Feb. 15, 2000

Sooner Women and Men Host Last Home Meets This Weekend...
The OU men's and women's gymnastics teams will host Air Force this Friday ,while the Sooner women will also compete in their last home meet against Iowa State on Sunday. All competition will be held in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla. Friday's co-ed matchup is set to begin at 7 p.m., and the women's competition Sunday will be held at 2 p.m.

OU/Air Force Matchup
The OU women's team enters Friday's competition against Air Force posting a 6-1 overall season record, while the OU men stand at 5-2. Oklahoma's women lead the OU/Air Force series 10-0. OU defeated the Eagles last season, 193.425-190.075, at the Denver Classic. OU senior Amber McCracken beat out 51 other gymnasts to win the all-around title (39.350). The Sooner men claimed victory over Air Force four times last season. OU's last win was at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship. Oklahoma took first place with a score 228.775, while the Eagles placed fifth (216.275). Oklahoma's Brendan O'Neil had a solid performance, winning the floor exercise (9.85) and placing second on the parallel bars (9.60).

In its last competition, Air Force dominated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, 192.875-187.125, in women's competition and 222.350-213.850 in men's competition.

For the Air Force women, Kim Broughton won the all-around with a score of 38.175. She took first in the vault and third bars. Teammate Jen Dougherty took second in the all-around with a 38.150. Dougherty took first in the floor exercise, fourth on vault and fifth on bars.

The Air Force men set a new team record in the vault with a team score of 36.350 against UC Santa Barbara, eclipsing the old mark of 36.65 set in 1996. Leading the men was Andrew Fisher with an all-around score of 54.950. He took first in the vault, second in the rings and third in the parallel bars. The men also swept four of five spots.

Sooner Men Update...
Freshmen Daniel Furney and Shannon Carrion are scheduled to sit out this Friday's meet against Air Force. Junior Ed Wentzheimer is expected back in the rotation and sophomore Jim Lovelady will make his collegiate gymnastics debut on the still rings. Junior Gabe Hansen is slated to compete in the all-around for the first time this season.

The Cyclone Scoop...
The eighth-ranked Iowa State women's gymnastics squad set two school records en route to a 196.950-193.175 win over Iowa, sweeping every event last Friday. The Cyclones' total team score and their 49.275 tally on the uneven bars both set new school marks.

ISU's junior Betsy Hamm led the Cyclones as she captured her third consecutive all-around title, placing first on the uneven bars (9.90) and the floor (9.90) against Iowa. Hamm will be in the running with Oklahoma senior Amber McCracken on the floor exercise in the OU/ISU meet. McCracken has garnered five top-three finishes on the event this year, while Hamm has placed first on the floor in all five of ISU's meets. The Sooners lead the OU/ISU series 16 to four. Iowa State defeated the Sooners last season, 195.650 to 194.950, at the Big 12 Championships. ISU's Sissy Huey and Amber McCracken tied for third in the all-around with a score 39.225, while the rivaling duo also tied for the uneven parallel bars title (9.875).

Last Week... OU Women's Gymnastics
The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team defeated No. 6 Louisiana State last Saturday (195.800-195.775) in quad-meet competition in Denton, Texas. Host Texas Woman's (193.275) and Illinois-Chicago (192.400) took third and fourth-place team honors.

Oklahoma swept all events claiming the first, second and third-place spots. Redshirt-freshman Leticia Ishii claimed her third all-around title this year with a score 39.550. OU's Amber McCracken highlighted the uneven parallel bars competition by taking first place with a career-high 9.975. Ishii's season-high 9.925 in the same event gave her a third-place finish. Ishii placed first on the balance beam with a season-high 9.925, while McCracken, ranked No. 6 nationally on the vault, was named the vault and co-floor champion with scores of 9.900. OU Men's Gymnastics
Freshman Daniel Furney and Shannon Carrion were the only two Sooner gymnasts to compete in the 2000 Winter Cup in Las Vegas, Nev. this past weekend. Furney advanced to the all-around finals, finishing 24th, while Carrion placed 43rd in the preliminaries.

Sooner National Rankings...
National collegiate gymnastics rankings will be featured for both team and individuals Tuesday afternoons (men) and by 9 p.m. (women) Tuesday evenings. Results can be found at www.troester.com.