Women's Gymnastics Makes History In Defeat

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 23, 2003

March 23, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 9 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team had it seven meet win streak snapped by No. 8 Stanford, 197.725-197.275, in Palo Alto, Calif., Saturday night. The news wasn't all bad for OU, as they set a school record by being the first team in OU history to score 197 in four consecutive meets. The Sooners drop to 13-7 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 11-2-1.

Individually the Sooners were led by Big 12 Gymnast of the Year Finalist Patricia Aoki who posted three scores of 9.875 or better. The senior co-captain took top honors on floor with a score of 9.925. Aoki has not scored below 9.900 on floor in eight meets. Aoki also impressed on beam (9.900) where she finished in a three way tie for third.

Aoki was the only Sooner to snag a first place finish. The Sao Paolo native was tied with freshman Kristen Cox for fourth on vault with identical 9.875's. Senior Christina Gerard tied for second on the event with a score of 9.900. Gerard also finished in a four-way tie for second behind Aoki on the floor with a score of 9.900. Freshman Meredith Fricke was also a part of the second place logjam on floor.

Sophomore Erin LaBarr, who had been held out of the last three meets, posted a team-high score of 9.950 on bars and finished tied for second on the event. Junior Kasie Tamayo and No. 9 ranked Allison Landis finished in sixth and seventh on the event with scores of 9.875 and 9.850, respectively.

Landis collected a second place finish on beam (9.950), tying LaBarr for the team-high individual output. Freshman Kelly Haggerty, the 14th ranked beam performer in the NCAA, finished in a tie for 10th place with a score of 9.825.

As a team OU did not post a score lower than 9.725 on any event and did not count a score lower than 9.775.

OU has climbed up in the GymInfo standings from No. 19 four weeks ago, to its current standing at No. 9. Four of OU's five team-high scores this season have been posted on the road, which will likely solidfy Oklahoma's position in the top 10 when the final regular season rankings are announced Monday morning. Oklahoma ranked will determine were they travel and whom they face in the regional qualifiers. Qualification for regional competition is based on a team's six best regular-season-meet scores, of which three must be away. To obtain the regional qualifying score (RQS), the high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are averaged.

The Sooners face a quick turnaround with the Big 12 Championships hosted by Missouri, on the horizon Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. OU will attempt to knock off three time defending champion and No. 2 ranked Nebraska. Over OU's last three meets (leading into the Stanford dual) it had outscored every school in the top 10, except Nebraska, in at least two of their three most recent meets.

Final Results

Top Three Finishers and OU Results

1. Glyn Sweets, Stanford 9.925
2. Natalie Foley, Stanford 9.900
2. Christina Gerard, OU 9.900
4. Patricia Aoki, OU 9.875
4. Kristen Cox, OU 9.875
8. Katie Hostler, OU 9.775
9. Kasie Tamayo, OU 9.750
9. Nicole Gause, OU 9.750
12. Erin LaBarr, OU 9.725

1. Caroline Fluhrer, Stanford 9.975
2. Lindsay Wing, Stanford 9.950
2. Erin LaBarr, OU 9.950
6. Kasie Tamayo, OU 9.875
8. Allison Landis, OU 9.850
8. Karina Agafonova, OU 9.850
10. Melissa Smith, OU 9.825
10. Leah Mueller, OU 9.825
12. Tara Anderson, OU 9.725

1. Lindsay Wing, Stanford 10.00
2. Allison Landis, OU 9.950
3. Patricia Aoki, OU 9.900
6. Nicole Gause, OU 9.875
8. Kasie Tamayo, OU 9.850
10. Christina Gerard, OU 9.825
10. Kelly Haggerty, OU 9.825
13. Melissa Smith, OU 9.800

1. Patricia Aoki, OU 9.925
2. Christina Gerard, OU 9.900
2. Meredith Fricke, OU 9.900
2. Lisa Leveille, OU 9.900
2. Natalie Foley, OU 9.900
7. Karina Agafonova, OU 9.850
9. Nicole Gause, OU 9.825



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