NORMAN, Okla. The No. 10 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team won on the uneven bars and balance beam but that was not enough to defeat No. 2 Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Sunday, falling 196.900-196.225. Senior co-captain was solid again for OU, taking first on the balance beam (9.950) and second in the all-around (39.450) just two days after winning every event at home against No. 9 Nebraska.
“This meet came down to the wire,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “For us to hang with the No. 2 team in the nation down to the last competitor shows that we belong in the top-ten. This was a productive trip and I think the girls realize how good they are and that there is still room for improvement.”
The No. 1 bars team in the nation rebounded from a tough performance on Friday against Nebraska by winning the team event over the Bulldogs on Sunday (49.075-48.825). The Sooners also won the balance beam with a 49.250 performance, topping Georgia and its 49.225 score.
Despite a strong OU showing on vault, Georgia won that event (49.275-48.850) as well as the floor exercise (49.475-49.050).
“We started off on bars today which was our nemesis on Friday,” said Nunno. “We had a fall but then the girls rallied from there and really got things going on the vault after that. We hit six vaults in-a-row which we have not done all year in that event, which has typically been our worse apparatus. Our beam routine was great with three of the better performances I have seen coming out of Kasie, Tara (Anderson) and Ashley (Cooney) and floor was solid too.”
Freshman Ashley Cooney made her first appearance in the all-around this season for OU, and took third with a 39.200. Cooney rattled off scores of 9.750 (vault), 9.775 (bars), 9.825 (beam) and a 9.850 on the floor exercise.
This was the second meeting between the schools this season with Georgia barely defeating OU the last time out in the Super Six Challenge back on Jan. 9, (195.550-195.275).
“It is always going to be a challenge to beat Georgia, especially at their home,” added Nunno. “At the same time this was a great atmosphere for gymnastics as usual and it motivated us to do better. Once again we proved we can be a good team on the road, we just came up a little bit short today.”
The Sooners will return home with less than a week to prepare for current No. 7 Stanford inside the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13.