Jan. 21, 2012
| Utah State
DENTON, Texas – The 10th-ranked Oklahoma women’s gymnastics squad posted a season-high, and current NCAA-best for 2012, 197.450 Saturday to finish first at the TWU quad meet ahead of the Pioneers (192.425), Utah State Aggies (192.325) and Centenary Ladies (191.450).
Oklahoma (6-1, 0-0 Big 12) is just the fourth team in the NCAA this season to break the 197-mark, joining No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Utah and No. 3 Arkansas. OU’s 197.450 is currently the highest team score by any program in the NCAA in 2012, the previous-best was a 197.400 from No. 2 Utah.
“It’s always great to come down to TWU,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “The fans are incredible. We had a lot of OU fans here in the stands and the support is incredible here in Texas. With almost half of our team from Texas this is a great place for us to compete.”
The Sooner gymnasts posted a combined 10 career-highs and nine season-highs in 24 possible routines Saturday, while posting season-high team scores on all four events. OU won swept all eight event titles (team and individual) while OU’s Taylor Spears won the all-around with a 39.200.
Five-time All-American, senior Megan Ferguson won the beam and floor titles with a season-high 9.9 on beam and a career-high 9.95 on floor. Junior Brie Olson took home the bar title with a career-high 9.95, while senior Sara Stone won the vault title with a season-high 9.925.
In addition to winning every event title, OU had the top six scores on both bars and floor, top five scores on beam and the top four scores on vault at the quad meet. The Sooners didn’t count a score below a 9.8 during the entire competition.
“What I really liked tonight was that I felt like our seniors stepped up in a big way,” Kindler said. “That leadership is going to be important for us down the road.”
OU started the night on bars and took the early lead with a score of 49.375 after the first rotation, a season-high team bar score for the Sooners. All six gymnasts in the bar lineup scored a 9.8 or higher.
Olson led the team on the event with a career-high 9.95, the first score above a 9.9 for OU this season. Ferguson also scored above a 9.9 immediately following Olson in the anchor position with a career-high-tying 9.925.
Brewer also set a career-high on bars with a 9.875, while Clark tied her career-high with a 9.825. Nowak started the Sooners off with a season-high 9.8 on the event.
The Sooners remained in first place at the halfway point after a season-high team score of 49.250 on beam in the second rotation.
Ferguson scored a team-best and season-high 9.9 on beam from the anchor position. Clark posted a career-high 9.85 on the event for OU’s second-best beam score of the night. Stone also posted a career-high on the apparatus with a 9.85.
Mooring and Nowak started off the lineup with a pair of 9.825s, season-highs for both gymnasts.
After the third rotation, OU held a dominate lead with a score of 148.075 after a season-high team score 49.450 on floor.
Ferguson led the team with a career-high 9.95 from the anchor position on the event, while Stone added a career-high of 9.925 in the fifth spot of the lineup.
Also adding career-highs on floor were Lara Albright who posted a 9.85 in the leadoff position and Taylor Spears who tied her career-high with a 9.875.
The Sooners had two additional scores of 9.85 to boost the team score 49.450 from both Olson and Nowak (both tied personal season-highs).
OU ended the night on vault with a season-high 49.375 on vault. Stone won the title with a season-high 9.925, while Spears posted a career-high 9.9 and Mooring posted a season-high 9.875.
Saturday’s competition was OU’s last road meet before its home opener on Friday, Jan. 27 against No. 18 N.C. State. The Sooner gymnasts will share the floor with the OU wrestling team for the fifth annual “Beauty and the Beast” competition beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.