Trautman Perfect at Perfect 10 Challenge
|Vault||Olivia Trautman (OU)||9.975|
|Bars||Maggie Nichols (OU)||9.975|
|Beam||Dowell (OU), Webb (OU)||9.9|
|Floor||Olivia Trautman (OU)||10.0|
|AA||Brenna Dowell (OU)||39.675|
|OU Team Highs|
|Beam||Brenna Dowell, Anastasia Webb||9.9|
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – Olivia Trautman became the fourth freshman in program history to earn a perfect 10 on an event, closing out the annual Perfect 10 Challenge with a flawless floor routine. The No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team took home the title with a 198.075, the second highest score of the season for the Sooners, to give head coach K.J. Kindler her 450th career victory.
Trautman joins teammates Brenna Dowell, Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb as the only Sooners to score a perfect 10 in their freshmen campaigns. The four each earned their first perfect 10 on a different event with Dowell earning a 10 on bars, Nichols on vault, Webb on beam and Trautman on floor.
"I've been waiting for Olivia to get a 10,” Dowell said. “She's gotten like three 9.975s and we've been waiting for them to give it to her. I really think that is her best floor routine she has done, so it was the perfect one to give it to her. It was just so exciting, and we are all so happy for her."
Trautman set a pair of career highs on the night with her perfect score on floor and a 9.975 on vault. Both scores gave the Champlin, Minn. native the event title and she has now earned at least one event title in every meet this season.
"It honestly feels really incredible finally being a part of that club,” Trautman said. “Here I am just doing what I know how to do, and it just feels amazing. I am feeling more confident and feeling more normal and I've been doing good in the gym. I've been sticking more of my vaults and finally got to bring it out here which just feels good."
Dowell took home the all-around crown with a career-high 39.675. The senior was exceptional all meet, earning a share of the beam title with a 9.9. She added a 9.875 on vault, a 9.925 on bars and a 9.975 on floor.
"She's the MVP of the night,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “I think she was a great example to her teammates of mental toughness and perseverance. I couldn't be prouder of her; not because of her scores and because of her all-around but because she competed. When someone is mentally tough, they can let things go and move forward. She just has that ability about her. After this weekend, that was a tough night for our whole team and especially her. To regain your confidence in that quick of a turnaround takes someone who's willing to move forward, not dwell on the past, not focus on the fall or mistake. I couldn't be prouder; I think she is an exceptional example to our whole team."
Webb tied her career high in the all-around with a 39.650, earning at least a 9.9 on all four events for the first time in her career. The sophomore took home a share of the beam title with a 9.9 and added a 9.925 on vault, a 9.9 on bars and a 9.925 on floor.
"I think she is not quite been herself, as far as in her confidence level,” Kindler said. “The scores reflect it, her performance reflects it, but I feel like inside she is needing to rise up a little more. I feel like tonight was the beginning of that. We had a heart-to-heart this week and we really got into each other about getting the real Anastasia out, because she is just a phenomenal performer and I don't think we were able to see that the first half of the season and I want to see that. I want to be able to physically see that on her face. I want to see the joy, the love for the sport, and excitement for competing. We are working on that and I think the beginning of that showed tonight."
The Sooners posted their second highest score of the season on vault with a 49.575. Led by Trautman’s 9.975, OU led the quad meet after one rotation. Nichols and Webb tallied a pair of 9.925s, while senior Nicole Lehrmann and Dowell each put up a 9.875. Junior Jade Degouveia added a 9.850 in the No. 3 spot.
On bars the Sooners posted a 49.650, their second-highest score of the season on the event. Nichols anchored with her third consecutive 9.975 to earn the event title. Nichols has now posted a 9.9 or better in all six meets on bars.
The rotation started strong with Webb’s 9.9 as OU counted five scores of 9.9 or better. Sophomore Karrie Thomas added a 9.9 of her own, followed by Dowell’s 9.925. Lehrmann was steady as always in the No. 5 spot, tallying a 9.95 for her sixth score of 9.9 or better this season.
With a 99.225 score through two rotations, OU used a 49.200 on beam to take a 148.425 into the final rotation. Dowell and Webb highlighted the third rotation with their matching 9.9s. Trautman and sophomore Carly Woodard added a pair of 9.850s. Nichols tallied a 9.7 in the anchor spot.
Closing the meet out on floor, the Sooners used a 49.650 to once again break the 198 mark. Freshman Emma LaPinta posted a 9.8 in the No. 2 spot to put OU back on track after a fall in the leadoff position. Webb was stunning in the No. 3 spot for a 9.925 and Degouveia looked incredible in the No. 4 spot for a 9.950.
Dowell broke out her signature move and nailed her tumbling passes to match her career high with a 9.975. Trautman closed things out with a perfect 10 to push the Sooners over the 198 bump and secure the win.
"I think from a coaching standpoint it is incredibly important, because it gives us an idea of how they perform on podium,” Kindler said. “It is a little bouncier and there are more things going on. You have to be able to handle that and you are highlighted by yourself up there. When you’re on the floor, your team is around, so you are very isolated (on podium). A lot of athletes need to feel that and get used to that. Those moments are very big at nationals and having this practice is incredibly important."
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.