April 5, 2013

 
  Maile'ana Kanewa

 No. 2 Oklahoma (21-1) at NCAA Regional
 Date & Time  Saturday, April 6 at 4 p.m. CT
 Location  Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
 TV  FOX Sports Southwest+
 Friday Presser  SoonerSports.tv
 Live Webcast  SoonerSports.tv
 Live Results  SoonerSports.com
 Meet Info  Meet Notes (PDF)

NCAA NORMAN REGIONAL
The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned a No. 1 seed and will host Stanford, Penn State, Washington, Iowa and Southern Utah on Saturday, April 6, at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman at 4 p.m CT. The meet will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest+ and via live webcast at SoonerSports.tv. The top two teams from the Norman Regional and each of the other five regionals around the country will compete in the NCAA Championships, April 19-21, at UCLA. Oklahoma has advanced to the final weekend of the postseason each of the past nine seasons, including all six under head coach K.J. Kindler.

OKLAHOMA NCAA REGIONAL HISTORY
The Norman Regional is the 16th-straight NCAA postseason appearance in OU program history and the 30th overall. The Sooners have taken the top spot in their Regional each of the past three seasons, including the last time an NCAA Regional was held in Norman in 2011. This is the fourth Regional to be held in Norman, with OU finishing sixth in 1988, second in 2008 and first in 2011 in the previous three meets. Last season in the Champaign Regional, OU scored a 197.025, joining Stanford (196.675) in advancing to the NCAA Championship where the Sooners finished seventh overall.

2013 NCAA Norman Regional Rankings
 
Oklahoma
Stanford
Penn St.
Washington
Iowa
SUU
OVERALL            
National Rank
2nd
11th
14th
22nd
27th
34th
RQS
197.570
196.710
196.500
195.965
195.600
195.145
Season High
198.375
197.275
197.325
196.625
196.375
196.200
 
VAULT
National Rank
6th
13th
17th
31st
27th
35th
RQS
49.420
49.255
49.180
48.950
49.020
48.885
Season High
49.525
49.425
49.475
49.125
49.375
49.125
 
BARS
National Rank
2nd
9th
13th
18th
16th
30th
RQS
49.495
49.280
49.155
49.090
49.115
48.870
Season High
49.575
49.400
49.350
49.200
49.325
49.175
 
BEAM
National Rank
1st
8th
19th
16th
42nd
34th
RQS
49.430
49.185
49.020
49.070
48.620
48.760
Season High
49.600
49.475
49.300
49.175
48.775
49.125
 
FLOOR
National Rank
1st
19th
15th
33rd
21st
44th
RQS
49.470
49.190
49.220
49.045
49.140
48.865
Season High
49.675
49.500
49.525
49.250
49.275
49.175

OKLAHOMA WINS 2013 BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
AMES, Iowa - The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team won its fifth Big 12 Championship in the last six years Saturday with a score of 197.200, besting No. 25 West Virginia and Iowa State for the title.

OU junior Taylor Spears won the Big 12 all-around title with a score of 39.600 and tied for the individual titles on both bars and beam. Following the meet, Spears was also named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year.

Oklahoma swept every individual event title and the all-around title outright, becoming the first school in Big 12 history to do so. Freshman Maile'ana Kanewa took the vault title, senior Brie Olson and Spears took bars, sophomore Rebecca Clark and Spears took beam and freshman Haley Scaman won the floor title.

OLSON NAMED AAI AWARD FINALIST
University of Oklahoma gymnast Brie Olson was named one of six finalists for the AAI Award which recognizes the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American for the Sooners who currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and three events. The senior currently sits at No. 7 in the country in the all-around in addition to being ranked No. 6 on bars, No. 14 on beam, No. 12 on floor and No. 37 on vault. Olson has tied or set new career highs in every event this season, helping Oklahoma to the No. 1 national ranking multiple weeks 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.

WIN, WIN, WIN
- Oklahoma is 21-1 in 13 meets this season, giving the Sooners the best win percentage and most wins of any team in the country.
- OU's 19 wins are the most in a regular season in program history.
- The Sooners have defeated numerous ranked teams this season, including currently ranked No. 4 Georgia (twice), No. 7 LSU, No. 6 UCLA, No. 10 Oregon State, No. 11 Stanford, No. 15 Denver, No. 18 Arizona, No. 21 Boise State and No. 22 Washington.
- OU has defeated 13 of the 35 other teams that qualified for an NCAA Regional, including the above mentioned teams and Arizona State, Iowa State, North Carolina and BYU.
- OU won its first 19 contests before falling in its season finale at No. 4 Alabama.
- Under Kindler, Oklahoma is 99-10 (.908) overall against regular season opponents.

FANTASTIC FRESHMEN
- Oklahoma's freshmen have been put into key spots in the lineup on big stages and have risen to the
occasion this season.
- Haley Scaman is the Big 12 floor champion, a five-time Big 12 weekly award winner and the top-ranked freshman in the country on floor (No. 3 overall). Scaman has scored a 9.8 or better on 33 of 35 events this season.
- Keeley Kmieciak has competed in the all-around and is a three-time Big 12 weekly award winner. She has six individual titles this year, including two on bars, three on vault and one on floor. Against UCLA, Kmieciak recorded a 39.650 all-around score, the best score of any freshman in the country.
- Maile'ana Kanewa, the Big 12 vault champion, returned from preseason wrist surgery to compete for the first time this season against UCLA. On her first-career vault, Kanewa scored a 9.925, tying for the event title. She has since won two Big 12 Specialist of the Week awards and three vault titles.

ALL-AROUND AWESOME

Three gymnasts have cracked the OU top 10 all-around scores this season and the highest for the Sooners in five years. In addition, Taylor Spears scored 39.600 in two other meets, including the Big 12 Championship where she claimed the Big 12 all-around title. Three gymnasts rank nationally in the all-around, including Spears (No. 6), Brie Olson (No. 12) and Erica Brewer (No. 21). An OU gymnast has won the all-around in 12 of the Sooners' 13 meets this season, with Spears finishing on top seven times, Olson three times and Brewer twice.