Digital Team
By Digital Team
Oklahoma Athletics
JUNE 29, 2017
Champ U

"People don't know what it means to be champions. Oklahoma invented it."


Legendary coach Barry Switzer's famous quote never rang true more than it did in 2016-17.

4


NCAA Team Titles


5


Individual NCAA Champions


4


Conference Championships


The Sooners' success wasn't just on the field of competition either.

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Programs with perfect multi-year APR scores


3.09


Record GPA in the spring


85%


Record Graduation Success Rate


5,317


Hours of community service


All in all, the Sooners have been achieving success at an unprecedented rate. OU's seven national championships in two years are more than any other school in the country. Oklahoma has at least one NCAA title each of the last five years and 10 total during that span.

There truly is only one Oklahoma, and this is #ChampU!

#ChampU Posters

The OU Athletics Department has produced a commemorative #ChampU poster series celebrating Oklahoma's five national champions in 2016-17:

The posters are available for fans inside Gate 6 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and at the OU Athletics Ticket Office underneath the Asp Avenue Parking Facility. Posters will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone.

For a complete recap of the year for the Sooners, please view sport-by-sport recaps below. Boomer Sooner!

Baseball

The Sooners led the nation with five Top-25 RPI series wins, including top-10 series wins over TCU and Texas Tech.

A program-record 10 Sooners were honored with All-Big 12 postseason awards.

OU earned the 37th NCAA postseason appearance in program history.

Austin O'Brien and Jake Irvin voted CoSIDA Academic All-District; the first honorees at OU since 2011.

Men's Basketball

The Sooners debuted a new core of young, talented players, led by freshman Kameron McGusty, a Big 12 honorable mention selection and member of the Big 12 All Newcomer team.

Senior guard Jordan Woodard played in his final season with the Sooners, concluding a historic collegiate career. A starter on three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2016 Final Four squad, Woodard saw action in 125 career games in an OU uniform (124 starts).

On Feb. 25, Lon Kruger became the 33rd head coach to win 600 NCAA Division I games as the Sooners defeated Kansas State, 81-51, at Lloyd Noble Center. With 601 career wins, Kruger ranks 10th in victories among active Division I coaches. In six seasons with the Sooners, he has compiled 122 victories.

Women's Basketball

The Sooners appeared in their 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament, which ranks as the fifth-longest active streak in the nation.

Redshirt senior Peyton Little and junior Vionise Pierre-Louis were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, helping the Sooners to a third-place finish in the conference. OU has won at least 10 Big 12 games 11 times in the last 12 years.

Little became the 32nd Sooner to score 1,000 points at Oklahoma. She finished her career with 1,187 points.

The Sooners' 23 wins were the most by an OU team since 2011. This marked the 15th time under head coach Sherri Coale that OU won 20-plus games.

Cross Country

Led by All-Big 12 honoree Brittany Tretbar, the women finished fourth at the Big 12 Championship.  It was the highest team finish for the women's program in Big 12 Cross Country Championship history. It also marked the third consecutive conference meet for the women to finish in an all-time best spot.

Dylan Blankenbaker earned All-Big 12 honors after finishing sixth at the Big 12 Championship.  He went on to finish sixth at the Midwest Regional, earning All-Region honors, and qualified for the NCAA Championship. Eric Alldritt also earned All-Region honors after finishing 24th at the Midwest Regional.

Football

The Sooners claimed their 10th Big 12 Championship by becoming the first team to ever go 9-0 in regular season Big 12 play, and finished with an 11-2 record after defeating Auburn 35-19 in the Sugar Bowl.

OU finished No. 3 in the final Amway Coaches Poll and No. 5 in the AP Poll. It marked the seventh time in head coach Bob Stoops' 18 years OU finished in the top five.

Wide receiver Dede Westbrook became OU's first winner of the Biletnikoff Award as the country's outstanding receiver, and was the Sooners' first unanimous All-American since 2004.

Baker Mayfield and Westbrook were both Heisman Trophy finalists, marking the first time in the 82-year history of the award that a quarterback and receiver from the same team both finished in the top four. Mayfield finished third in voting and Westbrook fourth.

Men's Golf

The Sooners earned the 2017 NCAA Championship with a 3-1-1 victory over Oregon in the final match, marking the first national title for the golf program since 1989.  

After entering the tournament with the No. 13 seed in stroke play, OU finished second in stroke competition to advance to match play. In quarterfinals action, the Sooners trailed in all five matches at one point and fell behind 2-0 but made a massive comeback to defeat Baylor 3-2 and advance to semifinals where they downed Illinois 3-1-1.

The Sooners made their seventh consecutive NCAA Championships appearance, joining just Texas, USC and Illinois as the only programs to currently hold such a streak.

Senior Max McGreevy, junior Grant Hirschman and sophomore Brad Dalke combined to win five individual titles this season, marking a program record for the most individual wins in a season.

The Sooners earned team wins at the Gopher Invitational and the Lone Star Invitational, and fired a program-record round, 267 (-21), in the third round of the Lone Star Invitational.

Women's Golf

The Sooners finished the year with a program-best 290.72 season-stroke average.

Sophomore Julienne Soo shined in her sophomore season, earning the first medalist honor of her career as well as numerous program records en route to a selection on the All-Big 12 Team and an individual appearance in the NCAA Championships.

Earned the 37th NCAA postseason appearance in program history.

The squad returns all five starters from this season and will look to make an NCAA Championships team run in 2018. 

Six of the nine Sooners on roster were named to the 2017 Academic All-Big 12 Team.

Men's Gymnastics

Oklahoma completed its third consecutive unbeaten season, going 26-0 and earning its third straight NCAA championship. The title was OU's 11th in school history and the eighth under head coach Mark Williams. 

The Sooners have not lost since finishing second at the 2014 NCAA Championships, racking up a program-best 76 straight wins during that span.  

Sophomore Yul Moldauer took home individual national championships on floor and rings, giving him three titles for his career. 

The Sooners captured their sixth consecutive MPSF Conference title. OU has won a total of 24 conference titles and has won the MPSF title in 15 of Williams' 18 years as head coach.

Seven Sooners claimed a total of 22 All-America honors at the NCAA team finals. Senior Allan Bower and Moldauer each took home All-America honors on six of the seven events while senior Colin Van Wicklen did so on five events.

Women's Gymnastics

The Sooners won their second straight and third overall national title with a 198.3875, the highest score ever by any team at the NCAA Championships. OU finished the year with a 33-0 overall record, the first undefeated season in program history.

Five gymnasts combined for 12 All-America honors, including Chayse Capps, Stefani Catour, AJ Jackson, Nicole Lehrmann and Maggie Nichols, while Lehrmann and Nichols became individual national champions on the bars.

OU won its sixth straight Big 12 Championship, with six gymnasts registering a total of eight individual conference titles. The team also added an eighth straight NCAA Regional Championship.

Maggie Nichols recorded seven 10.0s in her freshman season, already giving her the program record for perfect marks in a career, and completed a “GymSlam” by scoring a 10.0 on all four events, just the ninth collegiate gymnast to ever accomplish the feat.

Individually, Capps was the Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, Jackson was the Big 12 Event Specialist of the Year and Nichols was named the league's newcomer of the year and also earned South Central Region Gymnast of the Year accolades. K.J. Kindler was named Co-Big 12 Coach of the Year and South Central Region Coach of the Year, while Lou Ball and Tom Haley were recognized as the South Central Region Co-Assistant Coaches of the Year.

Rowing

The team ended the season ranked No. 20 in the final regular-season CRCA/US Rowing Coaches' Poll.

Five Sooners were named to the All-Big 12 Team after the squad capped off the season with a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Championship. 

Freshman Carlijn Hutter and senior Maegan Neihart were named to the CRCA All-Region Team, while the OU coaching staff was named the Region 3 Staff of the Year. Hutter was also selected as the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

The academic success of the team was evident once again as it landed 25 student-athletes on the Academic All-Big 12 Team and nine on the CRCA Scholar Athlete Team. 

Soccer

The Sooners put together a season for the record books in 2017, recording the first NCAA Tournament win in program history with a 1-0 victory over SMU. The win represented the 14th of the season, the most in a single season in OU history.

From Sept. 4-30, OU tallied eight straight victories, the secondlongest winning streak in school history.

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Kassidie Stade finished her career in impressive fashion, setting the program records for individual season shutouts with nine and career shutouts with 20.

OU accumulated a variety of individual honors. A program-record six Sooners received All-Big 12 accolades, including Rachel Ressler (first team), Jemma Cota (second team), Liz Keester (second team), Tori Bowman (second team), Paige Welch (second team) and Kristina O'Donnell, while 10 players earned Academic All-Big 12 accolades.

Softball

Oklahoma won back-to-back national championships and has claimed three national titles in the last five years and four overall. The Sooners are one of four programs to go back-to-back, and only two schools have more national titles than OU.

Head coach Patty Gasso led OU to its sixth straight Big 12 regular season championship as the Sooners advanced to the postseason for the 24th straight season.

OU's WCWS appearance was its 11th all-time and sixth in last seven years.

For the second straight year, the Sooners took home Big 12 Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. Caleigh Clifton, Shay Knighten and Paige Parker were all second-team All-Americans.

Men's Tennis

Senior Andrew Harris and junior Spencer Papa won the 2017 NCAA Doubles Championship, becoming the first Sooners ever to win an individual title in tennis. By virtue of their championship run, they also earned All-America status.

For the fifth consecutive year, OU advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. It also served as an NCAA Regional host site for the eighth consecutive year.

Senior Alex Ghilea became just the second Sooner ever to advance to the quarterfinals round of the NCAA Singles Championship and became the seventh Sooner ever to earn All-America honors in singles.

Women's Tennis

The Sooners finished 14-8 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play under first-year head coach Audra Cohen. OU was ranked No. 47 in the final ITA rankings for 2017.

Junior Lily Miyazaki earned first-team All-Big 12 honors and was also selected as the Big 12 Women's Tennis Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Miyazaki also represented the Sooners in the NCAA Individual Singles Championships and participated in the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships. 

Track and Field

The Sooners had three Big 12 indoor champions and three Big 12 outdoor champions.  Hayden McClain swept the triple jump titles, setting a Big 12 meet record at the indoor conference meet.  Ama Pipi became the first women's indoor Big 12 200-meter champion in school history. Dylan Blankenbaker won the indoor 5,000-meter race.

At the Big 12 Outdoor Championship, the women's 4x100-meter relay team won the first Big 12 title in the event in school history.  Jess Woodard won the shot put, setting a facility record.

The track and field team had 34 Sooner entries, including two relay teams, qualify for the NCAA West Prelims.

Oklahoma had two NCAA Indoor first team All-Americans, two NCAA Indoor second team All-Americans, three NCAA Outdoor first Team All-Americans and eight NCAA Outdoor second team All-Americans (both women's relay teams earned second team).

Volleyball

Marion Hazelwood named AVCA All-America Honorable Mention; becoming just the second three-time honoree in program history.

Opened the season with a 7-0 record; the best start since 2004.

Program-record 11 Academic All-Big 12 selections tied for most in the league.

Wrestling

In Lou Rosselli's first year at the helm, the wrestling program's improvement was evident as the squad recorded a 10-3 mark after the holiday break to finish the season with an 11-6 overall mark.

Eight Sooners qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships in St. Louis, up from just five qualifiers a season ago. 

The team finished in second place at the 2017 Big 12 Championship, led by individual runners-up Davion Jeffries (149 pounds) and Matt Reed (174 pounds).

The future is bright for OU wrestling as Rosselli signed seven top-100 recruits who will join the team in the fall.

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