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Gymnasts Dominate No. 19 Auburn
February 18, 2005

AUBURN, Ala.   Four days removed from an upset of No. 7 Georgia, after a tough week of practice and then a same-day trek to Alabama, the weary Sooners were dominant in victory against No. 19 Auburn.

Oklahoma captured wins on three of four apparatuses en route to their 195.0-191.85 win Thursday night at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum.

“I felt like we dominated,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “We didn’t count a fall and took three of the four events.”

Complete Results

Senior Erin LaBarr claimed or shared individual titles on three events as she took the all-around crown with a 39.225 total score.

“Erin LaBarr was on fire tonight,” Nunno continued. “She won three of the four events as we took every individual title.”

Sophomore Ashley Cooney won vault and finished second in the all-around at 39.200.

OU trailed Auburn after the first rotation, after scoring a season-low 48.475 on the uneven bars while the Tigers used a 48.650 vault score to take an early lead.

Roles reversed, however, as Auburn struggled on bars in rotation two and the Sooners forged ahead 97.40-95.95. 

Cooney won her sixth vault title in seven meets with a 9.90 score. The defending Big 12 vault champion has scored 9.8 or better on each of her vaults this season.

OU gymnasts owned five of the top six vault scores.

“It seemed like we were a little flat in the beginning,” Nunno said. “We flew in at 1:30 p.m. and went straight to the competition. But, the girls rallied and notched another win against a ranked opponent.”

The Sooners then cruised to victory with LaBarr taking the bars, floor and beam titles. OU swept the all-around category as its four competitors LaBarr, Cooney, Brittney Koncak and Kristen Cox  took the top four positions.

Oklahoma will have another quick turnaround as they host Big 12 foe Missouri, Texas Woman’s University and Centenary on Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Lloyd Noble Center beginning at 2 p.m.

“I think we will be sharper on Sunday,” Nunno said. “We’re looking forward to coming home and performing again in Norman. We expect to take care of business as we head towards defending our Big 12 title.”

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