Jan. 24, 2001

Co-Head Coach B. Switzer Audio

Home Opener
The men's squad begins their home schedule next Saturday when its duals with Air Force at 7 p.m. The meet will take place at Bart Conner's Gymanstics Academy in Norman. The academy is located on Interstate Drive just north of Robinson Street in Norman.

Familiar Foe
The Sooners (6-1) again travel to Denton, Texas, Friday to face Texas Woman's University for second time in 15 days. OU defeated the Pioneers, 194.025-189.300, on Jan. 12 in its season opener. The two teams will meet for a third time on March 16 in Norman at the Lloyd Noble Center. OU leads the all-time series with TWU, 34-3.

An Impressive California Weekend
The women's team wrapped up a very successful trip to California, finishing 5-1 to go along with a first- and second-place finish. On Friday in San Jose, OU finished second in a quad meet to California with a score of 194.025. Sophomores Leah Mueller (vault, 9.850), Leticia Ishii (bars, 9.800) and Patricia Aoki (floor exercise, 9.875) all finished first in their respective events while Ishii finished second in the all-around (38.925). In another four-team meet Sunday in Berkeley, the Sooners avenged its only to the Golden Bears and captured first place. Ishii won the AA (39.400) and the bars (9.900). Mueller and Aoki again won the vault and floor exercise, respectively, with scores of 9.825 and 9.900.

Ascending The Polls
The OU women continue to climb the national polls, moving into a 10th-place tie with Stanford. The Sooners are up from No. 13 last weekend and twenty-first in the preseason poll.

Women's Facts & Figures

  • OU's score on Sunday of 195.300 was the highest to date this season.
  • Ishii and Mueller continue to impress on certain events. It was the third time in as many outings the two gymnasts had won their respective events: Ishii on the uneven bars and Mueller on the vault.
  • Oklahoma's No. 10 national ranking was the highest since March 28, 2000.

    OU Men Dominant
    The Oklahoma men gave a hint of just how good they can be by finishing first and overwhelming the competition at the Rocky Mountain Open last weekend in Colorado Springs, Colo. In its season opener, OU finished with a convincing score of 209.750, easily outdistancing second-place Nebraska (200.050). The Sooners won every individual and team event in the Open. OU also showed balance by having a different gymnast win each event. The following Sooners won individual titles: sophomore Brett Covey (still rings), sophomore Daniel Furney (paraller bars), senior Brendan O'Neil (floor exercise), sophomore Josh Landis (pommel horse) and senior Steve Van Etten (horizontal bar).

    About Air Force
    The Air Force Academy is currently 1-2 on the season and ranked No. 14 in the country after finishing third at the Rocky Mountain Open last weekend. Top individual event finishers include Scott Lewis (3rd, parallel bars, 8.450) and Justin Jones (3rd, floor exercise, 8.550).

    Holding Steady
    The men's team remained in the No. 3 spot on the national poll after its stellar performance at the Rocky Mountain Open last weekend.

    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.