Women's Gymnasts Blow Away Boise State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 15, 2002

Feb. 15, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 4 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team went on the road for the fourth time this season and brought home their seventh victory, a 194.575 to 193.350 win over Boise State in Boise, Idaho. The Sooners set a season-high score of 49.125 on the vault to seal the victory. In all, ten season highs were set at the meet.

"This was a pretty rough meet for our team," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "A lot of unexpected things happened, and we missed a lot of sets that we don't normally miss in practice. But, we were trying some new things with some new girls and we were taking some chances."

Sophomore Kasie Tamayo led the Sooners with a first place finish in the all-around (38.825). She finished second on both the uneven bars (9.825) and vault (9.875). Her score on the vault tied a season high. Sophomore Leah Mueller claimed first place on the vault, tying a career-high and posting a season-high 9.950. She also finished fourth on the uneven bars (9.725).

"Vaulting was an exceptional event for us," said Nunno. "We hit all our vaults and did a great job. Leah Mueller hit her routine and had a career-high performance."

Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, senior Mariana Goncalves, claimed first place on the balance beam, tying a career-high and posting a season-high 9.900. She also placed first on the uneven bars with a 9.925. Other notables for the Sooners include a second place finish on the balance beam by junior Christy Gerard (9.875). In addition, freshman Allison Landis was third on the floor exercise (9.875) and fourth on the balance beam (9.825), posting season highs in both categories.

"This meet may have shaken our confidence a little bit, but we will take this week to iron out some things and get ready for Missouri next weekend," added Nunno.

The Sooners are back in action on Friday, Feb. 22, against Missouri in Columbia, Mo., for their first look at Big 12 competition. The Tigers are ranked No. 18 with a 0-2 league mark and a 2-4 overall record prior to a Sunday meet with Ball State.



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