No. 1 Sooners Edged by No. 5 Gators

Lindsey Morrison
By Lindsey Morrison
Assistant Director of Communications

West Virginia
Team Scores
  Vault Bars Beam Floor
OU 49.500 49.500 49.550 49.575
UF 49.475 49.425 49.675 49.475
Event Winners
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Alex McMurtry (UF) 10.0
Bars Maggie Nichols (OU), Anastasis Webb (OU) 9.950
Beam Alex McMurtry (UF) 10.0
Floor Maggie Nichols (OU), Kennedy Baker (UF) 9.975
AA Maggie Nichols (OU)  39.775
OU Team Highs
Event Gymnast Score
Vault Maggie Nichols 9.975
Bars Maggie Nichols, Anastasia Webb 9.950
Beam Carly Woodard 9.950
Floor Maggie Nichols 9.975
AA Maggie Nichols 39.775

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - In a meet that came down to the final routines of the night, the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team was edged by the No. 5 Florida Gators, 198.150-198.125. The Sooners topped the 198-mark for the first time this season but couldn’t overcome a last-minute push by the Gators.

"I couldn't be more impressed with this team," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "They handled this environment like champions and they fought for every tenth on every routine. Our stuck landing percentage was extremely high on bars and beam and our execution was on point. I couldn't have asked for a gutsier performance."

The meet was close throughout with the Sooners leading after the first two rotations. Tied at 148.575, the Gators used a floor score of 49.475 to secure the win. 

"I don't know that I've been a part of a more intense regular season meet," Kindler said. " It felt like a win from our perspective. Now it's on to practice to get better." 

The underclassmen shined for the Sooners, as all five freshmen and sophomores in the lineups scored at least a 9.825 on their respective events. Sophomore Maggie Nichols and freshman Anastasia Webb took the top spots in the all-around, as Nichols tied the highest score in the nation with a 39.775. Webb set a career-high with a 39.625.

Oklahoma started on bars, posting a season-high 49.500. Webb set a career high with a huge 9.950 on a beautiful routine and stuck landing. Nichols also secured a 9.950 in the anchor position, and junior Nichole Lehrmann added a 9.9 in the No. 5 spot. The Sooners counted five scored of at least 9.850 en route to their season-high total.  

The Sooners set another season-high on the vault rotation with a 49.500. Nichols wowed the crowd with her Yurchenko 1 ½ and perfectly stuck landing for a season-high 9.975. Webb set another career high on vault with a 9.900 on her Omelianchik. With four 10.0 start values, Oklahoma counted five scores of at least 9.875.

OU posted its highest floor score of the season, 49.575, counting four scores of 9.9 or higher, including another 9.975 from Nichols. The sophomore had a near perfect routine, receiving a 10.0 from one of the two judges. Junior Brenna Dowell’s powerful tumbling and sharp choreography would earn her a 9.925 in the No. 2 spot. Webb’s 9.925 in the No. 3 spot would be her third score of at least 9.9 on the night. In her collegiate debut, freshman Evy Schoepfer was a breath of fresh air as she scored a 9.9 on her energetic and upbeat routine.

The Sooners nailed beam for a 49.550, their highest score of the season. Senior Stefani Catour got the Sooners started on a high note with a gorgeous routine for a season-high 9.925. Sophomore Bre Showers followed with a 9.900 setting up freshman Carly Woodard. In just her second meet, Woodard notched the highest OU beam score with a 9.950 on a simply stunning routine. Lehrmann would add a 9.900 in the No. 4 spot and Nichols anchored with a 9.875

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.