Jan. 17, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team notched its first victory of the 2003 season with a 194.425-190.175 defeat of Texas Woman's University inside the Kitty McGee Arena on the Denton, Texas campus. With the victory OU improves to 1-5, while TWU drops to 0-2.

"This was a step in the right direction," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "Our freshman were outstanding again tonight, but what made the difference was that our upperclassmen performed very well. We were able to get everyone a chance to compete tonight and still post a solid score. It was important that everyone made a solid contribution because Patricia Aoki and Kasie Tamayo were unable to compete on all four events tonight."

For the second consecutive meet freshman Meredith Fricke registered a team high score of 9.900 on the floor exercise, but this time she had some company. Senior Patricia Aoki also tallied a 9.900 on the floor, while fellow senior Christy Gerard finished with a 9.850.

Junior Kasie Tamayo collected a 9.900 on the uneven bars, while Aoki and Allison Landis scored 9.850 and 9.875, respectively.

Freshman Kelly Haggerty came out with a bang in her collegiate debut, recording a 9.900 on the balance beam to lead the Sooners. Fricke finished just behind Haggerty with a 9.875.

In line with the early season trend was rookie Katie Hostler who posted a meet high 9.725 on the vault. Fricke was again solid collecting a 9.625, which was matched by sophomore Erin Labarr.

"I am just happy to contribute to the team effort," said Fricke. "I hope that I can post a solid score like that on the floor in every meet and I will continue to work hard. We are only going to get better as a team and I hope that my scores improve as we progress this season."

After posting a team score of 47.175 on bars last weekend, the Sooners drastically improved, scoring 48.925. The Sooners strongest event of the night was the beam, where they logged a combined score of 49.050, which marks OU highest team event score of the season.

Oklahoma did not have any gymnast compete in the individual all-around.

"This was great win and a great tune up for our home opener," said Nunno. "We're excited about opening up the season at the Lloyd Noble Center. We are going to put on a good show against a couple (Boise State and Utah State) of talented teams."

The OU women's gymnastics team opens the home slate this Sunday at 2 p.m., when the Sooners face Boise State and Utah State inside the Lloyd Noble Center. The first 300 fans in attendance will receive free schedule magnets. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information on tickets, call the OU Athletic Ticket Office at (800) 456-GoOU.