March 7, 2001

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Finally ... Another Home Meet
Both the men and women's sqaud will be in action at the Lloyd Noble Center for only the second time this season on Saturday.

Just like the home opener, both squads will be competing at the same time, starting at 7 p.m.

Scouting The Buckeyes
The women dual with No. 13 Ohio State (12-2). The Buckeyes are coming off a dominating victory over N.C. State and Central Michigan at the Wolfpack Invitational last Sunday in Raleigh, N.C. The team scored a 195.425, ninth-best in school history. Ohio State is lead by Lindsey Vagedes, whose sixth nationally in the all-around with a 39.340 average.

Tri-Meet Clash
The top-ranked men's team compete against two top 20 teams in No. 4 Ohio State and No. 12 Stanford.

The Buckeyes won a dual meet at U.C.-Santa Barbara last Friday to improve to 11-3. Ohio State is the nation's No. 1 team on vault (36.425) and the horizontal bar (36.100). It also has the country's second-ranked all-arounder, Jamie Natalie (53.312).

Despite its ranking, Stanford is 1-5 so far this season. The Cardinal competed with OU last weekend at the Southwestern Cup in Tempe, Ariz., finishing fourth.

Women's Facts & Figures

  • Freshman Leticia Ishii is the lone Sooner ranked nationally. She is twentieth in the all-around with an average score of 39.155.
  • Several gymnasts have broken into the OU record books. The following lists the 2001 individual scores that rank in top three in school history:

    Kasie Tamayo

  • BeamT3rd, 9.925, Jan. 12

    Mariana Goncalves

  • BarsT1st, 9.975, Jan. 27 T3rd, 9.950, Feb. 16
  • FloorT3 rd, 9.925, Feb. 9

    Leticia Ishii

  • BarsT3rd, 9.950, Jan. 27

    Men's Facts & Figures

  • OU continues its dominance on the floor exercise. Ranked first nationally as a team, the Sooners average of 36.625 is more than a point higher than No. 2 Ohio State. Four OU gymnast-senior Brendan O'Neil (first), freshman Jock Stevens (second), sophomore Losh Landis (sixth) and senior Steve Van Etten (11th)-are ranked nationally on floor.
  • Sophomore Brett Covey has won four consecutive still rings titles-more still ring championships that OU won all last season.

    OU Women Win Corvette Cup
    The Sooner women (13-4) defeated three schools Sunday at the Univesity of Missouri's Lanthrop and Gage Corvette Cup in Columbia.

    Oklahoma tallied a 195.075, upending Bowling Green (194.825), Missouri (193.075).

    OU notched individual victories on the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam. Sophomore Leticia Ishii and fresman Carla DeMartini tied for first on the uneven parallel bars (9.850) while freshman Kasie Tamayo tied for first on the balance beam (9.900) to claim her second consecutive beam title and third overall on the season. OU defeated Big 12 rival Missouri for the second consecutive week.

    Top-Ranked Men Roll On, Take Southwest Cup
    The No. 1-ranked men's team (10-1) continued its march toward its first national title in ten years when it won the Southwest Cup Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.

    The men totaled a 215.250 and beat No. 5 Michigan State, defending national champion Penn State, Stanford, Arizona State's club team and the Mexican National Team.

    The Sooners had three individual winners-sophomore Brett Covey (still rings, 9.70), junior Everette Bierker (parallel bars and senior Steve Van Etten (horizontal bar, 9.40)-and took five of the six team events. Covey's victory was his fourth straight on rings.

    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 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.

    Gymnastics Website
    For all the lastest news and information on the Oklahoma men's and women's gymnastics teams, be sure to check out www.soonersports.com.