Women's Gymnastics Stays Hot, Sweeps Awards

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 20, 2005

NORMAN, Okla. The No. 9 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team (12-1) was victorious at the Oklahoma Invitational Sunday, Feb. 20, at Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma swept all four events and posted a 196.50 overall score. Big 12 rival Missouri was second at 193.925, Centenary College third at 192.075, and Texas Woman’s University fourth at 191.35.

Despite competing just two days ago in Auburn, Ala., the Sooners were crisp, posting their second-best score of the season.

“I’m very proud of our effort today,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “Under the circumstances, we were very poised and I think a little cleaner than we were against Georgia. We were a little flat last Friday but that did not show today.

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“Missouri is always excellent on the road. They were tough competitors.”

The Sooners posted season-high tallies on beam (49.350) and floor exercise (49.450)

Individually, OU also dominated as four different Sooners won on the four different events.

Brittney Koncak (39.450) collected her first all-around title of the season, highlighted by a 9.85 routine that won the uneven bars title.

“It was great to have Brittney win her first all-around of the season,” Nunno continued. “As we hoped, she is coming back into the form she was in last season before getting injured.

“Erin LaBarr upgraded her difficulty this week, otherwise she might have won the all-around. She added a full-twist double layout on bars and a double layout on beam that made some of her landings a little shaky, but still very solid.”

LaBarr won beam with her best score of the season, a 9.90.

Sooners also collected the other two event titles, with Ashley Cooney (9.925) winning vault and Kristen Cox (9.925) winning floor with a new career-high score.

“We are progressing as I think we should be,” Nunno said. “As we go into the postseason, I expect we’ll be in striking distance of the top six teams.”

Oklahoma returns to action Friday, Feb. 25, against the Iowa State Cyclones in Ames.



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