No. 1 vs. No. 2 Friday in Norman
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 1 Oklahoma
Feb. 1 | 6:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Ranking||No. 1||No. 2|
|2019 Scoring Average||198.050||197.675|
|2019 Team High||197.713||197.492|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET FIVE
NO. 1 vs. NO. 2
The best of the best will be on display Friday night as No. 2 Florida comes to Norman for a top-two battle. The Sooners and Gators, who have combined to win four of the last five national championships, will take to the LNC floor at 6:45 p.m. CT. A combined five athletes currently rank in the top-10 of the all-around standings as Maggie Nichols (first), Brenna Dowell (sixth) and Anastasia Webb (seventh) represent OU, and Trinity Thomas (fourth) and Alicia Boren (10th) represent the Gators.
It’s been four years since the Gators last made the trek to Norman, in a meet that saw records fall. In 2015, OU set the school record with a 198.500, scoring better than a 49.500 on every event (49.525 on vault, 49.500 on bars, 49.750 on beam, 49.725 on floor). Two athletes (Erica Brewer, Haley Scaman) scored a 10.0 - Brewer on beam and Scaman on floor. Senior Brenna Dowell was just a freshman at the time and is the only member of the current OU squad who competed against Florida in 2015.
PROTECT OUR HOUSE
On Sunday, the Sooners will look to build upon their 96-4 all-time home record under 13th-year head coach K.J. Kindler. OU has claimed 30 straight victories in Norman dating back to 2014.
KINDLER VS. SEC FOES
In 13 seasons, OU head coach K.J. Kindler has posted a 39-8 record in the regular season against SEC foes. In 2018, the Sooners went 3-1 in the regular season against the SEC, defeating Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia. This season, the Sooners are 4-0 against the SEC with two wins over Arkansas and victories over Georgia and Missouri.
Of the nation’s top totals this season, the Sooners hold the top three scores. OU is the only team to hit the 198 mark, holding the top spot with a 198.050 scored in the season opener at Arkansas. The Sooners have added scores of 197.975 (Jan. 26) and 197.825 (Jan. 11) to round out the top three.
TOP OF THE CLASS
After posting the nation’s highest score of the weekend, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team remained the No. 1 team for the fourth week in a row. The Sooners, who tallied a nation-leading 197.975 on Saturday, have now been the No. 1 team for a total of 56 weeks since the start of the 2015 season.
THE ROAD TO FORT WORTH RUNS THROUGH NORMAN
The Sooners have arguably the toughest home schedule in the nation in 2019 with 2018 NCAA Championships teams Alabama, Florida, Georgia and UCLA making the trek to Norman. Along with Oklahoma, the five teams have combined to win the last 23 NCAA Championships. Florida, Oklahoma and UCLA have combined to win the last five.
The Sooners have posted 45 scores of 9.9 or better during the first three meets of the year. With 96 routines under their belts, that means that 47 percent of the routines competed have scored at least a 9.9. The Sooners have put up double-digit scores of 9.9 or better in each meet, tallying 13 at the Metroplex Challenge, 12 against Arkansas and 10 each against Georgia and UNC. Of schools currently ranked in the top five UCLA and Florida have 30 such scores, LSU has 24 and Utah has 22.
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 48 of their last 49 meets. Currently, the Sooners’ streak is at 13 meets with a score of at least 197, and eight of those meets have featured a score of at least a 198. Only seven teams have hit the 197 mark this season and the Sooners are one of just four who have scored a 197 or better in every meet (Utah, UCLA, Florida).
TO 198 AND BEYOND
With a 198.050 in its opening meet, the Sooners became the only team in NCAA history to break 198 in the first meet of the year. The Sooners now have 19 marks of 198 or better since the 2016 season and 26 overall. No other school has more than 17 in its program history. In 2018, OU set the NCAA record with 10 scores of 198 or better in a single season.
The Sooners now hold the record for consecutive meets with at least a 196.00 with 109 such meets, dating all the way back to Jan. 21, 2012. With its 197.825 victory over Georgia on Jan. 11, OU broke a tie with Florida for the longest streak (2/12/10-4/15-17). To put the streak in perspective, only five schools have had a streak of 36 or more, and the next longest active streak is LSU at 47.
THE FLYING LEHRMANN
Senior Nicole Lehrmann has been outstanding on bars throughout her career as a Sooner. She has tallied a 9.9 or better on the apparatus in 78 percent of her routines (39 of 50). In 2018, she strung together her best year yet, notching a 9.9 or higher in 14 consecutive meets. Lehrmann has scored at least a 9.9 on bars in 18 of her last 19 meets, including all four this year.
Freshman Olivia Trautman has shined in her first three meets as a Sooner, earning a career high on floor with a 9.975 on Jan. 19. Trautman has recorded at least a 9.925 on floor in all four meets and has twice received at least one 10 from the judges for her incredible floor routine. The freshman has also taken over the leadoff spot on beam, earning a career-high 9.9 in the first meet of the year.
MAGGIE “PERFECT 10” NICHOLS
It only took half a meet for Maggie Nichols to record her first perfect score of the season. With 15 to her name heading into her junior year, Nichols added her 16th with a flawless Yurchenko 1.5 on vault at Arkansas on Jan. 5. The junior now has five perfect scores on vault and needs just 11 perfect 10s to tie the NCAA record of 27. Nichols’ 10 on vault was also the 40th perfect score in program history.
In week two of the season, the world saw the collegiate debut of the “Dowell” - a front double pike named after senior Brenna Dowell in the Code of Points after she successfully executed it at Worlds in 2016. Dowell had yet to compete the skill named after her in collegiate competition but broke it out in her first pass on floor on Jan. 11. On Jan. 19, Dowell set a career-high in the all-around, earning a 39.625 thanks to a career-high 9.925 on beam and a season-high 9.925 on floor.
Junior Maggie Nichols (Event Specialist of the Week) and sophomore Anastasia Webb (Gymnast of the Week) were each honored by the Big 12 this week for their performances at the Metroplex Challenge. It was the 18th overall award for Nichols and the eighth overall for Webb. Webb earned Gymnast of the Week honors for the first time in her career after winning her first all-around title on Saturday at the Metroplex Challenge. With a score of 39.550, Webb beat out seven other competitors for the top spot. The junior boasted marks of 9.875 on vault, bars and floor and added a score of 9.925 on beam.
Nichols was named the Event Specialist of the Week for the first time in her career. The junior competed bars and beam for the Sooners, earning the event title on beam. Nichols tallied a 9.975 on beam, though she was not originally set to appear in the lineup. On bars, she added a team-best 9.925 in the anchor spot. She is now just the second Sooner to earn all three weekly awards – Newcomer, Event Specialist, Gymnast – in her career, joining Taylor Spears (2011-14)
OU has showcased the depth it has on its roster with 14 Sooners appearing in at least one lineup or performing an exhibition routine. Seniors Brenna Dowell (AA), Nicole Lehrmann (VT, UB, BB) and Alex Marks (UB), juniors Jade Degouveia (VT, FX), Maggie Nichols (AA) and Bre Showers (AA), sophomores Jordan Draper (FX), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (VT, BB, FX) have all competed. Evy Schoepfer (FX, BB, VT) and Thomas (BB) have appeared in exhibition.
A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA
Rankings (as of Jan. 28)
Overall: 1st (197.713 average)
Vault: 1st (49.450)
Bars: 2nd (49.450)
Beam: 1st (49.494)
Floor: 4th (49.319)
All-Around: Maggie Nichols (39.700, 1st)
Vault: Maggie Nichols (9.950, 1st)
Bars: Maggie Nichols (9.925, T-4th)
Beam: Maggie Nichols (9.942, 2nd)
Floor: Olivia Trautman (9.944, 2nd)
A GLANCE AT FLORIDA
Rankings (as of Jan. 28)Team
Overall: 2nd (197.492)
Vault: 10th (49.067)
Bars: 1st (49.525)
Beam: 2nd (49.408)
Floor: 2nd (49.492)
All-Around: Trinity Thomas (39.608, T-4th)
Vault: Trinity Thomas (9.842, T-33rd)
Bars: Trinity Thomas (9.950, T-1st)
Beam: Trinity Thomas (9.892, T-9th)
Floor: Trinity Thomas (9.925, T-5th)
Florida leads the all-time series 18-10-1. The Sooners went 2-1 against the Gators in 2018 with a loss in the regular season, and two wins in the postseason. OU and Florida finished second and third at the 2018 NCAA Championships, respectively.
ON THE AIR
Sunday’s meet will air on Fox College Sports Pacific and will stream on Fox Sports Go. Meg McDonald and former OU great Kelly Garrison-Funderburk will call the action.
The east entrances of Lloyd Noble Center will be open for general public and student access beginning at 5:15 p.m., 90 minutes prior to the start of the meet. ADA entrance will be at the lower south level.
Fans are encouraged to #ArriveSooner to avoid delays into the gates with new enhanced screenings. OU Athletics has introduced a clear bag policy and walk-through metal detectors at all home events this season. More information on the policy and procedures can be found here.
Fans with reserved season tickets will have seats in sections LE3 or LE4, and the seat number info will be printed on the tickets.
Single-meet tickets are available for purchase online through SoonerSports.com or over the phone at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at 800-456-GoOU.
- 13 of OU’s 14 regular-season opponents were ranked in the 2019 preseason poll, including five squads slated in the top 10 nationally.
- Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 22 total accolades: Jade Degouveia (VT), Brenna Dowell (UB, VT, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (AA, VT, UB, BB, FX), Bre Showers (VT, AA) and Anastasia Webb (FX).
- Three of OU’s regular season home matches will be televised live by Sooner Sports TV. The UCLA meet will be carried on ESPN.
- The Big 12 Championship will be hosted at the Lloyd Noble Center on Saturday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CST and will air on ESPNU.
The Sooners travel to Big 12 rival Denver on Sunday, Feb. 9. The meet is slated for a 3 p.m. CT. start.