Sept. 14, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was honored during halftime of the OU vs. Florida State football game Saturday, last season’s OU gymnasts received their 2010 Big 12 championship rings and 2010 NCAA Super Six finals rings from OU President David Boren and VP/ Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione.
The Sooner gymnasts were recognized in front of OU’s 70th-straight sellout crowd of 85,630, the second-largest crowd in OU football history.
“The fans created an incredible atmosphere for our athletes during halftime,” OU women’s gymnastics head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We could hear the crowd verbally supporting us and our accomplishments from last season. It was one of those unforgettable moments.”
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The 2009-2010 OU gymnasts received their well-earned hardware after OU’s best season in program history. The Sooners swept all four event team and individual Big 12 titles on their way to winning their third-straight conference championship.
OU went on to win its third regional title, sweeping all four team event championships at the NCAA Northeast Regional to qualify for the Sooners’ seventh-straight NCAA Championships appearance.
After qualifying for its first ever NCAA Super Six team finals, OU finished in second place behind UCLA, marking the highest finish ever by any OU squad or any other Big 12 program.
Kindler was named National Head Coach of the Year, Regional Head Coach of the Year and Big 12 Coach of the Year, while assistant coaches Lou Ball and Tom Haley split National Assistant Coaches of the Year and Regional Assistant Coaches of the Year honors.
The Sooners also shined individually in 2010, RS-freshman Natasha Kelley was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and senior Hollie Vise finished the season as the NCAA Runner-Up on both bars and floor.
Collectively, the Sooners claimed 57 individual event titles and seven OU gymnasts earned All-American honors, the most in a single season in program history.
The Sooners open the 2011 season on Jan. 7 at the Lloyd Noble Center as OU hosts Arkansas.