Feb. 7, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - In its fifth meet of the season, the third-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team (5-2) is set to take on No. 13 Florida (6-4) on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners look to avenge a 195.950 to 192.600 loss to the Gators at Florida last year.
Oklahoma, coming off a close loss to No. 2 Georgia last weekend, is led by senior Mariana Goncalves and sophomore Kasie Tamayo. After a second-place finish in the all-around (39.375) and a first place tie in the floor (career-high 9.950), Tamayo was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for her efforts. She enters Friday's meet ranked 10th in the country on the balance beam and floor exercise. Goncalves, ranked No. 3 in the all-around, No. 5 in the uneven bars and No. 7 in the vault, has earned league gymnast of the week honors twice this season after career performances against Texas Woman's, Southern Utah and Ohio State.
"We're excited about the meet on Friday," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "I think we are a better, wiser team than we were when we went to Florida last year, and we have a renewed confidence after going to Georgia last weekend. Our players are ready to have a home meet with their own fans rooting them on."
Florida is led by 10-year head coach Judi Markell, who has posted wins over Central Michigan, Southeast Missouri State, Kentucky, LSU and Penn State this season. UFA has lost to Georgia, Alabama, Michigan and UCLA and is 2-4 against teams that are currently ranked in the top 20 of the GymInfo National rankings.
Admission for Friday's meet is $5 for adults and $2 for kindergarten through 12th graders. Children under five years of age are admitted free of charge.