KENT, Ohio -- The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team continued its hot streak and posted its third-highest team score of the season en route to a 196.575-193.900 victory over Kent State in Kent, Ohio tonight.
The Sooners swept all four team and individual events for the fourth time this season winning on vault (49.300), bars (48.925), beam (49.125) and floor (49.225).
Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann had arguably the best performance of her career winning three individual events and tying for first on beam with Haley DeProspero and Kristen Cox.
"When the meet started Brittney caught fire," said head coach Steve Nunno. "She had a great meet. All of her hard work this season has started to pay off. She is starting to peak at the right time and I think the best is yet to come."
Koncak-Schumann was crowned all-around champion after posting a career-high 39.600. DeProspero came in second with a career-high 39.425 and Kent State’s Jill Kowalski finished in third (38.850).
On bars, Koncak-Schumann recorded a 9.85 to take first place and fellow teammate Lori Winn came in a close second with a 9.825.
Moving to the next rotation, the Sooners posted a 49.300 on vault with Koncak-Schumann tying her career high (9.95) and taking another first-place honor. DeProspero finished in second (9.925) tying a career high and junior Tiffany Willin finished in a tie for third (9.825) with Kent State’s Carrie Mayle.
On floor, Oklahoma continued to extend its lead over the Golden Flashes posting a 49.225. Koncak-Schumann performed a 9.925 to win the event with DeProspero coming in second (9.875). Win rounded out the top three with a 9.85.
Koncak-Schumann has recorded a 9.925 or higher on floor in the past two meets. Against Centenary, she recorded a career-high 9.975 which tied for the second highest score on the event in program history. It also marked the highest score for a Sooner since Erin LaBarr recorded a perfect 10.0 on bars during the 2005 Cancun Gymnastics Classic.
The Sooners finished the night on beam with a 49.125 and had three gymnasts tie for first place. Koncak-Schumann, DeProspero and Cox all performed an 9.875. The score marked career highs for both Cox and DeProspero.
"I was pleased with the way we competed tonight," Nunno said. "I think Haley had her best meet of the season and is starting to show the experience she has gained this year. With Haley and Brittney leading this team we are going to be a tough team to beat in postseason action. I'm excited to see what happens."
Oklahoma will be busy this week in preparation for the 2006 Big 12 Championship in Lincoln, Neb., on March 25. The meet is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Sooners will be looking for the their second Big 12 Championship victory in the past three years. In 2004, Oklahoma won the championship for the first time in OU women’s gymnastics history.