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  Mariana Goncalves
Mariana Goncalves
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Height:
5-3

Event:
All-Around

Birthdate:
04/29/1980

Club:
Yashi Gym

2001 (Junior): Competed as an all-arounder for the third consecutive season ... Won the vault (9.875) at regionals on April 7 ... Scored a 9.975 on the uneven parallel bars on Jan. 27 at Texas Woman's to tie a school record ... Earned the second All-Big 12 honor in her career when she scored a 9.925 (tied for second place) at the Big 12 Championships in Norman on March 24 ... Won two all-around titles on the season (Feb. 3 vs. Nebraska and March 10 vs. Ohio State) ... Were the first two of her career and included a personal-high 39.350 on March 10 ... Claimed four individual titles (two bars, one beam and one floor) ... Second-team Academic All-Big 12.

2000 (Sophomore): Posted the highest bars average for the Sooners with a 9.861 … Set a season high in the all-around (39.000) at the Big 12 Championships … Scored a career high on the balance beam with a 9.900 against Air Force … Placed first on the uneven bars with a season-high 9.925 in a tri-meet action with Iowa State and Centenary … Competed as an all-arounder 10 times on the season … Earned Academic All-Big 12 Honors.

1999 (Freshman): Competed in all but one all-around for OU as a freshman … Placed third on the bars at the Big 12 Championships … Held the highest bars average for OU with a 9.861 … Posted six titles on the event and was ranked 27th in the nation … Shared the highest bars score in team history … Earned the highest spot for the Sooners at the NCAA Midwest Regionals by placing sixth in the all-around … Earned an eighth-place finish on bars … Diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a disease that degenerates the muscles … Practice time and competition level were limited due to pain in her legs.

Other: A product of the Yashi Gym in Sao Paulo, Brazil … Has competed in three World Championships and one Pan American Games as a member of the Brazilian National Team since 1994 … Placed third in the all-around competition at both the Pan American Games (1997) and the Brazilian National Championships (1996) … Earned the second-place spot in the all-around at the 1997 Brazilian National Championships … Coached by Alexandre Valince.

Personal: Full name is Mariana Bueloni Goncalves … born April 29, 1980, in Sao Paulo, Brazil … Majoring in business marketing, minoring in Spanish... Parents are Marcio and Soemes Farcia Goncalves … Belongs to BRASA (a Brazilian Organization) … Also recruited by Towson State and Maryland-Baltimore County … Enjoys pictures, dancing and swimming … Most memorable gymnastics moment was going to her first world championship.

Quotes: "I could laugh all day about anything. I'm very outgoing and I love talking to people and making them laugh.”

“Steve is great, he knows how to plan workouts and make sure we're in our best shape for our most important meets. I admire him."

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