OU Claims Metroplex Challenge Title

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By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 26, 2013


  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 Oklahoma 49.225 49.450 49.325 49.275 197.275
 LSU 49.500 49.450 48.750 49.400 197.100
 Oregon St. 49.225 49.425 49.150 49.025 196.825
 Georgia 49.200 49.425 49.075 49.075 196.775
 Washington 48.800 49.075 48.775 48.225 194.875

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 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Sarie Morrison (LSU)  9.925
 Bars  Davis, Courville  9.95
 Beam  Lauren Alexander (OU)  9.975
 Floor  Aliza Vaccher (UW)  9.925
 AA  Spears, Courville  39.450

 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Haley Scaman  9.9
 Bars  3 Gymnasts  9.9
 Beam  Lauren Alexander  9.975
 Floor  Lara Albright  9.9
 AA  Taylor Spears 39.450
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FORT WORTH, Texas - The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team won the Metroplex Challenge with a score of 197.275 against some of the top competition in the country on Saturday.

Needing higher than a 49.100 with one rotation remaining to pass LSU for the title, OU scored a 49.275 on floor for the victory. Junior Lara Albright started things off for the Sooners by tying her career high with a 9.9. Erica Brewer and Brie Olson added identical 9.875 scores.

No. 7 LSU (197.100) finished second, followed by No. 16 Oregon State (196.825), No. 9 Georgia (196.775) and Washington (194.875).

"It was an intense competition in an intense atmosphere," said Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler. "I thought we did well at staying focused and doing what we know how to do."

OU put together its best bar routine of the year, using back-to-back-to-back scores of 9.9 by Erica Brewer, Keeley Kmieciak and Haley Scaman to post a 49.450, a season high for the Sooners and the second-best score on bars of any team in the country entering this week. Rebecca Clark and Taylor Spears rounded out the Sooner scorer by each totaling 9.875 scores.

"We stuck landings," Kindler said. "It's something we really focused on this week, made some adjustments, and I think it showed."

Individually, Lauren Alexander posted the highest score of the day of any competitor on beam, earning a 9.975 on scores of 10.0 and 9.95. The score was Alexander's career high and the highest score on any apparatus by a Sooner this seaosn. Spears added a 9.875 on the event, while Kmieciak, Brewer and Mooring all totaled 9.825 scores.

"Anytime an athlete gets a 10 it's a very special moment," said Kindler of Alexander's effort. "That tells you that was an extra special routine."

Oklahoma led off the night on vault, scoring a 49.225. Scaman had a team-high 9.9, her career best, and was joined by Spears and Kmieciak who each scored a 9.85 apiece.

The win was the second for the Sooners in the Challenge, having also won the event in their last visit to Fort Worth in 2010.

The Sooners begin Big 12 competition in Morgantown, W.Va., against West Virginia on Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. CT. Western Michigan and William & Mary will also compete in non-conference competition at the meet.



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