No. 2 Sooners Bound for NCAA Regionals

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 02, 2014
 NCAA Minneapolis Regional  |  Saturday, April 5  |  6 p.m. CT
 Teams  #2 Oklahoma (1)
 #11 Illinois (2)
 #14 Minnesota (3)
 California (4)
 Southern Utah (5)
 San Jose State (6)
 Be There  Sports Pavilion (Minneapolis, Minn.)  | 1-800-U-GOPHER
 Watch  Live Video Stream
 Follow Live  Live Stats | Twitter (@OU_WGymnastics)
 Pre-Meet Info  Championship Central
 Meet Notes (PDF) 


A No. 1 regional seed for the fifth consecutive season, the second-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is Minneapolis bound for a shot at the program’s fifth NCAA Regional title since 2010. OU is 2-0 against teams at the Minneapolis Regional, holding wins over two seed Illinois and three seed Minnesota. A top-two finish at the meet will send the Sooners on to Oklahoma’s 11th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. The Minneapolis Regional will be a homecoming of sorts for two members of OU’s traveling party: sophomore Maile’ana Kanewa is a Duluth, Minn., native, while head coach K.J. Kindler hails from the Minneapolis area.

The 2014 Big 12 Championship meet was more than just another day at the gym for Oklahoma--it was an opportunity to compete the entire night in “championship fashion.” The Sooners rose to the challenge set before them, posting a 198.000 to win the program’s seventh Big 12 title and 12th conference championship overall. OU’s score was both a Big 12 championship record and the nation’s best score at a conference championship meet. Oklahoma’s dominance carried over to the medal stand as the squad won three events (V: Maile’ana Kanewa, BB: Taylor Spears, FX: Haley Scaman) and earned three conference awards: Gymnast of the Year (Haley Scaman), Newcomer of the Year (Chayse Capps) and Coach of the Year (K.J. Kindler).

3. 201 (AND COUNTING)...
With OU’s victories over Iowa State and West Virginia last weekend, head coach K.J. Kindler and her staff achieved yet another milestone as they cracked the 200-win mark in under eight seasons at Oklahoma. Kindler is now one of only three NCAA Division I women’s gymnastics head coaches to earn 200-plus wins in eight or fewer seasons at an institution. OU’s ascent under Kindler’s leadership has been remarkable: in just eight years, OU has earned three top-three NCAA finishes, seven NCAA Championship appearances, four NCAA regional titles and six conference championships.

Already one of only two teams in the country to break the 198-barrier multiple times this season, the Sooners have displayed their dominance on the road throughout 2014. Oklahoma is the nation’s only team to post a 198.000 or higher on the road multiple times this season, and OU has achieved the feat three times. OU holds the nation’s best road score average of 2014, a 197.682.

OU has been on a record-breaking march this season, rewriting the record books from top-to-bottom with outstanding performances. The 2014 team has posted five of the top ten scores in program history and three of the top four (198.175, 198.150, 198.000). This year’s squad also now owns four of Oklahoma’s top five vault scores all-time. The team’s 49.625 at the Metroplex Challenge broke the previous program-record mark of 49.575 that had stood since 2002. Two of the top five bars scores, three top 10 beam marks and four top 10 floor exercise scores have been posted by the 2014 team.

5...Five members of the 2014 Sooner squad were named regular season All-Americans by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC/W) last week. Oklahoma’s five honorees tied LSU, Utah and UCLA for the most selections in the nation. Haley Scaman (FX, V) and Taylor Spears (UB, BB) were both first-team selections, while Maile’ana Kanewa (V), Chayse Capps (BB) and Rebecca Clark (BB) each earned second-team accolades. Oklahoma now owns 18 regular season All-America honors in the two years the award has been given. 



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