No. 1 OU Set for Top-Five Tilt at Florida

Lindsey Morrison
By Lindsey Morrison
Assistant Director of Communications
Alabama
Oklahoma

No. 1 Oklahoma at No. 5 Florida
Jan. 26 | 5:45 p.m. CT | Gainesville, Fla. | Stephen O'Connell Center

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
  Oklahoma Florida
2018 Record 3-0-0 2-1-0
2018 Ranking No. 1 No. 5
2017 Scoring Average 197.583 196.450
2017 Team High 197.550 197.125

NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET THREE

ON THE ROAD AGAIN
After just one meet at home, the Sooners are back on the road for the second time this season. OU will take on No. 5 Florida at 5:45 p.m. CT on Friday in Gainesville, Fla. The meet is slated to air on the SECNetwork+.

BACK ON TOP
Following the first three weeks of competition, OU jumped back to the No. 1 spot in the national standings with an average score of 197.583. The Sooners opened the season with a 197.550, the highest score in the nation thus far, and followed that up with a 197.525 victory over Iowa State and TWU. Additionally, the Sooners are ranked in the top five nationally on every event, including three-first place rankings. The Sooners check in at No. 1 on vault (49.450), bars (49.463) and beam (49.350), and are fourth on floor (49.275).

DEPTH DISPLAYED
Oklahoma has showcased the depth it has on its roster with 10 Sooners, including six underclassmen appearing in at least one lineup or performing an exhibition routine. Freshman Anastasia Webb has competed all-around in both of OU’s meets, with senior AJ Jackson and sophomore Maggie Nichols each competing in the all-around once. Juniors Brenna Dowell (VT, UB, FX) and Nichole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and sophomore Bre Showers (VT, UB, BB) have all appeared on three events. Senior Stefani Catour (UB, BB) and sophomore Jade Degouveia (VT, FX) have competed on their respective events in both meets. Freshman Carly Woodard (BB) competed in the Iowa State, TWU meet. Catour also exhibitioned on vault against Iowa State & TWU and freshman Evy Schoepfer (BB, FX) exhibitioned in both meets.

ROAD WARRIORS
On Friday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 71-10 all-time true road record under 12th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has snagged 12 straight victories on the road, dating back to 2016. The Sooners have already picked up one win away from Lloyd Noble Center this year with a season-opening win at Georgia.

KINDLER VS. SEC FOES
In 12 seasons, OU head coach K.J. Kindler has posted a 34-7 record in the regular season against SEC foes. In 2017, the Sooners went 6-0 against SEC teams, defeating Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Georgia (twice) and Missouri. This season, Kindler is 1-0 against SEC teams after defeating Georgia in the season opener. Including this weekend, the Sooners will face three other SEC foes this season in Florida, Arkansas and Alabama.

NATIONAL RANKINGS
In the national individual rankings, eight Sooners are in the top 25 on at least one event. Sophomore Maggie Nichols ranks third in the all-around (39.625), and freshman Anastasia Webb is also in the top 10 as she is tied for ninth (39.400). On vault, five gymnasts are ranked with junior Brenna Dowell holding the top spot with an average of 9.938. Senior AJ Jackson is tied for fifth, while sophomores Bre Showers and Nichols share 12th. Webb ranks 24th. On bars, Nichols sits in third with an average of 9.938. Dowell and junior Nicole Lehrmann are tied for seventh, while senior Stefani Catour and Jackson share 24th. Nichols also holds a top-three ranking on beam as she is tied for third with a 9.900. Showers and freshman Carly Woodard are also ranked on the event, coming in 10th and 14th, respectively. Jackson and Nichols both rank in the top 15 on floor, sitting in sixth and 15th, respectively.

CONFERENCE HONORS
Sophomore Maggie Nichols was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week for the first time this season and freshman Anastasia Webb earned her second Freshman of the Week nod. Nichols secured the all-around title against Iowa State and TWU with a 39.625, the third-highest score in the nation thus far. She won two event titles with a 9.950 on bars and a 9.925 on beam. Nichols ranks in the top three nationally in the all-around, bars and beam. Webb continued to make her presence known, matching her season-opening all-around score with a 39.400. She set two career highs with a 9.875 on both vault and floor. On vault, she was one of five 10.0 start values and her 9.875 helped the Sooners to a nation-leading 49.450 on vault. She tallied at least a 9.825 on all four events and came in second in the all-around.

A GLANCE AT FLORIDA
Rankings (as of Jan. 23)
Team Overall: 5th (196.450 average)
Vault: 4th (48.175)
Bars: 9th (49.100)
Beam: 8th (49.125)
Floor: 10th (49.050)

Top Individuals
All-Around: Alicia Boren (8th, 39.433)
Vault: Alex McMurtry (T-5th, 9.900)
Bars: Alex McMurtry (21st, 9.875)
Beam: Rachel Gowey (2nd, 9.917)
Floor: Megan Skaggs (4th, 9.925)

OU vs. FLORIDA HISTORY
In the all-time series between Oklahoma and Florida, the Gators hold a 17-8-1 advantage over the Sooners. Since sharing the national title in 2014, OU has come out on top in the last four meetings between the two teams. Last season, the Sooners defeated the Gators in the NCAA Super Six, 198.3875-197.7000.

QUICK HITS

  • OU was ranked No. 1 in the NACGC/W Preseason Coaches’ Poll for the third straight season, receiving 33 of 50 first-place votes. It marked the eighth straight year the Sooners had been ranked in the top five nationally to begin the season.
  • Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 16 total accolades: Natalie Brown (BB), Stefani Catour (UB, BB), Brenna Dowell (UB, FX), AJ Jackson (VT, UB, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (VT, UB, FX).
  • Overall, 12 of OU’s 13 regular-season opponents are ranked in the preseason poll, including six squads slated in the top 10 nationally. (No. 2 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 UCLA, No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Denver, and No. 9 Nebraska)

UP NEXT

The Sooners will begin the month of February with a road meet at No. 4 UCLA. The Sooners and Bruins will square off on Sunday, Feb. 4, at 3 p.m. CT.

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