March 26, 2008
IRVING, Texas - The No. 9 OU women's gymnastics squad claimed a conference-leading nine spots on the 2008 Gymnastics All-Big 12 Team, the conference office announced on Wednesday.
The Big 12 Conference awarded the top four Big 12 gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event, excluding the all-around.
Leading the way for OU was five-time senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms who earned a spot on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise. The Los Angeles, Calif., native was the only Big 12 gymnast to garner four accolades. Redmond-Sturms, the Big 12's top-ranked all-arounder, also leads the conference on bars (9.89) and floor (9.935), while her floor score ranks second in the NCAA.
Teammate Hollie Vise was also a multiple winner, clinching a spot on both uneven bars and beam.
Leading the Big 12 on beam (9.895), junior Haley DeProspeo was named to the beam team while Jackie Flanery and Ashley Jackson were honored for their efforts on floor. The announcement comes a day after the trio all garnered Academic All-Big 12 honors.
Oklahoma is searching for its second Big 12 title as the Sooners host the Big 12 Championship this Saturday at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. OU leads the Big 12 with a RQS season average of 196.450 and also holds the highest ranking in each event average in the conference. The Sooners have defeated all three Big 12 opponents during the regular season, beating Iowa State and Nebraska at home and Missouri on the road.
For tickets to Saturday night's Big 12 Championship, please call (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU or stop by the OU Athletics Ticket Office, located on the plaza level of the Asp Avenue Parking Facility, immediately West of the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at the Lloyd Noble Center box office.