NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved up one spot to No. 5 in the latest GymInfo poll released today tying for the second best ranking in program history.
The Sooners’ highest ranking in school history was achieved during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3. That same year they were ranked No. 5 for one week.
The Sooners are also first in both the South Central Region and Big 12 Conference with a Regional Qualifying Average of 195.865. Iowa State sits at No. 2 in the Big 12 (195.665), Missouri moves up one spot to No. 3 (195.600) and Nebraska is No. 4 (195.440).
In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 6 nationally (49.115), No. 11 on uneven bars (48.825), No. 5 on balance beam (48.860) and No. 4 on floor exercise (49.050).
Individually, the Sooners continue to make a mark in the top 25. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is the No.11-ranked vaulter in the nation with a RQS of 9.870 and is tied for 15th on beam (9.820). Koncak-Schumann also sits No. 6 in the nation for the all-around with a 39.140.
Freshman Haley DeProspero is ranked No. 17 in the all-around with a 39.010 RQS and is tied for 18th on balance beam with a 9.815.
Junior Lori Winn is ranked No. 18 on floor exercise (9.820) and is tied for 21st on balance beam (9.805).
Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average.
Starting on Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts were ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team’s top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team’s or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Oklahoma will be back in action on Feb. 24 when the team heads to Baton Rouge, La., to face No. 11 LSU. OU will be back in Norman on March 3 to face Texas Woman’s University. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House.