Sooners Snag 14 All-Big 12 Accolades

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Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
MARCH 15, 2017
2017 All-Big 12 Team
 Name School Event RQS
Maggie Nichols OU AA 39.785
Chayse Capps OU AA 39.600
Maggie Nichols OU VT 9.935
Brenna Dowell OU VT 9.935
Maddie Karr Denver VT 9.930
Kirah Koshinski WVU VT 9.900
AJ Jackson OU VT 9.900
Maggie Nichols OU UB 9.955
McKenzie Wofford OU UB 9.925
Nicole Lehrmann OU UB 9.910
Chayse Capps OU BB 9.955
Maggie Nichols OU BB 9.955
Julia Ross Denver BB 9.910
Natalie Brown OU BB 9.905
Maggie Nichols OU FX 9.965
AJ Jackson OU FX 9.960
Chayse Capps OU FX 9.935

NORMAN Seven members of the top-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team combined to capture a conference-high 14 spots on the All-Big 12 Gymnastics team, the league announced Wednesday.

The 14 selections tie with OU's 2015 squad for the largest number of All-Big 12 honorees in league history.

This season marks the 10th straight year that the Sooners have led the conference in All-Big 12 selections and it is the eighth consecutive season that the Sooners have earned at least nine all-conference selections.

The All-Big 12 squad consists of the conference gymnasts with the top three highest regional qualifying scores (RQS) on each event in addition to the top two all-around gymnasts.

Freshman Maggie Nichols secured a league-best five awards to become the fifth gymnast in conference history to earn All-Big 12 honors on all four events and in the all-around. She joins Sarah Shire (Missouri, 2010), Richelle Simpson (Nebraska, 2003 and 2005), Kasie Tamayo (Oklahoma, 2004) and Betsy Hamm (Iowa State, 2000) as the competitors to accomplish the feat.

Senior Chayse Capps picked up a total of three awards, bringing her career tally to 10. Capps was recognized on beam for the fourth straight year. She also grabbed awards in the all-around and on floor, both for the second time.

Earning two honors was junior AJ Jackson, who received recognition on both floor and vault for the third consecutive season.

Senior McKenzie Wofford, junior Natalie Brown and sophomores Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann were also recognized by the conference. Wofford received a spot on the bars listing for the third straight year, while Lehrmann earned one for the second straight season. Brown captured her second All-Big 12 honor on beam, and Dowell grabbed an award for vault, the second in her career on the event and fourth overall league honor.

This weekend, postseason competition begins for Oklahoma as it heads to the Big 12 Championship, scheduled for 4 p.m. CT on Saturday inside Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas.

The Sooners will be in pursuit of their sixth straight conference championship and ninth under 11th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. The meet, which will pit No. 1 OU against No. 7 Denver, No. 22 West Virginia and Iowa State, will air through FloGymnastics (subscription required). Tickets to the championship can be purchased online.

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