The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team took second place in the team competition of the NCAA Championships over the weekend at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus in Los Angeles. The Sooners, the only Big 12 full squad in the field for the NCAA Super Six Finals, compiled a team score of 197.375 to finish just ahead of third-place Florida but behind champion Alabama in the six-team finals competition.
Oklahoma’s team score was the highest ever by the school in the NCAA Championships, and was the 13th time this season that the Sooner women gymnasts had achieved a score of 197 or better, which ties the NCAA single-season record, set by Florida in 2007. This was the second time in three seasons that OU has been the runner-up in the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships. The Sooners also came in second in 2010.
Five members of the Oklahoma squad and Michelle Shealey of Iowa State also took part in the Invidual Finals on Saturday. Competiting in her first NCAA Championship, sophomore Erica Brewer was OU’s highest individual finisher, capturing fourth place on the uneven bars. Brewer’s score of 9.8875 (10.0 is a perfect score) eas the second highest point total by a Sooner on bars in program history.
Iowa State’s Shealy tied for fifth place in the beam competition and, in the process, earned the highest individual finish on that apparatus by an Iowa State gymnast in school history.
Oklahoma has had 20 individual event finalists in the past seven seasons inder coach K.J. Kindler. That compares to 12 in the past 25 seasons combined.
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