NCAA Championships Blog

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University of Oklahoma
APRIL 22, 2010

April 22, 2010



2010 NCAA Championships Blog

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sooners Aim for Program's First Super Six Appearance

OU media relations graduate assistant Phillip Rogers will blog live on press row from the O'Connell Center, as fourth-seeded Oklahoma competes in the afternoon session of the NCAA Championships.

4:08 p.m. -- OU seniors Hollie Vise (9.9), Kristin Smith (9.875) and Jackie Flanery (9.875) push Oklahoma to its first Super Six appearance in program history! Congrats ladies!!!

4:03 p.m. -- Nowak posts a 9.775, but Ferguson falls in the third spot (9.225).  Sooners will need three hit routines to advance.

3:52 p.m. --
9.825 for Stone to start the rotation!

3:46 p.m. -- OU has posted a 49.250 or higher on floor in three straight meets and eight of its last nine outings.  The lineup will feature Stone, Nowak, Ferguson, Vise, Smith and Flanery.

3:44 p.m. -- Utah and Oregon State close the meet with scores of 196.625 and 196.050, respectively.  Four teams are competing during the final rotation:

UCLA -- 147.475
LSU -- 147.400
Oklahoma -- 147.300
Nebraska -- 147.025

OU will end the meet on floor, LSU on beam, Nebraska on bars and UCLA on vault.

3:15 p.m. -- Here's a look at the leaderboard for the teams that have competed three events:

1. Utah -- 147.375
2. Oklahoma -- 147.300
3. Oregon State -- 147.100
4. Nebraska -- 147.025

LSU and UCLA both have team scores of 98.100 through two events. OU is on a bye during the fifth rotation.

3:12 p.m. -- Each member of the beam squad was on top of their game as the Sooners matched their bars score with another 49.150.  Smith and Vise notched a pair of 9.875s, while Ferguson anchored the lineup with a 9.8. 

It was another program best apparatus score at the championships, as the Sooners have posted their two best NCAA Championships beam scores in back-to-back seasons.  Oklahoma tallied a 49.125 on beam in Lincoln last year.

2:56 p.m. -- Three clutch routines to open up the beam lineup for Oklahoma.  Nowak leads with a 9.75, before 9.8s from Ratcliff and Kelley.

2:50 p.m. -- It is a heated battle early on as all six squads are within 0.575 of each other.
1. Utah -- 98.225
2. Oklahoma -- 98.150
3. LSU -- 98.100
3. UCLA -- 98.100
5. Oregon State -- 97.950
6. Nebraska -- 97.650 

2:48 p.m. -- That's the Sooners highest bars tally ever at the NCAA Championships.  The only other time that Oklahoma broke the 49.000-point barrier was in Athens, Ga., at the 2008 NCAA Championships (49.125).

2:38 p.m. -- The top eight (and ties) on each event garner All-America status.  At the midway point of the meet, Vise is tied for the lead on bars, while Ferguson ranks third.  Ferguson is OU's lone returning All-American although she garnered her accolade on beam as a freshman at last year's championship. 

Flanery and Kelley both share sixth on bars, while Olson and Stone stand seventh on vault.

First-team All-America status is given to gymnasts that place fourth or higher on a respective event. 

2:34 p.m. -- Kelley and Vise close the rotation strong with scores of 9.8 and 9.9, respectively.  The Sooners post a 49.150 on the apparatus, the highest score thus far on the apparatus. 

OU entered NCAAs ranked second in the country on bars behind UCLA, who posted a 49.125 during its bars set.

2:23 p.m. --
Flanery brings the Oklahoma fans to their feet with a 9.8 to start the Sooners on bars.  Kayla Nowak adds a 9.775 in her first bars routine in five events.  Olson adds a 9.775 before a stuck 9.875 from Ferguson.  It was one of Ferguson's better routines this season as she hit her handstands and nailed the dismount.

1:48 p.m. -- OU will be on a bye during this rotation before moving to bars.  In the second rotation, UCLA opens on bars, LSU is on floor, Oregon State on beam and Utah moves to vault.

1:45 p.m. -- Oklahoma heads to the second rotation in second by a tenth of a point to Utah, who opened with a 49.100 on floor.  Below is a look at the standings through the first event.  Note that top-seed UCLA and LSU were on a bye during the first rotation. 

1. Utah -- 49.100
2. Oklahoma -- 49.000
3. Oregon State -- 48.975
4. Nebraska -- 48.525

1:31 p.m. -- Sara Stone anchors the lineup with a 9.825.  Sooners score a 49.000 on vault to open the championship, the fourth highest tally in program history on the apparatus at NCAAs.  

OU was solid but not spectacular.  It will need to clean up the minor details in order to advance.  The Sooners will be near the top of the standings after the first rotation, but vault is traditionally a high scoring event so the squad must keep up the intensity.    

1:28 p.m. -- Natalie Ratcliff posted a 9.75, Natasha Kelley scored a 9.8, while Mary Mantle posted a 9.8 from the fifth position.   

1:12 p.m.
-- Jackie Flanery leads off with a 9.725 after a shuffle on her landing.  Brie Olson follows with a beautiful vault scoring a 9.825.

1:12 p.m. -- National anthem just finished as the teams march to their first event.  Oklahoma will open the meet on vault.  Former OU women's gymnasts Haley DeProspero and Gina Lesko and OU men's gymnastics letterwinners Russ Czeschin, Reed Pitts and Bobby Shortle have staked claim to the front row of bleachers, cheering loudly for their fellow Sooners.

1:00 p.m. -- A reminder to check to following link for links to the webcast and live scoring.  CLICK HERE

12:50 p.m. -- Fans are starting to fill in.  Oklahoma and Utah sections are on opposite ends of the arena, but both groups easily stand out with the most spectators in attendance.  

12:45 p.m. -- The warm up period is winding down as OU is wrapping up on floor.  Gymnasts and coaches alike look much more relaxed than in previous years.  Certainly no lack of confidence amongst this bunch.   

9:30 a.m. --Huge roars from the OU contingent as the squad boards the bus to head to the arena.  Oklahoma is well represented at the NCAA Championships, with the group sporting matching t-shirts.


At a Glance: NCAA Preliminary Session

What's at stake:
The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six competition Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. (CT). The top four individuals from each session in each event (plus ties) and in the all-around from Thursday's preliminary sessions will compete in the individual event competition Saturday, April 24 at 5 p.m. (CT).

Places 1-4 (plus ties) in each event and the all-around in each session of Thursday's competition are considered first-team All-Americans.  Places 5-8 (and ties) garner second-team All-America status. 

The NCAA Championships preliminary session and Team Finals features a four-member judging panel on all four events.  The high and low scores are dropped, with the middle two scores averaged. 

Saturday's individual event finals will feature six judges on each event.  The high score and low score are dropped and the middle four scores are averaged.  Scores will be carried out to four decimal places on each event.




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