March 25, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - Patricia Aoki, Leah Mueller and Allison Landis of the Oklahoma women's gymanstics team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team according to the conference offices Tuesday afternoon. All three Sooners received first team academic honors.

"Allison Landis showed great improvement in the classroom form last season," said OU Head Coach Steve Nunno. "These awards are something the entire program is proud of. Our seniors have led this team academically and athletically, which is the reason we are having so much success this season. Patricia is an amazing story to me because she always been the first in the gym and the last one to leave. On top of that, she has a language barrier (Aoki is a native of Brazil). Yet despite all the obstacles, she has been on this academic team for three straight seasons."

Like Aoki, Mueller is a three time member of the All-Big 12 Academic First Team, while this is Landis first award.

Four Big 12 schools sponsor women's gymnastics. Each school - Iowa State, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma - has at least three representatives on the academic squad. The Huskers lead the league with nine overall selections with seven on the first team and two on the second.

Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and the media relations offices, the women's gymnastics academic all-league squad consisted of 15 first-team members combined with four on the second team. First-team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better grade-point average, while the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 grade point average 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 eligible.