Depth Displayed in OU Win at TWU

Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
FEBRUARY 26, 2017

DENTON, Texas — With some new faces in the lineup, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team displayed its depth as it topped TWU, 198.175-192.975, on Sunday afternoon inside Kitty Magee Arena. This season, the Sooners have topped the 198 mark four times, including three times in their last four competitions.

The meet was highlighted by a pair of 10.0s on bars from sophomore Nicole Lehrmann and senior McKenzie Wofford. It marks the first time in program history that two Sooners have posted perfect marks on the same event in the same meet. Additionally, it is the third time overall that OU has had at least two 10.0s in one competition, with the Sooners accomplishing the feat twice in 2015.

On vault, sophomores Brenna Dowell and Alex Marks and junior AJ Jackson shared the event title with a score of 9.9, while senior Chayse Capps and Jackson both scored 9.975s to take top honors on floor. Capps and junior Natalie Brown split the beam crown with 9.925s, while Capps also claimed the all-around award with a 39.625.

"So proud of the fight through the weekend and the mental turnaround from Friday's performance," OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. "It's always tough to double up in a weekend, and Friday was a bit weird ... just off our normal game. Today you could feel they were more relaxed and focused."

The Sooners exploded right out of the gate, soaring to a program-record 49.700 on bars. OU was paced by a pair of perfect 10.0s from Lehrmann and Wofford, the first for both competitors in their careers. Capps set the tone on the event with a 9.9, followed by two 9.85s from juniors Samantha Craus and Stefani Catour. Sunday marked the first time Craus has competed in the team lineup for the Sooners. Sophomore Brenna Dowell earned a season-high 9.95 in the No. 4 spot before Lehrmann and Wofford closed out the rotation with two perfect scores.

"Bars just had amazing energy," Kindler stated. "After Sam saved that giant full, the team just exploded with excitement. And we have been waiting for that 10.0 from Kenzie for four years! She is so deserving. The bar record was well deserved. Two 10.0s in one rotation is just a killer moment. Nicole has been swinging beautifully, and today it was all on point."

OU moved to vault, scoring a 39.375 after recording six scores of at least 9.825. The trio of Marks, Dowell and Jackson led the way with identical marks of 9.9. The score represented a career high for Marks, besting her previous total of 9.85. In the No. 4 spot, freshman Jade Degouveia tied her career high with a 9.85, while senior Charity Jones and Capps both scored a 9.825.

The Sooners kept the momentum rolling on floor. Behind two 9.975s from Capps and Jackson, OU posted a 49.650, matching the seventh-best mark on the event in school history. Capps and Jackson both matched their career highs with the score. Jones led off the event with a 9.875, while senior Kara Lovan posted the same score in her season debut on floor. In the No. 2 spot, Brown matched her season-best mark with a 9.9, while Dowell also tied her season high with a 9.925 as the fourth competitor.

On beam, the Sooners closed the meet on a solid note, recording a 49.450. Brown scored a season-high-matching 9.925, while Capps recorded the same mark as the anchor. In the No. 2 spot, Lehrmann kept her strong outing going as she tallied a career-high-matching 9.9. Jones was steady yet again as OU’s leadoff, scoring a 9.875, while Catour and Jackson both recorded marks of 9.825. It was Jackson’s season debut on beam, and the score represented her career high.

"We definitely shook up the lineup today, and the team responded with a 24-of-24 performance," Kindler said. "There were so many new faces, both in the lineup and exhibition positions."

Next weekend, the Sooners will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face No. 9 Michigan. The meet is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT on Saturday and will stream live on MGoBlueTV.



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