NORMAN, Okla. The 2006 season was filled with many highlights for the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team. The Sooners compiled a 17-17 overall record and earned a sixth-place finish in the first preliminary session of the NCAA National Championships. Three gymnasts earned All-American honors including, Brittney Koncak-Schumann, Kiara Redmond and Stephanie LoPiccolo.
Redmond and Koncak-Schumann were named to the second team in both the all-around and floor exercise, while LoPiccolo earned first-team honors on bars after finishing in a tie for fourth and moving on to the individual finals on April 22.
OU made its third consecutive trip to the NCAA National Championships and sixth in program history. The Sooners finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation, which tied for the second-best final ranking in program history.
As a team, OU earned 27 event titles including six on vault, seven on bars, seven on beam and seven on floor. Oklahoma posted a 196.000 final team score in seven different meets including a team season-high 197.050 in a win over Texas Woman’s University on March 3. It marked the highest team score since the 2004 season.
While the team showed success in the gym it was the squad’s success in the classroom that also drew attention. OU received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno. The GPA put the Sooners No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports. Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.
On top of that, the team placed four members on the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team. Kristen Cox, Tara Anderson and Koncak-Schumann were all named to the first team. Anderson and Koncak-Schumann were both nominated with a 4.00 grade point average. Junior Tiffany Willin of Fort Myers, Fla., was named to the second team.
Head coach Steve Nunno was proud of his team’s performance both in the gym and classroom. In just his sixth season as head coach for the Sooners, Nunno has compiled a 111-75 career record and has reached the NCAA National Championships in three consecutive years. On Feb. 24, Nunno earned his 100th career victory in a 196.950-196.575 win over Louisiana State University.
Four Sooner gymnasts had standout performances for OU this season including two newcomers. Stephanie LoPiccolo, Kiara Redmond, Koncak-Schumann and DeProspero all had a tremendous season for Oklahoma.
Koncak-Schumann of McQueeney, Texas, had an impressive season for OU and played a huge role in the team’s success. She competed in the all-around at every meet this season and won 24 individual titles. During regular-season meets she hit 37-of-40 routines for a 92.5 success rate and won the all-around competition each of her last five meets including the Big 12 Championship and Central Regional. She was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week three times and set team individual highs in three events and in the all-around.
DeProspero also had a tremendous season competing in the all-around at every meet and winning six individual titles. Redmond finished with five individual titles and posted the best all-around score on the team at the NCAA National Championships to finish in seventh.
LoPiccolo was the only Sooner gymnast to make it to the individual finals were she finished 11th and earned first-team All-American honors. She became only the fourth gymnast in program history to be named All-American on bars.
Koncak-Schumann Leads Sooners
Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann from McQueeney, Texas, had arguably the best season of her career. At the NCAA National Championships, she finished eighth in the all-around with a 39.175 and tied for eighth on floor exercise with a 9.85. She earned All-America honors on the second team in both events and finished the season as the Sooners’ No. 1 gymnast.
At the Big 12 Championship she was crowned all-around champion after posting a 39.425 and finished in a tie for second place on floor (9.9). It marked just the second time in program history that a Sooner won the Big 12 all-around title. Kasie Tamayo won the competition in 2004 after posting a 39.575.
At the 2006 Central Regional, Koncak-Schumann tied for first in the all-around with a 39.400. It marked the eighth time this year she has claimed all-around honors and was her 24th individual victory of the season.
Versus Kent State on March 17, she recorded a career-high 39.600 in the all-around to earn first-place honors. She tied a career high on vault (9.95), posted a 9.85 on bars and hit a 9.925 which was her second highest score on floor this season. Her 39.600 was the second-highest score in the Big 12 this season.
Koncak-Schumann is ranked No. 6 nationally in the all-around, No. 13 on balance beam, 12th on floor, tied for 22nd on bars and tied for No. 4 on the vault. She is the only Big 12 Gymnast of the Week winner to be ranked in the top 25 in every event. She has recorded an impressive 92.5 success rate in regular season meets hitting 37-of-40 possible routines.
The vault was the Sooners’ most consistent event this season. On the apparatus Oklahoma earned a 49.133 season average and was ranked No. 2 nationally. The next best event for OU was floor exercise where the squad compiled a 49.031 season average was ranked No. 7 in the country. The Sooners tallied a 48.916 average on bars, 48.850 on beam and a 195.931 average final team score.
Big 12 Honors
Oklahoma did not win Big 12 Gymnast of the Year for only the second time in the last five years. OU has won the award five of the last eight years (Ginger Russell 1998, Amber McCracken 1999, Marinana Goncalves 2002, Kasie Tamayo 2004 and Erin LaBarr 2005).
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week three different times this season. She recorded a 39.225 season average in the all-around and is the highest ranked Sooner on all four events. She also won the all-around competition in her last five meets (TWU, Centenary, Kent State, Big 12 Championship and Central Regional).
Oklahoma in the National Championships
In program history, OU has advanced to the NCAA Championships six times. Last year OU saw action at the title meet and finished in 12th. The Sooners’ other appearances were in 1985, 1989, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006. Under the tutelage of head coach Steve Nunno, the Sooners made their third appearance to the championships this year.
The Sooners have won four individual national championships in program history. All four were earned by Kelly Garrison: All-Around (1987, 1988), Bars (1988) and Beam (1988).
Oklahoma has had nine different gymnasts earn All-American honors in program history. In 2005, Erin LaBarr became the first Sooner since Kelly Garrison (1987-1988) to earn All-American status in back-to-back seasons. LaBarr was a first-team All-American on bars and was a member of the second team as an all-around competitor in 2004. In 2006, Brittney Koncak-Schumann, Kiara Redmond and Stephanie LoPiccolo all earned All-American honors.
Season Team Highs
The Sooners posted a 196.000 final team score in seven different meets this season. On March 3, OU posted a team season-high 197.050 in a win over Texas Woman’s University. It marked the highest score since the 2004 season. In 2004, OU recorded a 197.100 at the NCAA West Regional Championship. That same season the Sooners recorded a 197.100 versus Southern Utah, a 197.300 versus Texas Woman’s University and a 197.150 against Air Force. The program’s highest team score was set in 2003 against Arizona (197.725).
Meet Titles Won
The Sooners won 43 individual event titles this season. Brittney Koncak-Schumann earned 24 of those, including eight victories in the all-around. Haley DeProspero won six titles, including a first-place honor on beam at the Central Regional.
OU won 29 team event titles this season (6 Vault, 8 Bars, 7 Beam and 8 Floor). Oklahoma swept all four event titles in five different meets this season (Southern Utah, TWU Triangular, Texas Woman’s University, Centenary and Kent State).
Sooners in the Rankings
The Sooners conclude the season ranked No. 10 in the nation. The ranking ties for the second-best finish in program history. In 1989, OU finished ninth at the NCAA National Championships and in 2001 the team finished 10th.
Oklahoma is ranked in the top 15 in all four events including No. 2 on vault, No. 14 on bars, No. 6 on beam and No. 7 on floor.
Oklahoma was ranked in the top 10 for 11 consecutive weeks. The Sooners were listed at No. 6 seven times and started the season ranked No. 10, which was their highest preseason ranking under head coach Steve Nunno. OU reached No. 5 twice this season which is its second highest ranking in program history. In 2005, the Sooners were ranked No. 3 for one week following their meet at the Cancun Classic.
Haley DeProspero started her career as a Sooner in fine fashion. The Freshman from McKinney, Texas, recorded individual top honors six times (vault-1, bars-1, floor-2, beam-2). DeProspero compiled a 9.85 season average on vault and a 39.002 season average on floor. In both events she ranked second on the team.
Sooners Win Central Regional
The No. 1-seeded Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team won the NCAA Central Regional at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center with a 196.375 score.
No.2-seed LSU (195.825) finished second, No.4-seed Penn State (194.900) came in third, No. 3-seed Kentucky (194.075) finished fourth, No. 5-seed Michigan State (193.750) was fifth and No. 6-seed Ohio State (193.000) came in sixth.
OU’s final team score was their fourth highest of the season and best mark since the squad posted a 196.575 versus Kent State on March 17. The Sooners also posted a 49.000 or higher on every event for just the second time this season.
Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann, of McQueeney, Texas, tied for first in the all-around with LSU’s Kelly Phelan. Both gymnasts recorded a 39.400 while Kristen Coleman of Michigan State finished in second (39.125). Oklahoma freshman sensation Haley DeProspero came in a tie for fourth with Jennifer Orlando of Penn State at 39.100.
The Sooners started the night on floor and came out hot posting a 49.200. Sophomore Kiara Redmond recorded a 9.9 to earn second-place honors and Koncak-Schumann finished in a tie for third (9.875). Junior Lori Winn posted a 9.825 and Kristen Cox and Ashley Jackson both tallied a 9.8.
Oklahoma moved to vault in the second rotation scoring a 49.050. Tiffany Willin and Koncak-Schumann both posted the top scores for OU (9.825) placing them in a tie for seventh. Three Sooners recorded a 9.8 to finish in a tie for ninth (DeProspero, Cox and Jackson).
Oklahoma had a bye in the third rotation before heading to bars in the fourth. The Sooners finished with a 49.100 team score while Winn came in with a first-place finish (9.875) to the lead the Sooners. Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.85 for second and Stephanie LoPiccolo tallied a 9.825 for a fourth-place tie.
The 49.100 team score on bars was the team’s highest score since Feb. 10 versus Iowa State (49.125).
The Sooners concluded the night on beam posting a 49.025 team score. DeProspero was crowned individual champion with a 9.875 and Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.85 which placed her in a tie for second.
Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent.
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nunno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.
“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”
Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.
“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.”
Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike.
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man. For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.
Academic All-Big 12 Team
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team placed four members on the 2006 Academic All-Big 12 Gymnastics Team.
Kristen Cox, Tara Anderson and Brittney Koncak-Schumann were all named to the first team. Anderson and Koncak-Schumann were both nominated with a 4.00 grade point average. Junior Tiffany Willin of Fort Myers, Fla., was named to the second team.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the academic all-league gymnastics squad consisted of 14 first team members combined with four on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
Nunno Hits 100
Head coach Steve Nunno earned win No. 100 of his career against LSU (Feb. 24) in just his sixth season as coach. Nunno holds a 100-64 (.609) career record and has led the Sooners to new heights under his guidance.
In 2004, he led OU to its first Big 12 conference title ever (OU won five Big 8 Championships under Becky Switzer). That same season, his squad then went on to win the program’s first regional title, the 2004 West Regional.
He has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year two times and has been ranked in the regular season’s top 10 for the past five seasons. In addition, four Sooners have garnered All-America honors and three others have earned Big 12 Gymnasts of the Year awards under his leadership (Marianna Goncalves-2002, Kasie Tamayo-2004 and Erin LaBarr-2005).
Sooners Excel in Classroom
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno. The GPA puts the squad No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports. Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Not only do we have one of the most talented teams in program history but they are one of the best academically. I am proud of the hard work they put in the classroom.”
Academics have always been a high priority for the Sooners who strive to work hard both in the gym and in the classroom. Last season, Oklahoma finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships and had six gymnasts finish with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.
Big 12 Gymnast of the Week
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named the season’s final Big 12 Gymnast of the Week after scoring a career-high 39.600 in the all-around in Oklahoma’s win over Kent State. The junior from McQueeney, Texas, was honored for the third time this season and the fourth time in her career.
Koncak-Schumann captured every event title, including the all-around against Kent State. She tied her career-high with a 9.95 on vault, posted a 9.85 on bars, a 9.925 on floor and a 9.875 on beam.
Her all-around score is the second-highest recorded in the Big 12 this season. Koncak-Schumann is the only Big 12 Gymnast of the Week winner to be ranked in the top 25 in every event.
Koncak-Schumann has competed in the all-around in every meet this season posting a 39.206 average and has hit 37 out of 40 routines for an impressive 92.5 percent. She is currently the No. 6 all-arounder in the nation, No. 10 on beam, No. 6 on vault, tied for 13th on floor and tied for 21st on bars.
She earned the award earlier in the season (Jan. 24) after a stellar performance against Southern Utah. Against the Thunderbirds, she won vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.875) while placing second on floor exercise (9.85) and tying for fourth on bars (9.70) in helping lead the Sooners to a 195.925-190.050 victory over Southern Utah.
Following the team’s victory over LSU (Feb. 24), she earned the honor again after recording a 39.500 in the all-around and posted a 9.9 on three events.