No. 1 Sooners Topple No. 7 Wolverines
|Vault||Lehrmann (OU), Webb (OU)||9.95|
|Bars||Nicole Lehrmann (OU)||9.95|
|Beam||Nichols (OU), Wojcik (UM)||9.95|
|Floor||Degouveia (OU), Dowell (OU), Wojcik (UM)||9.95|
|AA||Brenna Dowell (OU)||39.725|
|OU Team Highs|
ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team posted the second-highest score in the nation this season with a 198.200 to defeat No. 7 Michigan (197.425) inside the Crisler Center Saturday afternoon.
With a commanding lead throughout the meet, the Sooners used a season-best 49.625 on beam to secure the win and improve to 15-0 on the season. OU has now posted the top two scores in the nation this season and three of the top four. The Sooners are also the only team to put up four scores of 198 or better in 2019.
“I think (the win) says a lot about this team,” senior Brenna Dowell said. “This meet was really cool because we’ve kind of been waiting to put everything together. I’ve been waiting for this meet. It’s really exciting to see all the underclassmen step up. Everyone is working really hard in the gym so it’s extra exciting when you see those newcomers go out there and hit a great routine.”
The Sooners hit every routine, going 24-for-24, as they defeated their fifth top-10 opponent this season and 11th ranked opponent. The underclassmen stepped up once again with seven of the eight competing in the meet.
“It’s so exciting,” senior Nicole Lehrmann said. “It’s showing our depth is increasing a lot. The fact that we hit 24-for-24, which is something we haven’t done yet this season, is amazing. We still only have Maggie (Nichols) on two events and Olivia (Trautman) was out, so to do that, it really shows our depth. This is a full team it’s not just a few all-around competitors. Everyone is contributing and this win is because of everyone.”
Dowell and Lehrmann had incredible meets for Oklahoma, tallying a combined seven scores of 9.925 or better and three scores of 9.95 or better. Dowell, who set a career high with a 39.725 in the all-around to earn the title, recorded a 9.925 on vault, bars and beam while notching a team-best 9.95 on floor.
“That was really exciting,” Dowell said. “My goal all-around score was to break 39.7 and it was really exciting to do that this meet.”
Lehrmann took home the bar title outright and a share of vault with matching 9.950s, while adding a career-high 9.925 on beam.
Junior Jade Degouveia took home a share of the floor title with a 9.95 and junior Maggie Nichols earned a share of the beam title with a 9.95 in the anchor spot.
Oklahoma opened the meet on bars, tallying their fourth-best score this season with a 49.550 to Michigan’s 49.225 on vault. Lehrmann was phenomenal in the No. 5 spot, tallying a meet-high 9.95. Dowell notched a 9.925 and junior Maggie Nichols and sophomore Karrie Thomas each tallied 9.9s. Sophomore Anastasia Webb led things off with a 9.875, followed by a 9.85 from senior Alex Marks.
Moving on to the second rotation, the Sooners used a 49.550 on vault to take a 99.100-98.550 lead at the halfway point. Vault started off incredible as Lehrmann came out on fire with her best vault of the season and a career high 9.95 in the leadoff spot. Lehrmann, who upgraded to a Yurchenko 1.5 this season, nailed the landing and earned a 10.0 from one of the judges.
“I’ve wanted to stick that vault so bad at a meet,” Lehrmann said. “I’ll stick it sometimes in practice, but I definitely need to be more consistent in practice. I’ve wanted to stick it so bad and earlier this week, I saw video of my 9.925 vault, which was my career high, and I said out loud that I wanted to stick that vault and get it up to a 9.95. To get both those things this week right after I said it is so cool.”
Webb kept the momentum rolling with a stuck landing of her own for a career-high 9.95 in the No. 2 spot. Dowell added a third score of 9.9 or better with a 9.925, while freshman Allie Stern tied her career high with a 9.875. Sophomore Jade Degouveia added a 9.850 to give the Sooners their fourth-highest vault score of the season.
The Sooners extended their lead over Michigan to 148.575-148.050. Degouveia and Dowell highlighted a strong third rotation for the Sooners, each tallying a 9.95 to lead OU to a 49.475 on the apparatus. In her second leadoff duty of the day, Webb tallied a 9.875. Sophomore Jordan Draper posted a 9.875 of her own, followed by a 9.825 from freshman Emma LaPinta.
In the final rotation, the Sooners set a season-high with a 49.625 on beam, the sixth-best score in program history. Dowell led off with a strong performance to match her career high with a 9.925.
Matching her fellow senior, Lehrmann capped off an incredible meet with a 9.925 to tie her career high. After a 9.8 from sophomore Evy Schoepfer, sophomore Carly Woodard got the Sooners back on track with their third 9.925 of the rotation. Nichols anchored with a 9.95, helping the Sooners count five scores of 9.9 or better in the rotation. Webb finished off her night with a 9.9 on beam to tally a 39.600 in the all-around.
“Anastasia’s grown a lot,” Dowell said. “She’s always been one of those people that’s willing to put in the work and is a great competitor. I think today I really saw that competitiveness. As she got on the beam, you really saw that come out of her. It was exciting to see her put it all together and I’m excited for her next two years after this.”
The Sooners will close out a double-weekend, traveling to conference rival Iowa State on Monday, March 11 for a 6:30 p.m. CT meet.