OKLAHOMA CITY The No. 9 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team topped No. 7 Georgia in record-setting fashion Sunday night at the Cox Convention Center.
The Sooners defeated the Gym Dogs, 196.7-196.3, with both team achieving their best scores of the season.
“It was a big win against a very talented team,” OU head coach Steve Nunno said. “We knew it would be a challenge, but our team performed at its best this season and it showed on the score sheet.”
OU set the tone from the start with each of its six vaulters Coral Borda (9.7), Brittney Koncak (9.85), Erin LaBarr (9.825), Kristen Cox (9.85), Tiffany Willin (9.875) and Ashley Cooney (9.95) recording season highs. Cooney won the event, setting the OU individual season high and matching her career best in the process.
The Sooners managed 14 season-high tallies, individually, and picked up wins on the uneven bars and balance beam with season highs of 49.35 and 49.25, respectively.
After three rotations, OU trailed by 0.075 points. However, a career high floor routine by Cooney (9.95) and two falls on beam by Georgia sealed a Sooner victory.
Three of OU’s four all-arounders scored season-best totals. Cooney matched her best score this season of 39.4, Cox tallied a career-high 39.2 and Koncak scored a season-high 39.4.
Erin LaBarr led the Sooners with a 39.425 all-around score, placing second overall. UGA's Kelsey Erickson won the all-around, bars and beam.
“Ashley, Erin and Kristen had tremendous performances,” Nunno said, “and our freshmen really stood up to the challenge today.”
Freshman Stephanie LoPiccolo executed a 9.825 beam routine, placing second, and a 9.7 bars routine, both career bests.
Freshman Coral Borda also performed two season-best routines. Borda scored a 9.7 on vault and 9.875 on beam.
The Sooners return to the mat Friday, Feb. 18, against the Auburn Tigers in Auburn, Ala., and then return to the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman on Sunday, Feb. 20.