NORMAN, Okla. - The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team completed its first week of official practice today at the Sam Vierson Gymnastics Center. Leading up to this week the team had been conducting voluntary workouts.
The Sooners are preparing for what is shaping up to be an exciting season. Under the tutelage of head coach Steve Nunno, OU will look to improve on their 19-17 record from last year and 12th place finish at the NCAA Championships. The Sooners return nine letterwinners, but lose Big 12 Gymnast of the Year Erin LaBarr.
Oklahoma will face a demanding schedule in 2006 and will challenge the team from start to finish. The Sooners will open up competition at the 3rd annual Cancun Classic on Jan. 7 in Cancun, Mexico. A total of seven teams will compete, including Georgia, Stanford, Washington, Arizona, Denver, NC State and OU. The meet will feature four teams from last year’s top 20 including defending national champion Georgia.
Oklahoma's first home meet of the season will be on Jan. 20 when Southern Utah comes to town.
The Sooners will also host two conference meets when 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 conclude Big 12 Conference competition.
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.