Feb. 14, 2001

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Another Top 10 Challenge
The OU women's team will hit the road to take on a top 10 team for the third meet in a row when it travels to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 9 Iowa State Friday at 7 p.m.

The Cyclones are 3-2 and 1-1 in the Big 12 and are coming off a 196.475-190.500 victory over Missouri last Sunday in Columbia. ISU was dominant throughout, taking the top three spots in each event.

No. 1 vs. No. 3
In a meet that could carry major NCAA implications, the top-ranked OU men will head to Ann Arbor to face No. 3 Michigan and No. 10 Massachusetts.

The Wolverines are 9-0 on the year and are led by Scott Vetere, ranked third on the pommel horse (9.350) and tied for fifth on the horizontal bar (9.100). As a team, Michigan is the top-ranked team on the pommel horse with an average score of 38.825.

The Minutemen are 3-1 on the season and leading the way individually for UMass is Justin Hammar and Pat McFarlin, both tied for seventh nationally on the pommel horse. 5

Women's Facts & Figures

  • Sophomore Leah Mueller is the lone OU women's gymnast ranked nationally in an individual event. She is ranked 13th on the vault with an average of 9.837 and has won the event in four of six competitions this season.
  • Goncalves' floor exercise victory last weekend was the first of her career. The first-place finish also marked the thirteenth individual title for the junior and her first since her freshman season.

    Men's Facts & Figures

  • Oklahoma, the top ranked team nationally for the second straight week, saw the gap between itself and the second place team close from 2.075 to 0.450.
  • OU, the top-ranked the team on the floor exercise (36.625), is more than a point high than No. 2 Ohio State (35.600). Three Oklahoma gymnasts-senior Brendan O'Neil (first, 9.537), freshman Jock Stevens (third, 9.325) and sophomore Josh Landis (eighth, 9.15) are ranked in the top nationally on the floor exercise.

    Winter Cup Results
    The top Sooner to place at the 2001 Winter Cup Challenge was sophomore Daniel Furney, who placed 10th and two-tenths of a point behind Olympian Sean Townsend.

    One of Furney best finishes was on the floor exercise, where he garnered sixth-place (8.50).

    Sophomore Shannon Carrion, who finished 18th overall, placed tenth on the floor (8.35) and sixth on the still rings (8.95).

    The third and final OU gymnast to compete was freshman Jock Stevens. The freshman earned the highest finish of any OU gymnast on an individual events, placing fourth on the vault (9.05). Stevens was 28th in the all-around.

    Two-time Olympian and five-time national champion Blaine Wilson won the Cup.

    The Winter Cup annually brings together the top 48 finishers from the recent Josh Hancock U.S. Gymnastics Championships or anyone who placed in the top 15 at the Junior National Championships.

    Women Fall To No. 7 Florida
    The women lost its second consecutive meet last Friday, falling to Florida, 195.950-192.600, in Gainesville.

    OU was led by junior Mariana Goncalves, who won the floor exercise with a personal-high 9.925. Goncalves, who was the lone Sooner to win an event, also finished second in the all-around (39.275).

    Florida won behind the strenght of Kara Waterhouse. The freshman won the all-around, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and tied for first on the vault.

    Big 12 Championships
    For the first time since 1997, the University of Oklahoma will be hosting the Big 12 Women's Gymnastics Championships.

    The event will take place March 23 and 24, 2001, at Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. The Lloyd Noble Center is located at the southwest corner of the Imhoff Rd. and Jenkins Ave. intersection, just north of Highway 9.

    Four teams - Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma - will compete in the championships. Iowa State won the conference crown last year in Ames, Iowa.

    Tickets for the meet are five dollars for adults and two dollars for children (12 and under). For more information, call the University of Oklahoma Athletic Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.

    Gymnastics Website

    For all the latest news and information on Oklahoma men's and women's gymnastics teams, be sure to check out www.soonersports.com