NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno. The GPA puts the squad No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports. Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Not only do we have one of the most talented teams in program history but they are one of the best academically. I am proud of the hard work they put in the classroom.”
Academics have always been a high priority for the Sooners who strive to work hard both in the gym and in the classroom. Last season, Oklahoma finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships and had six gymnasts finish with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.
In the same season, two OU gymnasts were named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. Juniors Brittney Schumann of McQueeney, Texas, and Tiffany Willin of Fort Myers, Fla., were both named to the team.
“We have a young group of committed student-athletes who understand the value of dedication and the rewards of hard work and it shows in their results,” Nunno said.
The Sooners are preparing for a challenging 2006 season and have already competed in one meet. On Jan. 6 Oklahoma scored 193.325 and took fourth place at the Cancun Gymnastics Classic in Cancun, Mexico. Reigning national champions Georgia took team honors with a 195.700.
The 2006 squad features nine letterwinners from last year’s team that made the program’s fifth appearance at the NCAA Championships. Five newcomers also highlight the 2006 squad including freshman sensation Haley DeProspero and transfers Lori Winn and Kiara Redmond.
Oklahoma will host their first meet of the season against Southern Utah on Friday, Jan. 20. The meet is slated to start at 7 p.m. at the Howard McCasland Field House. Fans who attend the event will have a chance to meet with gymnasts following the meet in an autograph session held in the front lobby.