Sooners Set Records, Show Depth in Win at TWU
|Vault||Maggie Nichols (OU)||9.975|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann (OU)||9.975|
|Beam||Brown (OU), Nichols (OU), Showers (OU)||9.925|
|Floor||Maggie Nichols (OU)||10.0|
|AA||Maggie Nichols (OU)||39.850|
|OU Team Highs|
|Beam||Brown, Nichols, Showers||9.925|
DENTON, Texas – The No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team put up its seventh score of 198 or higher this season in a 198.175-193.475 win over Texas Woman's University Sunday afternoon at the Kitty Magee Arena. The Sooners displayed their depth in the win with multiple new faces in the lineups.
The seven scores of 198-plus are now a school and NCAA record, surpassing the 2017 total of six. The Sooners will enter the 2018 postseason with a regional qualifying score of at least 198 for the second-straight season, the only school to ever do so. With an RQS of 198.120, the Sooners set an NCAA RQS record.
“What an incredible regular season for us,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “It was packed with challenges on the road! We saw a great deal of growth from beginning to end. It’s hard to imagine that records can still be broken but this team found a way. They never cease to impress us.”
OU swept the event titles with sophomore Maggie Nichols taking home titles on vault (9.975), floor (10.0) and the all-around (39.850). Junior Nicole Lehrmann took home the bars title with a 9.975, and Nichols, senior Natalie Brown and sophomore Brehanna Showers shared the beam title with matching 9.925s. Senior Stefani Catour made her career debut on vault, while freshman Jordan Draper made her collegiate debut, appearing in the floor lineup.
“We rested many, tested many and got some amazing preparation,” Kindler said. “It’s so rewarding to watch opportunities being taken advantage of like that. Jordan, Evy, Bre, Stefani and Carly all stepped up today. Maggie earned her first 10 on floor this season and was a late add to the lineup there. A lot of positives to take from this one.”
The Sooners started out on bars, taking a 49.500-48.875 lead after the first rotation. Lehrmann took home the event title with an incredible performance, earning a near perfect 9.975 for a season high score. In the anchor spot, Nichols pushed the Sooners to the 49.500 mark with a 9.950. Catour added a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot to help pace the Sooners.
Freshman Anastasia Webb and sophomore Bre Showers led off for the Sooners, tallying matching scores of 9.800. Junior Brenna Dowell contributed a 9.875 in the No. 4 spot.
The momentum carried over to the second rotation, with the Sooners putting up a 49.450 on vault. Nichols anchored with a huge 9.975 on her Yurchenko 1.5, her fifth score of 9.975 or higher on vault this season. Dowell, competing a Yurchenko 1.5 as well, tallied a 9.925 in the No. 5 spot.
Vault saw a new face as Catour made her career debut on the event, tallying a 9.825 on her Yurchenko full. In the leadoff spot, Alex Marks put up a 9.875, followed by a 9.850 from Lehrmann. Freshman Evy Schoepfer set a career high with a 9.825 out of the No. 4 spot.
The Sooners had a huge floor rotation, tallying a season high 49.650. Nichols anchored with her second career perfect 10 on floor, bringing her career total to 13. She is now just a perfect 10 on bars away from completing her second “gym slam” with a 10 on every event.
Dowell tied her season high, adding a 9.950 in the No. 3 spot. In the leadoff spot, Showers started the rotation strong with a 9.9. Webb put up a 9.925 in the No. 5 spot and Schoepfer added a 9.875 to lead the Sooners to their impressive outing on the event.
Moving to the final rotation, Catour looked effortless on beam in the leadoff spot for a 9.9. Showers followed with a gorgeous routine in the No. 2 spot for a 9.925. Brown was fierce as always, showing why beam is her best event, scoring a 9.925 to take a share of the event title. Freshman Carly Woodard was elegant and poised in the No. 5 spot, tallying a 9.9. Nichols anchored the event with a strong 9.925 to lead OU to a 49.575 on the event.
“The atmosphere was amazing tonight and I want to thank all the OU fans who made the trip to watch these remarkable women,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “We appreciate your enthusiasm and love coming to TWU.”
The Sooners will head to Ames, Iowa for the Big 12 Conference Championships Saturday, March 24. Hosted by Iowa State, the meet is slated for a 4 p.m. start airing on FloGymnastics.