news about the squad. Links to each of these pages as well as a behind-the-scenes blog can be found at www. SoonerSports.com, the official site of the Oklahoma Sooners.

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