No. 1 Sooners Soar to Victory over No. 2 Florida
|Vault||Olivia Trautman (OU)||9.950|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann (OU)||10.000|
|Beam||Nichols (OU), Baumann (UF)||9.975|
|Floor||Degouveia, Dowell, Trautman (OU)||9.975|
|AA||Olivia Trautman (OU)||39.725|
|OU Team Highs|
|Floor||Degouveia, Dowell, Trautman||9.975|
NORMAN - Behind a record crowd of 5,082, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team won an epic showdown with No. 2 Florida, 198.325-198.025. The Sooners now boast two scores of 198 or better this season as they posted the fifth-best score in program history.
The Sooners set program records on bars and floor on their way to the top score in the nation this season. On bars, Nicole Lehrmann’s second career perfect 10 propelled the Sooners to a record 49.725. With a trio of 9.975s on the backend of the floor rotation, the Sooners rolled to a 49.825.
“On every event we got started off on the right foot and that's important in gymnastics,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “Obviously, this is a big win for our program, a big win for us attendance wise, this has been the most energetic and fun crowd that we have ever had, and I know that our athletes appreciated it. It's a fun one when everyone comes out, it is just an amazing environment. We hope that the students will keep coming out for UCLA.”
Freshman Olivia Trautman had a career night as she set or tied her career high on every event. Making her debut on bars, Trautman took home the all-around title with a 39.725, the second highest score in the nation this season. The Champlin, Minn. native tallied a 9.950 on vault, a 9.875 on bars, a 9.925 on beam and a 9.975 on floor.
"When I found out I was doing bars it made it really special,” Trautman said. “I finally knew I was going to be in the all-around. I tried to keep all my nerves as calm as I could towards the end of the meet."
Sophomore Anastasia Webb was once again stellar, setting her career high in the all-around with a 39.650. Webb posted a season high on three events, scoring a 9.925 on vault, a 9.90 on bars and a 9.950 on floor. The Morton Grove, Ill native also added a 9.875 on beam.
"Anastasia doesn't know how good she is,” Kindler said. “She very introspective and is always looking for what she needs to do better, but she is so much better than she actually thinks she is. She is an amazing athlete and she does things with such lightness and such ease. I bet some of these guys are jealous of how she can just float. She is a very special and unique athlete and her style and the way she does things is great."
The Sooners came out firing on all cylinders with a 49.575 on vault, their second best score of the season. With six 10.0 start values in the lineup, the Sooners counted five scores of 9.9 or better, including Trautman’s career high 9.95.
Webb added a season-high 9.925 on her Yurchenko 1.5 while seniors Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann and junior Jade Degouveia all tallied 9.9s. Freshman Allie Stern added a 9.825 in the No. 4 spot.
OU was on fire as it moved to bars, tying the program record on the apparatus with a 49.725. Lehrmann was the spark of the rotation with her perfect 10. The senior, who scored her first 10.0 in 2017, was flawless as she brought the Sooner faithful to their feet to cheer for the perfect score.
“Nico was dead-set on her dismount obviously, thus the 10, which was incredible,” Kindler said. “Nico can get a 10 anytime she goes, she legitimately is one of the best bar swingers that I have ever seen, and you watch her day in and day out in practice and competition and sometimes you're just looking at the same thing over and over. It's like you're watching a videotape. She rarely misses.”
The bar rotation started off with a bang as Webb tied her season high on the event with a 9.9. Making her bar debut, Trautman earned a career high 9.875 in the No. 2 spot. Sophomore Karrie Thomas kept the momentum going as she set a career high with a 9.925. Dowell added a 9.925 in the No. 4 spot, and junior Maggie Nichols anchored with a 9.975 to put the exclamation point on the rotation.
Trautman continued her success as the Sooners moved to beam, setting her third career high of the night with a 9.925 in the leadoff spot. Sophomore Carly Woodard added a 9.850 in the No. 3 spot and Webb added a 9.875 in the No. 5 spot. Anchoring with her second 9.975 of the night was Nichols, who has now three scores of 9.975 on beam this season.
The Sooner faithful rose to the occasion on the final event, cheering the Sooners to a program-record score. OU counted five scores of 9.95 or better, including a trio of 9.975s from the final three performers.
"I was really proud of the floor lineup as a whole, but especially the back end of the floor lineup,” Degouveia said. “We went into the last event and it obviously was close and we know that Florida has a great beam team, but we kind of had that fire lit under us. That motivated us to put everything we could into our floor routines: every bit of emotion, focus on all the landings and all the leaps, build off of the crowd and it ended up pretty well."
Webb started the rotation on a high note, tying her career high on floor with a 9.95. Freshman Jordan Draper made a huge impact, adding a career-high 9.95 in the No. 3 spot. Degouveia set her career high with an incredible 9.975, followed by a 9.975 from Dowell. Putting the bow on an epic rotation, Trautman anchored with a third-straight 9.975.
"The crowd tonight was amazing,” Dowell said. “One of the biggest things I noticed was the seats up in the top were completely filled and it definitely brings out a whole new side of a performance for us. We definitely feed off the crowd and it was so loud and there was so much energy in the arena. A lot of times we go to away meets and there is a lot of attendance and it's fun to build off of those, but at home when there is this many people, they are all cheering for us which makes it even more exciting and I really believe that we can keep building off of tonight and we'll get more fans next time."
The Sooners are back in action on Sunday, Feb. 9, when they travel to Big 12 rival Denver. The meet is slated for a 3 p.m. CT start.