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No. 7 OU Closes Road Trip at WVU
January 26, 2008

Jan. 25, 2008

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 7 OU women's gymnastics squad closes out a four-meet road trip to start the 2008 season in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday, Jan. 27. 

Competition against George Washington, host West Virginia and William & Mary begins at 1 p.m. (EST) inside WVU Coliseum.

The Sooners (5-0) are facing West Virginia for the second time on the young season.  OU bested the Mountaineers 195.175-192.125 in the second session of the season-opening Cancun Classic.

Oklahoma is coming off of its third consecutive sweep of the event titles as the Sooners coasted past Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, last Saturday.  OU is ranked fifth in the nation on beam and floor, and sixth on bars. The Sooners are led by five-time All-American Kiara Redmond Sturms who enters this weekend's meet as the reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week.  The senior leads the nation with a floor average of 9.933 and also holds top-20 rankings on vault (11), all-around (13) and bars (19).

Host squad WVU enters the meet with a 33rd-place ranking, the highest of any of this weekend's foes. Coming off of a win against Maryland, the Mountaineers average through three meets is a 191.825 with a high of 193.050 coming last weekend against the Terrapins. 

Meet NotesRoster (w/updated bios) | OU Women's Gymnastics Central 

George Washington  is ranked 44th with a season average of 190.0 while William & Mary rounds out the competition with a 182.725 season average and a 60th-place ranking.

Live scoring is available at www.msnsportsnet.com

  Women's Gymnastics Notes

A WEST VIRGINIA WELCOME

Hey Sooner Fans, Haley here again to let you know how our trip to West Virginia is going. Both flights today went very smoothly although 5:30am came too soon.

We had no traveling issues for the first time this season and once again Kristin did awesome with her fear of flying.

This trip has special meaning to me since I have a lot of family here and I used to live on the east coast. It will be very exciting for my family to not only see me compete for the first time, but to experience a great competition and SOONER tradition.

Tonight for dinner we went to a Japanese Steakhouse which was a fun experience, especially for those who have never been to one before. The entertainment was great, as was the food, unless you are a vegetarian and the smell of the seafood makes you nauseous (KJ)!

After dinner we had a very motivating team meeting and did treatments as always. We are really looking forward to a great competition and raising the bar for ourselves as we journey toward our ultimate goals!

Now off to our rooms to watch movies, relax and cheer on the OU Men's team as they take on Michigan (we are watching online).

That's it for now and I will see you again in two weeks when we are on our next road trip.

Remember Sooner fans, come see our first home meet next Friday February 1st against Nebraska at the Lloyd Noble Center which will also be a double duel with the OU Men's team as well.

BOOMER SOONER!!

--Haley DeProspero


BIG 12'S BEST

Leading OU to the third-best team score in the NCAA this season in its win over TWU, Sooner gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Hollie Vise were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Redmond-Sturms won her third all-around title of the season with a career-high 39.65, the second-highest mark in OU women's gymnastics history. Highlighted by a career-high 9.95 in the win on the floor exercise, the Los Angeles, Calif., native also earned event titles on bars and vault against the Pioneers.

The five-time All-American is ranked No. 1 in the country on the floor and leads all Big 12 opponents on bars, floor and the all-around average.

It marks the second time Redmond-Sturms has garnered Big 12 honors.  She was named the event specialist of the week on Jan. 31, 2007, after posting a perfect 10.00 on vault in the Sooners' wins over TWU, George Washington and Centenary.

Capped off by career high's in both events, Vise finished second on beam (9.9) to teammate Redmond-Sturms and third on the uneven bars (9.825) against TWU to earn her first weekly honor.  The Dallas, Texas, native's 9.9 on beam tied for the second-highest non-OU beam score this season in the Big 12.

Oklahoma is ranked seventh in the latest GymInfo poll, the highest of any Big 12 Conference squad.  OU holds national top-10 rankings on the uneven bars (No. 6), balance beam (No. 5) and the floor exercise (No. 5) while topping all Big 12 foes on bars, beam and floor.

Along with Redmond-Sturms' national ranking on floor, junior Haley DeProspero stands third in the latest NCAA beam average.

The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team stands seventh in the latest GymInfo national rankings released on Jan 21.  With the current ranking, the Sooners have stood inside the top 10 every week since Jan. 22, 2007.  

Oklahoma (5-0) is also the No. 1 team in the Big 12 Conference, ahead of Nebraska (13th), No. 14 Missouri and No. 21 Iowa State.


REGULAR SEASON SENSATIONS
OU has won 18 of its last 19 regular-season matchup's dating back to Jan. 19, 2007.
Winners of all regular season meets on the year, the Sooners last regular season defeat was to Stanford on March 9, 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif. 


THE BEAM QUEEN
OU junior Haley DeProspero has won the beam title at every 2008  meet for the Sooners. Her season average of 9.892 on the apparatus ranks third in the nation.


No. 7
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team stands seventh in the latest GymInfo national rankings released on Jan 21.  With the current ranking, the Sooners have stood inside the top 10 every week since Jan. 22, 2007.  

Oklahoma (5-0) is also the No. 1 team in the Big 12 Conference, ahead of Nebraska (13th), No. 14 Missouri and No. 21 Iowa State.


SITTIN' PRETTY
Five-time All-America honoree Kiara Redmond-Sturms leads the NCAA on floor with a 9.933 average on the apparatus.  The Los Angeles, Calif., native has won the all-around title at all three `08 events.


COMING UP NEXT...
After the WVU meet, the Sooners host Nebraska on Feb. 1 in the squads home opener at the Lloyd Noble Center. The meet will also feature both school's men's squads.

Impact Performer 

Kiara Redmond-Sturms | Sr. | Los Angeles, Calif.

The reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week posted career high's in the all-around (36.450), floor (9.95) and bars (9.925) to lead the Sooners to the third-highest team score in the NCAA heading into this weekend.

The senior leads the nation with a floor average of 9.933 and also holds top-20 rankings on vault (11), all-around (13) and bars (19).

SOONERS OPEN SEASON RANKED NO. 8
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team was ranked eighth in the preseason GymInfo Coaches Poll, the second-highest ranking of any Big 12 team.

The Sooners return All-Americans Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Stephanie LoPiccolo from a Sooner squad that finished eighth last season at the NCAA Championships under first-year head coach K.J. Kindler, marking a program-best.

OU returns 11 letterwinners from last season's squad that went 20-8 and finished second in the Big 12. 


 

KINDLER SIGNS THREE FOR 2008
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team posted its best finish in NCAA history last spring and recruits are taking notice. Head coach K.J. Kindler announced one of the most decorated classes in OU history during the early announcement period, signing three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent.  Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley and Sara Stone will join the Sooners in the fall of 2008.
 
"We feel that this signing class will be instrumental in the future of the Sooner Gymnastics Program," said Kindler.  "Megan, Natasha and Sara bring with them numerous accolades including many National titles both in the Elite arena and at the Junior Olympic level.  All three of these women have displayed an absolute desire to be Sooners and we salute their enthusiasm for the University and our program."
 
Ferguson, a Level 10 from Blue Valley High School in Olathe, Kan., trains at Eagles Gymnastics, the former club of current OU gymnast Jacqueline Flanery.  Ferguson was two-time Junior Olympic Nationals beam champion and five-time J.O. Nationals qualifier. She has dominated state competition, winning the level 10 all-around title in 2005, `06 and `07 while sweeping every individual event honor all three seasons as well.

Kelley enters the OU program as a four-time U.S. National Team member.  The senior elite gymnast from Katy, Texas, has found success on both the international and national stage, finishing second in the all-around of the 2006 Visa Championships, after capturing the all-around title a year prior in the junior division of the Visa Championships. In her `06 Visa Championships runner-up finish, Kelley finished second on the uneven bars and beam, and fourth on the floor exercise.  Kelley shared all-around honors at the 2006 U.S. Classic, placing first on the uneven bars, second on vault and fourth on beam and floor. At the 2007 Visa Championships, Kelley finished 10th in the all-around after placing sixth on the beam and ninth on the uneven bars. On the International stage, Kelley won the all-around title at the 2007 Houston International Invitational, placing first on the beam, floor, uneven bars, and second on the vault.  The 17-year old placed second at the 2007 Tyson American Cup and fourth in the all-around of the `07 USA vs. Great Britain International Competition in Lisburn, Ireland. She also captured all-around titles at both the `05 Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yohohama, Japan, and the Olympiad Elite in Ensenada, Mexico, a year prior.  Kelley helped the U.S. squad to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championships as a finalist on floor.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Stone is a member of Metroplex Gymnastics where she is coached by Bryan Streeter, Dave Marus, and Jana and Marcus Harlin.  The Spring Creek Academy senior and junior elite gymnast is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Classic. She won the all-around title at the 2005 Metroplex Challenge and won the beam title at the 2006 level 10 Texas state competition.

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