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February 23, 2013

No. 2 OU gymnastics tops No. 5 UCLA

NORMAN — No. 2 Oklahoma has been asking all season for the fans to come out and watch them. Friday, facing No. 5 UCLA, a record crowd of 2,874 showed up to Lloyd Noble Center to see what they were all about and the Sooners gave them something to see.

Oklahoma knocked off the Bruins 198.375 to 197.200. The 198.375 surpassed the program’s previous best score of 197.950 set against Alabama in 2010.

“It was a huge win,” senior Brie Olson said. “They’re huge competition and to know that we protected our house was great. It was just filled with emotions.”

It was a night for breaking records for the Sooners. They also posted season-high marks on every event, including a 49.525 on vault, 49.575 on bars, 49.550 on beam and a 49.675 on floor. OU’s beam and floor scores are the highest of any team in the nation.

Olson earned the all-around title with a 39.700, a career high score that topped UCLA’s Vanessa Zamarripa, the nation’s top all-arounder, who scored a 39.650. Taylor Spears and Keeley Kmieciak tied Zamarripa.

“You know that you’ve nailed it when the three all-arounders competing for you have done the best they’ve ever done,” OU coach K.J. Kindler. “I think that says a lot.”


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