Women's Gymnastics Cruises To Victory

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 18, 2003

Jan. 19, 2003

NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma (195.950) women's gymnastis team racked up its second victory of the weekend when it defeated Utah State (192.875) and Boise State (191.475) inside the Lloyd Noble Center Sunday afternoon. Oklahoma improves to 3-5 on the season while Utah State and Boise State each fall to 0-2.

"This was a great team performance," said OU Head Coach Steve Nunno. "Our team is starting to formulate some real spirit. They are starting to understand when they need to turn it on. What I am happiest about is that we are developing a personality as a team. The sense of group camaraderie is really pushing this team along and will help us achieve much better things."

Oklahoma swept top honors on every event and snagged 10 of the top 12 event scores.

Senior Patricia Aoki claimed the all-around title with a 39.225 in a meet that the Sooners led throughout. Aoki also finished atop the final standing on the floor exercise (9.925) and vault (9.775). Aoki's floor and all-around scores marked new career-highs for the co-captain.

Fellow co-captain and senior Christy Gerard finished a close second in the all-around with a score of 39.125. Gerard also shared the highest score on balance beam (9.875) with freshman Kelly Haggerty and sophomore Allison Landis, while Aoki ended up in fourth with a score of 9.825 on the apparatus.

"We did awesome today," said Aoki. "We can still do better though. We are missing a couple of our best gymnasts but I feel like everything happens for a reason. This allows the freshman to step up and get a wealth of competitive experience. We will be at full strength near the end of the season, when we need to be."

Freshman Katie Hostler and Meredith Fricke continued their impressive rookie season results. Hostler tumbled into second place on the floor (9.900) and third place on the vault (9.750). Fricke registered a 9.825 on the floor; impressive considering it is her lowest score on the event this season. Her floor routine placed her third, while her vault score of 9.725 landed her in fourth.

"The seniors took the reigns and led this team today, but I can't say enough about our underclassmen," said Nunno. "Katie Hostler continues to surprise us with her composure. Meredith Fricke never ceases to amaze me and she continues to put up nothing but solid scores. Allison Landis was also fantastic for us tonight. What is great about all of this is that I know the team still has a lot more to give and we will improve."

Oklahoma has a two-week break before its next meet at Nebraska, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. Oklahoma returns to the Lloyd Noble Center Feb. 7, when they face Penn State in a dual meet at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. For more information on tickets, call 1 (800) 456-GoOU



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