Jan. 27, 2011
|No. 5 Oklahoma (6-0) at No. 16 Washington (6-4, 3-4 Pac-10)|
|Date||Friday, Jan. 28 | 9 p.m. (CT)|
|Location||Seattle | Alaska Airlines Arena|
|Live Stats/Webcast||Live Chat|
NORMAN, Okla. - The fifth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team heads to Seattle for a dual meet with No. 16 Washington in the Sooners’ third road competition in three weeks on Friday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. (CT).
The Sooners are coming off a season-high-tying 196.175 win over TWU last Sunday, the win gave OU head coach K.J. Kindler her 100th victory with Oklahoma. In Kindler's five seasons at the helm, Oklahoma is 100-36-2 overall, 32-2 at home, 32-5 on the road and 61-6 in the regular season.
OU set a season-best team score on any event against the Pioneers Sunday with a 49.350 on beam. Freshman Madison Mooring scored a 9.95 on the event, a season-high for any Sooner on any event and the highest score by a freshman in the NCAA on beam this season.
Washington (6-4, 3-4 Pac-10) is undefeated at home this season, with all four of the Huskies losses coming at the Pac-10 Showcase on Jan. 9. Washington finished fifth at the event behind, No. 2 Stanford, No. 9 UCLA, No. 7 Oregon State and Arizona.
OU leads the all-time series with Washington at 6-4. The Sooners won the last meeting with the Huskies on March 12, 2010, with a score of 196.900-195.800.
ON THE WEB:
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WIN NO. 100
OU improved to 6-0 on the season, with wins over No. 6 Oregon State, No. 23 Denver, Centenary and TWU last weekend. With the four wins, OU head coach K.J. Kindler moves to 100 victories at Oklahoma. The Sooners are 100-36-2 overall under Kindler, 32-2 at home, 32-5 on the road and 61-6 in the regular season.
The Sooners posted a season-high 49.325 on beam at TWU Sunday, scoring above a 49.000 on the event for the third-straight meet. Freshman Madison Mooring scored a 9.95 on beam at TWU, becoming only the second gymnast and the only freshman in the NCAA this season to reach the mark on the event. Natasha Kelley also added a 9.9 on beam for the Sooners at TWU, marking the first time this season OU recorded two scores of 9.9 or higher on one event. The Sooners are averaging a 49.025 on the apparatus in 2011 and are currently ranked No. 2 in the country on the event.
Oklahoma’s two season-high scores of 196.175 have come in OU’s two road meets. The Sooners are no strangers to road success, OU posted five of its seven highest scores away from Norman for three-straight seasons.
The Sooners are 32-5 on the road during the regular season under head coach K.J. Kindler, as OU faces Washington for its third road competition in three weeks.
For the first time this season, Oklahoma trailed their opponent going into the final rotation on Friday, Jan. 21 at OU’s quad meet. The Sooners trailed Denver, 146.275-146.000, heading to floor but OU pulled out five scores of 9.825 or higher, including Kayla Nowak’s 9.9, to seal the quad meet victory. OU finished floor with a 49.300 event total, a season-high on any one event this season.
FIRST TIME’S THE CHARM
In her first appearance in the OU beam lineup, freshman Taylor Spears scored a 9.875 on the event against N.C. State on Jan. 14. With the score, Spears won the individual event title on the apparatus and was ranked No. 1 on the event on Jan. 17. Spears matched her career-high 9.875 on beam at TWU last Sunday.
For the third week in a row, an OU gymnast was recognized as the best in the Big 12 conference. Freshman Madison Mooring was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for Jan. 25 after her record-breaking beam performance at TWU. Sophomore Kayla Nowak was named Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week while Taylor Spears was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for Jan. 18. Junior Sara Stone earned the first conference honor for the Sooners when she was Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week on Jan. 11.
Despite the Sooners struggles on bars, OU set multiple team season-highs and individual highs in last Friday’s quad meet. OU set season-highs as a team on vault (49.150) and floor (49.300), while tying its previous season-high on beam (49.025). The Sooners set season-highs on 14 routines including six career-highs (Madison Mooring - vault, beam, floor; Brie Olson - floor; Taylor Spears - floor; Sara Stone - floor).
HOME SWEET HOME
The Sooners are 32-2 in Norman under fifth-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU’s only two losses at home have come against SEC opponents in Alabama and Arkansas. Top-seeded Alabama knocked off the Sooners en route to the NCAA South Central Regional title in 2008, while OU’s loss to Arkansas in the 2009 home opener marked Oklahoma’s only regular season home defeat in Kindler’s tenure.
Among the 65 home wins since 2000 are notable victories over then-ranked No. 1 Alabama and then-No. 4 Florida in 2010 as well as wins over Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Stanford and West Virginia.
Twenty-one of OU’s 72 routines this season were performed by freshmen. Madison Mooring has competed on three events (vault, beam and floor) in all of OU’s meets after joining the team just one month ago following her December high school graduation. Taylor Spears competed on two events in the season opener and three events against N.C. State and Friday’s quad meet. Spears scored a 9.875 on beam in Raleigh to win the event title, the score was the highest by an OU freshman this season.
A GROUP EFFORT
Oklahoma did not have an all-around competitor this season, which is nothing new for the Sooners. OU had an all-arounder just twice during OU’s record-breaking 2010 season (Kayla Nowak at Illinois and Hollie Vise vs.
REGULAR SEASON SENSATIONS
Oklahoma is 61-6 in the regular season under Kindler. The Sooners finished the 2010 regular season as the only undefeated team in the NCAA at 14-0 and are currently leading the nation with a regular-season win streak of 20. OU has gone undefeated in the regular season twice in the past three seasons.
The Sooners face 10 teams currently ranked in the preseason top 25, including four top 10 teams and five programs that competed at the 2010 NCAA
Championships. CollegeGymFans.com recently ranked OU at No. 10 nationally in strength of schedule.
CLOSER LOOK AT OKLAHOMA IN 2011
Oklahoma started the season ranked No. 4 nationally, the highest preseason ranking in program history. The back-to-back-to-back Big 12 Champions return nine members of the record-breaking 2010 squad, as the team looks to make its second-straight NCAA Super Six in 2011.
Headlining OU’s returnees are Megan Ferguson and Natasha Kelley. Ferguson is a two-time All-American and was named All-Big 12 on both bars and beam in 2010. Kelley was named the 2010 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and All-Big 12 on vault and bars. The redshirt-sophomore enters the 2011 season with a career-high 9.925 on vault and 9.9 on both bars and beam.
The Sooners welcome four newcomers for the 2011 season. Hope Bruce and Taylor Spears joined the team in the summer of 2010, while Madison Mooring and Hayden Ward began training with the team in December.
IN ELITE COMPANY
Oklahoma is one of just five programs to advance to the NCAA
Championships every year since 2004. OU joins Alabama, Florida, LSU and Utah on the elite list.
CHAMPIONS IN THE CLASSROOM
For the fourth-straight season, five Sooners earned National
Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches All-American Scholar Athlete Awards. Nitya Ramaswami finished the academic year with a 4.0 in chemical engineering, she was one of just 67 gymnasts in the country and was the only gymnast in the Big 12 to finish with a 4.0.
FOLLOW THE SOONERS
The OU gymnastics program maintains its own Facebook, YouTube and Twitter accounts, which are updated frequently with all of the latest news about the squad. Links to each of these pages as well as a behind-the-scenes blog can be found at www. SoonerSports.com, the official site of the Oklahoma Sooners.