For the second time in as many weeks and third time this season, Oklahoma swept the Big 12 weekly gymnastics awards.Taylor Spears is the Gymnast of the Week recipient for the second week in a row and third time this season, while Lara Alrbight and Lauren Alexander collect Event Specialist of the Week and Newcomer of the Week honors, respectively. Spears picked up her fifth Gymnast of the Week honor and ninth career weekly accolade. This is the first recognition for both Albright and Alexander.
BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr., Plano, Texas
Spears tied for the all-around title at the Metroplex Challenge, a meet featuring No. 7 LSU, No. 9 Georgia and No. 16 Oregon State. Led by a season-high bars score of 9.875 and the second-best score on beam of any gymnast on the night (9.875), Spears won her third all-around title in four meets this year. The junior is currently No. 7 in the nation with a 39.413 all-around average, second-best among competitors with at least four all-around scores or more this season.
BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Laura Albright, Oklahoma, Jr., Carrollton, Texas
Albright totaled a season high and tied a career high with a 9.9 on floor at the Metroplex Challenge. Leading off the rotation for the No. 2 Sooners, Albright scored a team high under pressure, with the Sooners needing a 49.100 or higher going into floor in order to win the Challenge. Performing on podium for the first time this season, Albright set the Sooners up for the win with the second-highest score on floor of the night among some of the country's best competition.
BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Lauren Alexander, Oklahoma, So., Plano, Texas
Alexander received a 9.975 on beam at the Metroplex Challenge, the highest score earned on beam by any gymnast in the country this season. The mark was the highest of any gymnast on any apparatus at the Challenge and the highest score by a Sooner this season. Alexander was given a 9.95 by one judge and a perfect 10.0 by another. The sophomore is competing for the first time in her career this season. After suffering two ACL injuries her junior year of high school, Alexander was forced to sit out her senior season. She joined the Sooners in fall 2011, but her injury forced her to quit before the 2012 season began. After sitting out the season, Alexander made it back on the roster this fall.
2013 BIG 12 GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK
|Date||Gymnast of the Week||Event Specialist of the Week||Newcomer of the Week|
|Jan. 8||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Madison Mooring, Oklahoma, Jr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Jan. 15||Erica Brewer, Oklahoma, So.||Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Sr.||Jaida Lawrence, West Virginia, Fr.|
|Alaska Richardson, West Virginia, Sr.|
|Jan. 22||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma, Jr.||Keeley Kmieciak, Oklahoma, Fr.|
|Jan. 29||Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, Jr.||Laura Albright, Oklahoma, Jr.||Lauren Alexander, Oklahoma, So.|