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No. 6 OU Hosts TWU Friday
March 03, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team will be back in Norman on Friday, March 3, to face Texas Woman’s University for the second time this season.  The meet is scheduled to begin at 7p.m. in the Howard McCasland Field House.   

The Sooners enter the dual meet carrying a 6-6 overall record and a 1-2 mark in Big 12 Conference action.  OU is 1-2 in home contests this season and a perfect 3-0 versus unranked opponents.  Oklahoma’s lone home victory came against Southern Utah (195.925-190.050) on Jan. 20. 

The Pioneers come to Norman holding a 6-9 overall record and are 0-2 in conference meets.  TWU is 1-3 in road contests this season with their only win coming against Washington (191.125-190.400) on Feb. 10.

Meet Notes | OU Women's Gymnastics | Live Scoring

“TWU has a solid team and we need to make sure we don’t look past them,” said head coach Steve Nunno.   “We need to come out ready to compete and earn a win at home.”   

Oklahoma is coming off a 196.950-196.575 victory over then-ranked No. 11 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.  The meet concluded a three-meet road trip for the Sooners and marked the 100th career win for head coach Steve Nunno.  OU recorded a 49.000 or higher in all four team events and hit 24-of-24 routines for the first time this season.    

In the all-around competition, junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann finished in second after posting a season-high 39.500.  Kiara Redmond finished in fourth (39.350) and Haley DeProspero came in fifth (39.275).

The Pioneers enter the meet coming off a third-place finish at a quadrangular meet with Iowa, Southeast Missouri State and Wisconsin-La Crosse.  Brisa Fuentes led the TWU effort with a career-high 9.825 on the floor exercise to win the individual title.  TWU registered a season-high team score of 47.725 on the floor exercise. Fuentes paced the team with the help of Nakia Westbrook (9.650), Nicole Poling (9.550), Jennifer Kingsbury (9.400) and Nixon (9.300).

OU and TWU met earlier in the season on Jan. 29 in Denton, Texas, for the TWU Triangular with Air Force.  The Sooners won the meet with a 195.900, TWU came in second (191.250), and Air Force finished third (176.925). 

The last time both teams met in Norman, OU came out on top 196.325-191.425.  Koncak-Schumann captured the all-around title with a total score of 39.425.  The McQueeney, Texas, native scored a 9.9 on vault and won the beam competition with a 9.85.

The Sooners will host their final home meet of the season on March 10 versus Centenary.  The meet will be Senior Night for Tara Anderson, Kristen Cox and Coral Borda.  The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Koncak-Schumann Named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week after recording a season-high 39.500 in the all-around in Oklahoma’s win versus No. 7 LSU. The junior from McQueeney, Texas, was honored for the second time this season and third time in her career.

“Brittney has become a solid competitor for us and deserves the honor,” said head coach Steve Nunno.  “She continues to improve every meet and is one of the best gymnasts in the country.”    

Against LSU, Koncak-Schumann posted a 9.9 on three events while finishing second in the all-around. Her 9.9 on uneven bars set a season-high and earned her a tie for first place. She also tied for first on beam with a 9.9, which ties an individual team high, and tied for third on floor with a 9.9.

Koncak-Schumann is currently ranked No. 6 nationally in the all-around competition, No. 8 on balance beam and tied for 13th on both vault and floor exercise. 

She earned the award earlier in the season (Jan. 24) after a stellar performance against Southern Utah.  Against the Thunderbirds, she won vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.875) while placing second on floor exercise (9.85) and tying for fourth on bars (9.70) in helping lead the Sooners to a 195.925-190.050 victory over Southern Utah.

LSU Leftovers
The Sooners recorded a 49.000 team score on all four events and hit 24-of-24 routines for the first time this season ... OU posted a season-high 196.950 final team score in the win ... Oklahoma set team event season highs on vault (49.375), beam (49.350) and tied a season high on floor (49.175) ... Kristen Cox posted a career-high 9.85 on beam ... Ashley Jackson recorded a career-high 9.85 on vault ... Brittney Koncak-Schumann tallied a season-high 9.9 on bars which also tied a career high and set a season high in the all-around competition with a 39.500 ... Kiara Redmond posted a career-high 9.925 on vault, a career-high 9.875 on beam and a career-high 39.350 in the all-around. 

Nunno Hits 100
Head coach Steve Nunno earned win No. 100 of his career against LSU (Feb. 24) in just his sixth season as coach.  Nunno holds a 100-64 (.609) career record and has led the Sooners to new heights under his guidance.  In 2004, he led OU to its first Big 12 conference title ever (OU won five Big 8 Championships under Becky Switzer).  That same season, his squad then went on to win the program’s first regional title, the 2004 West Regional.  He has been named the Big 12 Coach of the Year two times and has been ranked in the regular season’s top 10 for the past five seasons.  In addition, four Sooners have garnered All-America honors and three others have earned Big 12 Gymnasts of the Year awards under his leadership (Marianna Goncalves-2002, Kasie Tamayo-2004 and Erin LaBarr-2005).

Sooners Set Season-High Score
The Sooners 196.950 team score versus LSU was the program’s highest score since the 2004 season.  In 2004, OU recorded a 197.100 at the NCAA West Regional Championship.  That same season the Sooners recorded a 197.100 versus Southern Utah, a 197.300 versus Texas Woman’s University and a 197.150 against Air Force. The last time OU scored a 196.950 was at the 2004 Big 12 Championship.  The Sooners won the meet, which marked the first Big 12 Championship in program history.  The program’s highest team score was set in 2003 against Arizona (197.725). 

OU Versus Ranked Opponents
The Sooners’ 6-6 overall record can be a little deceiving.  Oklahoma has faced one of its most challenging schedules in program history.  OU is 3-6 on the season versus ranked opponents and has arguably the toughest schedule in the nation.  The Sooners have faced No.1-ranked Georgia twice, No. 5 Iowa State, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 9 Missouri, No. 7 LSU and No. 12 Stanford.  In the past two weeks, the Sooners have defeated two teams ranked in the top 10 (Missouri, LSU) on the road.

The Rankings
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team fell one spot to No. 6 in the latest GymInfo poll released on Feb. 27.  The Sooners’ highest ranking in school history was achieved during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3.  That same year they were ranked No. 5 for one week.  OU was ranked No. 5 for one week this year (Feb. 20).   

The Sooners stay in first in the South Central Region with a 196.005 RQS, but fall to second behind Iowa State (196.050) in the Big 12 Conference.  

In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 4 nationally (49.190), No. 13 on uneven bars (48.890), No. 4 on balance beam (48.990) and No. 5 on floor exercise (49.110). 

Individually, the Sooners continue to make a mark in the top 25.  Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is tied for 13th on vault with a RQS of 9.870.  Koncak-Schumann also sits No. 9 in the nation for the all-around with a 39.280.  Freshman Haley DeProspero is ranked No. 17 in the all-around with a 39.130 RQS and is tied for 14th on balance beam with a 9.840.  Junior Lori Winn is ranked No. 27 on floor exercise (9.825) and is tied for 14th on balance beam (9.840). 

Big 12 Gymnastics 10th Anniversary Team
The Big 12 is selecting 10th anniversary teams for its sports in 2005-06 in celebration of its 10th Anniversary season.  The Gymnastics team will be selected by the league’s head coaches and announced on March 22.  In order to be eligible for the ballot, gymnasts must have won an event title at a conference championship.

Big 12 Gymnastics Championship
The 2006 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will be Sat., March 25, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Tickets are available through the Nebraska ticket office.

Big 12 Gymnastics Action
No. 10 Nebraska: March 5 - vs. Iowa State
No. 9 Missouri: March 3 - vs. Centenary | March 5 - at SE Missouri
No. 5 Iowa State: March 3 - vs. Minnesota | March 5 - at Nebraska
No. 6 Oklahoma: March 3 - vs. TWU  

Scouting TWU
TWU’s head coach Frank Kudlac enters his 27th season with the Pioneers and holds a 389-415-1 all-time record in regular season meets.  He has helped guide TWU from a club sport in 1978 to seven USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships. The Pioneers won four consecutive USAG titles from 1993-1996, and recaptured the crown in 1998, 2000, and again in 2003 in front of a hometown crowd. 

In 2005, the Pioneers captured second-place finishes at the Midwest Independent Conference Championships and the USA Gymnastics Collegiate National Championships.  Last season, the Sooners were victorious in both meetings against the Pioneers.  OU topped TWU in the first meet 193.6-188.65 in Denton, Texas, and won the second meet in Norman, 196.325-191.425.  During the Coach Nunno era, the Sooners have never lost to the Pioneers and are a perfect 12-0.         

Sooners vs. Pioneers...Last Time Out
Oklahoma won on vault (49.200), uneven bars (48.800), balance beam (49.025) and floor exercise (48.875) as they finished first overall with 195.900 points. TWU was second with a score of 191.250 and Air Force completed the field with a 176.925.

Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann took first-place honors for Oklahoma with a 39.425 in the individual all-around competition.  Freshman sensation Haley DeProspero finished in second posting a 39.400. 

On balance beam, the Sooners performed a team score 49.025.  Koncak-Schumann and DeProspero both recorded a 9.825 to earn a tie for first place.  Competing in just her second meet as a Sooner, sophomore Kiara Redmond finished with a 9.8 and a tie for second place with fellow teammate Coral Borda.

Koncak-Schumann recorded the high score on uneven bars posting a 9.875 and earning first place.  Junior Lori Winn posted a 9.850 to finish in second place.  Sophomore Caitlin Hinkis, performing in her first meet of the season, tied a career high and finished in a tie for third with DeProspero posting a 9.825. 

On floor exercise, DeProspero won the event recording a 9.9 tying her season high.  Winn posted 9.8 to earn second place and finished third in the all-around with a 38.975. 

Oklahoma concluded the meet on vault recording a 49.200 team score.  Koncak-Schumann won the event performing a 9.95 and tying her career high set against Southern Utah.  Junior Tiffany Willin performed a 9.85 to earn a second place tie with DeProspero and Redmond.  

TWU Event Season Highs
Vault
Individual: 9.85 (Nakia Westbrook)
Team: 48.325

Uneven Bars
Individual: 9.875 (Courtney Arno)
Team: 48.725

Balance Beam
Individual: 9.825 (Courtney Arno)
Team: 47.950

Floor Exercise
Individual: 9.825 (Brisa Fuentes)
Team: 47.725

All-Around
Individual: 38.150 (Brisa Fuentes)
Team: 192.000

Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent. 
 
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.

“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”

Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.

“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.” 

Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike. 
 
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man.  For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.

Oklahoma native Shannon Miller was the last gymnast Nunno has coached with World Champion honors. He helped lead Miller to two world championship titles, nine world championship medals and seven Olympic medals, including a pair of golds at the 1996 Olympic Games.

Sooners Excel in Classroom
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno.  The GPA puts the squad No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports.  Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.   

“I am extremely proud of our team,” said head coach Steve Nunno.  “Not only do we have one of the most talented teams in program history but they are one of the best academically.  I am proud of the hard work they put in the classroom.” 

Academics have always been a high priority for the Sooners who strive to work hard both in the gym and in the classroom.  Last season, Oklahoma finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships and had six gymnasts finish with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.

 

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