Jan. 23, 2011
DENTON, Texas -- The No. 3 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad gave head coach K.J. Kindler her 100th win at OU Sunday with a 196.175-193.050 win over TWU at Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas.
In Kindler’s five seasons at OU, the Sooners are 100-36-2 overall, 32-2 at home, 32-5 on the road and 61-6 during the regular season.
OU remains unbeaten this season, improving to 6-0 this season. OU has a current streak of 20 regular season wins.
OU won the team title and individual title on all four events on Sunday against TWU, and tied its own season-high team score of 196.175 (previously set at N.C. State on Jan. 14).
Freshman Madison Mooring took home the beam title with OU’s first 9.95 of the season and shared the vault title with teammate Sara Stone (9.85 for both). Sophomore Kayla Nowak won the bars title with a 9.85 and shared the floor title with teammate Megan Ferguson (9.875).
The Sooners led TWU, 48.950-48.550, after the first rotation. OU opened the meet with three scores of 9.8 or higher on bars. Nowak led the team with a 9.85 and won the overall bars title, while Ferguson and Spears both posted a 9.8 on the event to take second and third place on the apparatus.
“I think on bars our warm-up wasn’t as efficient as it could have been” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We were coming off a rough bar performance last Friday and I know part of the focus, subconsciously, was to simply hit. We did that and plan to move onward and upward from there.”
OU went to vault in the second rotation, scoring a 49.100 on the event. Stone and Mooring both score a 9.85 on the apparatus, sharing the vault event title and leading the team on the event. The 9.85 was a career-high for Mooring, her previous best (9.775) was set in the Sooners’ quad meet Friday
“Vault was very strong,” Kindler said. “Brie Olson, Madison Mooring and Natasha Kelley have really improved their landings since the beginning of the year and the dynamics were strong. We were pleased.”
Natasha Kelly and Brie Olson added a 9.8 and 9.825 respectively on vault, boosting the Sooners lead to 98.050-97.075 after two rotations. Olson’s 9.825 set a new season-high for the sophomore, her previous best was a 9.8 set on Friday during OU’s quad meet.
In the third rotation, OU posted a 48.775 on floor, paced by scores of 9.875 from both Nowak and Ferguson. Nowak has scored a 9.85 or higher on all four of her floor routines this season.
“On floor, our anchor Sara was soft on her middle pass, and though she fought for it, the mistake was costly,” Kindler said. “There was a technical error in Madison’s routine that ended in a landing deduction. No earth-shattering problems, but it was certainly not our cleanest or best performance on floor as a group. I did think Kayla Nowak performed the best I have seen her on this event this year.”
Ferguson’s 9.87 was a season-high for the junior on the event. Ferguson has scored a 9.85 or higher on floor in three-straight meets for the Sooners.
The Sooners ended the meet strong on beam with five-straight scores of 9.8 or higher and a season-best 49.350 on the apparatus.
“Balance beam was phenomenal,” Kindler said. “Kayla did exactly what she needed to do to start us off. Tay (Taylor Spears), Nat (Natalie Ratcliff) and Tash (Natasha Kelley) were also really poised and aggressive.
Mooring posted a season-high on any event for the Sooners with her career-high 9.95 on beam. The freshman has set a new career-record in seven of her last nine routines.
"Madison Mooring did one of the most impressive routines I have ever seen an athlete do on balance beam," Kindler added. "That really got me, I had a big lump in my throat when she finished that routine. That was a moment.”
Kelley scored a 9.9 on beam for the second-straight meet to tie her season-high, while Nowak set her own season-high with a 9.8.
“Overall, I’d like to see our anchors rise up,” Kindler said. “There’s a reason they are anchors. They have what it takes to deliver big.”
Sunday’s meet with TWU was the first in a four meet road stint for OU. The Sooners next road test will be on Friday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. (CT), as OU faces Washington in Seattle.