Sooners Cap Season with Awards Sweep

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 18, 2014

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 3 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team opened the regular season with a sweep and did the same to close.

The Sooners swept the Big 12 weekly award listing for the fifth time this season, capturing all three awards after a road win over No. 16 Arkansas last weekend. Haley Scaman captured her fifth conference Gymnast of the Week honor, Maile'ana Kanewa was named Event Specialist of the Week and Chayse Capps earned Newcomer of the Week accolades.

Last Friday marked another record-breaking night for sophomore Scaman, who posted her third perfect 10.0 of the season and first ever on vault against the Razorbacks. Scaman’s 10.0 anchored OU to a 49.575 on vault, the squad’s second-highest score on the event this season. Scaman is now the first Sooner in OU women’s gymnastics history to post three perfect 10.0s and the first to post a perfect 10.0 on multiple events. The sophomore also earned a 9.95 on floor to finish in second; the score boosted Scaman to the No. 1 overall spot in the nation on the event. Scaman also captured a 9.825 on uneven bars on the night.

Kanewa had a standout night for the Sooners last weekend as well. Kanewa tied her career-high of 9.95 on vault, marking the second time in two meets she has picked up a 9.95 on the event. Her efforts gave her a second-place finish on the event overall and aided Oklahoma to its second-highest score on the event this season (49.575). Kanewa added a 9.875 on floor exercise to finish fourth on the event.

Capps earned two scores of 9.9 or higher in OU's road win last weekend. Capps was stellar on all three events, beginning the night with a 9.9 on vault. After following with a 9.825 on floor, Capps then shifted to beam, posting a 9.9 in the No. 4 routine after a fall in the No. 3 slot. Capps is tied for eighth nationally on beam and is the only true freshman in the country ranked in the top 10 on the event. She notched top-five finishes on two events overall on the evening. 

The third-ranked Sooners are set for the 2014 Big 12 Championships this weekend in Morgantown, W.Va. Oklahoma will pursue the program's 12th conference title on Saturday, March 22 at 3 p.m. CT.



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