Sooners Host Senior Day Sunday

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 09, 2013

March 9, 2013


  2013 Senior Class

 No. 2 Oklahoma (17-0) vs. No. 9 Stanford (10-3) & UNC (5-5)
 Date & Time  Sunday, March 10 at 2:30 p.m. CT
 Location  Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
 Promotions  Senior Day
 Small popcorn and drinks for just 50 cents (while supplies last). For OU students, 200 FREE t-shirts and FREE pizza for the first 100 students. FREE face painting, balloons, photo booth, and other activities are also available for kids.
 Tickets  OU Athletics Ticket Office
 $8 General public
 $5 Youth & seniors
 Free for OU students w/ ID
 TV  FOX Southwest+
 FCS Pacific
 Live Results
 Game Info  Game Notes (PDF)

No. 2 Oklahoma will celebrate the careers of seniors Kayla Nowak, Brie Olson and Lauren Smith on Senior Day while hosting No. 9 Stanford and North Carolina on Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma holds a 3-0 advantage in the series against North Carolina while Stanford holds the edge on the Sooners’ series with the Cardinal, 9-6. OU and Stanford last met at the NCAA Championships last season where the Cardinal edge out the Sooners to advance to the Super Six just after Oklahoma had topped Stanford at the NCAA Regional a few days before. OU and UNC last competed together at the NCAA Regional in Norman in 2011 where Oklahoma took the top score at 197.350 and the Tar Heels finished third with a score of 195.225.

No. 9 Stanford is ranked No. 6 on beam, No. 9 on vault and bars and No. 15 on floor with a current RQS score of 196.590. The Cardinal defeated Oregon State and Cal last weekend with a score of 197.200, its third-straight score over 197.

North Carolina is ranked No. 30 in the country with a high ranking of No. 23 on beam. The Tar Heels boast an RQS of 195.025 and recorded their best score all season last week at Pittsburgh, earning a 195.600.

Three seniors will be honored Sunday - Kayla Nowak, Brie Olson and Lauren Smith. The last four seasons have been the best in OU women’s gymnastics history, helping the Sooners to multiple No. 1 national rankings, Big 12 championships, NCAA Regional titles and national second and third place finishes in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Kayla Nowak
Nowak is a two-time All-American, earning honors on bars and beam in 2011. The Big 12 floor champion in 2011, Nowak is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 and NACGC Scholastic All-America honoree. Despite suffering a back injury in December that ended her gymnastics career at OU, Nowak has continued to inspire and encourage the Sooners this season.

Brie Olson
Olson is one of six finalists for the AAI Award recognizing the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American and two-time Big 12 champion. She currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and all four events, one of two gymnasts in the country to do so. Olson tied an OU record, recording a 39.700 all-around score in OU’s win over UCLA.

Lauren Smith
Smith joined the Sooners last season after transferring from Texas Tech in her hometown of Lubbock. Smith, an alternate on bars this year, has worked tirelessly to improve not only herself, but to lift the team and encourage the Sooners to one of their best seasons in program history.

University of Oklahoma gymnast Brie Olson was named one of six finalists for the AAI Award recognizing the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American for the second-ranked Sooners who currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and all four events, one of two gymnasts in the country to do so. The senior currently sits at No. 7 in the country in the all-around in addition to being ranked No. 5 on beam, No. 11 on floor, No. 16 on bars and No. 22 on vault.

Olson has tied or set new career highs in every event this season, helping Oklahoma to as high as a No. 1 ranking in the nation this season. Olson tied an OU record and recorded the highest all-around score by any senior in the country this season against No. 5 UCLA, recording a 39.700 in OU's win over the Bruins.

NORMAN, Okla. – The No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team posted its third-highest score in team history, defeating No. 16 Arizona 197.875-196.125 on Friday. With the score and the University of Florida on a bye this week, undefeated Oklahoma (17-0) will retake the No. 1 ranking when polls are released on Monday. Junior Taylor Spears won the all-around with a 39.600 in addition to tying for the beam and floor titles. Freshman Maile’ana Kanewa took the vault title while freshman Keeley Kmieciak won bars and tied for beam and freshman Haley Scaman tied for the floor title.

The Sooners are the only team in the country to have scored a 197.000 or higher at three road meets this season (OU has done it at five such meets). OU is one of only three teams in the country to have scored above a 197.000 even twice on the road. OU currently holds a season average of 197.317 overall (197.410 RQS) and has scored above a 197.000 in eight-straight meets, a program record and the longest such record in the country.

Oklahoma retains its No. 1 ranking nationally on beam with a 49.395 RQS, staying at the top spot for the seventh-consecutive week. The Sooners scores of 49.600, 49.525 and 49.475 are three of the four highest scores of any team in the country on the event.

In addition to their success on beam, the Sooners are also nationally ranked No. 2 on bars (49.395), No. 3 on floor (49.365) and No. 5 on vault (49.355).

- Oklahoma is a perfect 17-0 in 10 meets this season, making the Sooners the only undefeated team in the country.
- OU also has the most wins of any team in the nation.
- OU is looking for its fourth undefeated regular season in seven total season under head coach K.J. Kindler to go with unbeaten campaigns in 2008 (14-0), 2010 (14-0) and 2011 (15-0).
- Under Kindler, Oklahoma is 97-9 (.914) overall against regular season opponents.

- Oklahoma is also the only team in the country to have five different gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in any event, with five ranked on both bars and beam. Four Sooners are also ranked in the top 25 in the all-around.
- In the beam rankings, four Sooners occupy the top 14 spots, including Spears at No. 1, Olson and Brewer tied at No. 5 and sophomore Lauren Alexander at No. 14 while junior Madison Mooring also ranks No. 21.
- On bars, Brewer is tops among the Sooners at No. 9 with Spears and Kmieciak tied at No. 11, Olson at No. 16 and sophomore Rebecca Clark at No. 21.
- Freshman Haley Scaman continued her streak near the top of the floor rankings, coming in at No. 4 this week with a 9.915 RQS. She was joined by Olson, ranked No. 11 at 9.895.
- On vault, Scaman and Olson are the top-ranked Sooners at No. 17 and No. 22, respectively, in the nation.



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