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Women Confident Before Northeast Regional
April 09, 2005

DURHAM, N.H. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team completed Friday’s official practice for the NCAA Northeast Regional confident and excited for Saturday’s, April 9, competition.

“We had an excellent practice today,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “The team looks well-prepared and excited to be here.

“We’ve prepared for this day all year long and the outlook is very promising.”

The Sooners also got their first look at some of the competition as they shared the floor for practice with No. 3-seed Arkansas and No. 4-seed New Hampshire.

“I’m very impressed with the UNH teamthey appear very well-prepared," Nunno said.

Oklahoma appears to be at full strength for the first time in over a month as Ashley Cooney and Coral Borda have both recovered well from ankle injuries that kept them sidelined during recent competitions.

“All of the competitors we brought are at full strengthAshley looked strong and Coral is able to perform if needed," Nunno said.

OU spent most of Friday touring historic downtown Portsmouth and the Atlantic coastline along Hampton Beach before reporting for the official practice. The Sooners have an empty schedule for Saturday morning, though, as they get mentally prepared for their biggest competition thus far this season.

“Since it’s a night meet, we’ll sleep in late and have lunch as a team, then go back to the hotel and prepare for the competition," Nunno said.

The NCAA Northeast Regional begins at 6 p.m. EDT with the Sooners starting on the balance beam.

“This is all business for us," Nunno said. "We came here to qualify for the national championship and that’s what we expect to do. But, it is an elimination meet and there are some great teams here, so we have to hit every routine. It will be a hard-fought competition."

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