March 15, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- The No. 14 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team started its west coast road trip with a bang, breaking three school marks as they rolled over No. 18 Arizona, 197.725-197.375, Friday night in McKale Center on the Tucson, Ariz., campus. OU broke the school team scoring mark, formerly at 197.525, which it set last week on Senior Night (March 7). Oklahoma also broke the OU bars and beam team scoring records with scores of 49.550 and 49.675 on the respective events.
Oklahoma extended its win streak to six, tying the longest since Head Coach Steve Nunno took over the helm. OU has now broken every team scoring record except vault this season. The Sooners improved to 10-6 and are 9-1 since finishing sixth in the season opening Super Six Challenge.
Despite equaling or outscoring the Wildcats on every event in the team scoring, the Sooners were unable to claim any top individual spots outright. Sooner individuals set or tied nine career-highs, with the most impressive being a near perfect 9.975 by freshman Kelly Haggerty on the beam. The score landed the Tampa, Fla., native in a tie for first on the event with Monica Bisordi of Arizona. Junior Kasie Tamayo and Allison Landis tied for third on the event with identical scores of 9.950. OU claimed five of the top six spots on the event.
Senior co-captain and bars specialist Leah Mueller had her best meet of the season, with a score of 9.950 on the bars and a tie for first place. Junior Karina Agafonova finished second (9.925) tied with Landis (9.925). Agafonova, Mueller and Melissa Smith (9.850, 8th place) scores were career bests. OU took four of the top five spots on the event.
Senior Patricia Aoki was the top Sooner finisher on vault and floor with score of 9.925 (2nd place) and 9.900 (3rd place) on the respective events. Aoki also notched a career-high 9.900 on beam. The reigning Big 12 Gymnast of the Week has now set 18 career-highs in the last eight meets.
Bisordi was the top all-arounder with a score of 39.750, while fellow Wildcat Jamie Duce finished second with a score of 39.150. OU did not enter anyone in the all-around.
Oklahoma is peaking at the right time with the top ranked UCLA Bruins awaiting on Sunday. OU will also compete against North Carolina and Rhode Island in the Bruin Invitational, Sunday at 2p.m. (PST). Oklahoma ends the regular season with a dual meet in Maples Pavilion against No. 8 Stanford on March 21.
Top Three Finishers and OU Results
Vault Bars Beam Floor Total 1. Oklahoma 49.125 49.550 49.675 49.375 197.725 2. Arizona 49.125 49.400 49.500 49.350 197.375
Vault 1. Abby Pearson Arizona 10.000 2. Patricia Aoki Oklahoma 9.925 3. Monica Bisordi Arizona 9.875 4. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.850 4. Kristen Cox Oklahoma 9.850 6. Kasie Tamayo Oklahoma 9.800 7. Katie Hostler Oklahoma 9.775 7. Nicole Gause Oklahoma 9.775 12. Christina Gerard Oklahoma 9.475
Bars 1. Monica Bisordi Arizona 9.950 1. Leah Mueller Oklahoma 9.950 3. Karina Agafonova Oklahoma 9.925 3. Allison Landis Oklahoma 9.925 5. Andi McCabe Arizona 9.900 5. Kasie Tamayo Oklahoma 9.900 8. Melissa Smith Oklahoma 9.850 11. Tara Anderson Oklahoma 9.275
Beam 1. Monica Bisordi Arizona 9.975 1. Kelly Haggerty Oklahoma 9.975 3. Kasie Tamayo Oklahoma 9.950 3. Allison Landis Oklahoma 9.950 5. Kristine Harper Arizona 9.925 6. Patricia Aoki Oklahoma 9.900 6. Melissa Smith Oklahoma 9.900 10. Christina Gerard Oklahoma 9.850
Floor 1. Monica Bisordi Arizona 9.950 2. Christy Gerard Oklahoma 9.925 3. Jamie Duce Arizona 9.900 3. Patricia Aoki Oklahoma 9.900 5. Meredith Fricke Oklahoma 9.875 6. Katie Hostler Oklahoma 9.850 8. Nicole Gause Oklahoma 9.825 11. Karina Agafonova Oklahoma 9.800
All-Around 1. Monica Bisordi Arizona 39.750 2. Jamie Duce Arizona 39.150