Gymnasts Eye Seventh Big 12 Title

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 21, 2014
 2014 Big 12 Women's Gymnastics Championships  |  Saturday, March 22  |  3 p.m. CT
 Be There  WVU Coliseum (Morgantown, W.Va.)  | 1-800-WVU-GAME
 Watch  Fox Sports Network (tape delay)
 Jon Roethlisberger and Alicia Sacramone
 Follow Live  Live Stats | Twitter (@OU_WGymnastics)
 Pre-Meet Info  Meet Notes (PDF) 


The third-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will head east this weekend for its final competition before NCAA action begins on April 5. The Sooners are set to take part in the 2014 Big 12 Championships, facing Iowa State and West Virginia in Morgantown, W.Va., on March 22 at 3 p.m. CT. The meet will be broadcast on FSN via tape delay with play-by-play provided by three-time Olympian Jon Roethlisberger and 2008 Olympian Alicia Sacramone. OU is in pursuit of its third consecutive conference championship and sixth under head coach K.J. Kindler’s leadership. The Sooners have won 12 conference titles overall dating back to 1984.

2. 199 AND COUNTING...
Should the Sooners bring home the Big 12 title this weekend, the trophy will not be the only milestone for head coach K.J. Kindler. With a victory over one opponent on Saturday, Kindler will achieve her 200th win at the University of Oklahoma since arriving in 2007. Reaching the 200 win mark in under eight seasons will boost Kindler into an elite club: she will become only the third active NCAA Division I women’s gymnastics coach to achieve the feat, joining Rhonda Faehn (Florida) and Bev Plocki (Michigan). The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics program has soared to new heights since Kindler took the reins of the program, earning three top-three NCAA finishes, six Big 12 championships, five NCAA regional titles and seven consecutive NCAA Championship appearances.

With only one weekend left to boost its Regional Qualifying Score (RQS), the Sooners are on the hunt for a big team outing this weekend at the Big 12 Championships. A score of 197.425 or higher will help boost OU’s RQS for seeding in regional competition. NCAA Regional competitions will be hosted at six campus sites (Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Minnesota, Penn State, Washington) on Saturday, April 5, with the top two finishing teams at each site advancing to the 2014 NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Oklahoma has won five consecutive NCAA regional titles and has advanced to the NCAA Championships in each of the last 10 seasons.

It was a week of honors and accolades at the conference level with the conference offices announcing Academic All-Big 12 and All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team honorees. Nine Sooners captured a total of 11 All-Big 12 awards, led by Haley Scaman’s team-high three selections (V, UB, FX). Taylor Spears (UB, BB) and Chayse Capps (BB, FX) each earned two honors, while Lara Albright (FX), Rebecca Clark (BB), Maile’ana Kanewa (V) and Keeley Kmieciak (V) each captured one award apiece. Capps, Albright, Clark, Kanewa and Kmieciak were all first-time honorees on the listing. Scaman now owns five career selections, while Spears owns a team-best seven. A conference-high nine gymnasts were also named Academic All-Big 12 first team picks: Lara Albright, Lauren Alexander, Rebecca Clark, Maile’ana Kanewa, Keeley Kmieciak, Madison Mooring, Haley Scaman, Taylor Spears and Hayden Ward. All five members of OU’s senior class were named to the award listing.

49.425...Head coach K.J. Kindler remarked in the preseason that she expected OU’s vault lineup to make big strides this year, and the Sooners have more than delivered. Under the guidance of assistant coach Lou Ball, Oklahoma is averaging a 49.452 on vault through 11 meets this year, a .148 improvement from 2013’s average (49.304). Oklahoma’s regular season vault average in 2014 is the highest it has been since Kindler’s arrival in 2007; this season also marks the first that OU has averaged above a 49.400 in the regular season on vault.



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