Senior Night Set for Friday Against Alabama
No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Alabama
March 15 | 6:45 p.m. CT | Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Ranking||No. 1||No. 11|
|2019 Scoring Average||197.808||196.530|
|2019 Team High||198.325||197.100|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET TWELVE
FINISH LINE IN SIGHT
The No. 1 Oklahoma gymnastics team will host its final regular season meet of the season when No. 11 Alabama makes the trek to Norman on Friday, March 15. The two teams will square off at 6:45 p.m. CT inside Lloyd Noble Center. The Sooners are looking to go undefeated in the regular season for the sixth time under head coach K.J. Kindler.
OU will honor its four seniors, Brenna Dowell, Ashley Hiller, Nicole Lehrmann and Alex Marks following Friday’s meet. The four have been a part of two National Championships, four Big 12 Championships, four regional championships, and two other top three NCAA Championship finishes. The quartet has earned 146 career wins and are undefeated at 35-0 at Lloyd Noble Center. They have combined for 10 All-America honors, six scholastic All-America honors and 10 Big 12 Academic honors. Dowell and Lehrmann each have an individual national championship with Lehrmann winning the bars title in 2017 and Dowell the vault title in 2018. The duo have also combined for four Big 12 individual championships.
Of the nation’s top totals this season, the Sooners hold two of the top three scores, three in the top five and five in the top 10. OU is the only team to hit the 198 mark in four meets, holding the top spot with a 198.325 (Feb. 1), the No. 3 spot with a 198.200 (March 9), the No. 5 spot with a 198.075 (Feb. 15) and the No. 6 spot 198.050 (Jan. 5). OU also holds the 10th spot with a 197.975. UCLA has three scores in the top 10, while Florida, Utah and LSU each have one.
KINDLER VS. THE SEC
In 13 seasons, OU head coach K.J. Kindler has posted a 40-8 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 5-0 against the SEC with two wins over Arkansas and victories over Georgia, Missouri and Florida.
With a road victory over No. 7 Michigan on March 9, Oklahoma extended its lead at the top of the rankings with a national qualifying score (NQS) of 198.025. OU’s weekend score of 198.200 bumped its NQS to over a 198 this season as the Sooners earned a No. 1 ranking for the 62nd time since the start of the 2015 season. The Sooners are the only program to ever record back-to-back-to-back seasons with an RQS of 198 or better. With just two regular season meets and Big 12 Championships remaining, the Sooners will once again carry an NQS of 198 into the postseason. Additionally, Oklahoma ranks in the top three on all four events, including the top spot on vault (49.540), bars (49.555) and beam (49.505). The Sooners remained at No. 3 on floor with a 49.550.
NQS is based on a team's six best regular season scores, three of which must be from road contests. The overall high score is eliminated, and the five remaining scores are averaged. NQS scores are used to determine seeding for NCAA regional competition at six campus sites on April 4-6.
TEN POINT “O”
Freshman Olivia Trautman became the fourth freshman in program history to earn a perfect 10 on Feb. 15. Trautman was the final routine of the night and put an exclamation point on the Sooners’ win as she performed a flawless floor routine to earn her first perfect score. She joined teammates Brenna Dowell (bars), Maggie Nichols (vault, beam, floor, bars) and Anastasia Webb (beam) as the only Sooners to earn a perfect 10 in their freshman campaigns. Trautman was the third gymnast in 2019 to earn a perfect 10 on floor (Katelyn Ohashi, UCLA; Lynzee Brown, Denver) and the third OU gymnast to record a perfect 10 this season (Maggie Nichols, vault; Nicole Lehrmann, bars).
The Sooners have posted 124 scores of 9.9 or better during the first three meets of the year. With 262 routines under their belts, that means that 47.3 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 of eight of 10 meets, tallying 17 against Florida, 14 at the Perfect 10 Challenge, 13 at the Metroplex Challenge and at Michigan, 12 against Arkansas and UCLA and 10 each against Georgia and UNC.
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 55 of their last 56 meets. Currently, the Sooners’ streak is at 20 meets with a score of at least 197, and 11 of those meets have featured a score of at least a 198. The Sooners are one of just four teams that 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. OU also tallied a 198.075 on Feb. 15 and a 198.200 on March 9 at Michigan. The Sooners now have 22 marks of 198 or better since the 2016 season and 29 overall. Of those 29, only 10 have been earned at home with the other 19 all coming at road or neutral sites. Six of those scores came in regional or national competition. No other school has more than 19 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 (54) | 9.9 (27) | 9.95 (9)
BARS At least 9.85 (56) | 9.9 (37) | 9.95 (11)
BEAM At least 9.85 (49) | 9.9 (28) | 9.95 (10)
FLOOR At least 9.85 (48) | 9.9 (32) | 9.95 (13)
Eight Sooners hold 18 individual top-25 rankings, which are also determined by NQS. Senior Brenna Dowell and sophomore Anastasia Webb are both ranked in the top 10 in the all-around with Dowell coming in at No. 8 (39.565) and Webb at No. 10 (39.545). Dowell also ranks 5th on floor (9.940), 8th on vault (9.910) and 10th on bars (9.920). Webb comes in at No. 9 on beam (9.915) and No. 16 on vault (9.890). Senior Nicole Lehrmann is ranked on three events, ranking 6th on bars (9.935), 13th on vault (9.895) and 14th on beam (9.890). Juniors Jade Degouveia and Maggie Nichols and freshman Oliva Trautman are each ranked on a pair of events. Degouveia is ranked seventh on vault with an NQS of 9.915 and 12th on floor (9.925). Nichols is No. 1 on beam with an NQS of 9.970 and second on bars with a 9.950. Trautman is No. 3 on floor (9.955) and No. 8 on vault (9.910). Sophomore Karrie Thomas ranks 22nd on bars (9.895) and sophomore Carly Woodard comes in at No. 18 on beam (9.885).
VAULTING TO THE TOP
On Jan. 11, the Sooners became the first team in the NCAA to field a lineup of six 10.0 start value vaults since the devaluation of the Yurchenko full. OU has competed six Yurchenko 1.5s in five meets this season and is one of just three teams (Florida, Nebraska) to accomplish the feat. In each of their other six meets, the Sooners have had at least five competitors competing a 1.5.
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, BB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (AA) have all competed.
A GLANCE AT OKLAHOMA
Rankings (as of March 11)
Overall: 1st (198.025 NQS)
Vault: 1st (49.540)
Bars: 1st (49.555)
Beam: 1st (49.505)
Floor: 3rd (49.550)
All-Around: Brenna Dowell (39.565, 8th)
Vault: Jade Degouveia (9.915, 7th)
Bars: Maggie Nichols (9.950, T-2nd)
Beam: Maggie Nichols (9.970, 1st)
Floor: Olivia Trautman (9.955, 3rd)
A GLANCE AT ALABAMA
Rankings (as of March 11)
Overall: 11th (196.820 NQS)
Vault: 9th (49.200)
Bars: 11th (49.215)
Beam: 14th (49.175)
Floor: T-6th (49.370)
Vault: Shallon Olsen (9.880, T-23rd)
Bars: Emily Gaskins (9.870, T-45th)
Beam: Lexi Graber (9.860, T-45th)
Floor: Ari Guerra (9.890, T-39th)
Alabama leads the all-time series with a 28-16 record, however the Sooners have won the last 11 meetings between the two teams. The most recent meeting was a 197.925-197.150 victory for the Sooners in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2018.
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. Fans can also purchase tickets on the day of at the east and north entrances.
- Head coach K.J. Kindler reached 450 career victories with a win at the Perfect 10 Challenge on Feb. 15. She now has 454 career wins and has amassed 360 victories as the head coach of the Sooners.
- Senior Brenna Dowell (Gymnast of the Week) and sophomores Carly Woodard (Event Specialist of the Week) and Karrie Thomas (Newcomer of the Week) were all honored by the Big 12 Conference. The trio were crucial to the Sooners’ victory at No. 7 Michigan, leading OU to a 198.200.
The Sooners will host the Big 12 Championship Saturday, March 23, inside Lloyd Noble Center. The meet, featuring OU, Denver, Iowa State and West Virginia, will air on ESPNU at 1 p.m. CT.