April 1, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma gymnastics fans can catch the Sooners latest conference crown as the 2010 Big 12 Championships will air tape delayed on Fox Sports Southwest Thursday at 5 p.m. (CT). The broadcast will be replayed on FS Southwest Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (CT).
The second-ranked OU squad stood atop the Big 12 podium once again, as the Sooners clinched their third straight Big 12 title with a team score of 197.175 on March 27 at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb.
OU swept all four team event titles en route to the highest score by a Big 12 Champion since 2001.
Oklahoma gymnasts won a share of every individual event title as well, capped off by multiple conference titles from Hollie Vise (bars - 9.9, beam - 9.925 and floor - 9.9) and Jackie Flanery (vault - 9.9 and floor - 9.9). Flanery was joined atop the vault podium by teammates Brie Olson and Natalie Ratcliff as the OU trio all captured the first Big 12 event title of their careers.
The Sooners captured 12 of the 23 spots on the All-Big 12 Championship squad, which is given to the top four places and ties on each apparatus at the conference championship. In addition to OU's Big 12 event champions, Kristin Smith earned the distinction on beam and floor, while Kayla Nowak (floor), Megan Ferguson (bars), Vise (floor) and Flanery (bars) rounded out the accolades.
Following the meet, Kindler was announced Big 12 Coach of the Year and was joined on the awards stand by Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Natasha Kelley. Kelley entered the meet with the highest RQS average of all conference newcomers on vault, bars and beam, despite competing on a 100% torn ACL suffered last November. Kelley was the first Oklahoma gymnast to garner the award in program history, while Kindler won her fifth Big 12 Coach of the Year award (second at Oklahoma).
OU has been assigned the No. 1 seed in the University Park Regional, announced by the NCAA selection committee on Monday. The Sooners will face No. 2 seed LSU and meet host Penn State (third seed) in the only 2010 regional featuring three squads that advanced to last year’s NCAA Championships.
The regional meet will be held on April 10 at 5 p.m. (CT), at Rec Hall on the Penn State campus. Tickets to the regional meet can be purchased through the PSU Athletic Ticket Office at (814) 863-1000 or online at www.GoPSUsports.com. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students/youth.