Ranking
Record
Final Score
 OKLAHOMA 
No. 2
17-0 197.175
 Nebraska
No. 12 17-4 196.625
Missouri
No. 14
12-5 195.900
 Iowa State
No. 16
7-10 194.850

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Event Breakdown
OU
NU
Vault
49.450 49.400
Bars
49.225 49.050
Beam
49.100
49.000
Floor
49.400 49.175

Event Breakdown
MU
ISU 
Vault
49.225 48.575
Bars
48.650 48.825
Beam
48.850 48.725
Floor
49.175 48.725

 OU
Event Leaders
NU
-
-
AA
39.250
Scaffidi
3 Gymnasts 9.9
Vault
9.9
3 Gymnasts
Vise 9.9
Bars
9.85
Evenstad
Vise
9.925
Beam
9.875
Nathe
Flanery
9.9
Floor
9.9
Evenstad

MU
Event Leaders
ISU
Shire
39.500
AA
38.900
Paulus
Shire
9.9
Vault
9.8
Grant
Shire
9.875
Bars
9.85
Maccani
Shire
9.85
Beam
9.825
Kent
Shire
9.875
Floor
9.825
Browning

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The second-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics squad stands atop the Big 12 podium once again, as the Sooners clinched their third straight Big 12 title with a team score of 197.175 on Saturday at the Devaney Center in Lincoln, Neb. 

OU swept all four team event titles en route to the highest score by a Big 12 Champion since 2001.

"I think balance beam was the most important rotation for us to get started like that, but we brought our very best on floor and vault today," said fourth-year head coach K.J. Kindler. "It was thrilling to see their enthusiasm on those two events.  Just to see their emotion and expression during the meet was awesome.  It was fun to watch.

"It was definitely a goal of ours to three-peat, and I can tell you that we are very excited tonight."

It was a two-horse race from the start as the Sooners had to overtake a stingy Nebraska squad (196.625) in the last two rotations to clinch OU's ninth overall conference title (2010,'09,'08,'04, '93,'91,'86, '85, '84). 

Missouri placed third with a team score of 195.900, while Iowa State finished last with a 194.850. 

Oklahoma gymnasts won a share of every individual event title as well, capped off by multiple conference titles from Hollie Vise (bars - 9.9, beam - 9.925 and floor - 9.9) and Jackie Flanery (vault - 9.9 and floor - 9.9).  Flanery was joined atop the vault podium by teammates Brie Olson and Natalie Ratcliff as the OU trio all captured the first Big 12 event title of their careers. 

The Sooners captured 12 of the 23 spots on the All-Big 12 Championship squad, which is given to the top four places and ties on each apparatus at the conference championship.  In addition to OU's Big 12 event champions, Kristin Smith earned the distinction on beam and floor, while Kayla Nowak (floor), Megan Ferguson (bars), Vise (floor) and Flanery (bars) rounded out the accolades. 

Following the meet, Kindler was announced Big 12 Coach of the Year and was joined on the awards stand by Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Natasha Kelley.  Kelley entered the meet with the highest RQS average of all conference newcomers on vault, bars and beam, despite competing on a 100% torn ACL suffered last November.   Kelley was the first Oklahoma gymnast to garner the award in program history, while Kindler won her fifth Big 12 Coach of the Year award (second at Oklahoma). 

Oklahoma opened the meet with a 49.100 on beam, paced by Vise's event-winning 9.925.  Smith added a 9.875, while Kelley was solid in a 9.8 effort.  Rounding out the team scoring on the apparatus were Ratcliff and Nowak with scores of 9.775 and 9.725, respectively.  Ferguson fell on her mount and scored a 9.35 from the anchor position in Oklahoma's only fall of the meet. 

Trailing for just the third time this season, OU posted a 49.400 on floor as every gymnast in the lineup scored at least a 9.8.  Flanery and Vise led the way with a pair of 9.9s, while Smith and Nowak added two 9.875s.  It was Nowak's best routine since also notching a 9.875 in Oklahoma's upset of top-ranked Alabama on March 5.  Ferguson scored a 9.85 and Mary Mantle added a career-high-tying 9.8 from the first position to propel the strong start. 

The Sooners trailed through two rotations for the first time this season after holding the lead at the halfway point of every regular season meet.  Oklahoma was unaffected, however, scoring a 49.450 on vault in its best showing on the apparatus since posting a 49.575 against Iowa State in 2002.  It marked the fifth straight meet that OU has scored at least a 49.400 on the vault.

Flanery, Olson and Ratcliff surged out of the gates, all posting 9.9s in OU's first three routines of the rotation.  The Sooners closed with 9.875s from Melanie Root and Mantle, overtaking the host Huskers for the first time on the afternoon. 

The score came despite Oklahoma being without traditional vault anchor Sara Stone, who remained in Norman after undergoing an appendectomy Monday night and is likely out for the remainder of the postseason.  Stone, who entered the week ranked second in the conference on the apparatus, was also a regular in the floor rotation.

OU clinched the conference crown with a 49.225 on bars.  Vise won her 10th individual event title on the apparatus this season, while Ferguson and Flanery scored a pair of 9.85s.  Olson added a 9.825, while Kelley's 9.8 rounded out the victory. 

"I felt like we held back on bars a little," added Kindler.  "We are better than that on bars.  We were being tentative and we can definitely do a better job than that."

The Sooners improved to 22-2 against conference opponents under Kindler, as the team became the first OU squad to win three straight conference titles since it reeled off back-to-back-to-back titles in 1984-1986.
 
Oklahoma joins Nebraska as the only squads in the Big 12 to win three straight conference titles.

The Sooners and Huskers have combined to win nine of the last 10 Big 12 titles.  2006 marked the only time since 2000 that one of the two didn't stand atop the conference podium, as Kindler's Iowa State squad won the crown.  

The Sooners have clinched a No. 1 seed at the NCAA Regional Championships on March 10.  OU will know its destination once the NCAA selection committee finalizes its selections on Monday.    

"We have certain goals, we're confident and we have had a good season," said Kindler. "Hopefully, they will carry that on to the next step.  We have a lot of things lined up in the next few weeks and the next three weeks are going to be very important for us."