NORMAN, Okla. - University of Oklahoma senior Erin LaBarr was named the first Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the 2005 season, the conference office announced Tuesday. LaBarr earned the honor for the first time in her career.
The senior captain from Bartlesville, Okla., put together an impressive performance to kick off the 2005 season. LaBarr recorded just the school’s seventh perfect 10.0 score with her routine on the bars (career high) en route to a first place finish in the all-around at the Second Annual Gymnastics Classic. She led the Sooners with a 39.600 (career high) in the all-around and also won the balance beam (9.9) and floor exercise (9.925) at the Cancun Classic in helping Oklahoma to the team title against No. 18 BYU, George Washington and Gustavus Adolphus.
LaBarr’s 10.0 is the first perfect score for a Sooner since the 2003 season (Allison Landis-uneven bars). It is just the seventh 10.0 in Sooners’ history and the second on the uneven bars. She also becomes just the third Big 12 gymnast to record a 10.0 on bars since the inception of the conference, joining Nebraska’s Bree Dority (2001) and Landis (2003).
She is ranked third in the nation in the all-around, first on the uneven bars, 11th on the floor exercise and sixth on the balance beam.
OU jumped up eight spots in the rankings this week and comes in at No. 3. In addition, the team is ranked No. 4 on the floor exercise, No. 15 on the beam, No. 3 on the uneven bars and No. 8 on the vault.
The Sooners return to the floor on Saturday Jan. 15 at Texas Woman's University.