Feb. 15, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad dropped to No. 2 in the latest Troester rankings released Monday despite posting its highest score since 2004 in its 197.250-196.225 “Beauty and the Beast” victory over No. 16 Iowa State on Feb. 12.
The Sooners hold a season average of 196.563, just behind top-ranked Alabama’s 196.575 average through the first six weeks of competition.
Beginning Feb. 22, the rankings will be tabulated based on a regional qualifying score (RQS), which includes a team’s six best regular-season meet scores, three of which must be from road events. To obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged. OU currently holds the highest RQS of any team in the country (196.425), just ahead of the Crimson Tide (196.400).
Oregon State, Utah and Florida round out the current top five.
Individually, the Sooners have a gymnast ranked in the top 15 on three of the four events. Sophomore All-American Megan Ferguson is the highest ranked Big 12 gymnast on any apparatus with her second-place standing on beam (9.888). Hollie Vise remained perfect on bars this season with her sixth consecutive win on the apparatus against the Cyclones, positioning herself fourth in the country with a 9.896 average. Natasha Kelley also pushed into the top 15 nationally on bars with her current 11th-place showing (9.863). Jackie Flanery is ranked No. 13 on floor in this week’s ranking with a season average of 9.871.
Oklahoma holds the best season average of all four Big 12 squads on every apparatus, while the Sooners hold the top mark in the individual standings on every event but vault.
The Sooners hit the road for back-to-back meets beginning with a trip to Columbia, Mo., for a meeting with conference rival Missouri on Feb. 19, before ending the two-meet road trip at Michigan State on Feb. 26.
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Every Monday throughout the season, senior gymnast Kristin Smith will give OU gymnastics fans an inside glimpse into the Sooner program with weekly recaps, meet previews and insight into life outside of the gym for the reigning Big 12 Champions. This week's installment focuses on OU's "Beauty and the Beast" victory and a road trip to Missouri on the horizon.
WEEK 6 | FEB. 15, 2010
Hey Sooner Fans!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed watching some of the Olympics. Our week started out like a normal week; classes, tutors, rehab with our trainer and practice. We had some snow fall this past week as well, so that was fun to enjoy.
On Friday night we hosted our third annual “Beauty and the Beast” competition with the ninth-ranked wrestling team. We competed against No. 16 Iowa State, while the wrestlers squared off with Chattanooga.
The Sooners were on fire throughout the night in front of a home crowd of almost 1,800. We were really excited about the turnout. Our team score was also the highest the Sooners have posted since the 2004 season. Going 197 is a huge accomplishment for our team, but we also realize that we have not hit a meet to our fullest potential.
After the meet we enjoyed a post-meet meal with our families. On Saturday we were able to catch up on school work and get some laundry done. We also attended the men's gymnastics meet on Saturday night. Congrats to the men’s team on a dominating victory over Nebraska.
Sunday we were back in the gym, gearing up for our competition with Mizzou. We are leaving on Thursday morning so it will be a short week. This will be our last Big 12 matchup before the Big 12 Championships in Lincoln, Neb., at the end of next month.
We look forward to seeing some crimson in the stands this weekend in Columbia. Also, best of luck to the women's basketball team tonight! We will be there supporting them in their "Pack the Place Pink" game against No. 1 UCONN.
Have a great week and Boomer Sooner!!!
-- Kristin Smith