Jan. 18, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma men's and women's gymnastics teams will see their first home action of the 2002 season, with a double dual meet on Sun., Jan. 20. Start time is set for 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.

The Sooner women (2-1) will take on a talented Ohio State team, ranked 18th in the GymInfo Preseason National Rankings. The Buckeyes are coming off of losses to Kentucky and No. 5 Utah, but should still offer a big challenge to OU. Oklahoma is ranked No. 13 in the preseason poll and has already defeated third-ranked Michigan and Sacramento State at the Maui Invitational on Jan. 4. The Sooners fell to Arizona by less than a quarter of a point in Hawaii.

The OU men, ranked No. 1 in the preseason national rankings, will face No. 7 Iowa and No. 17 Air Force in their first action of the year on Sunday. Iowa is coming off an impressive meet at the 32nd Annual Windy City Classic, where the Hawkeyes defeated Big Ten rivals Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois, who are ranked second, third and fifth in the nation, respectively. Sunday will be the first meet of the season for Air Force, a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival of the Sooners and a team led by Lou Burkel, entering his 25th season as coach of the Falcons.

The meet will be a "Salute to American Heroes," as local police, fire and military personnel have been invited to attend. For ticket information, please contact the OU ticket office at (405) 325-2424.