Jan. 27, 2008
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- The seventh-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad won all four event titles for the fourth consecutive meet en route to a season-high team score of 196.550 as the Sooners bested No. 33 West Virginia (192.7), GWU (192.05) and William & Mary (187.45) in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday afternoon.
The Sooners posted a season-high team score of 49.375 on floor while tying season bests on vault (49.075) and bars (49.2).
Senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms won her fourth consecutive all-around title with a score of 39.525, that included wins on vault (9.875), uneven bars (9.9) and floor (9.925).
"It was by far our best performance of the year," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "Jessica Kinder stepped in with two solid scores in her first action of the year after her injury and provided the missing link on a couple of events."
On the uneven bars, the Sooners had four scores in the top five as Stephanie LoPiccolo (9.875) finished runner up to teammate Redmond-Sturms while Ashley Jackson and Hollie Vise both finished fourth with a score of 9.825. Jackson's mark set a career high while Vise also tied her career best.
Oklahoma remained solid on beam, with Vise, the reigning Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week, earning the first event title of her career after a 9.85 on the apparatus. Redmond-Sturms (9.825) finished second on beam in the only event she didn't win as Kristin Smith and Haley DeProspero tied for third at 9.750.
Moving to floor, Jackie Flanery and Jackson placed second behind Redmond-Sturms after tallying scores of 9.875. Flanery's score tied a career best while Jackson's mark equaled a season best. Kristin Smith and Kinder tied for sixth with scores of 9.85, both tying career highs.
The Sooners closed the afternoon in grand fashion, placing first through fifth on vault, an event that Kindler's squad placed added emphasis on during this week's practice.
"We really focused on vault this week because we feel as though we have much more potential in the event and haven't been showing it," Kindler said. "As the last event of today's competition and them still being able to nail it like they did is very rewarding."
DeProspero and Mary Mantle both scored 9.825s, placing second to Redmond-Sturms. Mantle's mark equaled her career high while DeProspero set a season best. Flanery finished fourth at 9.8, equaling a season high, while Natalie Ratcliff's 9.75 put the freshman in a three-way tie for fifth.
Oklahoma hosts No. 13 Nebraska on Feb. 1 at the Lloyd Noble Center in the team's home opener. The double dual featuring both schools' men's and women's squads is slated for a 7 p.m. start.
"We look forward to having a great crowd join us at Lloyd Noble in a huge competition with our conference rival," Kindler added. "Nebraska, as always, is a highly-ranked squad and the reigning Big 12 Champions. As a team, we will work as hard as we can and definitely need the fan support because it's going to be a nail biter that goes down to the wire."
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