|Oklahoma Team Rankings|
NORMAN –For the seventh straight week, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is the No. 1 team in the nation. This week marks the first time this season that rankings have been determined by regional qualifying scores (RQS).
RQS is based on a team's six best regular season scores, three of which must be away. The overall high score is eliminated, and the five remaining scores are averaged. RQS scores are used to determine seeding for NCAA regional competition at six campus sites on April 7.
1. 198.150 (H)
2. 198.125 (A)
3. 198.050 (A)
4. 198.025 (H)
5. 197.550 (A)
6. 197.525 (H)
UCLA moves into second place with an RQS of 197.610, while LSU slipped to third (197.545). Utah (197.415) and Florida (197.250) round out the top five. On Saturday, OU will host No. 7 Michigan at Lloyd Noble Center.
Additionally, the Sooners are in the top five on all four events, posting regional qualifying scores of 49.485 (vault; No. 1), 49.495 (bars; No. 2), 49.490 (beam; No. 2) and 49.395 (floor; No. 5). OU also possesses the highest average on vault and bars.
Seven Sooners hold 13 individual top-25 rankings, which are also determined by RQS beginning this week.
Sophomore Maggie Nichols is ranked first in the all-around with a 39.700 RQS and also holds the top spot on bars and beam with identical marks of 9.945. Nichols is tied for third on floor with an RQS of 9.930 and fourth on vault with an RQS of 9.920.
Junior Brenna Dowell is tied for second on vault (9.925), tied for 14th on bars (9.900) and tied at 16th on floor (9.890). Junior Nicole Lehrmann is tied for ninth on bars (9.915).
Seniors Stefani Catour and AJ Jackson are ranked on bars and vault, respectively. Catour holds a share of 24th place (9.870) on bars, while Jackson is tied for 19th on vault. With an RQS of 9.890, sophomore Bre Showers and freshman Anastasia Webb share 14th place on beam.
The Sooners will face No. 7 Michigan Saturday night. The contest will begin at 3:45 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the OU Athletics Tickets Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.