NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team defeated Southern Utah on Friday in Cedar City, Utah, by a score of 197.100-196.175. It was the second time the two schools met this season, with OU winning the previous meeting.
“This was a solid meet for us,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “We did not have to count one fall towards our final score and I think we are definitely getting better as the season progresses. Now we have to move to the next competition, which will be a tough meet at Missouri.”
Senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo won the all-around for the second straight meet, coming away with a 39.500 tally. Tamayo has now won five all-around titles this season and three of the last four times in competition. In addition, the California native has been the Sooners’ top all-arounder in seven of their nine meets. She also took home first place on the balance beam with a 9.850.
The Sooners won every event except for the floor exercise which Southern Utah edged out OU, 49.375-49.300. On the vault, OU recorded its best score of the season with a 49.250. That proved to be the difference in the meet, as the Thunderbirds posted a 48.750. The Sooners, ranked No. 4 in the nation on the uneven bars, outscored SUU 49.350-49.050. Finally on the beam, OU scored a 49.200 to SUU's 49.000.
“This might have been one of our best nights on the vault,” added Nunno. “We put together six vaults with a 10.0 start value and tonight it showed that we are starting to come along on that apparatus. It typically has been our weak point in competitions, but tonight the girls shined and made it our best event.”
It was a clean sweep for No. 12 OU in the awards category against the Thunderbirds. Senior co-captain Leah Mueller was victorious on the uneven bars with a 9.900. Sophomore Katie Hostler won her second consecutive floor routine with a 9.900 performance and freshman Ashley Cooney was solid again for OU winning on the vault with a 9.900.
The Sooners (9-8) will hit the road again next week, facing off with Big 12 foe Missouri on Sunday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m.