Women's Gym Unveils Incredible 2019 Slate

Lindsey Morrison
By Lindsey Morrison
Assistant Director of Communications

The toughest road to Four on the Floor runs through Lloyd Noble Center in 2019.

Oklahoma head women’s gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler and Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione revealed Wednesday the Sooners’ full competition schedule, which features 12 regular season events with meets against six 2018 NCAA Championship teams, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, UCLA and Washington.

The Sooners’ home slate features four powerhouse meets with competition against 2018 NCAA Championship teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia and UCLA. Along with Oklahoma, the five teams have combined to win the last 23 NCAA Championships.

“This is what I call a dream home schedule,” Kindler said. “What an amazing opportunity for Sooner fans to see the best of the best the NCAA has to offer right here in Norman. This slate is a beast. It will bring challenge, excitement, artistry and edge-of-your-seat moments. It’s a top-of-the-mountain, once-in-a-lifetime kind of home schedule.”

The home opener against Georgia on Jan. 11 will be the first of five meets against SEC opponents and first of three at home. Florida, the third-place finisher at the Super Six, will make a trip to Norman on Feb. 1, with Alabama closing out the home slate on March 15.

In the most anticipated meet of 2019, 2018 National Champion UCLA will make the trek to the LNC on March 3. For the second consecutive season, the meet will air on ESPN. UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field, set to retire at the end of the 2019 season, will make her final appearance as the Bruin’s leader in the LNC.

"This slate is a beast. It will bring challenge, excitement, artistry and edge-of-your-seat moments. It’s a top-of-the-mountain, once-in-a-lifetime kind of home schedule.”
K.J. Kindler

Away from Norman, the Sooners will compete in six regular season road contests and two neutral site meets, opening the season at Arkansas on Jan. 5. The Sooners will continue to challenge themselves as they travel to North Carolina (Jan. 19), Denver (Feb. 10), West Virginia (Feb. 24), Michigan (March 9) and Iowa State (March 11).

“Whether at home or on the road, this season demands detailed preparation,” Kindler said. “The early start on Jan. 5 at Arkansas will require a disciplined vacation period. Our depth and ability to rely on interchanging our athletes on a week to week basis will be key, especially on the leg events.”

OU will have two opportunities to compete on podium before the NCAA Championships. The Sooners will head to Fort Worth, Texas, for the Metroplex Challenge featuring Arkansas, Denver and Missouri (Jan. 26). Held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, OU will get an early opportunity to compete in the venue where the 2019 NCAA Championships will be held.

The Sooners will also compete on podium at the annual Perfect 10 Challenge inside the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City on Feb. 15. In their second quad meet of the season, the Sooners will face Arizona State, George Washington and Washington.

Postseason begins with the Sooners chasing their eighth straight Big 12 Championship title. Competition is slated for March 23 at West Virginia.  

The journey to the NCAA Championships will have a new format in 2019, starting with four eight-team regionals in place of six six-team regionals. Taking place over three days, nine teams will travel to regional sites, with seven automatically advancing to day two. Two teams at each site will compete in a play-in on the first day.

On the second day, eight teams will compete in two sessions of four, and the top two in each of those sessions will advance to the next day. On the final day, four teams will compete in one session, and the top two teams will advance to the finals site. Regionals are slated for April 4-6 in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Athens, Ga.; Baton Rouge, La.; and Corvallis, Ore. 

The new format will reduce the number of teams at the NCAA Championships from 12 to eight. Four teams will compete in each semifinal, with the top two in each semifinal advancing to the final night, replacing the Super Six with Four on the Floor.

The 2018 NCAA Championships will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, April 19-20.

The Sooners return six gymnasts who combined for 13 All-America honors in seniors Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann, juniors Jade Degouveia, Maggie Nichols and Bre Showers and sophomore Anastasia Webb. Dowell and Nichols also combined for four individual national titles in 2018. In addition to the returners, the Sooners have added newcomers Karrie Thomas, Emma LaPinta, Allie Stern and Olivia Trautman.

Season tickets for the 2019 season are currently available for purchase. Tickets are available for $30 for general admission and $50 for reserved seating, which will reserve a seat location for the entire season. Youth (6-18) and senior (55+) season tickets will be $25. Discounted tickets are available for $5 for groups of 10 or more. Group tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours prior to the event. Fans can order online through SoonerSports.com or over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at 800-456-GoOU.

2019 Oklahoma Women's Gymnastics Schedule
Date Opponent Location
Time (CT)
 Jan. 5 Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark.
6 p.m.
Jan. 11 Georgia Norman, Okla.
6:45 p.m.
Jan. 19 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C.
1 p.m.
Jan. 26 Arkansas, Denver, Missouri (Metroplex Challenge) Fort Worth, Texas
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 Florida Norman, Okla.
6:45 p.m.
Feb. 10 Denver Denver, Colo.
3 p.m.
Feb. 15 Arizona State, George Washington, Washington (Perfect 10 Challenge) Oklahoma City, Okla.
6:45 p.m.
Feb. 24 West Virginia Morgantown, W. Va.
1 p.m.
March 3 UCLA Norman, Okla.
12 p.m.
March 9 Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich.
11 a.m.
March 11 Iowa State Ames, Iowa
6:30 p.m.
March 15 Alabama Norman, Okla.
6:45 p.m.
March 23 Big 12 Championship (Denver, Iowa State, West Virginia) Morgantown, W.Va.
TBA
April 4-6 NCAA Regionals TBA
TBA
April 19-20 NCAA Championships Fort Worth, Texas
TBA

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