By the Numbers: Sooners Ready for NCAA Championship
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
APRIL 16, 2019
t's finally time for the NCAA Championships! The Sooners will begin their quest for their fourth national title in program history, this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. Before the team heads out, here's a look at the incredible 2019 season. The Sooners will compete in Semifinal II at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, with the action airing on ESPNU/ESPN2.
When the Sooners step onto the floor Friday night, they will begin their pursuit of the fourth national title in program history. OU’s first title came in 2014 when it tied with Florida, and the next two were secured outright in 2016 and 2017.
The Sooners have combined for five perfect 10s this season. Maggie Nichols (VT, UB), Nicole Lehrmann (UB), Olivia Trautman (FX) and Brenna Dowell (VT) have all earned a perfect score this season. Trautman became just the fourth freshman in program history to earn a perfect 10, joining teammates Dowell, Nichols and Anastasia Webb.
The Sooners are 7-0 this year against the field of teams headed to the NCAA Championship. OU defeated Denver, Georgia, Michigan and UCLA throughout the season, including a 3-0 record against Denver.
Two OU gymnasts have earned an individual national title in each of the last two seasons. Nicole Lehrmann and Maggie Nichols shared the bar title in 2017, while Nichols and Brenna Dowell combined for four titles in 2018.
The Sooners had an outstanding performance on the final day of the NCAA Athens Regional, setting the NCAA record for the highest road score in history. The score ranks second all-time in OU records, just .025 behind the top mark of 198.500 set in 2015. OU was the only school to break the 198 mark in both days of regional competition.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Sooners are the No. 1 seed in NCAA competition, earning the ranking with a 198.115 national qualifying score. OU earned the top spot after the first week of competition and has stayed No. 1 all season.
Junior Maggie Nichols has now earned 115 event titles in her career, giving her the top spot in the OU record books. Nichols has averaged 38 event titles per year. Though limited to two events for most of the season, Nichols leads all Sooners with 22 event titles in 2019.
The Sooners have put up six vaults with 10.0 start values in nine meets this season and are one of just three teams to accomplish the feat (Florida, Nebraska). OU was the first program to field a lineup of six 10.0 start values since the devaluation of the Yurchenko full. The Sooners have posted at least a 49.350 in all nine meets with the six 10.0 vaults and at least a 49.500 in five meets.
The Sooners have posted a 197-plus in 58 of their last 59 meets, including all 15 this season. The 15 scores of 197 or better this season is tied for the program-best. OU is one of just two schools this season to post a 197 in every meet of the year (UCLA).
17 of OU’s scores this season are currently in the top 10 in program history, including five team totals, five bar totals, three vault and floor totals and two beam totals. OU set program records on both bars and floor this season with a 49.725 and 49.825, respectively.
The Sooners advanced to their 16th-consecutive NCAA Championships with their 10th-straight regional title. OU has appeared at the NCAA Championships 19 times in program history.
The Sooners will face No. 5 Denver, No. 8 Georgia and No. 15 Oregon State in Semifinal II, while No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Michigan will compete in Semifinal I. The top two teams from each session will advance to Saturday's final four scheduled for 6 p.m. CT on ESPNU.