By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer
Being a state champion gymnast has been rewarding for Booker T. Washington senior Sheridan Ramsey. Now, she will be headed to the University of Oklahoma to join its powerhouse gymnastics team after she graduates.
“Honestly, it’s a blessing,” Ramsey said. “I’ve thought about this my whole life and I knew I wanted to do competitive gymnastics in college. Getting to go to the No. 1 gymnastics program is so surreal.”
Ramsey signed her letter of intent early last month.
The Sooners are currently No. 1 in the country and are the defending national champions. They have four national titles since 2014 and have produced a total of 153 conference champions, 149 All-Americans and 14 individual national champions all-time.
Ramsey hopes to make her mark when she gets there.
Several Division-I programs sought out Ramsey’s talents. She chose Oklahoma over LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Texas Women’s Gymnastics, Air Force Academy, Northern Illinois and others.
“I have a love for the gymnastics team and their coach (K.J. Kindler),” Ramsey said. “OU pursued me more than the others. I just love their energy and it is close to home. That’s what drew me to the school.”
You can find videos of Ramsey’s performances on YouTube. Having done her training at the Aim High Academy, her dynamic athletic style will make a lasting impression on you. But she’ll also tell you that it took work to get it.
“I just kept being coachable and made sure I had a good attitude and knew my main goal was to do college gymnastics,” Ramsey said. “So I kept that in mind and it just pushed me throughout the years.”
Ramsey does all four common events performed by women, which are the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor. The vault and floor are her strongest suits, which she has her state titles in. But, she is open to do all events, she said.
“I love the power events,” she added. “I just love getting out there and using my power and also on the floor, I love to dance and just express myself. I also love running (the vault).”
She looks forward to doing those things at OU.
“I’m really excited to get a routine done by (Coach) K.J. (Kindler). I love their gymnasts because they are so precise and they do everything for a purpose and that’s what I would like to do,” Ramsey said.
The Aim High gymnast places a high value on the lessons she has learned through her sport.
“I would say gymnastics teaches you a lot about leadership and a lot of life skills that help you in the future and for me, leadership is the main one that has taught me throughout the years,” Ramsey said. “Because I am the oldest, I have paved the way for my teammates. That’s a lot to have on your shoulders and it has just helped me to be able to use those skills throughout life.”
When she attends OU, Ramsey plans to major in sports medicine.
“I want to become an athletic trainer or a pediatric physical therapist. I’ll probably do something along that line.
And yes, she intends to go to plenty of Sooner football games.