Jan. 16, 2000

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team opened its season against Texas Women's University tonight in Denton, Texas. The Sooners earned their first victory of the year by defeating the Pioneers 191.425 to 188.150.

Oklahoma opened their road competition with a strong performance by garnering the top spots in every event. Senior Amber McCracken dominated the competition by taking honors in all events, while redshirt freshman Leticia Ishii placed in the top three in four events. McCracken won the all-around title with a score of 38.875. Ishii placed second, and newcomer Patricia Aoki was third with scores of 38.675 and 37.775, respectively.

McCracken continued her victory spree as she finished first in the floor and vault competitions. Ishii tied OU's Michelle Gonzaga for second place on the floor exercise (9.700) and on the vault (9.775). Aoki claimed her first uneven bars title with a score of 9.650.

The Sooners are on the road again next Saturday, Jan. 22, against Illinois-Chicago. Then OU is back at home Jan. 28 for its second meeting against Texas Woman's in a joint meet with the men's gymnastics team. Both women's competitions are set to begin at 7 p.m.

   

Team Scores      

Oklahoma         191.425         

Texas Woman's    188.150   

All-Around 1. Amber McCracken (OU) 38.875 2. Leticia Ishii (OU) 38.625 3. Patricia Aoki (OU) 37.725 Vault 1. Amber McCracken (OU) 9.875 2. Michelle Gonzaga (OU) 9.775 Leticia Ishii (OU) 9.775 Bars 1. Patricia Aoki (OU) 9.650 2. Amber McCracken (OU)9.625 Michelle Hepner (TWU)9.625 Beam 1. Terri Runciman (TWU)9.850 2. Michelle Hepner (TWU)9.775 3. Leticia Ishii (OU)9.700

Floor Exercise 1. Amber McCracken (OU) 9.725 2. Michelle Gonzaga (OU)9.700 Leticia Ishii (OU)9.700