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OU Hosts South Central Regional
April 11, 2008
 2008 NCAA SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL
 Date  Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m. CDT
 Location  Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 Statistics  Live Scoring
 Live Webcast  Watch Online
 Meet Info  South Central Regional

NORMAN, Okla. - Fresh off of its 2008 Big 12 Championship title, the undefeated Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad hosts the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, Sat., April 12 beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT) at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooners, ranked No. 10 in the latest GymInfo poll, are hosting an NCAA Regional for the first time since 1988 and welcome five other squads vying for two spots in the NCAA Championships, held in Athens, Ga., on April 24-26.

Oklahoma holds the second seed and is seeking its fifth-straight appearance at the NCAA Championships, building upon its program record of consecutive appearances at the national championship.  Prior to the current streak of four-straight showings at the season-ending NCAA event, the Sooners had never been in the field in back-to-back years in the 27-year history of the program.  

Alabama (No. 4) enters Saturday's competition as the top-ranked squad in the South Central Regional while Boise State (No. 16), Arizona State (No. 19), Illinois (No. 24) and Southeast Missouri State (No. 36) round out the six-team field.  Eight individual gymnasts representing four different schools will also compete in Norman on Saturday, vying for an all-around or event-specialist spot at the NCAA Championships. 

Top-seeded Alabama holds top-10 rankings on all four events, highlighted by  the No. 3 spot on floor and a fourth-place RQS on vault in the latest GymInfo rankings. The Crimson Tide are led by sophomore Morgan Dennis who ranks eighth in the country in the all-around.

Holding top-25 rankings across the board, Boise State travels to Norman as the third seed in the South Central Regional.  The Broncos will depend heavily on one of their youngest gymnasts as freshman Hannah Redmon leads the team with her 40th-place mark in the all-around standings.  

 Media Guide | Meet Notes | NCAA Central

Fourth-seeded Arizona State stands 19th in the latest rankings thanks in part to a 14th-place mark on beam.  The Sun Devils are led by Pac-10 First-Team all-arounder Tiana Jean who scored a career-best 39.225 against Ohio State.

No. 24 Illinois and Southeast Missouri State round out the competing teams as the Fighting Illini stand 19th in the country on bars while SEMO has performed best on floor this year (29th).

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WHAT IT TAKES TO ADVANCE
The top two teams from each of the six regional sites will advance to the National Championships April 24-26 in Athens, Ga. In addition, the top two all-arounders, not on a qualifying team, and each event winner (if not already qualified with a team or as an all-arounder) will advance to Athens as well.
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LIVE SCORING AND POST MEET INFO
Live scoring will be available on SoonerSports.com.  Following the meet, a complete recap, quotes, photos and official scores can be found on the official OU website as well.
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FAMILIAR FACES
OU is competing against Alabama for the fourth time since January of 2007.  The Sooners almost became the first visiting squad to defeat the Crimson Tide in a non-conference dual in Tuscaloosa under `Bama head coach Sarah Patterson. OU led after three rotations before slipping in the final event.  The two programs also met at the `07 NCAA Central Regional (where both squads had identical seeds to Saturday's event) and the NCAA Championships two weeks later, with Alabama coming out on top in both meetings as well. 
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REGIONAL SUCCESS
OU has finished in the top two in each of the last four NCAA Regionals, marking a school record for consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.  Oklahoma advanced to last year's NCAA Championships after edging Big 12-rival Iowa State in a tiebreaker 233.4 - 233.2.  The Sooners haven't finished worse than fourth at a regional since placing sixth in 2000.
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MOVE OVER KANSAS
Winning the NCAA Basketball title on March 31st, the Jayhawks weren't the only Big 12 school to garner press in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.  Kiara Redmond-Sturms was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section for her accomplishments at the Big 12 Championship. 
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PROTECTING THE HOUSE
The Sooners last lost in Norman on Feb. 10, 2006, a span of 12 consecutive match ups.  Ironically, OU's last home defeat came at the hands of an Iowa State team that was coached by K.J. Kindler - OU's current head coach.
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BIG 12 CHAMPS          
Heading into the final rotation in third place, the No. 9 OU women's gymnastics team recorded its second-highest vault score of the season (49.275) to clinch the 2008 Big 12 Championship.  Performing the final routine of the night and needing a 9.875 or better for an Oklahoma win, senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms posted a 9.95 on vault as the Sooners clinched their second Big 12 title and first since 2004.
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WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION
Following OU's come-from-behind heroics in the conference championship, second-year head coach K.J. Kindler was named the 2008 Big 12 Coach of the Year while senior Kiara Redmond-Sturms garnered Big 12 Gymnast of the Year honors.  The duo has led the Sooners to a 21-0 mark on the year, the second straight season with at least 21 wins -- which ties a program record for most wins in a single season and marks the first time in school history that the team has had back-to-back 20-win seasons.
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AT THEIR BEST WHEN NEEDED MOST
Following three falls on bars in the opening event, OU recorded only two scores lower than 9.8 in the final three events as the Sooners clinched at least a share of all four individual event titles - marking just the third time in Big 12 history that a school clinched at least a share of all four apparatus wins.

Hollie Vise and Haley DeProspero won titles on bars and beam, respectively, as the pair both recorded scores of 9.9 in their event wins.  Kiara Redmond-Sturms won the other two titles, taking home the vault win with her 9.95 and the floor exercise title after a score of 9.9.
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CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
OU claimed a conference-leading nine spots on the 2008 Gymnastics All-Big 12 Team, the conference office announced on March 26.  The Big 12 Conference awarded the top four Big 12 gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event, excluding the all-around.

Leading the way for OU was five-time senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms who earned a spot on vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise.  The Los Angeles, Calif., native was the only Big 12 gymnast to garner four accolades.

Teammate Hollie Vise was also a multiple winner, clinching a spot on both uneven bars and beam. Leading the Big 12 on beam (9.895), junior Haley DeProspeo was named to the beam team while Jackie Flanery and Ashley Jackson were honored for their efforts on floor.
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HITTING THE BOOKS
Six University of Oklahoma student-athletes have been named to the 2008 Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team, including four first-team members, the conference announced on March 25.

Garnering first-team accolades were Haley DeProspero (zoology), Caitlin Hinkis (psychology), Jessica Kinder (health and exercise science) and Ashley Jackson (zoology).  The second team included Jackie Flanery and Mary Mantle, both human relations majors.

DeProspero and Hinkis made the list for the second consecutive year as the two were both awarded first-team honors last season. The announcement also marks the second consecutive year Jackson has garnered the award as the Hudsonville, Mich., native was a second-team member in 2007.  
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ONE MORE TIME FOR GOOD MEASURE
Sooner gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Haley DeProspero were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on March 25.

The announcement marked the final weekly conference awards of the 2008 regular season, and OU gymnasts have garnered 15 of the 22 awards including Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honors in eight of a possible 11 weeks.   It was the sixth time this season that Oklahoma has won both conference awards during the same week.

Redmond-Sturms claimed a share of all four event titles at Minnesota en route to the all-around title while DeProspero played a pivotal role in the Sooners' 18th-straight win with her 9.9 on beam after Oklahoma had already recorded two falls on the apparatus.  Entering the meet ranked fourth in the country (first in the Big 12) on the event, the junior took home a share of the beam title with Redmond-Sturms.  It was the eighth event title this season for the McKinney, Texas, native who also finished fourth on floor against the Golden Gophers (9.825).
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RECORD BREAKER
Five-time All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms garnered her seventh Big 12 Gymnast of the Week honor on March 25, setting a conference high for single season weekly accolades.  She broke the record of NU's Richelle Simpson who garnered six GOTW honors as a junior in 2003.
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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
Through 13 events in 2008, Los Angeles, Calif., native Kiara Redmond-Sturms is having the kind of season any gymnast would dream about.  The five-time All-American won her 10th all-around title against Minnesota on March 22. Redmond-Sturms scored a 39.55 in the all-around against the Golden Gophers, her fourth-best score of the year but a mark that still outpaced all other season highs for Big 12 all-arounder competitors.  The senior has netted a Big 12-leading 43 individual titles in 2008, outpacing all conference gymnasts by double digits.
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NATIONALLY KNOWN NAMES
Individually, Redmond-Sturms holds the third spot in the country in the all-around rankings with an RQS average of 39.555, besting all conference opponents.   Redmond-Sturms (9.935 - second) and Haley DeProspero (9.9 - fifth) both hold top-five rankings on floor and balance beam, respectively.

On beam, Hollie Vise stands 15th in the country, teaming up with Redmond-Sturms (22nd) as the duo pair with DeProspero to put three Sooners in the top 25 on the apparatus. Rounding out the top-25 rankings for Oklahoma is Redmond-Sturms' eighth-place standing on vault and 14th-place ranking on bars.
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REGULAR SEASON SENSATIONS
OU has won 31 of its last 32 regular-season matchup's dating back to Jan. 19, 2007.  Winners of all regular season meets on the year, the Sooners last regular season defeat was to Stanford on March 9, 2007 in Palo Alto, Calif.
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TUESDAY'S THE NEWS DAY
Another Tuesday has come and gone, as OU added an additional two conference awards to its season stockpile.  Kiara Redmond-Sturms was named Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on March 18th as teammate Kristin Smith picked up OU's fifth Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week honor in the past six announcements.  The conference award was the first for Smith. 
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DOMINATING THE COMPETITION
The Sooners haven't been overly kind to their opponents this season. Through 13 events, Oklahoma has either won the event outright or shared title honors in 43 of a possible 52 event competitions. 
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PERFECTION
Posting an unblemished 18-0 record during the regular season, OU became the only school in the NCAA this year with an undefeated regular season.  The Sooners were dominant throughout, with Arkansas being the only team to come within 0.2 of a point of OU, falling 196.750 -196.625 to the Sooners in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 15.
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LIKE CLOCKWORK...
After leading the undefeated OU women's gymnastics squad (16-0) to a victory over No. 11 Auburn on March 7, Sooner gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Jackie Flanery were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on March 11.
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BRING OUT THE BROOMS
OU swept all four event titles against Auburn, claiming the top spot in the individual standings on every apparatus as well.  It marked the second straight meet the Sooners had accomplished the feat, doing so against TWU as well.
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VISE AND COMPANY NAMED TO USAG HALL OF FAME                  
University of Oklahoma sophomore gymnast Hollie Vise was named to the 2008 class of inductees for the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as part of the 2003 U.S. Women's World Championships Team, announced by the organization on March 4.

The 2003 World Champion on bars, Vise was a member of the `03 squad that claimed the USA's first world team title.

An International Elite gymnast since the age of 11, Vise was a two-time National Champion on bars and balance beam and won a silver medal in the all-around at the same competition on three occasions.

A member of the U.S. National Team for six years, the Dallas, Texas, native won two bronze medals at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Australia.
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STANDING 10th
Oklahoma stands 10th in the latest GymInfo poll (the highest of any Big 12 squad) with a Regional Qualifying Score of 196.450.  The RQS is based on a team's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the RQS, the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.
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AN EXTRA SPECIAL BIRTHDAY
OU gymnasts Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Melanie Root had an extra reason to celebrate OU's victory over Arkansas as the pair celebrated birthdays on the weekend as well.   Redmond-Sturms took home the all-around title against the Gym'Backs in posting the third highest score in the Big 12 this season (she owns the top four high marks), while Root posted a career-high 9.825 on vault in her first action on the apparatus in two months.
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HIGH MARKS FOR EVERYONE
Not to be outdone by Arkansas' program-best 196.625 in the loss to OU, several Sooner gymnasts set personal bests as well. Kristin Smith won the first event title of her Oklahoma career after a career-high 9.925 on beam, after tying a personal best with a 9.85 on floor.  Jackie Flanery also notched a career high on floor with her 9.9 effort.  Redmond-Sturms tied a career high on beam with a score of 9.9 and Melanie Root posted a 9.825 on vault, marking a career best for the freshman.  Last but not least, Mary Mantle set a personal best with her 9.8 on bars while Hollie Vise's 9.9 on beam tied a career high.
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ROAD WARRIORS
Three of Oklahoma's top four scores in 2008, including a season-best-tying 196.750 at Arkansas, have come on the road for the Sooners. Going further, five of OU's top seven scores in 2008 have come outside of Norman.
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VISE GARNERS EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK HONORS
The Dallas, Texas, native capped off an already exciting afternoon, in which she was named the USAG Hall of Fame, by winning Big 12 Event Specialist of the Week honors for her performance against TWU.  The selection marked the third time this season that the conference has named Vise the recipient of the award.

The Dallas, Texas, native played a vital role in the No. 10 Sooners remaining undefeated on the year (15-0), winning the bars title with a career-high-tying score of 9.875 and a share of the beam title with all-around winner and teammate Kiara Redmond-Sturms (9.825).  The two event honors marked the second time this season that Vise has won multiple titles during a single meet.

Her score of 9.875 on bars bested all conference gymnasts on the week but one, which she tied. Vise was the only Big 12 event specialist competing in multiple events that scored a 9.8 or higher on every apparatus.
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CONTINUED CONFERENCE DOMINATION
University of Oklahoma senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms and sophomore Hollie Vise were honored as Big 12 Gymnast and Event Specialist of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced on Feb. 19.
 
Hitting the perfect mark, Redmond-Sturms became the first woman in OU gymnastics history to post two perfect 10.00s in a career.  It was only the ninth 10.00 in school history and just the second perfect score in the NCAA this season.  The Los Angeles, Calif., native has garnered six all-around titles and 19 event honors already this season.

Vise picked up her second conference accolade of the year after the 2003 World Champion won her first collegiate bars title with a career-high 9.875, while tying Haley DeProspero for the event title on beam (9.875).  Her two event titles were the most for the Dallas, Texas, native in any single competition of her career.
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MARY'S MILESTONE
Mary Mantle, a sophomore, won the first event title of her career after she posted a 9.9 on vault in Denver, Colo., on February 9, garnering her first Big 12 conference award.  The stuck routine was witnessed by 2,195 fans inside Hamilton Gymnasium, including many that were rooting on the Bellvue, Colo., native, after making the short drive to Denver.  Mantle was making her first appearance in a collegiate competition in her home state.
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HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS
Returning to her home state of Michigan for the first time in collegiate competition, Ashley Jackson recorded a 9.775 on vault, 9.875 on floor and a career-high 9.75 on bars.
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RACKING UP THE CONFERENCE HONORS
Fresh off her first career all-around title that propelled OU to a 195.275-194.950 victory over conference rival Nebraska, OU junior Ashley Jackson was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week by the league on Feb. 5.  The Big 12 honor was the first for the Hudsonville, Mich., native.

Competing in every event for just the fourth time in her career, Jackson posted career highs in the all-around (39.275) and on floor (9.9) against the Cornhuskers, while also matching a career best on bars (9.825).  Jackson started the night off right by setting a season high on vault (9.825) in OU's first rotation, unveiling a new vault for the first time.
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REST AND RELAXATION
With the promising starts of Ratcliff, the Sooners were able to rest senior Caitlin Hinkis and junior Jessica Kinder, who both were recovering from injuries. Now back in competition, the two add a mature presence to numerous event line-up's for the Sooners. In her first meet back, Kinder recorded a career high-tying 9.85 on floor against TWU and a remarkable 9.8 on beam as a last-second fill-in for the injured Ashley Jackson at Missouri.

Hinkis, a native of Simsbury, Conn.,  finished in the top five on bars four times last season and has scored a 9.8 or higher in four out of six 2008 events.
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THE BEAM DREAM TEAM
Oklahoma posted a staggering 49.425 score on beam at the season-opening Cancun Classic. The  mark tied the second-highest score in program history and was the highest by an OU beam team since April 3, 2004.
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KINDLER SIGNS THREE FOR 2008
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team posted its best finish in NCAA history last spring and recruits are taking notice. Head coach K.J. Kindler announced one of the most decorated classes in OU history during the early announcement period, signing three gymnasts to National Letters of Intent.  Megan Ferguson, Natasha Kelley and Sara Stone will join the Sooners in the fall of 2008.
 
Ferguson, a Level 10 from Blue Valley High School in Olathe, Kan., trains at Eagles Gymnastics, the former club of current OU gymnast Jacqueline Flanery.  Ferguson was two-time Junior Olympic Nationals beam champion and five-time J.O. Nationals qualifier. She has dominated state competition, winning the level 10 all-around title in 2005, `06 and `07 while sweeping every individual event honor all three seasons as well.

Kelley enters the OU program as a four-time U.S. National Team member.  The senior elite gymnast from Katy, Texas, has found success on both the international and national stage, finishing second in the all-around of the 2006 Visa Championships, after capturing the all-around title a year prior in the junior division of the Visa Championships. In her `06 Visa Championships runner-up finish, Kelley finished second on the uneven bars and beam, and fourth on the floor exercise.  Kelley shared all-around honors at the 2006 U.S. Classic, placing first on the uneven bars, second on vault and fourth on beam and floor. At the 2007 Visa Championships, Kelley finished 10th in the all-around after placing sixth on the beam and ninth on the uneven bars. On the International stage, Kelley won the all-around title at the 2007 Houston International Invitational, placing first on the beam, floor, uneven bars, and second on the vault.  The 17-year old placed second at the 2007 Tyson American Cup and fourth in the all-around of the `07 USA vs. Great Britain International Competition in Lisburn, Ireland. She also captured all-around titles at both the `05 Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yohohama, Japan, and the Olympiad Elite in Ensenada, Mexico, a year prior.  Kelley helped the U.S. squad to a silver medal at the 2006 World Championships as a finalist on floor.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Stone is a member of Metroplex Gymnastics where she is coached by Bryan Streeter, Dave Marus, and Jana and Marcus Harlin.  The Spring Creek Academy senior and junior elite gymnast is a two-time qualifier for the U.S. Classic. She won the all-around title at the 2005 Metroplex Challenge and won the beam title at the 2006 level 10 Texas state competition.

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