TUSCALOOSA, Ala. The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team turned in another solid performance in their second appearance of the season competing in the Super Six Challenge in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Friday at Coleman Coliseum in front of a crowd of 9,817. The team finished fourth with a team score of 195.275. No 3 Alabama (196.725) won the event, followed by No. 7 Florida (195.950) and No. 2 Georgia (195.550). No. 11 Oregon State (193.775) and No 18 Denver (193.600) took fourth and fifth respectively.
“This is a performance that we were trying to capitalize on from the misses we had last week and we did that tonight,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “The girls have worked hard to get through the early season problems and now they are season competitors.”
Freshman Brittney Koncak continued her strong performance from Cancun last week winning the all-around with a combined score of 39.400.
“This is Brittney’s first real tough competition and she was out most of the fall and she is an incredible competitor,” Nunno said. “When she comes out and sees a competition in front of her, she really goes after it. It just shows why she is a top recruit and we are just happy she is on our team.”
The Sooners started off on the balance beam and came away with a 48.450 paced by Koncak’s 9.850. Junior Erin LaBarr added a 9.750 for the Sooners.
After a bye in the second rotation OU moved onto the floor exercise where they scored a 48.925. Again it was Koncak leading the Sooners with a 9.875 and sophomore Katie Hostler contributed a 9.825.
The vault followed for OU, the consistent performance of Koncak continued as she hit a 9.850 to give the Sooners a vault team score of 48.675. After four rotations, OU had totaled 146.050 and a bye awaited them before their last event, the uneven bars.
Going into the final rotation, Alabama (196.725) and Denver (193.600) concluded their performances and OU sat ahead of Oregon State (145.550) and trailed Florida (146.50) and Georgia (146.175). Looking to finish fourth the Sooners delivered the best bar performance of the night with a 49.925. Senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo recorded the highest bar score of the evening nailing her landing and scoring a 9.925. She was followed by Labarr who tied for second with her 9.900 score. Senior co-captain Leah Mueller competed in her lone event of the meet and recorded a 9.850.
Nunno added, “Uneven bars is where there are so many different skills and it is all about timing, but this team is aggressive and went after that final event. In the end we were sticking landings and really performing well. And for Kasie Tamayo to come back from a fall in the first event to winning the last event is a testimony to what she is about, she is a fighter.”
A tape delayed broadcast of the Super Six can be seen on national TV, Sunday, January 11 at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN 2.
Oklahoma will return to action for their first home meet of the season when they host the Air Force Academy on January 23 at Lloyd Noble Center. The meet is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and will also feature the OU men’s gymnastics team also battling Air Force in their home opener.