OU starts its quest for the NCAA Super Six as the No. 1 seed in the Champaign Regional.
March 26, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - The second-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Champaign Regional, announced by the NCAA Monday. The Sooners look for their third straight regional title and ninth straight NCAA Championship berth on Saturday, April 7 at 4 p.m. CT at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Ill.
Oklahoma (19-3, 2-0 Big 12) will compete against No. 2 seed Stanford, No. 3 seed Denver, Illinois, Kentucky and Illinois-Chicago at the Champaign Regional.
The top two teams from all six regionals will advance to NCAA Championships, April 20-22 in Duluth, Ga., to compete for a spot in the 2012 NCAA Super Six.
Tickets for the Champaign Regional can be purchased through the UI Athletic Ticket Office by calling 1-866-ILLINI-1. All tickets for the NCAA Regional are general admission. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $6 for students.
The NCAA also announced the rotation order for each regional Monday. The Sooners will start on bars and will follow Olympic order from there (beam, floor then vault) with a bye before floor and after vault.
The Sooners are coming off their program-best postseason score of 197.475 that won OU its fourth Big 12 Championship in five seasons.
OU head coach K.J. Kindler was named the 2012 Big 12 Coach of the Year while senior Megan Ferguson won Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year (award for non-all-arounders).
Ferguson also took home the Big 12 title on both bars and beam. The five-time All-American scored a 9.925 on bars and a 9.95 on beam to win the individual championships.
Junior Brie Olson won the Big 12 all-around title Saturday with a 39.500 in her first career all-around competition.
Olson stepped in on beam for two-time All-American Kayla Nowak who suffered an injury in practice just three days before the conference championship.
The five teams joining OU as No. 1 seeds for regional competition are No. 1 Florida (Raleigh Regional), No. 3 UCLA (Fayetteville Regional), No. 4 Alabama (Seattle Regional), No. 5 Nebraska (Salt Lake City Regional) and No. 6 Georgia (Auburn Regional).
Raleigh Regional (North Carolina State, host) - 4 p.m.
2. Ohio State
3. Penn State
4. North Carolina State
5. Kent State
6. North Carolina
Champaign Regional (Illinois, host) - 4 p.m.
Fayetteville Regional (Arkansas, host) - 4 p.m.
3. Boise State
5. New Hampshire
Seattle Regional (Washington, host) - 4 p.m.
6. Central Michigan
Salt Lake City Regional (Utah, host) - 6 p.m.
4. Iowa State
5. Arizona State
6. San Jose State
Auburn Regional (Auburn, host) -- 6 p.m.
2. Oregon State
5. West Virginia
6. Michigan State