March 23, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - Despite a third place finish at the Big 12 Championships, the No. 6 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team was recognized for its success this year by head coach Steve Nunno receiving co-coach of the year honors along with Missouri's Rob Drass, and senior Mariana Goncalves being named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year.
In its closest meet of the season, Oklahoma (13-3) took third place to seventh-ranked Nebraska, who scored a 196.725 and No. 8 Iowa State, who notched a 196.650. Oklahoma scored a 196.125 followed by Missouri with a 195.475.
"Nebraska and Iowa State are both very good teams, and I think the best team won tonight," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "We had two big mistakes on the balance beam and didn't get the scores we're used to, and that cost us the meet. We did pick things up on the floor exerise and won that event, but it just wasn't enough."
Goncalves notched her second-best all-around score of the season, a 39.500, to take third, while sophomore Kasie Tamayo recorded a 39.250 to place sixth. Goncalves tied for third on the uneven bars (9.875), vault (9.875) and floor exercise (9.900). Tamayo tied for first on the floor exercise with a 9.950 and tied for fifth on the uneven bars (9.850).
Other notables for the Sooners include sophomore Leah Mueller's tie for fifth on the vault (9.850), junior Patricia Aoki's tie for third on the floor exercise (9.900) and freshman Allison Landis' tie for sixth on the balance beam (9.875).
"I think this meet will prepare us for regionals and hopefully nationals," added Nunno. "We will find out on Monday where we're headed for our next round of competition."