Gymnastics: OU Women Advance to Program's Third Super Six

LOS ANGELES -- No. 2-seed Oklahoma women's gymnastics advanced to the finals of the NCAA Championships, scoring 197.200 to finish second at the second NCAA semifinal session at Pauley Pavilion on Friday.

Oklahoma will join Alabama (197.350) and UCLA (197.200) as qualifiers from the second session, along with Florida, LSU and Georgia, qualifiers from the day's first session.

OU will compete in the program's third Super Six in program history that will air live on ESPN3.com on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. The Sooners also qualified for the Super Six in 2010 and 2011, finishing second and third, respectively.

"I'm so proud of them," said OU head coach K.J. Kindler."We have a young team with only one senior competing. This is a team that many of them are here for the first time tonight, not only freshmen but also athletes that were injured last year and did not make this competition. They did a phenomenal job. We are excited."

Five Sooners claimed seven All-America honors, including Erica Brewer (bars, beam), Rebecca Clark (bars) and Madison Mooring (vault) who each earned First Team honors and earned a spot in the Individual Event Finals on Sunday.

In addition, Taylor Spears earned second-team honors in the all-around and on bars and Brie Olson earned second-team All-America on floor.

A 9.9 from Olson led the Sooners on floor for the first rotation. Freshman Haley Scaman scored a 9.875 while Spears and Mooring each added scores of 9.85.

OU took the lead after two rotations at 98.550 after scoring another 49.275, this time on vault. Mooring, national runner-up on the event in 2011, scored a team-high 9.9.

After the first bye and all teams through two events, scores were extremely close, as OU was tied with Alabama at 98.550, UCLA was close behind at 98.525, Utah was at 98.500.

The Sooners didn't let the close scores bother them, coming off the bye with a 49.500 on bars, a record for OU in the NCAA Championships. Brewer scored a 9.95, matching the highest individual score registered in either session and setting a career high.

Rebecca Clark also scored a career high with a 9.925. Spears added a 9.9, Scaman had a 9.875 and Hayden Ward and Olson each scored 9.85.

OU finished the night on beam, led by Brewer's 9.875. Clark, Mooring and Keeley Kmieciak each added 9.825 scores for the Sooners to help total a 49.150.

"We were good tonight," Kindler said. "We weren't great. We were good. There are a lot of things to tweak. We were a little tight and tense, and I could see that throughout the night. I think they got a little more acclimated as the night went on, as we went to the bars and beam."

OU will start the Super Six on vault on Saturday and will finish on floor with a chance to win the program's first national title.

Vault Bars Beam Floor Total
 Alabama 49.350 49.275 49.275 49.450 197.350
 Oklahoma 49.275 49.500 49.150 49.275 197.200
 UCLA 49.500 49.175 49.075 49.450 197.200
 Michigan 49.275 49.400 48.775 49.400 196.850
 Utah 49.200 49.475 48.225 49.300 196.200
 Arkansas 48.975 48.900 49.000 49.275 196.150

 Session II Individual Champions
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Sampson (UM), Baer (UCLA)  9.95
 Bars  Brewer (OU), Dabritz (UT)  9.95
 Beam  Williams (UA), Francis (UCLA)  9.9
 Floor  3 Gymnasts  9.95
 AA  Sampson & Zurales (UM) 39.525

 OU High Scores
 Event  Gymnast  Score
 Vault  Madison Mooring  9.9
 Bars  Erica Brewer  9.95
 Beam  Erica Brewer  9.875
 Floor  Brie Olson  9.9
 AA  Taylor Spears 39.350

/// SoonerSports PR
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