Sooners Finish Fourth at Cancun Classic

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 06, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 10-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished fourth in the third annual Cancun Gymnastics Classic held at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Mexico.  The Sooners finished with a score of 193.325 in a meet that included five teams ranked in the top 25. 


Defending national champion and No. 1 Georgia scored 195.70 to take first-place honors in the meet, No. 9 Stanford was second at 194.850, No. 21 Denver was third at 193.850 and No. 17 Arizona was fifth at 192.925.

“We started the meet on beam and had some difficulties,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno.  “But as the night went on the girls started to relax more and began performing much better.  We came back and had solid routines on vault.”

After a dismal start on beam the Sooners rebounded with a solid performance on vault.  Juniors Tiffany Willin and Brittney Schumann led the way as OU earned a score of 48.750.  Willin finished in fourth place with a 9.850 and Schumann was right behind her in fifth with a 9.825.

Freshmen Haley DeProspero and Ashley Jackson were impressive in their first meet as Sooners.  DeProspero finished in a tie for fifth on beam with a 9.725 score and tallied a 9.775 mark on vault.  Jackson had a solid routine on floor with a 9.750 score and a 9.725 on vault.  

"We have a great team that just needs some polishing,” said Nunno.  “We are obviously not happy with the outcome tonight and we need to correct some things.  But this is a team that will only continue to improve."

UCLA transfer Lori Winn also competed in her first meet as a Sooner.  Winn finished in seventh place in the all-around posting scores of 9.775 (bars), 9.675 (beam), 9.60 (floor) and 9.575 (vault).    

Georgia’s Courtney Kupets won the all-around with a 39.225 score.  The Bulldogs also set a meet record with a 48.925 team score on vault.  The previous record was 48.850 set in 2005 by Oklahoma.

The Sooners will have a week off from competition before hosting their first home meet of the season against Southern Utah on Jan. 20 at the Howard McCasland Field House.



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