By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 10, 2012
Feb. 10, 2012
| Iowa State
OKLAHOMA CITY– The fifth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team recorded a pair of victories on Friday night in the Perfect 10 Challenge over Iowa State and Southeast Missouri State at the Cox Convention Center.
“What an incredible inaugural event for Oklahoma City,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We were very excited to be a part of the first Perfect 10 Challenge. I really felt like our athletes responded well to their opportunity on the podium, which is the only opportunity they will have before the postseason. We were very pleased to have that opportunity right here in our own state.”
The Perfect 10 Challenge is one of the marquis events of the 2012 Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival in association with The Oklahoman, an event held Feb 10-12, 2012, dedicated to improving the health and fitness of all Oklahomans.
“It was a classy event and I hope that more and more people will get involved, excited and come out every year to support this great cause,” Kindler added.
Oklahoma (12-2) posted a team score of 197.200 to easily top the Cyclones (195.175) and Redhawks (189.600). The 197.200 was OU’s third score this season to break the 197-mark, all coming away from the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners have defeated three straight opponents since falling to Nebraska at home last weekend, including an upset at then-No. 2 Arkansas.
"I certainly know when we've hit a knockout punch and that wasn't quite where we were tonight," Kindler said. "But, I think they did a good job handling the unusual circumstances and the unique opportunity."
On Friday, senior Megan Feguson led the Sooners with event titles on beam (9.9) and floor (9.95).
OU swept all four individual event titles as Sara Stone posted the night's top score on vault (9.925) and Hayden Ward and Brie Olson shared the bar title with a 9.85. In the all-around, Taylor Spears topped all competing gymnasts with a 39.400.
OU started the night on vault with a 49.275 to hold first place after the first rotation.
Stone led the team on the event with her 9.925 on vault in the anchor position. The score was Stone’s sixth 9.9 or higher in seven vaults this season.
The Sooners added four additional scores of 9.825 or higher on vault from Rebecca Clark (9.825), Spears (9.875), Olson (9.825) and Madison Mooring (9.825).
OU posted a 49.125 on bars in the second rotation with all five routines scoring a 9.8 or higher.
Ward and Olson shared the event title with their team-best scores of 9.85. Ward has scored a 9.8 or higher in three of her four bar routines this season, while Olson has posted a 9.8 or higher five times this year.
"I don't think we were quite on point tonight like we were last Sunday (at Arkansas), but we definitely had opportunities to practice with our nerves," Kindler said.
The Sooners started on beam with a fall, but responded with four straight scores of 9.8 or higher and a 9.9 from Ferguson in the anchor position OU ended with a team score of 49.350.
"We had a mistake on beam for the first time this season and although I thought we were a little cautious, I thought they handled it well and I know that we can get better and better at that," Kindler said.
In the final rotation, Ferguson added her 10th score of 9.9 or higher this season with a career-high-tying 9.95 on floor in the anchor position.
OU added four scores of 9.875 on floor to post its season-high team score of 49.450 in the final rotation.
Next up, the Sooners head to Columbia, Mo., for its second straight Big 12 matchup at No. 18 Missouri on Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
OU returns home the following weekend for a tri-meet with No. 22 Michigan and TWU on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m., at the Lloyd Noble Center.