NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team moved to No. 3 in the country following the close of regular season competition last weekend. The Sooners improved their Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) by .02 to 197.660 following an effort of 197.450 on the road at Arkansas last weekend.
Last weekend, Florida became the second team (OU being the first) to post a 198+ on the road this year. The Gators are No. 1 in this week's standings (197.790), followed by second-ranked LSU (197.720), Oklahoma, No. 4 Alabama (197.405) and No. 5 Utah (197.365).
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 on April 5.
Oklahoma's RQS: 197.660
1. 198.175 (A)2. 198.150 (A)
3. 197.700 (H)
4. 197.575 (A)
5. 197.450 (H)
6. 197.450 (A)
OU remains in the nation's top three on every event and are the only program in the nation to achieve the feat this week. The Sooners are No. 2 on balance beam (49.440), third on vault (49.500) and floor (49.515) and tied for third on bars (49.405).
After posting her third 10.0 of the season last weekend (this time on vault), Haley Scaman captured sole possession of the No. 1 national ranking on floor this week with an RQS of 9.970. She is also fifth nationally on floor (9.940) and 20th on bars (9.890).
Taylor Spears joins Scaman with her own pair of top-ten national rankings. The senior is up to fourth this week on beam (9.925) and is also No. 7 on bars (9.915).
Vault holds the distinction this week of being the event with the most ranked Sooners on the listing. Sophomore Keeley Kmieciak is tied for 18th nationally (9.905), while Maile'ana Kanewa is tied for 21st (9.90) and Chayse Capps is tied for 25th (9.895).
Capps and junior Rebecca Clark join Spears in the top 25 on beam this week. Capps is tied for eighth in the country on the event (9.905) and Clark pulled down a tie for 12th (9.895). Capps is the only true freshman in the country ranked in the top 10 on beam.
Lara Albright and Capps round out the Sooners in the top 25 this week, pulling down appearances in the floor rankings. Albright is tied for 14th (9.905); the senior has posted eight scores of 9.9 or higher in 10 meets this season. Capps is tied for 25th nationally with an RQS of 9.890.
Oklahoma will head east to Morgantown, W.Va., this weekend in pursuit of its 12th Big 12 title and sixth under head coach K.J. Kindler. The meet is set for a 3 p.m. CT start on Saturday, March 22.