NORMAN, Okla. -- Five members of the second-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team captured seven total regular season All-America awards from the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) on Tuesday. The Sooners had a nation-best three honorees on beam and at least one award-winner on each of the four apparatuses.
Sophomore Haley Scaman and senior Taylor Spears led the way for OU, with each gymnast receiving two first-team honors for their performances this season.
The 2014 Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Scaman captured first-team All-America honors on vault and floor exercise. Scaman was the conference champion on floor and has posted only one score below a 9.95 on the event since Feb. 9. She is currently ranked No. 2 nationally on floor and is tied for seventh on vault.
Spears was named a first-team All-American on both bars and beam, marking her second consecutive season as a first-time All-American on beam. An AAI Award finalist, Spears has hit her stride on both events in the second half of the season, with efforts of at least 9.975 on both events.
Sophomore Maile'ana Kanewa earned her first career NACGC All-America award, capturing second-team accolades on vault. Kanewa posted a 9.95 to become the Big 12 vault champion for the second consecutive year last weekend.
OU's honorees were rounded out by freshman Chayse Capps and junior Rebecca Clark, who both picked up the first NACGC All-America honors of their careers. Both Capps and Clark were named second-team award-winners on beam, illustrating Oklahoma's impressive depth on the event.
The Sooners were named a No. 1 regional seed for the fifth consecutive year yesterday afternoon, earning the top spot in the NCAA Minneapolis Regional. Oklahoma will face Illinois, Minnesota, California, Southern Utah and San Jose State on Saturday, April 5 at 6 p.m. CT in the Sports Pavilion on the University of Minnesota campus.