Sooners Celebrate 2017 at Championship Banquet
NORMAN- The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team honored its own at its annual banquet Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
The Sooners finished the 2017 season in the best way possible, taking home their second straight, and third overall, national championship. OU set an NCAA record team score of 198.375 during the Super Six Finals, as five Sooners combined for 12 All-America honors. The Sooners posted a 33-0 record, the first undefeated season in program history, and secured an unprecedented sixth-straight Big 12 title and an eighth consecutive NCAA Regional crown.
Chayse Capps was named the Most Outstanding Athlete after a phenomenal senior season. She was a three-time 2017 All-American, a Honda Sport Award nominee, AAI Award finalist, Big 12 Gymnast of the Year and posted a 10.0 on beam for the second time in her career. Capps not only excelled on the competition floor, but earned a 4.0 in the classroom and was named an NCAA Acaemic All-American.
Maggie Nichols was awarded the Kelly Garrison Award, given to the most valuable athlete on the competition floor. Nichols was the first OU athlete to score a perfect 10 on all four apparatuses during the season, notching a “Gym Slam.” She totaled seven perfect 10’s, was named the uneven bars National Champion, earned three All-American nods, and was the NCAA Regional vault, beam, floor and all-around champion.
Stefani Catour was honored with the OU Commitment Award, given to an athlete that has demonstrated improvement in their gymnastics development from August through May. Catour competed in every meet and hit 100 percent of her routines on both balance beam and bars, receiving high scores of 9.925 on bars and 9.95 on beam. She was named All-American for the first time in her career.
Nicole Lehrmann was named the NCAA Tournament MVP for her phenomenal performance in the prelims and Super Six. Lehrmann was named a National Champion on bars with a 9.95, earning her All-American status. During the NCAA semifinals, she set her career-high on beam with a 9.925.
Brehanna Showers was awarded the Bonomo Spirit Award, given to the athlete who is the spirit of the team and has an amazing influence on her teammates. Showers suffered a season-ended injury in preseason, but made it her mission to contribute in ways other than on the competition equipment.
McKenzie Wofford (bars), Nichols (VT, BB, UB, FX), Capps (beam), Lehrmann (bars) each received a 10.0 Award, given to all athletes who score at least one perfect 10 during the season. This season marked the first time in program history that four different athletes reached the milestone.
Catour, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson and Charity Jones were honored as the Most Consistent Gymnasts. All four hit 100 percent of their routines over the course of 15 competitions.
Most Outstanding Athlete: Chayse Capps
Kelly Garrison Award (MVP): Maggie Nichols
OU Commitment Award: Stefani Catour
NCAA Tournament MVP: Nicole Lehrmann
Bonomo Spirit Award: Bre Showers
10.0 Award: Chayse Capps, Nicole Lehrmann, Maggie Nichols, McKenzie Wofford
Most Consistent Gymnast: Stefani Catour, Brenna Dowell, AJ Jackson, Charity Jones