Sooners Topple Tigers at Perfect 10 Challenge

Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
FEBRUARY 10, 2017
Team Scores
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
OU 49.450 49.425 49.525 49.675
AU 49.150 48.425 49.050 49.100
Event Winners
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Brenna Dowell (OU) 9.95
Bars Stefani Catour (OU), Nicole Lehrmann (OU), Maggie Nichols (OU)  9.9
Beam Chayse Capps (OU) 9.95
Floor Maggie Nichols (OU) 10.0 
AA Maggie Nichols (OU) 39.675
OU Team Highs
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Brenna Dowell 9.95 
Bars Stefani Catour, Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols 9.9
Beam Chayse Capps 9.95
Floor Maggie Nichols 10.0
AA Maggie Nichols 39.675

OKLAHOMA CITY — In a top-20 matchup in the annual Perfect 10 Challenge, the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team toppled No. 16 Auburn, 198.075-195.725, on Friday night inside Cox Convention Center.

In the meet, the Sooners set or tied four individual career highs and nine season bests. Their team score stands as the best in the nation so far this season and is the second time OU has tallied at least a 198 in 2017. Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles was on hand to support the Sooners in the competition.

The Sooners were steady across the board as they posted the highest team score on all four events and swept the individual event titles. Freshman Maggie Nichols recorded a perfect 10.0 on floor to win the title on the event. With the 10.0, Nichols has now posted perfect scores on vault, beam and floor this season and is the first Sooner in program history to record a 10.0 on three different events. Nichols also picked up her sixth straight all-around title.

Sophomore Brenna Dowell matched her career high with a 9.95 for the best score of the meet on vault, while junior Stefani Catour, sophomore Nicole Lehrmann and Nichols shared the top honor on bars with a 9.9. Senior Chayse Capps claimed the beam crown with a 9.95.

“A complete meet from beginning to end,” OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We built momentum from event to event and capitalized off that energy. It was a great night!”

The Sooners came out strong on vault, counting five scores of at least 9.85 to jump out to a 49.450-48.425 advantage over the Tigers. The score represented their second-best of the season on the event. Dowell stuck her Yurchenko 1 ½ in the No. 4 spot to pace OU with a career-high-matching 9.95, which junior AJ Jackson followed with a 9.9. Senior Charity Jones and Nichols bookended the rotation with identical marks of 9.875, which represented a season high for Jones, while sophomore Alex Marks also scored a career high with a 9.85.

On bars, OU put together a solid showing, posting a 49.425. The Tigers tallied a 49.150 on vault for the rotation as the Sooners increased their lead to 98.875-97.575. A trio of 9.9s from Catour, Lehrmann and Nichols led OU in the rotation. The score matched a season best for Catour, who has now posted the mark four times this season. In the No. 3 spot, Dowell continued her hot start to the night with a solid 9.875, while senior McKenzie Wofford contributed a 9.85 in the No. 5 slot.

The Sooners shined on beam yet again this week, recording a 49.525, their third-best mark this season, to make the margin 1.725 at 148.400-146.675. In the anchor position, Capps tallied a 9.95 after earning a 10.0 from one of the judges. Junior Natalie Brown and Nichols recorded back-to-back 9.9s in the fourth and fifth, spots respectively, while Catour stuck her dismount and earned a season-high 9.925 as the third competitor. Jones led off the event with a 9.85, followed by a 9.825 from Lehrmann.

OU put an exclamation point on the meet with a huge 49.675 on floor, tying the third-highest score on the event in program history. All six Sooners posted scores of at least 9.85 in the rotation, starting with a 9.85 from Jones as the leadoff. Brown contributed a season-best 9.9 in the No. 2 position, before Dowell scored a season-high-matching 9.925. Jackson recorded a huge 9.975, the best of her career, before Nichols added a 10.0 and Capps scored a 9.875 to close the competition. 

Up next, the Sooners will take on three top-15 foes as they face No. 2 LSU, No. 9 Georgia and No. 13 Missouri in the GYMQuarters Invitational in St. Charles, Mo. The podium meet begins at 6:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 17, and will stream through FloGymnastics.



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