No. 1 Sooners Dazzle in Victory over UCLA
|Vault||Brenna Dowell (OU)||10.0|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann (OU), Maggie Nichols (OU)||9.950|
|Beam||Nichols (OU), Webb (OU), Lee (UCLA)||10.0|
|Floor||Felicia Hano (UCLA), Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA)||10.0|
|AA||Maggie Nichols (OU)||39.900|
|OU Team Highs|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols||9.950|
|Beam||Maggie Nichols, Anastasia Webb||10.0|
LOS ANGELES – In a meet that came down to the wire once again, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team put up another score of 198-plus to top No. 4 UCLA, 198.050-197.950. The Sooners closed out with a big 49.775 on beam, setting a school record to secure the win.
“Wow. You could not have scripted a more dramatic ending,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “Tied going into the last event, each team just nailing it, the crowd was absolutely engaged in everything that was happening. I’m really honored to be part of an environment like that. Our team thrives under that. I’m really excited about how they handled it.”
Six gymnasts scored at least one perfect 10 in the meet with three Oklahoma gymnasts earning their first 10s of the season.
Brenna Dowell notched the first 10.0 of the season for the Sooners with an incredible vault. Dowell perfectly executed her Yurchenko 1.5 and nailed the landing for her first ever 10.0 on the event.
Anastasia Webb recorded the first perfect 10.0 of her career with a beautiful routine on balance beam. The freshman was incredibly poised as she dealt with the noise of the home crowd, sticking her side-aerial full dismount.
“Anastasia rose up at the end and that was really nice to see,” Kindler said. “She’s been a rockstar as a freshman, hitting the all-around every single meet. I’m really proud of how she has done. On beam, she’s proving to be very sturdy. With the 10 that happened on floor, the crowd was going crazy and she handled it very well.”
Maggie Nichols closed out the meet with the eighth 10.0 of her career and fourth on beam. Nichols put up a nation-leading 39.900 in the all-around, just .025 behind her career high. The sophomore took home the all-around title along with event titles on bars and beam.
Oklahoma began the meet on bars, putting up a 49.475. The Sooners counted four scores of 9.875 or higher, including finishing the rotation with three straight scores of 9.9 or higher. Stefani Catour matched her season high with a 9.875. Brenna Dowell executed a solid routine with a stuck landing for a 9.900. Nicole Lehrmann and Nichols rounded out the rotation with matching scores of 9.950. The reigning co-national champions on bars shared the event titles after two phenomenal routines and stuck landings.
Trailing by just .025 heading into the second rotation, the Sooners put up another phenomenal vault score, highlighted by Dowell’s 10.0. OU tallied a 49.575 on vault, its highest team total this season. Bre Showers led off with a Yurchenko full for a 9.850. Lehrmann added a 9.9 on her Yurchenko full in the No. 2 spot, leading up to Dowell’s 10.0. Nichols anchored with a near-perfect 9.975 on her Yurchenko 1.5.
The Sooners had an uncharacteristic night on floor, recording a 49.225. Showers led off the rotation for Oklahoma with a solid 9.825. Senior AJ Jackson’s unique choreography and powerful tumbling were on display as she put up a matching score of 9.825. Dowell tallied her third score of 9.9 or higher on the night with a 9.900 on her energetic and powerful routine. Nichols had the OU faithful on their feet as she anchored with a crowd favorite routine, posting a 9.975.
With the meet tied headed into the final rotation, the Sooners put up the best beam score in the country with an incredible 49.775. Catour got the Sooners started off on a high note with a beautiful routine for a 9.950. Showers followed with near perfection, setting a career-high with a 9.975 in the No. 2 spot. As UCLA put up a pair of 10s on floor, the Sooners matched the perfection with their own pair of 10s. Webb went up on beam just as a 10.0 was flashed on floor yet did not let the crowd noise affect her as she was graceful and poised, sticking her landing to earn the first perfect score of her career. Nichols anchored with a 10.0 as well, nailing her round-off 1.5 dismount and sealing the victory for the Sooners.
Up next for Oklahoma is a Sunday afternoon matchup against North Carolina on Feb. 11 at Lloyd Noble Center. The meet is set for a 3:45 p.m. CT start.