Sooners Steady in Victory at Iowa State

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Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
JANUARY 27, 2017
Oklahoma
197.425
195.275
Iowa State
Team Scores
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
OU 49.375 49.450 49.200 49.400
ISU 48.800 48.925 48.250 49.200
Event Winners
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.95
Bars Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.95
Beam Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.9
Floor Maggie Nichols (OU) 9.925
AA Maggie Nichols (OU) 39.725
OU Team Highs
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Maggie Nichols 9.95
Bars Maggie Nichols 9.95
Beam Maggie Nichols 9.9
Floor Maggie Nichols 9.925
AA Maggie Nichols 39.725

AMES, Iowa — Competing on the road for the second consecutive week, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team showed poise as it secured a 197.425-195.275 victory over Iowa State on Friday night inside Hilton Coliseum.

The Sooners posted the highest total on all four events and also earned the individual title on each event and in the all-around. Freshman Maggie Nichols continued her impressive start to her collegiate career, picking up five individual honors on vault (9.95), bars (9.95), beam (9.9), floor (9.925) and in the all-around (39.725).

"There were many positives tonight," OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. "We were totally impressed with Stef's fight on bars and Turner's debut on floor, and Jade is getting stronger each week and gaining experience.

"However, we left a lot of tenths out on the floor," Kindler continued. "Our landings were a bit off today, and we lacked sharpness in our detail work."

The Sooners came out focused and ready to compete from the beginning, starting the meet with a 49.450 on bars. In the rotation, the Cyclones scored a 48.800 on vault.

A trio of 9.9 or higher scores paced OU on the apparatus, led by Nichols’ 9.95 in the anchor spot. Senior Chayse Capps set the tone with a 9.9 as the leadoff, and senior McKenzie Wofford also tallied a 9.9 in the No. 5 spot. Sophomores Nicole Lehrmann and Brenna Dowell both earned 9.85s for the away team.

OU next moved to vault, where it extended its advantage over the Cyclones to 1.125 after scoring a solid 49.375. Nichols stuck her landing and posted another 9.95 to conclude the rotation, while junior AJ Jackson contributed a strong 9.9 in the second-to-last spot.

Capps and Dowell both added 9.85s for the Sooners, while freshman Jade Degouveia scored a 9.825 in just her second appearance in OU’s lineup. Senior Charity Jones started with a 9.8 on the event for the Sooners.

On floor, tallied a 49.400 to Iowa State’s 48.250 on beam to take a 148.225-145.975 lead into the final rotation. Nichols again posted OU’s highest score, doing so with a 9.925 to close out the event. Jackson tallied her second 9.9 of the night in the No. 5 spot, while junior Natalie Brown added a 9.875. Jones led off on the apparatus with a 9.85, and Capps added the same total later in the rotation. Senior Nicole Turner made her debut in the Crimson and Cream, earning a 9.75.

Oklahoma headed to beam to conclude the meet, where it scored a 49.200 to wrap up the victory. Nichols posted a 9.9, while junior Stefani Catour and Brown were both steady with marks of 9.85. In the No. 2 spot, Lehrmann recorded a 9.825 for the Sooners.

The meet was part of Iowa State’s Beauty and the Beast event, which featured a wrestling dual running concurrently with the gymnastics meet. Oklahoma’s wrestling team also faced the Cyclones, picking up another Sooner victory on the night by a score of 30-12.

Oklahoma will compete inside Lloyd Noble Center again next weekend, welcoming No. 7 Denver, No. 12 Nebraska and TWU to Norman for a quad meet. The competition is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 3.

"We need to get back to training and increase our mental intensity," Kindler said. "We need to practice with purpose every day."

It will be OU's "Favorite Things" meet with a "Slumber Party" theme. Everyone is encouraged to wear their pajamas to the meet, and fans will have a chance to win OU adult onesies and prize packs full of the Sooners' favorite things. Additionally, the first 500 fans will receive an OU Gymnastics pillow case and breakfast cinnamon roll. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the OU Athletics Tickets Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.

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