NCAA Championship Details Announced
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NORMAN —The NCAA has released details on the 2019 women’s gymnastics championships, scheduled for April 19 and 20 inside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
The No. 1 seed Oklahoma Sooners will compete in Semifinal II at 6 p.m. CT on Friday, April 19. The meet will be televised live on ESPNU and then switch to ESPN 2 with Bart Conner and Kathy Johnson Clarke on the call.
All rotations were predetermined by random draw last summer. As the top finisher from the regional with the No. 1 seed, OU will rotate in Olympic order, beginning on vault, then bars, beam and closing on floor.
OU will face No. 5 Denver, No. 8 Georgia and No. 15 Oregon State in the second session. Derrian Gobourne (Auburn, vault), Cairo Leonard-Baker (Arizona State, bars), Hailey Garner (Arkansas, beam) and Sophia Carter (Arkansas, floor) will rotate with the team as individual event specialists. Competing on the opposite side of the bracket for an NCAA title will be No. 2 UCLA, No. 3 LSU, No. 6 Utah and No. 7 Michigan. The first semifinal will begin at noon CT on Friday and air on ESPN2.
The top two teams from each NCAA Semifinal will advance to the first-ever Four on the Floor. Prior to this year, OU advanced to the NCAA Super Six eight times in school history, including its current five-year streak. The Sooners have placed in the top three every year since 2013, including three national championships in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Individual event and all-around national champions will also be determined during the semifinal competition. OU has 11 individual national champions in its history. The last individual national champions for the Sooners came in 2018 with Brenna Dowell taking home the title on vault and Maggie Nichols earning a trio of individual titles including the all-around, floor exercise and uneven bars. The current squad boasts six total individual championships as Nichols and senior Nicole Lehrmann were co-champion on bars in 2017.
OU won its 10th consecutive regional title last Saturday night, taking first place at the NCAA Athens Regional to earn a spot in the championship field of eight. The Sooners’ score of 198.475 was the nation’s highest score this season and the highest road score in NCAA history. OU captured six individual titles, all with scores of 9.925 or higher. Senior Nicole Lehrmann and junior Maggie Nichols claimed the top spot on vault (9.95), while Nichols added a regional title on bars (9.975) Sophomore Carly Woodard earned the title on beam (9.925) and freshman Olivia Trautman took home top marks on floor (9.975). Senior Brenna Dowell was the all-around regional champion with a 39.550.
Tickets for the NCAA Championships are on sale now at NCAA.com. Fans can purchase all-session tickets (good for semifinals and the Four on the Floor) or tickets for individual sessions.