April 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team put up a valiant effort at the 2002 NCAA Western Regional Saturday night but came up short with a third-place finish. The No. 9 Sooners tallied an impressive 196.625 for third behind thirteenth-ranked Oregon State (196.800) and No. 4 Utah (197.100). Oklahoma was in second going into the final rotation and scored a 49.025 on the uneven parallel bars but the host Beavers scored a near-perfect 49.625 on the floor exercise to overtake the Sooners for second place. OU finished the season with a 16-6 mark.

However, Oklahoma's all-arounders, sophomore Kasie Tamayo (39.525) and senior Mariana Goncalves (39.500) finished second and third in the AA to earn a berth in the national championships.

The Sooners posted a strong 49.100 on their first event, the balance beam, including a 9.900 by sophomore Kasie Tamayo. Senior Mariana Goncalves and junior Christy Gerard tallied scores of 9.875 and 9.825, respectively, to help OU get off to the strong start.

OU's outstanding 49.500 on the floor exercise helped them take the lead at the halfway mark. Four gymnasts scored a 9.900 or better with Tamayo and Goncalves each producing a 9.925. Juniors Alison Mayberry and Patricia Aoki both finished with a 9.900.

Oklahoma fell to second with a 48.975 on the vault, their lowest score rotation of the evening. Tamayo and Goncalves (9.850 each) led the way for OU.

"The Sooners had their best performance of the season," said Head Coach Steve Nunno. "Unfortunately, so did Oregon State at home. Every single gymnast did their job including our top two all-arounders, Mariana (Goncalves) and Kasie (Tamayo). These two still have a chance to shine in the national championships and will represent the University of Oklahoma well. This was the best team OU has had in a decade and the best performance since I've been coach here. We hit 24 out of 24 routines and I couldn't have asked for anymore"

The 2002 NCAA Women's Gymnastics National Championships will take place on April 18-20 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Team Scores
1. Utah             197.100
2. Oregon State     196.800
3. OU               196.625
4. Washington       194.775
5. Boise State      194.550
6. Southern Utah    193.350

Oklahoma's All-Around Scores 1. Kasie Tamayo 39.525 2. Mariana Goncalves 39.500

Oklahoma's Event Scores Vault 48.975 Uneven Parallel Bars 49.025 Balance Beam 49.100 Floor Exercise 49.500

Oklahoma's Individual Scores Vault 1. Mariana Goncalves 9.850 2. Kasie Tamayo 9.850 3. Leah Mueller 9.800 4. Patricia Aoki 9.775 5. Erin LaBarr 9.700 6. Jessica Cole 9.700

Uneven Parallel Bars 1. Kasie Tamayo 9.850 2. Mariana Goncalves 9.850 3. Erin LaBarr 9.800 4. Leticia Ishii 9.775 5. Leah Mueller 9.750 6. Allison Landis 9.750

Balance Beam 1. Kasie Tamayo 9.900 2. Mariana Goncalves 9.875 3. Christy Gerard 9.825 4. Patricia Aoki 9.750 5. Allison Landis 9.750 6. Erin LaBarr 9.725

Floor Exercise 1. Kasie Tamayo 9.925 2. Mariana Goncalves 9.925 3. Alison Mayberry 9.900 4. Patricia Aoki 9.900 5. Christy Gerard 9.850 6. Alison Mayberry 9.775