No. 7 Women's Gymnastics Team Squeezes By No. 11 Iowa State

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 03, 2002

March 3, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The seventh-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team (10-2) proved why it's one of the top teams in the country by defeating No. 11 Iowa State (6-3) today at the Lloyd Noble Center with a season-high score of 197.000. The Cyclones were neck and neck with OU, but finished with a 196.875.

Sophomore Leah Mueller scored a perfect 10.0 on the vault to help lead the Sooners to their highest-ever mark on the event with a 49.575. Mueller also finished fourth on the parallel bars with a season-high 9.850.

Senior Mariana Goncalves tied a career-high 9.950 for second place on the vault. Goncalves also notched a second place finish on the parallel bars with a 9.875.

"I've been challenging Leah (Mueller) for the past two weeks to do more," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "She is just a powerful athlete, and I think she's the best vaulter I've ever coached. It was an exciting day for her."

Other standout performances for Oklahoma included a second place finish in the all-around by sophomore Kasie Tamayo (39.525) and a second place showing on the floor exercise by junior Patricia Aoki (9.925). Senior Alison Mayberry and freshman Allison Landis set career-highs of 9.900 on the balance beam to tie for second place.

"It was a great competition," said Nunno. "The girls rallied on the floor exercise and came out on top today. I think Iowa State did a great job on the balance beam to rally back in the end, they're a great team."

The Sooners are back in action at home against No. 12 Arizona on Sunday, March 10. Meet time is set for 2 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House.

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