Coming out of high school, Alexander was recruited by Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska and Stanford. But at the time she was done with the sport.
“It was a lot of things,” Alexander said. “I had torn my ACL twice in high school. I had a lot of time off and there were a lot of mental blocks there. It was a lot harder coming here than I thought it would be. It was just a lot all at once.”
Alexander attended Oklahoma but worked at Bart Conners Gymnastics Academy last year. And whenever OU coach K.J. Kindler came by, she kept telling her there was a place for Alexander on the team if she changed her mind about competing.
“That got me thinking ... I would like to go back and give it another try,” Alexander said. “I didn’t expect competing to come back so naturally. The beam was always my favorite event to compete. I really didn’t know how I was going to react to the pressure. But I have reacted well.”
The Sooners and their six All-Conference performers are looking to defend their Big 12 title at 2 p.m. today in the Big 12 Championship in Ames, Iowa.
“I just expect the same heart and same fight we’ve had all season,” Alexander said.
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