NORMAN, Okla. It was senior Erin LaBarr’s night, but it was sophomore Brittany Koncak that stole the show.
The No. 10 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team (13-2) wrapped up a perfect season at home, defeating Texas Woman’s University 196.325-191.425 Saturday night.
“We had a good, solid performance tonight,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “It was a good win going into the end of the season.”
Koncak captured the all-around title with a total score of 39.425. The McQueeney, Texas, native scored a career-high 9.9 on vault and won the beam competition with a 9.85.
“It was great to see Brittney pick up the all-around victory,” Nunno continued. “She’s finally back in the form she was before her injury last year and I’m glad she’s peaking right at this point in the season.
“We were going to hold Brittney out of the floor lineup to give her a rest. But, she had that sparkle in her eye and kept saying, Put me in! Put me in!’ so we did and she finished with an all-around victory.”
On Senior Night, the Sooners celebrated the career of team co-captain LaBarr who, while not having a perfect night, provided some fireworks for the crowd.
“Erin had one mistake on her vault,” Nunno said, “but she’s such a great fighter and really ended the night with a great performance.”
LaBarr’s inauspicious start began with a fall on vault that dropped her score to 9.275, her lowest this season. However, she finished the night with a 9.85 on bars, 9.7 on beam and a spectacular floor routine where she was rewarded with a 9.95 from both judges. The victories on bars and floor were her 13th and 14th individual titles of the season.
“This being our final home meet was kind of sad,” LaBarr said. “I’m almost done competing for OU. I’ve had a great four years.”
The night will not be the last for LaBarr inside the Lloyd Noble Center, as the Sooners host the Big 12 Conference Championships on March 26.
Tiffany Willin won vault with a score of 9.925, a career best.
Freshman Coral Borda also had a breakout performance. The Brazilian, performing on all four apparatuses for the first time in her career, set three career highs a 9.825 on vault, 9.775 on beam and 9.8 on floor. Borda also peformed a 9.8 routine on beam, clinching second place in the all-around with a 39.200 total.
“This is what we expected from Coral at the beginning of the season,” Nunno said. “I think she’s finally adjusted to being up here (in Oklahoma) and she’s performing at a very high level.”
Freshmen Jessica Kinder and Jenny Baker also took the stage at the final regular-season home meet. Kinder competed on vault and floor, scoring 9.65 and a career-high 9.85, respectively. Baker, celebrating her 19th birthday, performed her first competitive collegiate floor routine, scoring a 9.825.
Freshman Stephanie LoPiccolo also scored a career best 9.775 on bars.
The Sooners travel to Tulsa, Okla., Friday, March 11, to host the No. 2 LSU Tigers at the John Q. Hammons Arena. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at www.StarTicketsPlus.com.