Feb. 22, 2002
NORMAN, Okla. - In its fifth road meet of the year, the sixth-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team (9-2) defeated No. 20 Missouri and Centenary in Columbia, Mo., at the Hearnes Center. The Sooners combined for a 196.500 team score, their third-best of the season.
Senior Mariana Goncalves showed why she has been named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week by winning the all-around with a career-high 39.575. The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native claimed first place on the vault (9.850), bars (9.925) and balance beam (9.925). She tied for third on the floor exercise with three other Sooners (9.875).
Sophomore Kasie Tamayo finished second in the all-around (39.375), while freshman Allison Landis took third (39.125). Tamayo was also second on the balance beam (9.900) and third on vault (9.800). Landis placed third on the balance beam (9.850), tied for fourth on the bars (9.800) and tied for sixth on the vault (9.675).
Senior Allison Mayberry hit a career-high 9.900 on the floor to tie for first, while sophomore Leah Mueller placed second on the vault (9.825).
"I felt like our girls really rallied for this meet," said OU head coach Steve Nunno. "We shuffled the lineup a little bit last weekend at Boise State, but the girls came back together tonight and hit every event. We didn't have to count any falls and only had one mistake we didn't have to count."
The Sooners led after the first event, scoring a 49.025 on the bars. OU went on to score season-high 49.250 on the beam, with Goncalves and Landis notching career highs. Oklahoma continued its stellar performance with a 49.400 on the floor to lead the competition. The Sooners rounded out the night with a 48.825 on the vault to seal the victory.
"We had exceptional performances form Mariana Goncalves and Kasie Tamayo," added Nunno. "Those are our two top stars and they showed why they are tonight. Missouri has definitely improved this year. It's good to see competition in the Big 12 Conference because I think it brings out the best in all of us."
The Sooners are back in action on Sunday, March 3, against Iowa State. Meet time is set for 2 p.m. at the Lloyd Noble Center. The men's gymnastics team will also be competing against Stanford and Minnesota at 2 p.m.