The Norman Transcript

National Sports

April 19, 2014

Sooners advance to Super Six

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Oklahoma, Georgia and LSU advanced to the Super Six of the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships.

Oklahoma, last year’s runner-up, led the way in the first semifinal Friday with 197.50 and posted the top team scores on the balance beam and floor exercise. Taylor Spears had the high score on the beam with a 9.925.

“We were actually very excited to start on beam and I was very impressed with how they kept their wits about them,” Sooners coach K.J. Kindler said. “I thought they were aggressive and I think that was really the key to our success, to come out on balance beam and be that strong.”

Ten-time champion Georgia scored 197.30 and fellow Southeastern Conference member LSU finished with 197.10. Stanford, Michigan and Illinois failed to advance.

Sooners teammates Maileana Kanewa and Haley Scaman and Michigan’s Joanna Sampson all scored 9.95 on the floor. Oklahoma will seek its fourth top-three finish since 2010 on Saturday.

Sampson led the

all-around competitors in the first semifinal with a 39.55. Georgia’s Brandie Jay had the top score on the vault with a 9.95 while teammate Lindsey Cheek and Stanford’s Kristina Vaculik both scored 9.925 on the uneven bars.

The second semifinal Friday night features defending champion Florida, Alabama, UCLA, Utah, Penn State and Nebraska. The top three teams advance.

“Without a doubt this will be a super Super Six,” LSU coach D-D Breaux said. “We’ve got so much parity and the teams are so even.”

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
National Sports
  • Drivers visit Indiana National Guard before race at Brickyard

    EDINBURGH, Ind. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Graham Rahal are used to occasional fireworks when drivers get upset at the track....

    July 25, 2014

  • Nibali wins Stage 18, builds overall lead

    ARGELES-GAZOST, France — As his team hoped, Vincenzo Nibali demonstrated he’s the “boss” of the Tour de France. Just don’t compare him to the last rider to regularly bear that sobriquet at cycling’s greatest race, Lance Armstrong....

    July 25, 2014

  • Sooners use momentum from Sugar Bowl in preparation for 2015 season

    The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma got a lot of attention with its upset victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl....

    July 25, 2014

  • Yankees edge Texas for sixth victory in seven games

    NEW YORK — Brandon McCarthy and Chase Headley are quickly putting their stamp on a playoff surge for the New York Yankees....

    July 25, 2014

  • Smoke turns corner at Indy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers always say there’s something magical about Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the opportunity for NASCAR to race there opened the door for one of Jeff Gordon’s most treasured victories. It was a race Tony Stewart ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Former great addressed during annual shareholders meeting in G.B.

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Flush with cash, the Packers have a 112,000 name-long waiting list for season tickets filled with die-hards eager to see a team that figures to be an NFC contender for years to come....

    July 24, 2014

  • Roma tops Liverpool

    BOSTON — Marco Borriello scored in the 90th minute to give Roma a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in a preseason friendly Wednesday night at Fenway Park. There were limited chances until Borriello volleyed in a corner from in front of goal....

    July 24, 2014

  • Marcus Mariota helps Oregon’s PAC-12 title chance in preseason polls

    LOS ANGELES — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in his starring role....

    July 24, 2014

  • Potential buyer group scouts Toronto area

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — A Buffalo Bills prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi has conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto, a person close to the situation said....

    July 24, 2014

  • Majka wins 16th stage, Nibali leads

    PLA D’ADET, France — On the last of four Pyrenees ascents, Rafal Majka winked at a French TV camera and tugged playfully at a motorcycle’s antenna....

    July 24, 2014