Feb. 19, 2008
IRVING, Texas - University of Oklahoma senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms and sophomore Hollie Vise were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday.
An OU athlete has garnered gymnast of the week honors for five consecutive weeks. Tuesday's announcement marked the third time this season that Oklahoma has won both conference awards and the second straight week it has occurred.
The selections were named following OU's 196.375-193.675 victory over the Cyclones over the weekend, the 26th win in its last 27 regular-season matchup's dating back to Jan. 19, 2007.
Redmond-Sturms' honor comes after posting a perfect 10.00 on vault en route to the all-around title against Iowa State.
Hitting the perfect mark, Redmond-Sturms became the first woman in OU gymnastics history to post two perfect 10.00s in a career. It was only the ninth 10.00 in school history and just the second perfect score in the NCAA this season.
Leading the Sooners (13-0) to an undefeated mark through seven events, the Los Angeles, Calif., native has garnered six all-around titles and 17 event honors already this season.
Vise picked up her second conference accolade of the year after the 2003 World Champion won her first collegiate bars title with a career-high 9.875, while tying Haley DeProspero for the event title on beam (9.875). Her two event titles were the most for the Dallas, Texas, native in any single competition of her career.
The duo has helped pace Oklahoma to a sixth-place ranking in the latest GymInfo poll, the highest of any conference squad, the first week that the regional qualifying score (RQS) is used to determine the rankings. The RQS is based on a team's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Oklahoma holds top-10 event standings across the board, highlighted by a No. 2 ranking on the floor exercise. OU's RQS floor average of 49.255 is just 0.015 points behind top-ranked Georgia, who has won the last three NCAA titles.
Individually, the Sooners hold three spots in the top-20 in the all-around rankings. Redmond-Sturms leads the way at No. 3 in the country (39.325), followed by Ashley Jackson in 15th (38.850) and Haley DeProspero's 18th-place standing (38.815).
On vault, Redmond-Sturms is ranked fifth in the country with a RQS average of 9.885.
Oklahoma holds three spots in the top-25 on bars, led by Redmond-Sturms sixth-place ranking (9.865). Jackson is ranked 20th (9.805) while Stephanie LoPiccolo stands in 23rd (9.800).
The beam duo of Haley DeProspero (9.855) and Hollie Vise (9.825) sit in second and ninth, respectively.
Rounding out the individual rankings, Oklahoma has three gymnasts ranked in the top-10 on the floor exercise. Redmond-Sturms stands second (9.920), Jackson sixth (9.870) and Jackie Flanery moved up to ninth (9.865).
The Sooners travel to Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 22, to face Big 12 foe Missouri at 6:30 p.m. (CST) at the Hearnes Center. Live scoring will be available at www.SoonerSports.com.