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Big 12 Gymnasts Wrap Up 2012 Season at NCAA Individual Event Finals
April 22, 2012
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Oklahoma's Megan Ferguson claimed the runner-up spot on the balance beam at the NCAA Individual Event Finals Sunday at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

The senior narrowly missed the crown, after recording a 9.925 behind Alabama's Geralen Stack-Eaton who tallied a 9.9375 on the apparatus. Fellow Sooner Sara Stone placed seventh with a score of 9.85.

Also representing OU at the individual finals was junior Brie Olson who finished in fourth place on bars with a 9.875.

Ferguson also competed on floor, earning a share of ninth after scoring a 9.8625. Missouri's Rachel Updike placed 11th with an 8.4375.

Ferguson's second place finish is OU's highest individual placing on beam in the K.J. Kindler era. While Oklahoma has not had an individual national champion in Kindler's six seasons, the Sooners now have second place finishes on all four events under Kindler (Madison Mooring, vault 2011; Hollie Vise, bars 2010; Megan Ferguson, beam 2012; Hollie Vise, floor 2010).

Ferguson ends her career as one of the most decorated gymnasts in OU program history. The 2012 Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year is a seven-time All-American. She also was named the 2012 South Central Region Gymnast of the Year and is a five-time Big 12 Champion. The senior qualified for event finals in three of her four seasons as a Sooner. Ferguson finished eighth on beam and 13th on bars during the 2011 Individual Event Finals and placed seventh on beam. She ended the season ranked No. 1 in the country on both beam and floor, and ranked No. 2 on bars.

Stone earned All-America honors on vault in 2011 and was consistently ranked in the top five nationally on the apparatus throughout her career. She is the only gymnast on OU's current roster to have scored a perfect 10, which she posted in 2010 at Michigan State.

Updike's 2012 season was one of the most successful seasons for an MU freshman. Her performance at Friday's NCAA Semifinals earned her First Team All-America honors on the floor exercise, making her Mizzou's fifth All-America gymnast, and just the second gymnast to earn All-America honors as a freshman.

The Sooners had seven All-America honors with four first teamers (Ferguson - beam and floor, Olson - bars, Stone - beam) and three second team All-Americans (Erica Brewer - all-around and bars, Olson - all-around). The mark ties the program's second-most distinctions.

OU finished in seventh place as a team after failing to make the NCAA Super Six by just .200 points in Friday's semifinal session.

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