May 6, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team capped off one of its most successful seasons in program history with its annual team banquet and awards.
After dinner with family and staff, OU head coach K.J. Kindler, the Big 12 and South Central Region Head Coach of the Year, reviewed a season that included a Big 12 Championship, an NCAA Regional title and a second place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The Sooner coaching staff also gave out team awards as voted on by the team and according to the gymnast's season accomplishments.
Freshman Haley Scaman was named Newcomer of the Year. A native of Riverside, Ill., Scaman was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and an NACGC All-America First Team on floor.
Scaman was also named the Most Consistent Gymnast of the Year. Competing on vault, bars and floor throughout the season, the freshman did not register a fall the entire year and was the Big 12 and NCAA Regional champion on floor.
Most Outstanding Gymnast, given to the gymnast who best embodies the whole student-athlete including athletics, academics, community service and campus involvement, was given to sophomore Rebecca Clark, an All-American this past season on bars.
The Kelly Garrison Award, given to the team's most valuable gymnast, was awarded to junior Taylor Spears. Spears was the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year and earned All-America honors this season in the all-around, on bars and on beam and finished the regular season ranked No. 1 on beam and No. 6 in the all-around in the nation.
Sophomore Erica Brewer was awarded for her performance at the NCAA Championships where she advanced to the individual finals in bars and beam, earning All-America honors for both. Her score of 9.95 on bars in the NCAA semifinals tied for the highest score of the weekend on that event.
Freshman Maile'ana Kanewa earned the Tricia Bonomo Award, given to the gymnast who best exemplifies team unity and inspiration. Kanewa, known for her smile and perennially upbeat personality, overcame preseason surgery to become Big 12 Vault Champion.
Most Improved Gymnast of the Year award was given to Haley Sorensen, a sophomore from The Woodlands, Texas, competing on vault.
Oklahoma's three seniors - Kayla Nowak, Brie Olson and Lauren Smith - were also honored for their great contributions, including the most successful four-year stint in the history of the program, including three top-three finishes in the nation.