Gymnasts Win Big 12 Championship

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 24, 2012

March 24, 2012


(19-3, 2-0)
  Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 Oklahoma 49.225 49.475 49.475 49.300 197.475
 Missouri 49.000 49.000 48.900 49.125 196.025
 Iowa State 49.250 49.200 48.850 48.725 196.025

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 Individual Champions
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Celine Paulus (ISU)  9.95
 Bars  Megan Ferguson (OU)  9.925
 Beam  Megan Ferguson (OU)  9.95
 Floor  Katelyn Trevino (MU)  9.9
 AA  Brie Olson (OU)  39.500
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NORMAN, Okla. - The second-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team won its fifth Big 12 Championship Saturday with a season-high score of 197.475 in front of the home crowd at the Lloyd Noble Center.  OU finished ahead of Iowa State and Missouri who tied for second with a 196.025.

Oklahoma (19-3, 2-0 Big 12) won its fourth conference title in five seasons while junior Brie Olson won the all-around title in her first career all-around appearance and senior Megan Ferguson won the individual titles on bars and beam.

"It was really exciting, we had a great night," Olson said. "We were very confident which is what K.J. (Kindler) has always taught us to be.  It was the last night that the seniors were competed here and I think all of us had that in the back of our minds.  We did it for them, for ourselves and our coaches.  We just went out there and had fun tonight."

Ferguson was also named the 2012 Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year while OU head coach K.J. Kindler was the 2012 Big 12 Coach of the Year.

"I'm really happy with the way everything went," Ferguson said. "I'm just proud of my team.  I thought tonight was very important for us because we've experienced a lot of adversity, even more in the last few days, so being able to put girls out there who haven't experienced competing, and doing it at a championship level, is incredibly impressive.  It's going to give us some confidence we need going into the postseason."

The Sooners competed without two-time All-American Kayla Nowak who suffered an injury in practice earlier in the week, but scored their highest team total of the season.  

Without Nowak, OU had first-time competitors on bars, beam and floor.  Olson scored a 9.85 in her first career competitive beam routine and won the all-around in her first ever all-around competition.

"Tonight was my first night doing all-around," Olson said. "It was a lot of fun.  I didn't do it for myself, I did it for my team.  I had to step in on beam, I've done exhibitions and felt confident but it was just different.  It was a lot of fun.  I'm very glad to have a great team that backs me up with everything."

Also stepping in for Nowak were Candace Cindell who scored a career-high 9.9 on bars and Taylor Spears who scored a 9.85 on floor.

OU started the night on vault with a 49.225, led by a pair of 9.875s from Ward and Olson.  The Sooners held first place over Missouri who posted a 49.000 on bars and Iowa State who scored a 48.725 on floor in the first rotation.

The Sooners added two 9.85s in the final spots of the lineup from Mooring and Stone and a 9.775 from starter Brewer.

OU increased its lead to .725 points at the midway point as the Sooners posted a season-high 49.475 on bars in the second rotation.

The Sooners started bars with three straight scores of 9.875 from Ward, Spears and Brewer, followed by three straight scores of 9.9 or higher.

Cindell scored a career-high 9.9 on bars in her first appearance in the lineup this season.  Cindell stepped into the lineup after junior All-American Kayla Nowak suffered an injury in practice earlier this week.

Olson also added a 9.9 on bars followed by a 9.925 from Ferguson in the anchor position. 

In the third rotation, the Sooners posted a 49.475 on beam with three scores of 9.9 or better, its second-best score of the season on the apparatus.  

Ferguson led the team with a 9.95 in the anchor position, while Mooring and Stone added a pair of 9.9s.

OU entered the final rotation of the night with a 1.000 lead over Iowa State and clinched the win with a 49.300 on floor in the final rotation.

The Sooners will await their NCAA Regional seeding and location, announced Monday, March 26 at 2 p.m., CT on the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Selection Show on

OU will likely earn on of the six No. 1 seeds and will compete at one of the six following regional sites on Saturday, April 7: Auburn, Ala., Champaign, Ill., Fayetteville, Ark., Salt Lake City, Utah, Seattle, Wash., or Raleigh, N.C.

The top two teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships on April 20-22, in Duluth, Ga.




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