NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma women’s gymnastics head coach Steve Nunno announced the 2006 schedule today. The Sooners will face one of their most challenging schedules in the history of the program with four home meets and eight away meets. OU will encounter four teams ranked in the top 10 before heading to the Big 12 Championship on March 25 in Lincoln, Neb.
The Sooners will open the season by participating in the Third Annual Cancun Gymnastics Classic with Georgia, Washington and Stanford Jan. 7 in Cancun, Mexico at the Hilton Golf and Beach Resort. The meet will bring strong competition for OU with four of the top 20 teams in the nation competing.2006 Women's Gymnastics Schedule | 2006 Printable Schedule |
“We are very excited about the upcoming season and competing in one of the most challenging schedules we have ever faced,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “We have one of the most talented teams we have seen in 20 years at OU. Our schedule will challenge us early and will allow us to learn a lot about what kind of team we have.”
Following the Cancun Classic the Sooners will then have a week off from competition before hosting their first home meet against Southern Utah on Jan. 20.
Highlighting the 2006 slate will be a Feb. 12 trip to Athens, Ga., to face Southeastern Conference perennial powerhouse and No. 1 ranked Georgia for the second time in the season. The Bulldogs are the reigning national champions from a year ago. Two weeks later the Sooners will encounter another talented SEC team when they face No. 9 LSU on Feb. 24 in Baton Rouge, La.
The Sooners will host two conference meets this season when both Nebraska on Feb. 4 and Iowa State Feb. 10 come to Norman. OU will travel to Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 17 to face Missouri and finish Big 12 Conference competition.
“The Big 12 Conference is the strongest it has been in awhile,” Nunno said. “It will be a very competitive battle in both conference meets and the conference championship.”
OU’s final home meet will be on March 3 when Texas Woman’s University comes to Norman. The Sooners will have one last meet before postseason begins in Kent, Ohio facing Kent State on March 17.
The Big 12 Championship will be hosted by Nebraska on March 25 in Lincoln, Neb. Last season the Sooners finished third in the championship.
The Sooners also made the program’s fifth appearance at the NCAA Championships last season with a 12th place finish. The 2005 NCAA Championships will be hosted by Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., and will begin on April 20.