Monday, March 11, 2013

Gymnastics: Sooners Reclaim No. 1 Ranking

The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the GymInfo rankings released Monday.

After ranking in the top spot two weeks ago, the Sooners scored a 197.875 and a 197.525 in two separate meets over the weekend to jump past Florida again with a 197.570 Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) compared to the Gators' 197.440. This week marks the fourth week in program history the squad has been ranked No. 1 after also doing so two different weeks during the 2010 season.

The only undefeated team and the team with the most wins in the country at 19-0 this year, OU has scored above a 197 in nine-straight meets dating back to Jan. 18. The Sooners' nine meets over 197 is tied for the most in a regular season in NCAA history with this week's contest at No. 4 Alabama left with a chance to break the record.

OU also jumped higher in each of the team event standings, including a No. 1 national ranking on bars to go with the teams' eight-week streak ranked as the top beam team in the country. The Sooners currently have a 49.465 ranking on bars, just ahead of Florida's 49.450, and a 49.395 beam score, with Alabama second at 49.260.

The Sooners also went from No. 5 to No. 3 in the team vault standings with a 49.420 score coupled with a No. 2 ranking on floor with a 49.430 average, up one spot from last week.

Individually, OU continues to represent well in every ranking, including the all-around, with junior Taylor Spears at No. 3, senior Brie Olson at No. 5 and sophomore Erica Brewer at No. 13.

Other Sooners in the top 10 include Spears at No. 1 on beam, freshman Haley Scaman at No. 3 on floor, Olson at No. 5 on bars, freshman Keeley Kmieciak at No. 8 on bars, sophomore Lauren Alexander at No. 8 on beam, Olson and Brewer tied for No. 9 on beam and Olson at No. 10 on floor.

Oklahoma and Alabama will finish out the regular season on Friday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Live video and results can be found at

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