Head coach K.J. Kindler and the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics program signed another stellar recruiting class this week, adding a pair of gymnasts that will bring talent and depth to the OU roster.
“We are excited to welcome two amazing young women to the Sooner team,” Kindler said. “I know without a doubt that this was their top choice and we couldn’t be prouder that they have chosen OU.”
Oklahoma signed former J.O. National Team member Nicole Lehrmann while adding a strong walk-on prospect in Missouri State Champion Megan Thompson. Both bring a wealth of experience and potential following strong club careers.
“Each year we strive to add student-athletes who are goal-oriented and have strong work ethic in all areas of their lives,” Kindler said. “Add charisma and passion and you have a very impressive combination in these new Sooners. The Oklahoma tradition will march on as these ladies take the floor in 2016.”
A former junior international elite and currently level 10 gymnast, Nicole Lehrmann currently trains at Capital Gymnastics under coach Barry Hyder. Hailing from Austin, Texas, Lehrmann is a former J.O. National Team member, national champion and Visa Championships qualifier.
“Nicole is an incredible talent on all four events and one to watch,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “She has national title titles in both the all-around and on bars, and we expect her to contribute on all four right out of the gate. She is also a superb student and plans to join the Honors College upon arrival at OU. It was so fun to watch her face light up as the advisors told her about the great opportunities she will have at Oklahoma.”
"Nicole is simply the entire package from athletics to academics to personality. She is an incredible talent...and one to watch."
- K.J. Kindler
Lehrmann owns seven top-two finishes at the state level since 2010, including four individual state titles at the 2014 Texas State Championships. The 2013 Texas USAG Gymnast of the Year, Lehrmann was named to the J.O. National Team after finishing first in the all-around and on uneven bars at nationals. She has been dominant at the regional level, capturing five first-place finishes since 2011, including top honors on bars last season.
“She is simply the entire package from athletics to academics to personality,” Kindler added. “I am especially drawn to her amazing presence on floor and cannot wait to choreograph her first Oklahoma floor routine. She has so much expression and emotion; our fans will love watching her perform. Her coach at Capital Gymnastics has a history of producing elite level athletes and his support throughout her career has definitely been invaluable to her success.”
“With Nicole, there is never a dull moment,” former teammate and current sophomore McKenzie Wofford said. “She is fun, so outgoing and adventurous. Her energy is awesome.”
Lehrmann is the daughter of Les Lehrmann and Ann Franklin and has two sisters, Tori and Teagan. She plans on majoring in biology with a pre-veterinary emphasis at Oklahoma. Lehrmann chose Oklahoma over offers from Utah, Cal and North Carolina.
LEHRMANN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Former junior international elite
- Texas State Championships - 2014 (1st all-around, bars, beam, floor)
- Regional Championships - 2014 (1st bars)
- 2013 Junior Olympic National Team member
- 2013 Texas USAG Gymnast of the Year
- Junior Olympic nationals - 2013 (1st all-around, bars)
- Regional Championships - 2013 (1st all-around, vault, bars)
- Regional Championships - 2011 (1st bars)
- 2008 TOPs National Team member
- Three-time Junior Olympic national qualifier
- Visa Championships qualifier
- Two-time Covergirl Classic qualifier
A four-year level 10 gymnast from Independence, Mo., Thompson trains at Xtreme Gymnastics under Alisha Robinson. She was the 2012 Missouri state champion on floor exercise and also notched top-three finishes in the all-around (second) and on third (vault).
“Megan was so motivated to be a Sooner,” Kindler said. “We were her top choice and from the moment she arrived on campus, you could tell she was all in. Her beam is so impressive and I can see her gracing our beam lineup with her unique choreography and difficulty. I think she will be stellar for us on that event.”
"Megan's beam is so impressive (with) her unique choreography and difficulty. I think she will be stellar for us on that event."
- K.J. Kindler
“Megan’s coach at Extreme was an amazing gymnast at Missouri,” Kindler said. “Her knowledge of what it takes to be a strong collegiate athlete will be a great help to Megan as she prepares for OU.”
"Megan is so mentally tough," added current OU senior Rebecca Clark. "Her work ethic is obvious and I think she will fit right in at Oklahoma."
She is a four-year honor roll member at Blue Springs H.S. Thompson will walk-on at Oklahoma over offers from Northern Illinois and Lindenwood. She is the daughter of Rick and Jamie Thompson and has one sibling, Alex. Thompson plans to pursue a pre-physical therapy major at Oklahoma.
THOMPSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
- Level 10 gymnast
- Missouri State Championships - 2012 (1st floor, 2nd all-around, 3rd vault)
- Regional Championships - 2012 (11th all-around)
- Level 9 Westerns - 2011 (2nd floor, bars)