NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team scored a 196.375 to top visiting Texas Woman’s University (193.325) at the Lloyd Noble Center on Sunday. It was senior day for three Sooners and senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo shined winning all four individual events in addition to her breaking the school record on the all-around, tallying a 39.700. Tamayo held the previous mark of 39.675 which she set in 2002 and tied earlier this season against Air Force.
Tamayo’s win in the all-around competition marked the fourth straight time she took first on the podium and the seventh overall this season. She has finished first in the all-around and other four events a combined 31 times.
"Kasie has been coming on stronger and stronger each week and she has her mind set at Nationals," said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. "She has been winning the all-around every week for us and I think she is doing a wonderful job out there in competition. Throughout her career Kasie has been the most consistent gymnast since I have been here. I think you can count on one hand the number of misses she has had and that is amazing when you consider the fact that she competes in the all-around every week for us."
Also wrapping up their collegiate careers in the Lloyd Noble Center were co-captain Leah Mueller and Karina Agafanova. Mueller finished second on the uneven bars with a 9.9 and Agafanova tied for fourth on the floor with a 9.875.
"Karina Agafanova had to overcome some barriers coming over from the Ukraine to compete here," added Nunno. "It is amazing to think back on how she was able to contribute to this program, I am sorry to see her go and I am happy that she has been performing so well. Karina is someone we are going to look to in the postseason for experience.
"Leah (Mueller) is someone that has also overcome a lot. I don’t think I know anybody that has comeback from that many injuries and still wants to compete. I think anybody else would have given up by now, but she really wanted to contribute to this team and she pulled off another 9.900 tonight on the bars. She is a fantastic leader and has been our co-captain for two years now. I can’t say enough about her determination and leadership skills."
The Sooners outscored the Pioneers in every event starting off with a 48.775 on the vault and finishing strong on the floor exercise with a 49.500. OU, the nation’s No. 2 ranked team on the uneven bars, recorded a 49.200 on the apparatus and fared well on the balance beam scoring a 48.900. Sunday’s win was the third time this season that OU defeated TWU.
"We are going for it all and we are going to get it right," said Nunno about the team’s progress. "Hopefully it all comes together at the Big 12 Championship. I feel like we are getting better and better each week. We are adding difficulty each time out and we are going to be ready for the championship season."
The Sooners (10-9) return to action next weekend to conclude the regular season at Penn State on Saturday, March 13 at 7 p.m. The Big 12 Championships, hosted by Iowa State, will take place on March 20 in Ames, Iowa.