Tuesday, March 4, 2014

WGYM: Big 12 Honors for Albright, Capps, Scaman

Following a win over 15th-ranked Illinois last weekend, three members of the No. 3 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team swept through the Big 12 weekly honor listing on Tuesday. Haley Scaman set a conference record with her fourth consecutive Gymnast of the Week award, while Lara Albright was named Event Specialist of the Week and Chayse Capps earned Newcomer of the Week accolades.

Scaman was on a roll again in Oklahoma’s final February meet, capping her outstanding month by winning or tying for event titles on every apparatus she competed. Scaman tied Capps for top honors on vault (9.925) and took home solo titles on bars (9.9) and floor exercise (9.975), aiding Oklahoma to victory over the Illini. Scaman won the floor title in all four of OU’s meets this February while earning a 10.0 from at least one judge on three separate occasions. She has only posted one score below a 9.975 on the event in OU’s last four meets and is tied for third nationally on floor.

Recently shifted to the No. 4/5 spot in Oklahoma’s floor lineup, Albright has continued to shine for Oklahoma as an event specialist. A week after being forced to miss competition due to illness, Albright bounced back with ease to earn a 9.9 and finish second overall on the event. She has posted six consecutive scores of 9.9 or higher on floor. The effort propelled Albright onto the national scene this week as she appeared at 12th in the country on floor with an RQS of 9.905. The honor is Albright's second this season.

Capps joined Scaman in a sweep of all four individual event titles in OU’s victory over Illinois. Capps tied with Scaman for the vault title (9.925) before capturing the beam title outright (9.9). Capps’ effort on beam was particularly impressive as the true freshman anchored the event lineup for the first time this season, aiding Oklahoma to a 49.300 on the event. The beam title was her second this season, while her honors on vault gave her first title on that event in 2014. The Newcomer of the Week award is Capps' fifth this year.

This Friday night is Senior Night at the Lloyd Noble Center, honoring five senior Sooners for their contributions to Oklahoma gymnastics. The meet against No. 21 Arizona State is set for a 6:45 p.m. start in Norman and will be the last chance for OU fans to see the women's gymnastics team at home this season.

/// SoonerSports PR
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