April 19, 2001

ATHENS, Ga. -- The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team ended its season with a fifth-place finish in the first competition session of the 2001 NCAA National Championships Thursday in Athens, Ga. The No. 12 Sooners (21-11) tallied a score of 193.875 in a field that included the winner, No. 2 UCLA (197.625), No. 4 Michigan (196.525), No. 3 Alabama (196.375), No. 6 Florida (195.825) and No. 20 Oregon State (193.775). The Bruins, Wolverines and Crimson Tide all advanced to the team finals competition on Friday.

Leading the way for OU was redshirt freshman Leah Mueller, OU's top all-arounder (11th, 39.000). Mueller also scored team highs on the floor exercise (9.800) with sophomore Patricia Aoki, the balance beam with Kasie Tamayo (9.750), and the vault (9.775). Sophomore Leticia Ishii (uneven parallel bars, 9.775) was OU's other top event finisher.

"It wasn't an exceptional performance by any means," said Oklahoma Co-Head Coach Becky Switzer. "However, the team did show it belonged here in Georgia and I was impressed with the way it represented the University of Oklahoma. This 2001 Sooner team is one of my most memorable squads."

Despite the outcome, Oklahoma qualified this year for the National Championships for the first time since 1989 and return every gymnast for next season. The meet marks Switzer's last as head coach after 18 years.

Team Scores
1.UCLA 197.625
2.Michigan196.525
3.Alabama 196.375
4.Florida 195.825
5.OU 193.875
6.Oregon State193.775

Oklahoma Team Scores
1.Vault 48.100
2.Uneven Parallel Bars48.525
3.Balance Beam 48.425
4.Floor Exercise 48.825

All-Around
1.Onnie Williams (UCLA)39.525
Elise Ray (UM) 39.525
3.Jeana Rice (UA) 39.475
Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA)39.475
Yvonne Tousek (UCLA)39.475

Top OU Scores
11.Leah Mueller39.000
13.Kasie Tamayo 38.850
14.Leticia Ishii38.675

Vault
1.Katrina Severin (OSU)9.950
2.Krisin Parker (UCLA)9.900
Lara Degenhardt (OSU)9.900

Top OU Scores
18.Leah Mueller 9.775
30.Mariana Goncalves9.700
32.Leticia Ishii 9.625

Uneven Parallel Bars
1.Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA)9.925
2.Natalie Barrington (UA)9.900
Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA)9.900
Doni Thompson (UCLA)9.900
Yvonne Thompson (UCLA)9.900
Onnie Willis (UCLA)9.900
Elise Ray (UM) 9.900

Top OU Scores
16.Leticia Ishii 9.775
19.Carla DeMartini 9.750
23.Kasie Tamayo 9.725

Balance Beam
1.Elise Ray (UM) 9.925
2.Kristen Maloney (UCLA)9.900
3.Yvonne Tousek (UCLA)9.900

Top OU Scores
22.Kasie Tamayo 9.750
Leah Mueller 9.750
24Patricia Aoki 9.725

Floor Exercise
1.Mohini Bhardwaj (UCLA)9.950
Jamie Dantzscher (UCLA)9.950
3.Elise Ray (UM) 9.925

Top OU Scores
20.Leah Mueller 9.800
Patricia Aoki 9.800
31.Carla DeMartini 9.750
Leticia Ishii 9.750