Strong Weekend Lifts Sooners to No. 2

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 10, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Sooners are on the rise again.

The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team rose one spot to No. 2 in the nation in this week's top 25 rankings, released Monday. OU used a 197.450 and a 198.150 to boost its regional qualifying score (RQS) to 197.640 and pass Florida in the weekly listing.

LSU maintained its No. 1 ranking for the week of March 10, edging out the Sooners with an RQS of 197.660. Florida fell to No. 3 overall (197.565), while Alabama held steady at fourth (197.320) and Utah re-entered the top 5 (197.225).

RQS is based on a team's six best regular season scores, three of which must be away. The overall high score is eliminated, and the five remaining scores are averaged. RQS scores are used to determine seeding for regional competition at six campus sites in April. 

Oklahoma's RQS: 197.640
1. 198.175 (A)
2. 198.150 (A)
3. 197.700 (H)
4. 197.575 (A)
5. 197.450 (H)
6. 197.325 (A)
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Avg. 197.640

The Sooners own top three rankings on every event and are the nation's only team this week to own No. 1 rankings on two separate events. OU is ranked No. 1 overall on both balance beam (49.415) and floor exercise (49.500) this week after strong weekends on both events. The team also pulled down rankings of No. 3 nationally on vault (49.470) and uneven bars (49.405).

This week's individual top 25 is an outstanding listing for the Sooners, who pulled down 12 total appearances and five top 10 spots. 

After posting performances of 9.95 and 10.0 last weekend, Haley Scaman is now tied for No. 1 in the nation on floor exercise with an RQS of 9.965. The sophomore is also tied for fifth nationally on vault (9.930) and made her first appearance in the rankings on bars at 18th (9.890).

Taylor Spears shot up the rankings this week after an outstanding senior weekend, earning the No. 6 spot on beam (9.905) and the No. 7 slot on bars (9.915). 

Rounding out OU's listing of Sooners in the top 10 is freshman Chayse Capps, who earned a tie for seventh on beam (9.900). She is also tied for 25th on vault (9.890) and 21st on floor (9.890).

Junior Rebecca Clark picked up a tie for 12th overall on beam this week (9.890), while senior Lara Albright continued her streak in the rankings on floor at 13th (9.905). Sophomore Keeley Kmieciak held fast at a tie for No. 16 on vault (9.905) and McKenzie Wofford pulled down a tie for 20th overall on bars (9.880).

Oklahoma will head east to Fayetteville, Ark., this weekend for its regular season finale against No. 16 Arkansas. The meet is set for a 7 p.m. CT start at Barnhill Arena with a live video stream available at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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