Tamayo Is Big 12 Gymnast Of The Week Again

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 17, 2004

NORMAN, Okla. For the second week in a row, Senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo (ta-MY-o) was named the Big 12 conference’s Gymnast of the Week, as announced Tuesday.  Tamayo is the only gymnast in the Big 12 to earn the honor twice this season.

The Sacramento, Calif., senior won her second consecutive all-around title at home and fourth this season with a 39.425. Tamayo finished tied for third on vault (9.825), tied for second on bars (9.90) and tied for third on floor exercise (9.90). Her performances were key in the Sooners upset over No. 7 Stanford last Friday.

“Kasie has been a model of consistency all season,”  said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno.  “When we needed her to step up against Stanford she accepted the challenge and performed well.  She is one of our team captains and Kasie has been proving that this year by setting the example in each competition.”

Tamayo has scored the top all-around score for the Sooners in six out of eight meets this season, averaging 39.334.  She has won the all-around title four times this season and her average ranks her fourth in the South Central Region and in the Big 12. 

In addition, Tamayo is ranked No. 7 individually on the uneven bars in the nation, averaging 9.906 on the apparatus which also ranks her first in South Central Region and first in the Big 12.  As a team, the Sooners rank fourth nationally in average on the bars with a 49.475.

Next up for Tamayo and the No. 12 Sooners is Southern Utah on Friday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Cedar City, Utah.

Big 12 Gymnasts of the Week

Feb. 17     Kasie Tamayo      OKLAHOMA     
Feb. 10 Kasie Tamayo OKLAHOMA
Feb. 3 Erin Dethloff Iowa State
Jan. 27 Janet Anson Iowa State
Jan. 20 Libby Landgraf Nebraska
Jan. 13 Brittney Koncak OKLAHOMA



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