Nowak, Ferguson and Updike Receive Weekly Gymnastics Awards
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          Release: 03/06/2012
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Oklahoma's Kayla Nowak and Megan Ferguson, along with Missouri's Rachel Updike have garnered weekly gymnastics awards for competition March 2-4. It is Nowak's third career weekly honor, while Ferguson picks up her sixth career accolade. Updike surpasses OU's Kiera Redmond Sturms (2008) for the most awards won in one season with eight. Oklahoma now has claimed the Event Specialist honor for nine-straight weeks.

BIG 12 GYMNAST OF THE WEEK
Kayla Nowak, Oklahoma, Jr., Algonquin, Ill.
In her first all-around competition this season, Nowak posted a career-high-tying 39.375 to take a share of second place in the all-around. The junior posted a 9.800 in her first appearance in the vault lineup this season, as well as registering a season-high 9.875 on bars and floor. She tied for fifth in the bars, beam and floor events, helping the Sooners hand then-No. 5 Alabama its first loss of the season 197.300-197.150.

BIG 12 EVENT SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK
Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr., Olathe, Kan.
In senior night for the Sooners, Ferguson finished her last home meet in winning fashion. The Olathe, Kan.-native needed to score a 9.825 or higher in the final routine of the night for OU to beat the reigning national champions, Alabama. Ferguson matched her career-high of 9.95 on floor, clinching the win to help OU best the Crimson Tide. She added another 9.900 on bars in the anchor spot, as well as a 9.85 on beam. Ferguson has scored a 9.9 or higher in 15 out of her last 18 routines this season. She is currently ranked first in the country on floor and second on both bars and beam. Ferguson ties Missouri's Updike for the most consecutive weekly awards earned with five.

BIG 12 NEWCOMER OF THE WEEK
Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr., Olathe, Kan.
Updike took home the vault title for the fifth time this season, after tying her season high of 9.950 Friday at the Winterfest Invitational in Denver, Colo. The freshman also earned a share of the floor title after posting a 9.875. Updike currently ranks 13th in the nation in vault and 15th in floor.

2012 BIG 12 GYMNASTS OF THE WEEK

Date Gymnast of the Week Event Specialist of the Week Newcomer of the Week
Jan. 10 Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr. Brie Olson, Oklahoma, Jr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Jan. 17 Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr. Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Jan. 24 Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So. Sara Stone, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Jan. 31 Michelle Browning, Iowa State, Sr. Sara Stone, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Feb. 7 Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr. Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Feb. 14 Taylor Spears, Oklahoma, So. Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr. Rebecca Clark, Oklahoma, Fr.
Feb. 21
Erica Brewer, Oklahoma, Fr.
Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
Feb. 28
Mary Burke, Missouri, Sr.
Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.
March 6
Kayla Nowak, Oklahoma, Jr.
Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr. Rachel Updike, Missouri, Fr.

 

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