April 20, 2012

 

(26-6, 2-0)
 
  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 UCLA 49.275 49.450 49.325 49.350 197.400
 Utah 49.525 49.225 49.175 49.275 197.200
 Stanford 49.300 49.300 49.375 49.150 197.150
 Oklahoma 49.125 49.225 49.325 49.250 196.925
 Nebraska 49.225 49.150 49.000 49.250 196.625
 LSU 49.250 48.950 49.250 49.100 196.550
 
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 Event Leaders
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Kailah Delaney (Utah)  9.95
 Bars  Aisha Gerber (UCLA)  9.925
 Beam  Megan Ferguson (OU)  9.95
 Floor  Jessie DeZiel (NU)  9.9
   Megan Ferguson (OU)  9.9
   Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA)  9.9
   Zamarripa (UCLA)  9.9
 AA  Rheagan Courville (LSU)  39.475
 
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DULUTH, Ga. – The third-seeded Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team finished fourth in the first semifinal of the 2012 NCAA Championship, Friday, April 21 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Oklahoma (26-6, 2-0 Big 12) missed its third straight NCAA Super Six appearance by just .200 points, as the Sooners finished behind No. 2 UCLA (197.400), No. 7 Utah (197.200) and No. 10 Stanford (197.125).

"Honestly, we did all we could this afternoon," OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. "The adversity we experienced this season has been some of the greatest challenges we have ever faced as a staff and a team. We stuck 24 routines, with some athletes competing for the first time in their careers as seniors."

OU had three gymnasts earn first team All-America honors and a spot in Sunday’s Individual Event Finals. 

Senior Megan Ferguson earned first team honors on both beam and floor, the now seven-time All-American finished first on beam with a 9.95 and tied for first on floor with a 9.9.

Senior Sara Stone earned first team All-American on beam with a 9.9 while Junior Brie Olson was a first team All-American on bars with a 9.9.

All three gymnasts will compete for an individual national championship during NCAA Event Finals on Sunday, April 22 at noon CT.

"We did all we could," Kindler added. "Sometimes you grow so much more through these kinds of times.  No matter who went down, someone else stepped forward.  No one said 'I am not willing, I am not ready or I am afraid.' We wanted it, there was never a doubt and we couldn't be more proud of the effort and heart that went into their performance.  We simply fell short."

The Sooners started the day on beam with a 49.325 to hold first place after the first rotation. The 49.325 was OU’s eighth score of 49.300 or higher this season.

OU recorded four scores of 9.85 or better including a career-high-tying 9.9 from Sara Stone and a 9.95 from Megan Ferguson who finished first on the event.

Ferguson, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the country on beam, has posted a 9.9 or better in nine of her 15 routines this season.

Erica Brewer and Taylor Spears both added scores of 9.85 for the Sooners while Madison Mooring and Brie Olson both posted 9.775s.

At the halfway point, OU stood in third place behind Utah and UCLA.  The Utes posted a season-high 49.525 on vault in the second rotation while UCLA added a 49.450 on bars in the third rotation to jump the Sooners.

OU scored a 49.250 on floor in the third rotation following a bye in the second rotation.  The Sooners counted five scores of 9.8 or better, capped off by a 9.9 from Ferguson in the anchor position.

Lara Albright and Olson posted a pair of 9.85s for OU while Brewer and Spears both added a 9.825.

On vault, the Sooners posted a 49.125 in the fourth rotation with three 9.85s from Olson, Mooring and Stone.  Spears also added a 9.8 while Brewer scored a 9.775.

In the final rotation, OU added a 49.225 on bars in the final rotation but Stanford posted a 49.375 on beam to pass the Sooners and advance to the Super Six.

Olson led the team on bars with a 9.9, while Brewer tied her career-high with a 9.875 on the event.