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February 15, 2013

Sooners enter Challenge with room left to improve

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Women’s gymnastics team has started the season on a tear. Not only has it moved up to No. 2 in the nation, but it’s coming off its most impressive showing of the year in which it scored 197.625 in a win over Iowa State.

However, K.J. Kindler knows her team hasn’t shown their best hand yet.

“Thank goodness we haven’t had the perfect meet yet,” Kindler said. “We are saving that for April. Coaches are always the biggest critic. I never look at a meet and go, ‘We were incredible that night. I don’t know if we can do better.’ I haven’t done that at all.”

The second-ranked Sooners (11-0) will have a chance to stay perfect when they return home for the second annual Perfect 10 Challenge at 7 p.m. today at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. OU will compete against No. 16 Boise State (4-0), BYU (5-4) and Texas Woman’s University (4-7).

The Challenge is only the second time the women’s gymnastics team will have competed in the state this season.

“We’ve had an interesting schedule,” Kindler said. “We’ve only been home one time this season. And we are halfway through. This little stretch, that’s going to hopefully get us a little down time. No travel. We’ve been successful on the road. Now we need to be successful at home.”

Kindler said her athletes will do their part and perform at the highest level they can. But she is also looking for gymnastic fans to come out and support the team and event.

“Very excited about big crowds,” Kindler said. “We’ve seen big crowds on the road everywhere we have gone. We had our second-highest attendance ever at our first home meet. We want to blow that out of the water.”

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