Posts Tagged ‘Kiara Redmond-Sturms’

Alabama, Oklahoma to NCAAs

April 13, 2008

Morgan DennisSouth Central Regional Report: Alabama scored a 197.3 to take top honors, followed by the University of Oklahoma with a 195.875. 2007 NCAA floor champ Morgan Dennis won the all-around with a 39.625, followed by teammate Ricki Lebegern with a 39.3.

Bama, of course, was without Terin Humphrey, who retired a few weeks ago after dealing with an injury all season.

Alabama sophomore Kassi Price had a very good meet, placing first on bars and beam. Dennis was first on vault and tied Oklahoma’s Kiara Redmond-Sturms for the floor title.


The next Postell?

March 18, 2008

Utah freshman Kyndal Robarts.The excellent media coverage surrounding the University of Utah’s women’s gymnastics team is focusing on a new darling: after Ashley Postell completes her senior season this year, reporters and Utah coach Greg Marsden are predicting freshman Kyndal Robarts will take over.

Of Robarts, Marsden told the Desert Morning News, “She is our future.”

That’s not to say there aren’t a bevy of other supertalented gymnasts on Utah’s squad, including juniors Kristina Baskett and Nina Kim, and sophomores Annie DiLuzio and German Olympic hopeful Daria Bijak.

But Robarts, a San Marcos, Texas native, seems to fit into college gymnastics in the same way as many who weren’t that successful as elites, like UCLA’s Anna Li, Oklahoma’s Kiara Redmond-Sturms and LSU’s Ashleigh Clare-Kearney.

Robarts, Utah’s only freshman to have competed in the all-around this season, is pretty cool under pressure, too — her day against Minnesota contained a mishap on beam, and she makes a great and highly amusing cover-up.

A real crowd-pleasing moment, that, and perhaps one of the many still to come if she can stay healthy.

New 2008 floor routines…

January 31, 2008

From Courtney McCool at Georgia…


At last, Hollie Vise’s NCAA uneven bars routine

January 23, 2008

Hollie Vise as an elite.Oklahoma University gymnast Hollie Vise was honored as Big 10 event specialist of the week today after finishing second and third on balance beam and uneven bars, respectively, during the Sooners’ dual meet with Texas Woman’s University Saturday.

Teammate Kiara Redmond-Sturms, who has been busy establishing herself as an all-around force, was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week after capturing her third overall title of the season against TWU.

Redmond-Sturms has more difficulty, including a very pleasant double layout on floor exercise. But Vise has the more dramatic backstory, as the 2003 World Champion on bars who was left off the 2004 Olympic Team, the result of a back injury at the wrong time and a fall on balance beam at the selection camp.

As a freshman in 2007, Vise competed only on balance beam for the Sooners. Her bar routine has been highly anticipated by NCAA gymnastics fans.

Youtube user Alexandrite105 has videos.

Hollie Vise, 2007 OU vs. Texas Woman’s, Uneven Bars:

Hollie Vise, 2007 OU vs. Texas Woman’s, Balance Beam:

At times during her freshman year, she looked out of shape and still slightly out of focus, somewhat dazed from the ordeal that was 2004. Nice to see she’s retained the style (on beam) and impeccable form (on bars) that won her so many fans during the last quad.

Youtube user Doublelayout10 gives an excellent primer on Vise’s younger days with this montage.