Saturday, April 21, 2012

Three OU Gymnasts Compete For National Titles

Three Oklahoma women gymnast will compete in NCAA Individual Finals: Three OU gymnasts will compete for individual national titles during the 2012 NCAA Individual Event Finals, Sunday, April 22 at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., at noon CT. Megan Ferguson, Brie Olson and Sara Stone will battle for national championships after earning first team All-America honors during Friday’s semifinal competition. The gymnasts that finished in the top four during semifinals earned first team All-America status and advanced to Sunday’s event finals. Gymnasts that placed fifth-eighth earned second team All-America. OU tied its second highest number of All-Americans with seven total distinctions. The Sooners also had seven All-Americans in 2010. Ferguson qualified for event finals on both floor and beam. The senior finished first outright on beam with a 9.95 during the first semifinal Friday and tied for first on floor with a 9.9. With the two All-America honors, Ferguson will finish her career at OU as a seven-time All-American, tying Kelly Garrison for the second-most All-America awards. Kiara Redmond holds the program-best with nine All-America distinctions. Ferguson has qualified for event finals in three of her four years with the Sooners. The Olathe, Kan., native competed beam in 2009, beam and bars in 2011 and now beam and floor in 2012. Ferguson is currently ranked No. 1 on both events. Olson will compete for the uneven bars national title after posting a 9.9 Friday to finish in second place. This will be Olson’s first appearance in event finals, the junior earned second team All-America on bars in 2011. Olson also earned second team in the all-around Friday during semifinals after finishing fifth in the first session. (SoonerSports PR)
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