Tonight: Sooners Vie for NCAA Title

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Chelsey Kraft
By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications
APRIL 15, 2017
Oklahoma
LSU
Florida
Utah
UCLA
Alabama
No. 1 Oklahoma at NCAA Super Six
Teams (with NCAA seed): No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 Alabama
April 15 | 8 p.m. CT | St. Louis, Mo. | Chaifetz Arena

NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET 15

SUPER SIX BOUND
For the fifth straight season and seventh time overall, the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymastics team will compete in the Super Six. The top-seeded Sooners will compete in the final of the NCAA Championships at 8 p.m. CT on Saturday against No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Utah, No. 5 UCLA and No. 6 Alabama. In the Super Six, the Sooners will begin on the bye before bars and rotate through the remaining events (bars, beam, bye, floor, vault).

ON THE AIR
The Super Six will air live on ESPNU and will also be available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app. Online viewers will be able to stream each individual apparatus or a quad-box view called "All-Around," which presents a streaming view of each event live at the same time on one screen. U.S. Olympic Medalists Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke will call the action, while Laura Rutledge will provide reports from the floor.

COMMIT TO 3
Coming off a spectacular season in which Oklahoma claimed its second NCAA crown, the 2017 Sooners are working to reach the pinnacle of their sport for the second straight season and third time overall. OU tied with Florida to win its first national championship in 2014, becoming just the sixth school to ever earn a title, before snagging its first out-right win in 2016.

POSTSEASON PROWESS
Strength in the postseason has become a hallmark of Oklahoma’s teams under head coach K.J. Kindler. Since 2010, OU owns seven seasons in which it has captured a conference and regional championship in the same season, accomplishing the feat in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2010. The Sooners have advanced to the NCAA Championships 17 times in program history and every season dating back to 2004. OU has never missed NCAA competition under Kindler’s leadership.

ROTATION ORDER
  VAULT BYE BARS BEAM BYE FLOOR
1. UCLA OKLAHOMA  Alabama Florida  LSU Utah
2. Utah UCLA OKLAHOMA  Alabama  Florida LSU
3. LSU Utah UCLA OKLAHOMA  Alabama  Florida
4.  Florida  LSU Utah UCLA OKLAHOMA  Alabama
5.  Alabama  Florida  LSU Utah UCLA OKLAHOMA
6. OKLAHOMA  Alabama  Florida  LSU Utah UCLA

ALL-AMERICA STATUS
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.

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPS
A pair of Oklahoma Sooners are 2017 NCAA Individual Champions as sophomore Nicole Lehrmann and freshman Maggie Nichols claimed a share of the bar title with scores of 9.95. The two Sooners tied with Katie Bailey (Alabama), Sarah Finnegan (LSU), Alex McMurtry (Florida) and Kyla Ross (UCLA) for the title. Lehrmann and Nichols are the second and third individual bars champs in program history, joining Kelly Garrison (1988).

QUEENS OF THE HILL
For the third consecutive season, Oklahoma is the nation’s No. 1 overall seed in NCAA competition, earning the ranking with a program-record 198.010 regional qualifying score (RQS). OU began its 2017 campaign as the top team in the preseason rankings, and after dropping to the second spot after the first weekend of competition, the Sooners quickly regained first place the following week and have remained there every week since. This is the sixth straight season the Sooners have finished within the top two of the regular season national rankings based on regional qualifying score.

TOP REGIONAL TEAM
OU secured its spot at nationals via a first-place showing at the NCAA Seattle Regional, posting the highest score at regionals this season with a 198.075. Three Sooners combined for five individual event titles, all with scores of 9.95. AJ Jackson and Maggie Nichols shared the vault honor, while Chayse Capps and Nichols tied on beam. Nichols also won the floor crown and claimed the top spot in the all-around with a 39.750.

UNDEFEATED
With a win at No. 17 California on March 12, the Sooners finished the regular season with a perfect 15-0 overall record, their fifth undefeated regular season under K.J. Kindler (2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017). OU now holds a 23-0 record following the Big 12 Championship and NCAA Seattle Regional. Dating back to the 2016 season, the Sooners have picked up 66 straight wins, including 53 consecutive victories on the road.

MATCHUPS AT A GLANCE
  OU LSU Florida Utah UCLA
Alabama
NCAA Seed No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5 No. 6
Semifinal 197.7250 198.2750 197.8125 197.0500 197.5000 197.6000
RQS 198.010 197.865 197.635 197.550 197.500 197.355
Regional 198.075 197.450 197.125 197.150 196.800 196.625
Average 197.858 197.744 197.470 197.166 197.150 196.963
High 198.350 198.2750 197.975 197.925 198.125 197.825

IN GOOD COMPANY
OU is one of only five teams in the nation to advance to the NCAA Championships every season since 2004, joining Alabama, Florida, LSU and Utah.

TOP TOTALS
Entering the NCAA Championships, five of OU’s scores ranked in the top 10 nationally, including the top two marks. The Sooners have scored at least 198 five times this season, with those marks checking in first (198.350, GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational), second (198.175, at TWU), sixth (198.075, Perfect 10 Challenge and NCAA Seattle Regional) and eighth (198.025, vs. UCLA).

TOPPING 198
OU’s five scores of at least 198 are the most in a single season in program history (had four in 2014). The rest of the nation combined has three such performances, with LSU scoring at least 198 twice and UCLA doing so once.

QUICK HITS

• Five current Sooners have scored perfect 10.0s in their careers, including Brenna Dowell (UB, 2015), Chayse Capps (BB, 2016 and 2017), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, 2017), Maggie Nichols (VT [twice], UB, BB [twice] and FX, 2017) and McKenzie Wofford (UB, 2017). The Sooners have tallied nine perfect scores this season.

• Seventeen of OU’s scores this season are currently in the top 10 in program history, including four team totals, two vault scores, four scores on bars, three on beam and four floor scores.

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