NORMAN, Okla. -- The No. 6 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team returns to action this Sat., Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. when it hosts No. 8 Nebraska (5-2-1) inside the Howard McCasland Field House.
The Sooners enter the meet with a higher national ranking than Nebraska for the first time under head coach Steve Nunno.
“This is a real important meet for us,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Nebraska has traditionally been our toughest Big 12 competitor and in the past we have fallen short in beating them. If we want to be considered a true top-six team we need to come out on top this weekend.”
The Sooners are coming off a win over Texas Woman’s University and Air Force held in Denton, Texas at the Kitty Magee Arena. Oklahoma swept all individual honors and recorded their second highest team score of the season.
Oklahoma won on vault (49.200), uneven bars (48.800), balance beam (49.025) and floor exercise (48.875) as they finished first overall with 195.900 points. TWU was second with a score of 191.250 and Air Force completed the field with a 176.925.
Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann won the all-around competition for the second meet in a row and posted first-place finishes in three-of-four events.
Koncak-Schumann has been one of the Sooners’ most consistent performers this season and was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week following her performance on Jan. 20 against Southern Utah. She has posted a career-high 9.95 on vault two meets in a row and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation on the event.
Nebraska comes into Norman holding a 5-2-1 overall record and 1-0 in Big 12 Conference play. The Huskers defeated No. 7 Missouri on Jan. 29, posting a season-high 196.35 in Lincoln, Neb.
Sophomore Emily Parsons won three individual event titles and the all-around crown to lead Nebraska. Parsons is the second-ranked vaulter in the nation with an average of 9.925 and is also rated third on beam (9.862) and seventh on floor (9.862).
The Sooners are 1-0 at home this season after a 195.925-190.050 defeat over Southern Utah on Jan. 20.
“In the McCasland Field House we will have a strong fan support with great enthusiasm. I hope we can build off of this support and defeat a tremendous team,” Nunno said.
Following the conclusion of the meet, fans will have a chance to talk with their favorite gymnasts and ask for autographs.
General Public $5
*A group is considered 10 or more people and tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance through the OU Ticket Office, (405) 325-2424 or (800) 456-4668.
SEATING: All seating will be general admission. Doors open at 6 p.m.
WEBCAST: SoonerSports.com will provide a live webcast of Saturday night’s action on the O-Zone beginning at 7 p.m.
LIVE SCORING: Following each rotation, scores will be posted on SoonerSports.com.
TWU, Air Force Recap
The No. 6 University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team (4-3) won all four events defeating Texas Woman’s University (3-4-1) and Air Force (0-6) in front of a record crowd at the Kitty Magee Arena in Denton, Texas.
The Sooners swept the individual awards in all four events and posted their second highest team score of the season.
Oklahoma won the vault (49.200), uneven bars (48.800), balance beam (49.025) and floor exercise (48.875) as they finished first overall with 195.900 points. TWU was second with a score of 191.250 and Air Force completed the field with a 176.925.
For the second week in a row junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann took first-place honors for Oklahoma with a 39.425 in the individual all-around competition. Freshman sensation Haley DeProspero finished in second posting a 39.400.
On balance beam, the Sooners performed a team score season-high 49.025. Koncak-Schumann and DeProspero both recorded a 9.825 to earn a tie for first place. Competing in just her second meet as a Sooner, sophomore Kiara Redmond finished with a 9.8 and a tie for second place with fellow teammate Coral Borda.
Koncak-Schumann recorded the high score on uneven bars posting a 9.875 and earning first place. Junior Lori Winn posted a 9.850 to finish in second place. Sophomore Caitlin Hinkis, performing in her first meet of the season, tied a career high and finished in a tie for third with DeProspero posting a 9.825.
On floor exercise, DeProspero won the event recording a 9.9 tying her season high. Winn posted 9.8 to earn second place and finished third in the all-around with a 38.975.
Oklahoma concluded the meet on vault recording a 49.200 team score. Koncak-Schumann won the event performing a 9.95 and tying her career high set against Southern Utah last week. Junior Tiffany Willin performed a 9.85 to earn a second place tie with DeProspero and Redmond.
The Huskers hold a 54-16 series record over the Sooners and won the Big 12 Championship in 2005. Nebraska was the only Big 12 squad represented in the Super Six Finals last season, finishing sixth nationally with a score of 196.425. Sophomore standout Emily Parsons leads the Huskers this year after coming off an impressive freshman campaign. She was a four-time All American as a freshman in 2005, earning first-team honors on floor exercise while also being named a second-team honoree on vault, beam and the all-around. She is currently ranked No. 5 in the nation on the all-around with a 39.331 season average.
Head Coach Dan Kendig enters his 13th year as head coach for the Huskers. He is a two-time NCAA Coach of the Year recepient and has made 10 NCAA Championship Appearances. He holds a 285-104-3 (.723) career record at Nebraska and has won the Big 12 Championship seven times.
Last Time OU and Nebraska Met
The last time these two teams met in Norman for a regular season meet was during the 2004 season. The Huskers defeated the Sooners 196.6-196.35 in the Lloyd Noble Center. However, Oklahoma got revenge later that season winning the Big 12 Championship.
Last year, Nebraska defeated Oklahoma 196.775-195.725 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers have not lost a regular season meet at home since March 1, 1993, which is a span of 59 meets.
This weekend’s meet marks the start of a challenging remainding schedule for the Sooners. During the next three weeks, Oklahoma will compete against four teams currently ranked in the top 10. Next week, the Sooners host No. 9 Iowa State in the Howard McCasland Field House on Fri., Feb. 10, starting at 7 p.m. Two days later OU travels to Athens, Ga., to face No. 1 Georgia. Oklahoma will finish Big 12 Conference play at No. 7 Missouri on Feb. 17 and travel to No 14 LSU on Feb. 24.
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved up two spots to No. 6 in this week’s GymInfo poll. The Sooners were also tabbed first in both the South Central region and Big 12 Conference with a team score average of 195.050.
In addition, Oklahoma’s vault team is ranked No. 4 nationally (49.100), No. 10 on uneven bars (48.742), No. 8 on balance beam (48.550) and No. 11 on floor exercise (48.658).
Individually, the Sooners have also made a mark in the top 25. Junior Brittney Koncak-Schumann is the third-ranked vaulter in the nation with an average of 9.908. Koncak-Schumann also sits at No. 12 in the nation for the all-around with an average score of 39.108.
Freshman sensation Haley DeProspero is ranked in a tie for 15th with fellow teammate Kiara Redmond on balance beam with a 9.8 scoring average. Junior Tiffany Willin has earned a 9.867 scoring average and is ranked No. 8.
The Sooners’ highest ranking in school history was acheived during the 2005 season when OU moved to No. 3. That same year they were ranked No. 5 for a week.
About the Rankings
Unlike other collegiate athletic rankings, collegiate gymnastic rankings are not based on wins and losses or votes. Gymnastics teams are ranked by their meet scores alone. From Jan. 9-Feb. 16, teams will be ranked by their total season average. Starting Feb. 20, teams and gymnasts will be ranked by a Regional Qualifying Score (RQS). An RQS is based on a team’s top six regular-season scores, with three scores coming from away meets. To obtain the RQS, the team’s or gymnast’s highest score is dropped and the remaining five scores are averaged.
Big 12 Conference
The Big 12 is arguably the best conference in the country with all four teams currently ranked in the top 10. The Sooners lead the way at No. 6 (195.050), followed by Missouri No. 7 (194.831), Nebraska No. 8 (194.781) and Iowa State No. 9 (194.617). Nebraska has posted the highest team score this season in the Big 12 with a 196.350 against Missouri. Nebraska’s Emily Parsons leads the Big 12 in the all-around competition with a high score of 39.625. Brittney Koncak-Schumann sits in second place with a season-high 39.425 set at the TWU triangular meet.
Sooners and Huskers Vault Into Action
Both Oklahoma and Nebraska have arguably the best vault teams in the country. The Sooners are currently ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the Big 12. Brittney Koncak-Schumann has recorded a 9.95 on the event in back-to-back meets and is tied at No. 1 with Nebraska’s Emily Parsons in the Big 12 standings. The Sooners have posted a team season-high 49.350 on vault, while Nebraska has recorded a team season-high 49.225.
Big 12 Gymnast of the Week
This weekend’s meet features the only two gymnasts who have been honored by they Big 12 Conference as gymnast of the week. Nebraska’s Emily Parsons has earned the honor three times this season, while Brittney Koncak-Schumann earned the award after her performance against Southern Utah on Jan. 20.
Nunno Signs World Champion
The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team was proud to announce the signing of World Champion Hollie Vise to a National Letter of Intent.
Vise is arguably the best recruit head coach Steve Nuuno has signed in his five-year tenure at Oklahoma. She is the current World Champion on uneven bars and has been an International Elite gymnast since the age of 11.
“It’s a great day for Oklahoma women’s gymnastics,” said coach Nunno. “Hollie will bring world championship experience to our team next year. We have never had an athlete come in that has had a World Champion title.”
Along with earning World Champion honors, Vise was also the National Champion on balance beam and silver medalist in the all-around in 2003. In 2002, she was the National Champion in both the uneven bars and balance beam and a silver medalist in the all-around. In 2001, she earned a silver medal in the all-around and was National Champion on uneven bars.
“Hollie will bring OU gymnastics to a whole new level and a push for a national title in the future,” said coach Nunno. “She not only brings great accolades as a gymnast, but she will also excel in the classroom. We expect her to be a tremendous student-athlete.”
Vise is a member of the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy and was on the first-place 2003 World Champion team. She is the daughter of Eddie and LeeAnn Vise and has three brothers: Brandon (22), Brad (17) and Weston (15). She started gymnastics when she was three and enjoys shopping, watching movies and riding her bike.
Hollie’s grandfather, Burton Gilliam, is an actor and has appeared in many movies and tv shows: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Alice Evening Show and is the Pace Picante man. For more information on Vise you can visit her personal Web Site at Hollievise.com.
Oklahoma native Shannon Miller was the last gymnast Nunno has coached with World Champion honors. He helped lead Miller to two world championship titles, nine world championship medals and seven Olympic medals, including a pair of golds at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Big 12 Gymnastics 10th Anniversary Team
The Big 12 is selecting 10th anniversary teams for its sports in 2005-06 in celebration of its 10th Anniversary season. The Gymnastics team will be selected by the league’s head coaches and announced on March 22. In order to be eligible for the ballot, gymnasts must have won an event title at a conference championship.
Big 12 Gymnastics Championship
The 2006 Big 12 Gymnastics Championship will be Sat., March 25, at 7 p.m. in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets are available through the Nebraska ticket office.
Big 12 Gymnastics Action
No. 8 Nebraska: at Oklahoma
No. 7 Missouri: vs. Iowa State
No. 9 Iowa State: at Missouri
No. 6 Oklahoma: vs. Nebraska
Koncak-Schumann Named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week (Jan. 24)
Brittney Koncak-Schumann was named Big 12 Gymnast of the Week on Jan. 24 after winning the all-around with a 39.375 against Southern Utah. The junior from McQueeney, Texas, earned the award for the second time in her career.
“Brittney had a great meet against Southern Utah,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “She is really starting to come back to her true form after suffering a knee injury her freshman year.”
Koncak-Schumann won the vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.875) while placing second on floor exercise (9.85) and tying for fourth on bars (9.70) in helping lead the Sooners to a 195.925-190.050 victory over the Southern Utah Thunderbirds. Her vault score was a career high and her all-around total was the fourth best of her career. Koncak-Schumann is the nation’s third-ranked vaulter and 12th in the all-around.
“She is a great competitor and is more confident then ever before,” Nunno said. “She feels like she has something to prove and shows it in her performance in the gym.”
Sooners Excel in Classroom
The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team received an overall GPA of 3.42 during the fall term, marking the second highest single-term GPA under head coach Steve Nunno. The GPA puts the squad No. 1 on campus among women’s sports for the fall term and second among all sports. Four Sooner gymnasts finished the fall with a 4.0 GPA.
“I am extremely proud of our team,” said head coach Steve Nunno. “Not only do we have one of the most talented teams in program history but they are one of the best academically. I am proud of the hard work they put in the classroom.”
Academics have always been a high priority for the Sooners who strive to work hard both in the gym and in the classroom. Last season, Oklahoma finished 12th at the NCAA National Championships and had six gymnasts finish with a 4.0 GPA in the spring semester.
2006 Team Captains
Women’s gymnastics head coach Steve Nunno announced his team captains for the 2006 season. Kristen Cox and Tiffany Willin will take the leadership role and perform as captains for the team.
Nunno on Cox and Willin:
“Kristen is my first recruit I have coached for all four years. She is a very popular person with team members. It is only right that she finishes out her collegiate career as a team captain. She brings commitment to the team and has a great personality to lead us this upcoming year.”
“Tiffany is one of two First Team All-Americans we have had in the past 15 years. It is only fitting that she is a team captain. She brings great accolades to the team and has a dynamic work ethic.”