Jan. 28, 2008
NORMAN, Okla. -- The OU women's gymnastics squad jumped to sixth in the latest GymInfo rankings, released Monday. The Sooners cruised past host West Virginia, George Washington and William & Mary in Morgantown, W. Va., on Sunday after posting a season-high team score of 196.550.
The Big 12 features three teams ranked in the top-15, led by Oklahoma's sixth-place standing. Nebraska, who OU faces in its home opener on Friday, is ranked 12th. Missouri stands three spots back at No. 15.
The Sooners are No. 3 in the country on the floor exercise after posting a season-high team score of 49.375 in the event on Sunday. Leading the way on floor is senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms who is tied for the top spot in the country with an event average of 9.931. The Los Angeles, Calif., native has won the event title at all four '08 events en route to four straight all-around titles. Redmond-Sturms also holds top-10 rankings in the all-around (No. 8) and on vault (No. 9).
Junior Haley DeProspero is ranked sixth on beam with an average score of 9.856. She has taken home the beam title at three events this season.
OU leads all Big 12 foes on bars, floor, beam and team score.
On bars, the Sooners hold four of the top-5 spots in the conference with Redmond-Sturms ranked first (9.862), Stephanie LoPiccolo fourth (9.819) and Ashley Jackson and Hollie Vise tied for fifth (9.775).
DeProspero is second in the conference on beam while Vise stands third (9.831).
Redmond-Sturms (No. 1), Jackson (No. 3) Jessica Kinder (No. 4) and Jackie Flanery (No. 6) hold top-six rankings on the floor.
Friday's meet with the Cornhuskers is set for 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center and will also feature both school's men's squads.
Billed as Youth Gymnastics Night, kids in attendance will receive free OU gymnastics bracelets and a chance to win an OU bicycle which will be given away following the meet. The first 500 fans will also receive free OU Gymnastics T-shirts, while 50-cent hot dogs will be sold while supplies last. Tickets can be purchased through the OU ticket office by calling (405) 325-2424.