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February 15, 2013

Sooners enter Challenge with room left to improve



For the fourth straight week and fifth time this season, Oklahoma swept the Big 12 weekly gymnastics awards. Taylor Spears was the Gymnast of the Week recipient, while Madison Mooring and Keeley Kmieciak were named Event Specialist of the Week and Newcomer of the Week, respectively.

“This year is the strongest I’ve been mentally and physically,” Spears said. “I’m better, now that I’m a junior. I know what to expect. I am a little bit smarter in that area. I’m more prepared. It’s been like the best time of my life. I’m lucky to experience it with these people.”

The Sooners are the only team in the country to have scored a 197.000 or higher at three road meets this season and one of only three teams in the country to have done it even once on the road.

“We are performing very well,” Spears said. “We still have room to improve, though. The key has been consistency. Being consistent in practice as well. I think we have been working out the kinks as we go along. It’s only the sixth or seventh meet of the season. We’re about halfway, so we can still make changes.”

Performing at the Cox Center for the Challenge allows the Sooners to perform off podiums, which they only do during the NCAA Championships.

“We are excited to compete in that meet because its on podium again,” Kindler said. “It’s a practice for NCAA Championships. The more practice you get, the better and more comfortable you get. That’s a huge advantage.”

Michael Kinney

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