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April 5, 2014

Sooners aim for fifth straight regional crown

NORMAN — Pretty much, it’s a formality. And still, it must be done. Given that, it’s nice to have a history of getting it done.

So it is for Oklahoma’s second-ranked women’s gymnastics team, which finds itself in Minneapolis tonight, where it must finish among the top two to advance to the NCAA championships, which begin April 18 in Birmingham, Ala.

The Sooners are riding a run of four straight NCAA regional championships. At 6 this evening, they can begin to make it five straight against No. 11 Illinois, No. 14 Minnesota, Cal, Southern Utah and San Jose State.

Also, while the Sooners have been in such a position before, this season may still stand alone in many ways.

Of the top 10 meet scores ever put together by OU, five have come this season. Also, of the top four in program history, three have come this season.

Additionally, five Sooners have already earned regular season All-American honors. The list includes Haley Scaman (floor exercise and vault) and Taylor Spears (uneven bars and beam) as first team selections. Also, Maile’ana Kanewa (vault), Chayse Capps (beam) and Rebecca Clark (beam), were honored as second team selections. 

OU has appeared in the last 10 NCAA championships. Under eight-year coach K.J. Kindler, the Sooners have secure a trio of top-three finishes.

This season, the idea is to win it all.

First things first, it means getting through tonight.

Clay Horning

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