OU Ready for Perfect 10 Challenge in OKC
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 19 Arizona State, George Washington, No. 18 Washington
Feb. 14 | 6:45 p.m. CT | Oklahoma City, Okla. | Cox Convention Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Scoring Average||197.835||192.783||194.430||195.900|
|2019 Team High||198.325||196.375||195.400||196.525|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET SEVEN
PERFECT 10 CHALLENGE
The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is set for its second quad meet of the season as the Sooners travel down the road to Oklahoma City for the Perfect 10 Challenge. The podium meet is set for 6:45 p.m. CT at the Cox Convention Center and will feature No. 18 Washington, No. 19 Arizona State and George Washington along with the No. 1 Sooners. Should the Sooners emerge victorious, head coach K.J. Kindler will reach her 450th career win.
OU showcased its depth Sunday afternoon in a 197.700-197.400 victory over No. 7 Denver as all eight underclassmen competed on at least one event for the Sooners. The Sooners took home three event titles with junior Maggie Nichols taking home top marks on bars and beam with matching scores of 9.975. Freshman Olivia Trautman won the vault title with a 9.900.
OU posted its fifth score of 197.700 or better this season and its second highest beam score with a 49.550. The Sooners won the team event title on three of four events, besting Denver on vault, bars and beam.
Of the nation’s top totals this season, the Sooners hold three of the top four scores. OU is the only team to hit the 198 mark twice, holding the top spot with a 198.325 (Feb. 1) and the No. 2 spot with a 198.050 (Jan. 5). OU also holds the No. 4 spot with a 197.975, the No. 7 spot with a 197.825 and the No. 9 spot with a 197.700. Only two other schools are represented in the top 10 as UCLA has three of the top scores and Florida has two.
TOP OF THE CLASS
After posting its fifth score of 197.7 or better this season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team remained the No. 1 team for the sixth week in a row. The Sooners have now been the No. 1 team for a total of 58 weeks since the start of the 2015 season.
The Sooners have posted 70 scores of 9.9 or better during the first three meets of the year. With 143 routines under their belts, that means that 49 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 five of six meets, tallying 17 against Florida, 13 at the Metroplex Challenge, 12 against Arkansas and 10 each against Georgia and UNC. Of schools currently ranked in the top five Florida has 56 such scores, UCLA has 49, Utah has 34 and LSU has 33.
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 50 of their last 51 meets. Currently, the Sooners’ streak is at 15 meets with a score of at least 197, and nine of those meets have featured a score of at least a 198. Only 11 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. OU added a second score of 198 or better with a 198.325 on Feb. 1, the highest score in the nation thus far. The Sooners now have 20 marks of 198 or better since the 2016 season and 27 overall. No other school has more than 18 in its program history. In 2018, OU set the NCAA record with 10 scores of 198 or better in a single season.
Below is a breakdown of the Sooners’ individual scores on each event this season, including totals of at least 9.85, 9.9 and 9.95.
VAULT At least 9.85 (28) | 9.9 (17) | 9.95 (5)
BARS At least 9.85 (31) | 9.9 (19) | 9.95 (6)
BEAM At least 9.85 (29) | 9.9 (17) | 9.95 (6)
FLOOR At least 9.85 (27) | 9.9 (17) | 9.95 (7)
Olivia Trautman (Newcomer of the Week) and Carly Woodard (Event Specialist of the Week) were recognized by the league for their contributions to the Sooners’ win over No. 7 Denver Sunday afternoon. The award was the fifth of Trautman’s career and second of Woodard’s.
Trautman was a crucial part of OU’s victory as she was one of just three Sooners who competed on at least three events. The Champlin, Minn., native took home the vault title with a 9.9, the only gymnast of the meet to break the 9.9 mark. The freshman added a team-high 9.925 on floor, her sixth consecutive meet with at least a 9.925 on the event. On beam, she tallied a 9.825 to help Oklahoma to its second highest beam score of the season with a 49.550.
Woodard was honored as the Event Specialist of the Week for the second time in her career. The Overland Park, Kan., native set a season high and tied her career high with a 9.95. Woodard’s score was the second best of the meet as she helped the Sooners to a 49.550 on the event.
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), Evy Schoepfer (BB, VT), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (AA) have all competed. Schoepfer (FX, BB, VT) and Thomas (BB) have appeared in exhibition.
A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA
Rankings (as of Feb. 11)
Overall: 1st (197.813 average)
Vault: 1st (49.454)
Bars: 2nd (49.496)
Beam: 1st (49.454)
Floor: 3rd (49.408)
All-Around: Olivia Trautman (39.725, 1st)
Vault: Maggie Nichols (9.950, 1st)
Bars: Maggie Nichols (9.945, 2nd)
Beam: Maggie Nichols (9.955, T-1st)
Floor: Olivia Trautman (9.946, 2nd)
A GLANCE AT ARIZONA STATE
Rankings (as of Feb. 11)
Overall: 19th (195.783 average)
Vault: 24th (48.829)
Bars: 16th (49.038)
Beam: 16th (48.904)
Floor: 22nd (49.013)
All-Around: Cairo Leonard-Baker (39.292, 26th)
Vault: Morgan Wilson (9.792, 92nd)
Bars: Cairo Leonard-Baker (9.900, T-10th)
Beam: Jasmine Gutierrez (9.850, T-25th)
Floor: Cairo Leonard-Baker (9.887, T-20th)
A GLANCE AT GEORGE WASHINGTON
Rankings (as of Feb. 11)
Overall: 35th (194.430 average)
Vault: 45th (48.505)
Bars: 39th (48.560)
Beam: 33rd (48.625)
Floor: 39th (48.740)
All-Around: Alexandra Zois (39.055, 47th)
Vault: Deja Chambliss (9.800, 73rd)
Bars: Alexandra Zois (9.750, T-144th)
Beam: Alexandra Zois (9.805, T-72nd)
Floor: Alexandra Zois (9.825, T-86th)
A GLANCE AT WASHINGTON
Rankings (as of Feb. 11)
Overall: 18th (195.900 average)
Vault: 21st (48.870)
Bars: 17th (48.990)
Beam: 10th (49.010)
Floor: 20th (49.030)
All-Around: Evanni Roberson (38.945, 59th)
Vault: Geneva Thompson (9.815, T-61st)
Bars: Monica Riley (9.790, T-92nd)
Beam: Evanni Roberson (9.860, T-22nd)
Floor: Kristyn Hoffa (9.855, T-48th)
ARIZONA STATE: The Sooners lead the all-time series 21-12-1, most recently defeating the Sun Devils 198.100-195.700 in 2018.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: OU leads the all-time series, 3-0, with the most recent victory coming in 2016 (197.675-195.750)
WASHINGTON: OU leads 13-4, defeating the Huskies in 2018, 198.050-196.250 at the NCAA Championships.
- Head coach K.J. Kindler is just three wins away from 450 career victories. Kindler has also amassed 353 victories as the head coach of the Sooners.
- 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.
OU will travel to conference foe West Virginia for a Sunday afternoon matchup on Feb. 24. The meet is slated for a 1 p.m. CT start in Morgantown, W.Va.