NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team returns to action this Fri., Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. to host No. 9 Iowa State (6-2, 1-0 Big 12) inside the Howard McCasland Field House.
The Sooners enter the meet carrying a 4-4 overall record and they are 0-1 in Big 12 action. Oklahoma is 1-4 on the season versus ranked opponents and holds a 1-1 record at home. OU’s lone home win of the season came against Southern Utah (195.925-195.050) on Jan. 20.
“This is a big meet for us and we need to be ready to compete,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “I hope our fans will come out and support us to give us that extra boost. I think we have a lot more to give then what we showed against Nebraska.”
The Sooners are coming off a disappointing loss to No. 7 Nebraska despite recording the team’s highest cumulative point total of the season. OU posted a 196.000 but fell shy to Nebraska’s 196.850. The Husker’s Emily Parsons captured two individual event titles and the all-around crown to help lead Nebraska to the victory.
Oklahoma continues to prove that it has one of the best vault teams in the country and is currently No. 4 nationally as a team. Against Nebraska, junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann recorded a 9.925 to earn first-place honors in the event and sophomore Kiara Redmond performed a career-high 9.9 and finished in a tie for second place. Koncak-Schumann has won indivudal honors on the vault in three consecutive meets and is ranked No. 3 nationally with a 9.912 average.
Iowa State comes into Norman holding a 6-2 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Big 12 competition. ISU is ranked No. 9 in the country and has been rated as high as No. 7 (Jan 9) this season. In their previous meet, the Cyclones put together a season-high beam score (49.100) to knock-off No. 7 Missouri 196.175-195.875. Iowa State entered the final rotation of the meet with a slim lead, but five ISU gymnasts recorded 9.80 and higher on beam to clinch the win.
“Iowa State is a good team and will come into Norman hungry for a win,” Nunno said. “They are a well-coached program and continue to improve each and every year.”
The last time the Sooners defeated the Cyclones in a dual meet was during the 2003 season in Ames, Iowa. OU recorded a 196.950 team score to defeat Iowa State who finished with a 196.150. In 2004, the Sooners beat Iowa State in the Big 12 Conference Championship and earned the program’s sixth championship.
Following Friday’s meet, the Sooners will head to Athens, Ga., on Feb. 12 to face No. 1 Georgia. The meet is slated to start at 2 p.m. in the Stageman Coliseum.
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The No. 6 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team fell to No. 7 Nebraska 196.850-196.000 in front of 808 fans at the Howard McCasland Field House.
With the loss, the Sooners move to a 4-4 in regular season action and 0-1 in Big 12 Conference play. Nebraska improves to 6-2-1 and 2-0 in the Big 12.
Nebraska’s Emily Parsons took first-place honors in the individual all-around competition recording a 39.550. Freshman Haley DeProspero finished in second place posting a 39.275.
The Sooners started the night on vault and took an early 49.325-49.200 lead following the first rotation. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann recorded a 9.925 to earn first place in the event. Kiara Redmond performed a career-high 9.9 and finished in a tie for second place with Nebraska’s Parsons. Both teams have arguably the best vault teams in the country with Koncak-Schumann ranked No. 3 nationally and Parsons ranked No. 2.
Oklahoma moved to the uneven bars in the next rotation and recorded a season-high 48.900 team score. Stephanie LoPiccolo finished in a tie for second place after performing a career-high 9.85. Nebraska’s Vanessa Meloche took first place with a 9.875.
On balance beam, OU tallied a 48.600 team score and was led by Lori Winn who performed a career-high 9.9 and finished in second place. DeProspero recorded a 9.85 to earn a tie for fifth place.
Following the third rotation the Sooners trailed the Huskers 146.825-147.675 before heading to the floor exercise.
On the floor exercise, Oklahoma recorded a season-high 49.175 team score with DeProspero finishing in third place after scoring a 9.875. Nebraska’s Tricia Woo and Parsons tied for first place after earning a 9.9 mark.
Scouting the Cyclones
No. 9 Iowa State is coming off a 196.175-195.875 victory over Missouri on Feb. 3. The Cyclones are coached by K.J. Kindler who holds a 63-37-1 career record during his five-year tenure at Iowa State. The Cyclones finished second in the 2005 Big 12 Championship and eighth at the 2005 NCAA Championship.
ISU won its home opener this season over Illinois and has now won 13 straight meets at Hilton Coliseum since 2004. The Cyclones took third at the Super Six Challenge to open the season, in a meet that was loaded with national powerhouse Alabama, LSU and Nebraska.
Iowa State is ranked No. 8 on vault (48.819), No. 12 on beam (48.500), No. T9 on uneven bars (48.781) and No. 11 on vault (48.906). The Cyclones are led by four-time All-American Janet Anson who is ranked No. 25 in the all-around, No. 9 on floor (9.869) and tied for 24th on vault (9.837). The Cyclones owned a No. 7 ranking after placing third at the Super Six, which was their highest since March 15, 2004.
Sooners vs. Cyclones...Last Time Out
The last time OU and Iowa State met in a regular season dual meet was last season in Ames, Iowa. The Sooners lost to the Cyclones 196.250-195.050 at the Hilton Coliseum. In 2004, Oklahoma hosted Iowa State at the Lloyd Noble Center and fell to the Cyclones, 196.775-195.675. However, that same season the Sooners went on to win the Big 12 Championship by topping the Cyclones.
Iowa State Event Season Highs
Vault: Janet Anson - 9.875
Bars: Erin Dethloff - 9.875
Beam: Erin Dethloff - 9.875
Floor: Janet Anson - 9.925
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team sits at No. 6 in the latest GymInfo poll for the second straight week. The Sooners are first in both the South Central region and Big 12 Conference with a team-score average of 195.287.
In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 4 nationally (49.156), tied for ninth on uneven bars (48.781), No. 8 on balance beam (48.562) and No. 9 on floor exercise (48.787).
Individually, the Sooners have also made a mark in the top 25. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is the third-ranked vaulter in the nation with an average of 9.912. Koncak-Schumann also sits in a tie for 23rd in the nation for the all-around with an average score of 39.425.
Freshman sensation Haley DeProspero is ranked No. 11th on balance beam with a 9.812 scoring average and junior Tiffany Willin has earned a 9.85 scoring average and is ranked No. 17 on vault.
The Sooners’ highest ranking in school history was acheived during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3. That same year they were ranked No. 5 for one week.
About the Rankings
Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team’s top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team’s or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 continues to establish itself as one of the best conferences in the country with all four teams currently ranked in the top 10. The Big 12 is the only conference with four teams ranked in the top 10. The Sooners lead the way at No. 6 (195.287), followed by Nebraska No. 7 (195.195), Missouri No. 8 (195.040) and Iowa State No. 9 (195.006). Nebraska has posted the highest team score this season in the Big 12 with a 196.850 set against Oklahoma on Feb. 4. Nebraska’s Emily Parsons leads the Big 12 in the all-around competition with an average score of 39.375. Brittney Koncak-Schumann sits in fourth place with a season-high 39.425 set at the TWU triangular meet and a 39.012 season average.
Sooners on Vault
The vault has been Oklahoma’s best event this season. The Sooners have won the event in three-of-four meets and have not scored lower then 48.75 as a team. Oklahoma recorded a season-high 49.350 against Southern Utah which was just short of the all-time high of 49.575 set during the 2002 season.
The Sooners will hit the road for four consecutive meets following friday’s meet against Iowa State. Oklahoma will face stiff competition during those meets with three-of-four teams currently ranked in the top 15. On Feb. 12 the Sooners travel to Athens, Ga., to face No. 1 Georgia. This is the second time this season OU has faced the Gym Dogs, with the previous meeting on Jan. 6 at the Cancun Gymnastics Classic. Georgia won the event with a 195.70 and OU finished in fourth place with a 193.325. Oklahoma will then head to Columbia, Mo., to finish Big 12 Conference action at No. 8 Missouri on Feb. 17. On Feb. 24 the Sooners will face No. 13 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., before heading to Shreveport, La., to face Centenary.
Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent.
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.
“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”
Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.
“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.”
Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike.
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man. For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.
Oklahoma native Shannon Miller was the last gymnast Nunno has coached with World Champion honors. He helped lead Miller to two world championship titles, nine world championship medals and seven Olympic medals, including a pair of golds at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Big 12 Gymnastics 10th Anniversary Team
The Big 12 is selecting 10th anniversary teams for its sports in 2005-06 in celebration of its 10th Anniversary season. The Gymnastics team will be selected by the league’s head coaches and announced on March 22. In order to be eligible for the ballot, gymnasts must have won an event title at a conference championship.
Big 12 Gymnastics Championship
The 2006 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will be Sat., March 25, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets are available through the Nebraska ticket office.
Big 12 Gymnastics Action
No. 7 Nebraska: at Penn State
No. 8 Missouri: at Illinois
No. 9 Iowa State: at Oklahoma
No. 6 Oklahoma: vs. Iowa State
Koncak-Schumann Earns Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 24)
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 24 after winning the all-around with a 39.375 against Southern Utah. The junior from McQueeney, Texas, earned the award for the second time in her career.
“Brittney had a great meet against Southern Utah,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “She is really starting to come back to her true form after suffering a knee injury her freshman year.”
Koncak-Schumann won the vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.875) while placing second on floor exercise (9.85) and tying for fourth on bars (9.70) in helping lead the Sooners to a 195.925-190.050 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Her vault score was a career high and her all-around total was the fourth best of her career. Koncak-Schumann is the nation’s third-ranked vaulter and 12th in the all-around.
“She is a great competitor and is more confident then ever before,” Nunno said. “She feels like she has something to prove and shows it in her performance in the gym.”
Sooners Excel in the Classroom
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno. The GPA puts the squad No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports. Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Not only do we have one of the most talented teams in program history but they are one of the best academically. I am proud of the hard work they put in the classroom.”
Academics have always been a high priority for the Sooners who strive to work hard both in the gym and in the classroom. Last season, Oklahoma finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships and had six gymnasts finish with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.