March 20, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned a conference-best 13 All-Big 12 awards, the most in one season in program history, the league announced Wednesday. The Sooners earned every All-Big 12 spot except one, earning the highest percentage of spots by any one team in league history.
Senior Brie Olson and junior Taylor Spears led the way with three honors apiece and were the two All-Big 12 all-around awardees. Olson, who was All-Big 12 last season on vault and bars, paired her all-around award with additional recognition on bars and floor.
In addition to her all-around honor, Spears finished tops in the conference on beam and also earned All-Conference on floor, giving her five honors for her career after earning All-Big 12 on beam in 2011 and 2012.
Sophomore Erica Brewer, freshman Keeley Kmieciak and freshman Haley Scaman each earned two All-Big 12 awards apiece, with Brewer earning honors on bars and beam, Kmieciak on vault and bars, and Scaman on vault and floor. Scaman ended the regular season with the best score on both vault and floor in the league.
Rounding out the Sooner awardees was sophomore Lauren Alexander who earned her first career All-Big 12 honor after finishing second in the conference on beam.
OU has led the conference in All-Big 12 selections each of the last six years and have had at least eight selections each of the past six seasons.
The All-Big 12 squad consists of the top three conference gymnasts with the highest regional qualifying score (RQS) in each event in addition to the top two all-around gymnasts.
After finishing with a national-best record of 19-1 during the regular season, the Sooners will look to defend their Big 12 title this Saturday, March 23, at the Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. CT.