Sooners Extend Stay at the Top to Nine Weeks
|Oklahoma Team Rankings|
NORMAN –With a 198.100 Friday night for its sixth score of 198 or higher this season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team kept a firm hold on the No. 1 spot in the nation. Determined by regional qualifying scores (RQS) the Sooners rank first with an RQS of 197.995.
RQS is based on a team's six best regular season scores, three of which must be away. The overall high score is eliminated, and the five remaining scores are averaged. RQS scores are used to determine seeding for NCAA regional competition at six campus sites on April 1.
1. 198.375 (H)
2. 198.150 (H)
3. 198.125 (A)
4. 198.100 (H)
5. 198.050 (A)
6. 197.550 (A)
LSU ranks second with a RQS of 197.755, followed by UCLA in third with a RQS of 197.725. Utah (197.415) and Florida (197.365) round out the top five.
Additionally, the Sooners are in the top five on all four events, posting regional qualifying scores of 49.520 (vault; No. 1), 49.515 (bars; No. 2), 49.550 (beam; No.2) and 49.490 (floor; No. 3). OU also possesses the highest average on vault and bars.
Six Sooners hold 12 individual top-25 rankings, which are also determined by RQS.
Sophomore Maggie Nichols is ranked first in the all-around with a 39.765 RQS, a mark that is better than the highest score of all but four gymnasts. Nichols is second on beam (9.960), tied for second on vault (9.940), tied for third on floor (9.950) and sixth on bars (9.945).
Junior Brenna Dowell is tied with Nichols for second on vault (9.940), tied for 20th on bars (9.900) and tied for 21st on floor (9.900). Junior Nicole Lehrmann is tied for seventh (9.935) on bars.
Sophomore Bre Showers is 14th on beam (9.905), while freshman Anastasia Webb is tied for 17th (9.900). Senior AJ Jackson is tied for 18th on vault (9.885).
The Sooners will have their first double weekend of the season, traveling to Alabama and TWU. OU will face off against Alabama Friday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Tuscaloosa, before hitting the road to Denton, Texas to take on TWU Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m. The meet against Alabama will air on the SEC Network+.