Oklahoma Wins Second Straight Big 12 Gymnastics Championship
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 03/21/2009
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Oklahoma has captured back-to-back Big 12 gymnastics team titles.

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Ames, Iowa
Oklahoma captured the 2009 Big 12 gymnastics championship with a score of 196.125 on Saturday at Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum. The Sooners’ title was their second in a row and third overall in conference history, as they also won the team title in 2004 and 2008.

OU’s team total placed it just ahead of runner-up Nebraska (196.075), followed by Missouri (195.925) and Iowa State (195.775).

Missouri junior Sarah Shire was crowned all-around champion with a score of 39.45, while also winning beam (9.85) and tying for first on vault (9.90) with Megan Barnes of Iowa State. Fellow Tiger Adrianne Perry earned the floor title with a 9.95 and finished as runner-up to Shire in the all-around (39.325).

Bars and beam saw four-way ties for first with scores of 9.85 on each event. Ceilia Maccani (Iowa State), Brittney Williams (Nebraska), Ashley Jackson and Megan Ferguson matched marks on bars, while Shire, Ferguson, Jasmine Thompson (Iowa State) and Haley DeProspero (Oklahoma) shared the beam title.

In the all-around, Thompson also finished fourth (39.25), while Nebraska’s Kylie Stone placed third (39.30).

Following the meet, the conference announced its annual awards as determined by a pre-championship vote of the league’s head coaches. Shire and Stone were named Big 12 Co-Gymnasts of the Year, and Nebraska’s Lora Evenstad was honored as Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. In addition, NU head coach Dan Kendig took home Big 12 Coach of the Year accolades for the sixth time in his career.

Shire became the first Missouri gymnast in school history to earn a gymnast of the year award. Stone was the Huskers’ fifth gymnast of the year in NU program history, while Evenstad was the Huskers’ sixth newcomer of the year in the last 13 seasons.

Additionally, members of the All-Big 12 Championship Team were determined at the conference championship, with the top four finishers plus ties from each event and the all-around making up the squad.

OU, NU, MU and ISU will await their fate with NCAA Regional selections announced Monday, March 23. Nebraska hosts the 2009 NCAA Gymnastics Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb., April 16-18


FINAL TEAM RESULTS

Team  Vault  Bars  Beam  Floor  Total 
Oklahoma  49.10  48.775 49.00  49.25  196.125 
Nebraska  49.025  49.025  48.825  49.20  196.075 
Missouri  49.15  48.80  48.85  49.125  195.925 
Iowa State  49.025  48.925  48.925  48.90  195.775 


ALL-BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Vault: Megan Barnes, Iowa State (9.90), Sarah Shire, Missouri (9.90), Kassandra Nathe, Nebraska (9.85), Melanie Root, Oklahoma (9.85), Mary Burke, Missouri (9.85)
 
Bars: Ceilia Maccani, Iowa State (9.85), Brittney Williams, Nebraska (9.85), Ashley Jackson, Oklahoma (9.85), Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma (9.85)

Beam:
Jasmine Thompson, Iowa State (9.85), Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma (9.85), Haley DeProspero, Oklahoma (9.85), Sarah Shire, Missouri (9.85)

Floor:
Adrianne Perry, Missouri (9.95), Lora Evenstad, Nebraska (9.90), Kylie Stone, Nebraska (9.90), Kristin Smith, Oklahoma (9.90), Sarah Shire, Missouri (9.90)

All-Around:
Sarah Shire, Missouri (39.45), Adrianne Perry (39.325), Kylie Stone, Nebraska (39.30), Jasmine Thompson, Iowa State (39.25).

2009 BIG 12 AWARDS
Co-Gymnasts of the Year: Sarah Shire, Missouri; Kylie Stone, Nebraska
Newcomer of the Year: Lora Evenstad, Nebraska
Coach of the Year: Dan Kendig, Nebraska

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