Denton, Texas Back-to-back days of competition did not phase the University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team as they defeated Southern Utah (192.200), TWU (192.200) and Air Force (187.275) with a team score of 197.300, a season best for the No. 21 Sooners. Friday night OU won their home opener over Air Force in front of a record crowd of 1,475 at the Lloyd Noble Center with a team score of 197.150.
“The was one of our best meets ever,” exclaimed Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “It was definitely one of our better meets in at this point in the season and that is really encouraging. We were a little tired in warm-ups after competing on Friday night, but the girls really rallied and impressed us (coaches).”
Saturday night was much of the same story from Friday night in Norman, as senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo again led the team in the all-around with a 39.575. Tamayo rattled off impressive scores on every apparatus, recording a 9.925 on vault, 9.925 on floor, 9.95 on bars and 9.875 on the beam.
“It was just a great team effort,” said Nunno. “We used almost every athlete we had and they were having fun out there because they were on such a roll. They really went after a good score tonight and showed the talent this team can display, we did not miss a routine tonight.”
Freshman Brittney Koncak was second behind Tamayo in the all-around, tallying a 39.550. The Texas native scored a 9.90 on vault, 9.95 on floor, 9.775 on bars and a 9.925 on beam. Koncak recorded new career highs in every event except bars. Also recording high scores was OU’s other team captain, senior Leah Mueller who nailed a 9.95 on the uneven bars. That was the Sooners’ highest event score, a 49.475.
On the floor exercise, the team scored a 49.400 led by Tamayo and Koncak’s scores along with another newcomer for OU, Ashley Cooney. Cooney joined the team for their first home meet on Friday night and was solid. Saturday, the freshman was again solid in her two events, recording a 9.85 on the floor and a 9.85 on the vault.
The women also scored a 49.200 on vault and a 49.225 on bars.
Added Nunno, “That was one of our best bars routines overall, everyone hit and our vaults were great too. I thought Brittney’s vault could have been a perfect score on top of what could have been a ten for her and for Kasie on their balance beam routines.”
Koncak recorded new career highs in every event except bars.
Other notable scores for OU was junior Erin LaBarr’s 9.900 on bars, junior Katie Hostler’s 9.900 on floor and sophomore Melissa Smith’s 9.85 on beam.
Up next for the 7-5 Sooners is a home competition at the Lloyd Noble Center when current No. 4 and conference rival, Iowa State comes to town on Sunday, February 1 for a 1 p.m. meet. Five days later, OU will again host a conference rival, No. 8 Nebraska on Friday, February 6 at 7 p.m.