Oct. 12, 2009
NORMAN, Okla. - The OU women's gymnastics squad hosted many activites over the weekend as the reigning Big 12 champs welcomed its families back to campus for Parents' Weekend.
The Sooners were off and running early Saturday as the gymnasts teamed up with their moms and sisters at the Komen Oklahoma City Race for the Cure® in dowtown Oklahoma City. The group arrived at 6 a.m. to cheer on the more than 14,000 participants. Meanwhile, the dads hit the golf course Saturday morning with OU assistant coaches Lou Ball and Tom Haley.
The two groups re-convened at a pre-game tailgate party before OU's victory over Baylor. The team was honored during a halftime ceremony where the gymnasts received their 2009 Big 12 championship rings from OU President David Boren and VP/ Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione, in front of a sellout crowd of 84,478.
The parents joined their daughters in the stands for the 33-7 victory that pushed OU's home winning streak to 27 games, a program best. The current streak is the best in the nation, as the Sooners have won 47 of their last 48 on Owen Field.
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"It was great to have the families of our athletes together this weekend," said head coach K.J. Kindler. "We started this tradition last year and look to continually make it better and better. It always gratifying that our squad can be recognized by such a large fanbase, plus it's nice that the families were in town to see their daughters rewarded for all of their hard work and dedication."
Oklahoma opens the season Jan. 8 at home against the Florida Gators.