|Vault||Chayse Capps (OU), AJ Jackson (OU), Maggie Nichols (OU), MyKayla Skinner (Utah)||9.9|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann (OU), Maggie Nichols (OU), Kyla Ross (UCLA)||9.95|
|Beam||Kyla Ross (UCLA)||9.9625|
|Floor||MyKayla Skinner (Utah)||9.9625|
|AA||MyKayla Skinner (Utah)||39.6125|
|OU Team Highs|
|Vault||Chayse Capps, Maggie Nichols, AJ Jackson||9.9|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols||9.95|
|Floor||Maggie Nichols, AJ Jackson||9.925|
ST. LOUIS — The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is headed back to the Super Six.
With a first-place finish in NCAA Semifinal I, the top-seeded Sooners will make their fifth straight and seventh overall appearance in the team finals. OU posted a 197.7250 to take the top spot in the first session of the NCAA Championships on Friday afternoon inside Chaifetz Arena.
The Sooners will be joined in the Super Six by No. 5 seed UCLA (197.5000) and No. 4 Utah (197.0500). No. 13 seed Washington finished in fourth place in the session with a 196.5625, while No. 9 Denver (196.4750) and No. 8 Oregon State (196.3625) rounded out the standings. The three additional advancing teams will be determined during NCAA Semifinal II, scheduled for 7 p.m. CT on Friday.
“We are very excited to be moving on," OU head coach K.J. Kindler said. "It was tough out there for us. We started a little bit shaky on floor, lots of adrenaline and little extra steps. There were some uncharacteristic mistakes, but I think they were definitely working out some jitters that they had. We sort of settled in on vault and just got better as the day went on. We are really looking forward to tomorrow and having a chance to fight for a National Championship.”
Five OU gymnasts secured a total of 12 All-America honors. Gymnasts placing first through fourth are named to the first team, while those in fifth to eighth are on the second team.
Senior Chayse Capps and freshman Maggie Nichols both picked up three accolades. Capps earned first-team status on vault and beam and was second team in the all-around, while Nichols was placed on the first team for vault, bars and floor.
Juniors AJ Jackson (first team, vault and floor) and Stefani Catour (first team on bars, second team on beam) and sophomore Nicole Lehrmann (first team on bars and beam) each earned a pair of honors.
Capps, Jackson and Nichols all scored 9.9s on vault, tying Utah's MyKayla Skinner for the top score on the event in the session. On bars, Nichols and Lehrmann both posted marks of 9.95, tied with UCLA's Kyla Ross. Individual national champions will be determined by combined scored following the conclusion of Semifinal II.
After starting the meet on a bye, the Sooners posted a solid start on floor, recording a 49.3500. Nichols and Jackson paced OU with a pair of 9.925s to close the rotation, while senior Charity Jones contributed a 9.875 in the leadoff spot and sophomore Brenna Dowell added one as the third competitor.
Behind a trio of 9.9s, OU matched their floor score with a 49.3500 on vault. Capps, Jackson and Nichols all contributed a 9.9, while sophomore Alex Marks and freshman Jade Degouveia both recorded marks of 9.825.
The Sooners came out firing on bars following a bye, recording a 49.525. Lehrmann and Nichols both soared to scores of 9.95 to lead OU on the event, while Catour contributed a 9.9 as the second competitor. Dowell and senior McKenzie Wofford both tallied scores of 9.8625, while Capps led off with a solid 9.825 to set the tone for the rotation.
For the final rotation, OU headed to beam where it used a 49.5000 to pass UCLA for first place. The Sooners counted five scores of at least 9.85 on the event, including a 9.95 from Capps in the anchor position. In the second spot, Lehrmann impressed with a career-high 9.925, while Catour followed with a 9.9. Junior Natalie Brown added a 9.875, while Jones started the rotation with a 9.85.
Oklahoma will vie for its second straight and third overall NCAA title when it competes in Saturday's Super Six team finals. The meet will begin at 8 p.m. CT and air live on ESPNU, with individual streams of each event available on WatchESPN.com.