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No. 6 Sooners Face Kent State
March 15, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will head to Kent, Ohio, to face the Kent State Golden Flashes on Friday, March 17.  The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will mark the final regular season meet for the Sooners before heading to the Big 12 Championship on March 25.

The Sooners enter the meet with an 8-6 overall record (1-2 Big 12) and have won four consecutive meets.  OU is 4-1 in meets on the road and 5-0 versus unranked opponents this season.  Kent State comes into the meet holding a 6-3 overall record and is 3-0 in home contests.

Oklahoma is coming off a 196.000-188.425 victory over Centenary held at the Lloyd Noble Center.  Oklahoma swept all four team and individual events while Kiara Redmond and Brittney Koncak-Schumann tied in the all-around competition with a 39.475.

Meet Notes | OU Women's Gymnastics | 2006 Schedule

Koncak-Schumann earned her 17th individual event win of the season on floor after posting a career-high 9.975.  The score tied for the second highest mark on floor in program history and was the highest individual score for a Sooner since Erin LaBarr posted a perfect 10.0 on bars in the 2005 Cancun Gymnastics Classic.   

Kent State heads into the meet coming off a victory over MAC rival Northern Illinois.  The Golden Flashes won their fifth straight conference meet with a 193.950-193.300 victory over the Huskies.  Freshman Stacey Kalberg opened the meet by taking first-place honors on the vault with a career-high 9.875.  The Flashes then moved to bars with Kristin Peters winning her sixth crown of the year with a mark of 9.9. 

Like the Sooners, the Flashes have won four consecutive meets with wins over Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, and Northern Illinois and will be competing in their final regular season meet of the season before heading to the MAC Championships on March 25.  The Flashes are ranked No. 35 nationally with a 192.885 RQS.    

Both teams competed in a dual meet last year held at the Lloyd Noble Center.  The Sooners defeated the Golden Flashes 194.800-188.475 and swept all four events.  Under head coach Steve Nunno, OU has never lost to Kent State and holds a 1-0 record.  Both teams have never faced one another in a dual meet held in Kent, Ohio.

The Sooners are ranked in the top 10 in three events and are currently first in the South Central Region.  OU is No. 3 on vault and tied for No. 6 on beam and floor.

Oklahoma will be back in action on March 25 for the Big 12 Championship.  The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  The Sooners will look to win their second Big 12 Championship in program history.

Centenary Recap
The Oklahoma Sooners swept all four individual and team events en route to a 196.000-188.425 victory over Centenary inside the Lloyd Noble Center tonight.

Under head coach Steve Nunno, the Sooners are 2-0 all-time versus the Ladies and are undefeated in home meet finales. 

Oklahoma won on vault (49.275), bars (48.875), beam (48.700) and floor (49.150) and placed the top three individuals in all four events.  

Kiara Redmond and Brittney Koncak-Schumann tied for first place in the individual all-around competition with a 39.475.  The mark set a career high for Redmond.  Freshman Haley DeProspero rounded out the top three with a 38.500.  

Oklahoma took an early lead in the first rotation after posting a 49.275 on vault while Centenary tallied a 47.150 on the uneven bars.  Redmond led Oklahoma with a career-high score of 9.95 on the event.  Koncak-Schumann finished in second with a 9.875 and is currently tied for 11th in the nation on the apparatus.  DeProspero and Kristen Cox both contributed a score of 9.85 to finish in a tie for third place.

On uneven bars, OU extended its lead over the Ladies posting a 48.875 team score.  Koncak-Schumann won her 15th individual event title of the season posting a 9.825.  DeProspero finished in second (9.8), Redmond came in third (9.775) and Borda finished in fourth (9.75).  

On the next rotation, the Sooners moved to balance beam recording a 48.700.  Redmond posted the top score for OU with a 9.85 earning a first-place finish.  Koncak-Schumann finished second (9.8) and Kristen Cox came in third (9.725). 

The Sooners concluded the night on floor exercise with Koncak-Schumann posting a career-high 9.975 and earning first place.  It marked the highest individual event score for a Sooner since Erin LaBarr performed a perfect 10.0 on bars during the 2005 Cancun Gymnastics Classic.  Redmond came in second (9.9) and Ashley Jackson finished in third (9.875). 

At the conclusion of the meet, the Sooners celebrated the careers of Tara Anderson, Coral Borda and Kristen Cox.  All three gymnasts have played an integral part in the success of the program and have help take the team to new heights.   

Centenary Leftovers
Coral Borda competed in her first all-around competition of the season versus Centenary posting a 37.575  ... Kristen Cox recorded two third-place finishes on vault (9.85) and beam (9.725) ... Haley DeProspero placed third in the all-around (38.500) and second on bars with a 9.8 ... Ashley Jackson recorded a career-high 9.875 on floor and a third-place finish ... Brittney Koncak-Schumann tied Kiara Redmond for first in the all-around (39.475) competition, won on bars (9.825) and scored a 9.975 to grab first place on floor which tied for the second highest score on the event in program history ... Kiara Redmond finished in a tie for first place with Koncak-Schumann in the all-around posting a career-high 39.475 and earned first place on vault with a career-high 9.95 and a first on beam (9.85).

Sooners Vault Into Action
Oklahoma has proven this season that it has arguably the best vault team in the country.  The Sooners are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation as a team and have won an the invidivdual event five different times this season.  Brittney Koncak-Schumann is ranked in a tie for 13th individually and Kiara Redmond is No. 15.  As a team, Oklahoma has won on vault six times this season.   

The Rankings
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved backed one spot to No. 6 in the latest GymInfo poll released on March 13.  This marks the sixth time this season the Sooners have been ranked No. 6.   

Oklahoma’s highest ranking in school history was achieved during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3.  That same year they were ranked No. 5 for one week.

The Sooners stay in first in the South Central Region with a 196.210 RQS, but are still second behind Iowa State (196.340) in the Big 12 Conference.  

In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 3 nationally (49.265), 13th on uneven bars (48.955), tied for No. 6 on balance beam (49.020) and tied for No. 6 on floor exercise (49.140) with Florida. 

Individually, the Sooners continue to make a mark in the top 25.  Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is ranked No. 7 in the all-around, tied for 13th on vault, No. 19 on floor, No. 10 on beam and tied for No. 22 on bars.  Sophomore Kiara Redmond is No. 18 on floor and No. 15 on vault.  Junior Lori Winn sits at a tie for 19th on balance beam and freshman Haley DeProspero is No. 25 in the all-around.      

Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone.  From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams were ranked by their total season average. 

Starting on Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts were ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS).   An RQS is based on a team’s top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets.  To obtain the RQS, the team’s or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.

Looking Ahead
The Sooners will begin preparing for postseason competition as the team heads to Lincoln, Neb., on March 25 for the 2006 Big 12 Championship.  The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  OU is looking to win the program’s second Big 12 Championship.  In 2004, the Sooners won the championship for the first time in program history.  Last season, Oklahoma finished in third (195.550) behind Iowa State (196.000) and Nebraska (196.650).  

Scouting Kent State
Kent State enters Friday’s meet holding a 6-3 overall record and sits 5-1 in Mid-American Conference action.  The Golden Flashes won their ninth MAC Championship last season and enter the meet with confidence after defeating MAC rival Northern Ilinois last week.  

Head coach Bryce Biggins is in his 14th season and holds a 113-72 career record.  Biggins has led the program to new heights and has been selected the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Coach of the Year five times (1993, 1994, 1996, 2001 and 2003), NCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year two times (1995 and 1996) and NCAA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2001.    

Despite the loss of four key seniors, the team returns 9 letterwinners from last season, led by All-MAC selection and tri-captain, senior, Carrie Mayle.  Mayle, the lone senior on the team, is coming off her best season ever. Capturing three regular-season all-around titles as well as three vault crowns, the two-time MAC Gymnast of the week has dominated the MAC once again this year.  Mayle leads the team on vault, beam and in the all-around competition.

Sooners vs. Flashes...Last Time Out
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team defeated the Golden Flashes in last year’s dual meet held at the Lloyd Noble Center.  OU swept all four events en route to a 194.800-188.475 victory over Kent State.

The Sooners won on vault (48.575), bars (48.725), beam (48.375) and floor (49.125) in just their third meet of the 2005 season.

Ashley Cooney led the charge, picking her second consecutive all-around victory (39.350). Cooney was victorious in three events and scored a season-high 9.85 on the uneven bars. The Plano, Texas, native also won vault (9.80) and floor exercise (9.9).

Senior co-captain Erin LaBarr won the balance beam, scoring a 9.825.  LaBarr also finished second in the all-around (39.100), uneven bars (9.80), and floor exercise (9.85).

Caitlin Hinkis delivered a stellar 9.7 performance on the uneven bars in her first collegiate competition.  Hinkis tied for third with teammate Brittney Koncak-Schumann.

Kent State Event Season Highs
Vault

Individual: 9.875 - Carrie Mayle, Stacey Kalberg
Team: 48.750

Uneven Bars
Individual: 9.9 - Kristin Peters
Team: 49.050

Balance Beam
Individual: 9.825 - Amy Cucinotta, Carrie Mayle, Kristin Peters
Team: 48.950

Floor Exercise
Individual: 9.925 - Amy Cucinotta
Team: 49.125

All-Around
Individual: 39.400 - Carrie Mayle
Team: 195.775

Nunno Hits No. 100
Head coach Steve Nunno earned win No. 100 of his career against LSU (Feb. 24) in just his sixth season as coach.  Nunno holds a 100-64 (.609) career record and has led the Sooners to new heights under his guidance. 

In 2004, he led OU to its first Big 12 conference title ever (OU won five Big 8 Championships under Becky Switzer).  That same season, his squad then went on to win the program’s first regional title, the 2004 West Regional. 

He has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year two times and has been ranked in the regular season’s top 10 for the past five seasons.  In addition, four Sooners have garnered All-America honors and three others have earned Big 12 Gymnasts of the Year awards under his leadership (Marianna Goncalves-2002, Kasie Tamayo-2004 and Erin LaBarr-2005).

Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent. 
 
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.

“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”

Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.

“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.” 

Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike. 
 
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man.  For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.

Oklahoma native Shannon Miller was the last gymnast Nunno has coached with World Champion honors. He helped lead Miller to two world championship titles, nine world championship medals and seven Olympic medals, including a pair of golds at the 1996 Olympic Games.


 

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