Women's Gymnastics Edged by No. 2 Florida

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 31, 2014

  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 Oklahoma 49.425 49.200 49.300 49.300 197.225
 Florida 49.475 49.400 49.425 49.575 197.875

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 Event Winners
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault Kytra Hunter (UF)
Bridget Sloan (UF)
 Bars Bridget Sloan (UF)  9.9
 Beam Bridget Sloan (UF)  9.95
 Floor Kytra Hunter (UF)  10.0
AA  Bridget Sloan (UF)  39.75
 OU Team Highs
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault Haley Scaman  9.925
 Bars Rebecca Clark
McKenzie Wofford
 Beam Taylor Spears   9.9
 Floor Lara Albright
Haley Scaman

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Another week brought another impressive road performance for the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team. The Sooners posted an outstanding road score in a narrow 197.875-197.225 loss to No. 2 Florida on Friday night. 

"I thought we performed very well," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "I'm extremely proud of their efforts. I felt like this team fought to the finish and overall, they earned every tenth that they got tonight."

The meet served the Sooners with invaluable experience in a big-time road atmosphere. The squad performed with steadiness in front of a crowd of 7,260 fans in Gainesville, showing maturity and strength in their second road meet of the season.

OU opened the night on bars with a solid 49.200 outing. Rebecca Clark and McKenzie Wofford led the way with 9.875 routines, while sophomores Keeley Kmieciak and Maile'ana Kanewa each earned 9.825s.

Oklahoma chipped away at Florida's lead in the second rotation, picking up another strong performance on vault with a 49.425 team outing. OU was led by the middle of its lineup, which boasted a 9.925 and two 9.9 routines. Sophomore Haley Scaman led the way with a 9.925, her fourth 9.9+ routine this season. Kmieciak nailed a 9.9, and freshman Chayse Capps hit a career-high 9.9 to aid the Sooners. 

Head coach K.J. Kindler debuted a re-shuffled lineup from last week, plugging in a new face in Kanewa and moving several gymnasts to new positions. The result was a strong 49.300 outing that showed multiple improvements from last week's performance. Scaman led the Sooners for the second-consecutive outing alongside senior Lara Albright, with both earning 9.9 performances. Kanewa entered the lineup for the first time this season and snapped up a 9.875 in a routine stacked with challenging tumbling. 

"Floor was hugely improved," Kindler added. "Maile stepped out there and did her routine for the first time, and she is going to be one to watch down the road."

Oklahoma put its mental toughness on display during beam, overcoming a fall early in the lineup to earn a 49.300 on the event. Taylor Spears paced the Sooners with a 9.9, her third outing this season with a 9.9 or better on the event. Clark added a 9.875 with an effortless routine in the anchor position, while Erica Brewer and Madison Mooring each earned 9.85s for Oklahoma. 

OU's strong team effort on the road will be key as the season progresses and rankings shift to RQS (Regional Qualifying Score) format in late February. The format takes team performances on the road and at neutral sites into strong consideration. 

After two weeks on the road, Oklahoma will return home to the Lloyd Noble Center next weekend to face the third-ranked LSU Tigers. The meet is slated for a 1:45 p.m. start on Sunday, Feb. 9 in Norman. 



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