Jan. 5, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished second at the Maui Invitational on Friday night, finishing less than a quarter of a point behind Arizona. Oklahoma, ranked 13th nationally in the GymInfo Preseason Poll, got off to a quick start with stellar performances on both the floor exercise and the vault.
Despite a few slip-ups on the the uneven bars, OU was still in the lead going into its final event, the balance beam. OU performed extremely well on the beam, however Arizona took the lead for good on the final event, riding Randi Liljenquist's meet-high all-around score of 39.425 to the title. Arizona scored 194.600 and Oklahoma tallied 194.425. Michigan, ranked third in the preseason poll, finished third at the meet (193.625), while Sacramento State finished fourth (187.400).
Senior Mariana Goncalves finished second all-around with a 39.125 score, while teammate Kasie Tamayo finished third with a 38.875. Goncalves finished third overall on the unven bars with a 9.825, and fourth on both the vault and floor exercise (9.850 and 9.825). Tamayo won the balance beam competition with a 9.875 and finished third on the floor exercise, scoring a 9.900.
Senior Leticia Ishii had a solid routine on the balance beam, scoring a 9.825 and finishing second overall in the event. Allison Landis, competing in her first collegiate meet, also excelled on the beam, placing fourth with a score of 9.750. Leah Mueller added a 9.850 on the vault, good for third place in the event.
As a team, OU finished first on the balance beam (48.300), second on both the floor exercise (49.000) and vault (48.825), and fourth on the uneven bars (48.300).
"We had a great meet for half of the competition," said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. "We couldn't have done any better during the first half of this meet, but then we had some breaks down the stretch. This is a meet we could've won, because the other three teams had their problems as well. We expected to win this meet, but we have a good feel for where we are now. We have some work to do, but I'm encouraged by what I saw tonight. Mariana and Kasie were tremendous and we should keep improving as the year goes on."
Sacramento State 187.400