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No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 16 Arizona series is being restarted after a six-year hiatus on Friday, two days before the Sooners welcome No. 9 Stanford and North Carolina on Sunday for Senior Day. The last time the two teams met was at the Cancun Classic in 2006 with the Sooners edging the Wildcats, 193.325-192.925. OU also took the last dual meet the two teams held in Norman, winning the meet 196.700 to 196.00 in 2002. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 7-5.
A LOOK AT NO. 16 ARIZONA
Arizona comes in with an RQS of 195.775, good for 16th in the country and fifth in the Pac-12. The `Cats come in at No. 7 on floor, No. 17 on vault, No. 18 on bars and No. 20 on beam in the national rankings. Arizona is coming off of a season-high score of 196.500 at home in a win against Arizona State. Aubree Cristello leads the team with a 39.320 all-around average, good for No. 13 in the nation, while Jessica Sisler has put up multiple high scores on floor for the Wildcats this year.
OLSON NAMED AAI AWARD FINALIST
University of Oklahoma gymnast Brie Olson was named one of six finalists for the AAI Award recognizing the most outstanding senior female gymnast in the country. A native of St. Cloud, Minn., Olson is a three-time All-American for the second-ranked Sooners who currently ranks in the top 25 nationally in the all-around and all four events, one of two gymnasts in the country to do so. The senior currently sits at No. 7 in the country in the all-around in addition to being ranked No. 5 on beam, No. 11 on floor, No. 16 on bars and No. 22 on vault.
Olson has tied or set new career highs in every event this season, helping Oklahoma to as high as a No. 1 ranking in the nation this season. Olson tied an OU record and recorded the highest all-around score by any senior in the country this season against No. 5 UCLA, recording a 39.700 in OU's win over the Bruins.
LAST WEEKEND - AT TWU
DENTON, Texas - The No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team defeated TWU 197.275-195.300 at Kitty Magee Arena. Senior Brie Olson led the top-ranked Sooners, winning the vault and bars titles while tying with teammate Lara Albright for the floor title. Sophomore Erica Brewer took her second all-around title of the year, scoring 39.300. OU recorded one of its best vault scores of the season with a 49.425, highlighted by Olson's career-high 9.975. Junior Taylor Spears, ranked No. 1 in the nation on beam coming into the meet, continued her string of strong performances with a 9.95 to lead the Sooners. Albright tied her career high on floor for the second-straight meet with a 9.9, claiming her first individual title of the season in a tie with Olson.
The Sooners are the only team in the country to have scored a 197.000 or higher at three road meets this season (OU has done it at five such meets). OU is one of only three teams in the country to have scored above a 197.000 even twice on the road. OU currently holds a season average of 197.317 overall (197.410 RQS) and has scored above a 197.000 in seven-straight meets, a program record and the longest such record in the country.
BEST ON BEAM
Oklahoma retains its No. 1 ranking nationally on beam with a 49.395 RQS, staying at the top spot for the seventh-consecutive week. The Sooners scores of 49.600, 49.525 and 49.475 are three of the four highest scores of any team in the country on the event.
In addition to their success on beam, the Sooners are also nationally ranked No. 2 on bars (49.395), No. 3 on floor (49.365) and No. 5 on vault (49.355).
WIN, WIN, WIN
- Oklahoma is a perfect 16-0 in nine meets this season, making the Sooners the only undefeated team in the country.
- OU also has the most wins of any team in the nation.
- OU is looking for its fourth undefeated regular season in seven total season under head coach K.J. Kindler to go with unbeaten campaigns in 2008 (14-0), 2010 (14-0) and 2011 (15-0).
- Under Kindler, Oklahoma is 96-9 (.914) overall against regular season opponents.
- Oklahoma is also the only team in the country to have five different gymnasts ranked in the top 25 in any event, with five ranked on both bars and beam. Four Sooners are also ranked in the top 25 in the all-around.
- In the beam rankings, four Sooners occupy the top 14 spots, including Spears at No. 1, Olson and Brewer tied at No. 5 and sophomore Lauren Alexander at No. 14 while junior Madison Mooring also ranks No. 21.
- On bars, Brewer is tops among the Sooners at No. 9 with Spears and Kmieciak tied at No. 11, Olson at No. 16 and sophomore Rebecca Clark at No. 21.
- Freshman Haley Scaman continued her streak near the top of the floor rankings, coming in at No. 4 this week with a 9.915 RQS. She was joined by Olson, ranked No. 11 at 9.895.
- On vault, Scaman and Olson are the top-ranked Sooners at No. 17 and No. 22, respectively, in the nation.
Oklahoma's freshmen have been put into key spots in the lineup on big stages and have risen to the
occasion this season.
- Haley Scaman is a five-time Big 12 weekly award winner and is the top-ranked freshman in the country on floor, including a 9.975 score at West Virginia, one of only seven gymnasts to earn such a score. Scaman has scored a 9.8 or better on 24 of 26 events this season.
- Keeley Kmieciak has competed in the all-around in all but two meet for the Sooners and is a three-time Big 12 weekly award winner with four individual titles this year, including one on bars and three on vault. Against No. 5 UCLA, Kmieciak recorded a 39.650 all-around score, tied for the fourth best score in the nation this season and the best score of any freshman in the country.
- Maile'ana Kanewa returned from preseason wrist surgery to compete for the first time thsi season against No. 5 UCLA. On her first-career vault, Kanewa scored a 9.925, tying for the event title. She would win Big 12 Specialist of the Week for her performance.
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