NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma gymnastics team is the No. 1 team in the country following a big season-opening win at home against the Georgia Gym Dogs last weekend. The Sooners posted a 197.700 at the Lloyd Noble Center to kick off their 2014 campaign; that score stood as the nation's best effort throughout the weekend.
The Sooners were followed in the rankings by three future opponents this season, including Feb. 9 home opponent LSU at No. 2 (197.200). Perfect 10 Challenger competitor Alabama took the No. 3 spot (197.150), and Jan. 31 road foe Florida came in at a tie for No. 4 (196.650).
OU's No. 1 overall ranking is supported by outstanding rankings on each event as well. Following opening weekend, the Sooners hold the top spots on vault (49.475), beam (49.375) and floor (49.500), and are also No. 3 on bars (49.350).
Individually, Oklahoma is represented by ranked student-athletes on every event, led by sophomore Haley Scaman. Scaman's outstanding opening meet earned her ties for the No. 2 spot nationally on floor (9.95) and vault (9.95).
Junior Erica Brewer also had a stellar performance to begin the year as she tied for No. 3 on bars (9.925) while adding a No. 6 individual ranking in the all-around (39.450).
A trio of Sooner upperclassmen found themselves tied for the No. 1 spot on beam after a strong showing against Georgia. Seniors Madison Mooring and Taylor Spears and junior Rebecca Clark are all tied for the top spot nationally (9.925).
Freshman Chayse Capps opened her Oklahoma career with a strong effort in her first meet, competing on three events for the Sooners. Capps came in at a tie for No. 19 on vault (9.875) and a tie for No. 9 on floor (9.9).
Other Sooners in this week's individual rankings include Keeley Kmieciak and Maile'ana Kanewa on vault (T-No. 9), Kmieciak on bars (T-No. 10), Clark on bars (T-No. 17), Spears on floor (T-No. 9), Mooring on floor (T-No. 22), and Brewer on floor (T-No. 22).
Oklahoma's 16 individual rankings by eight performers led the nation's gymnastics teams; no team in the country had more individual performers ranked after opening weekend than OU.
The Sooners will return home this weekend for another exciting night of gymnastics at the Lloyd Noble Center. OU will take on Big 12 foe Iowa State on Friday, Jan. 17 at 6:45 p.m. in Norman.