Sooners Ranked No. 8 in Poll
January 23, 2006

NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team moved to No. 8 in the GymInfo National Rankings Poll released today.  The Sooners are now the highest ranked team in the Big 12 Conference and crack the top 10 for the second time this season. 

“We are currently the No. 1 team in the Big 12,” said head coach Steve Nunno.  “I’m proud of the way our team has been performing and the hard work they have put into the gym.  We need to keep refining our routines, but I think we are on the right track in competing in a competitive Big 12 Conference.”

The Big 12 Conference is arguably the toughest it has ever been with all four teams currently ranked in the top 15.  Oklahoma sits at the top at No. 8, Missouri at No.10, Nebraska at No. 12 and Iowa State at No. 15. 

“I think our first Big 12 meet against Nebraska will be a great overall event for the fans to enjoy,” Nunno said.  “Both teams have exceptional athletes that perform difficult routines.”

Before opening the Big 12 schedule at home on Feb. 4, the Sooners will travel to Denton, Texas, this Sun., Jan. 29 to face Texas Woman’s University and Air Force.  The meet is slated to begin at 2 p.m. in the Kitty Magee Arena. 

“I’m hoping this weekend we will continue to improve and perform even better then we did against Southern Utah,” said Nunno.  “It would be great to carry over some momentum into our meet against Nebraska.”      

OU started the season ranked No. 10 in the GymInfo Preseason Coaches’ Poll which marked the highest preseason ranking in the program’s history and one spot better than last year’s No. 11 ranking.   

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.  Teams are ranked by their highest score from Jan. 9-16.  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. 

Oklahoma will be back at home on Feb. 4 to open Big 12 Conference play against Nebraska in the Howard McCasland Field House starting at 7 p.m.   

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