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OU gymnastics: Taylor Spears adds individual title for national champion Sooners

By Charlie Potter, For The Oklahoman Published: April 20, 2014
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/articleid/4083941/1/pictures/2004576">Photo - Taylor Spears competes in the uneven bars as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) compete at the NCAA, Women's Gymnastics Regional at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013  in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Taylor Spears competes in the uneven bars as the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) compete at the NCAA, Women's Gymnastics Regional at The Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Senior Lara Albright competed on floor exercise, scoring a 9.9125 on the apparatus for the Sooners. Freshman Chayse Capps also saw action Sunday afternoon, competing on balance beam. She scored a 9.8625.

All of OU’s gymnasts had completed their individual routines as Spears mounted the balance beam. They watched with anticipation as she eloquently worked across the beam. Once she climbed down the stair to join the rest of the Sooners, Spears’ teammates held up both hands and demanded the judges give Spears a perfect 10. After seeing the 9.925, which catapulted Spears into the lead, they erupted.

“Event finals are about the best of the best,” Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler said. “I know Taylor does that routine the same way five times a day. Being Taylor’s last performance and not over pressuring herself, I know it was very exciting to see for her.

“This was a very special weekend for our team. We’re going to miss Taylor, her leadership has been invaluable for our team.”


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