Gymnastics: OU women win
Sweeping all four event titles for the third consecutive meet, the No. 9 OU women’s gymnastics squad coasted to a 196.45-192.8 victory over Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, on Saturday night. Senior All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms won her third all-around title of the season in front of the second-largest crowd in TWU history as the Sooners posted season high’s on bars (49.2) and floor (49.275).
The Sooners improved to 5-0 on the year while TWU slipped to 0-4. OU has won 18 of its last 19 regular-season matchup’s dating back to Jan. 19, 2007.
OU burst out of the gates to a commanding 49.2-48.050 lead after a first rotation that saw the Sooners hit all six bar routines en route to a season-high bars score of 49.2. In the anchor spot, five-time All-American Kiara Redmond-Sturms posted a career-high 9.925 to lead the Sooners. Ashley Jackson’s 9.85 also marked a career best while Haley DeProspero, Stephanie LoPiccolo and Hollie Vise followed with a trio of 9.825s to clinch the event title. Vise’s score marked the third career high set during the event, besting her previous best of 9.675.
“We are excited about the way they performed tonight,” said head coach K.J. Kindler. “Obviously we would like to hit all routines on some events, but the potential is there and that is exciting.”
After a slow start on vault that included a fall in the second spot, Oklahoma closed with four solid routines for a score of 48.725 on the apparatus. Jackie Flanery got the Sooners back on track with her score of 9.75 and was followed by Mary Mantle and Natalie Ratcliff who posted scores of 9.8 and 9.75, respectively. Anchoring the lineup, Redmond-Sturms won her second event title of the night with a score of 9.925.
The Sooners led 147.2-144.05 after a season-high floor score of 49.275 that was highlighted by Redmond-Sturms’ career-high 9.95 from the anchor position. The Los Angeles, Calif., native entered tonight’s competition tied for the NCAA lead on floor with a 9.925 season average. Kristin Smith tied her season-best score of 9.8 while DeProspero notched a season-high 9.8. Flanery followed with a career-high 9.875 in the fourth position, with Jackson posting a 9.85 from the fifth spot.
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