March 26, 2002

NORMAN, Okla. - The No. 9 Oklahoma women's gymastics team (13-4) will head to Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.) for the NCAA West Region Women's Gymnastics Championships to be held on April 6 at 8 p.m. CST. The Sooners will go up against host Oregon State, Utah, Southern Utah, Washington and Boise State. The top two teams will advance to the national championships April 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

"Our two concerns going into the meet are that it's two time zones away and the fact that we need to stay on the balance beam and hit on the bars," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "We have to have our best performance of the season that weekend."

Fourth-ranked Utah will be Oklahoma's toughest competitor followed by No. 13 Oregon State, who has been to nationals the past two years. The Sooners have defeated both No. 24 Southern Utah and Boise State on the road, but have yet to face Washington. Last year, Oklahoma posted a second place finish at regionals behind Nebraska to advance to the national championships for the third time in program history.

"Utah is definitely beatable," added Nunno. "We have to go into the meet with a 'win it all' attitude. I think we have a better team, but we have to prove that and do our best."

Other Regional Finals

South Central Region (at Arizona State)
No. 1 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona, No. 17 Brigham Young, No. 18 Arizona State, Cal State-Fullerton, Illinois-Chicago

Southest Region (at West Virginia)
No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 19 West Virginia, No. 20 Kentucky, No 21 Michigan State, No. 22 North Carolina

North Central Region (at Denver)
No. 3 Georgia, No. 10 Stanford, No. 14 Denver, No. 23 Missouri, Air Force, Utah State

Central Region (at Louisiana State)
No. 6 Louisiana State, No. 7 Iowa State, No.15 Florida, No. 25 Central Michigan, Illinois State, New Hampshire

Northeast Region (at Penn State)
No. 5 Michigan, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 16 Iowa, George Washington, Penn State, Pittsburgh