No. 1 Oklahoma vs. Arkansas, Denver, Missouri
Jan. 26 | 7:30 p.m. CT | Fort Worth, Texas | Fort Worth Convention Center
|MATCHUP AT A GLANCE|
|2019 Ranking||No. 1||No. 21||No. 7||No. 15|
|2019 Scoring Average||197.625||195.083||196.225||195.625|
|2019 Team High||198.050||195.800||196.275||196.450|
NOTES AND NUMBERS FOR MEET FOUR
An exciting contest is on tap for the No. 1 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team as it takes on three other top-25 squads at the Metroplex Challenge. Also competing in the neutral-site podium meet will be No. 7 Denver, No. 15 Missouri and No. 21 Arkansas. The meet is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday inside the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
In recent seasons, OU has proven itself to be as successful away from Norman as at home. The start to the 2019 season has been no exception as the Sooners have earned wins in both meets away from Norman this season. OU has won 15 of its last 16 meets on the road, dating back to 2016.
KINDLER VS. SEC FOES
In 13 seasons, OU head coach K.J. Kindler has posted a 37-8 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 2-0 against the SEC with wins over Arkansas and Georgia to start the season. Including this weekend, the Sooners will face four other SEC foes in Arkansas, Missouri, Florida and Alabama.
Of the top scores this season, the Sooners hold the No. 1 and No. 2 scores in the nation. OU is the only team to hit the 198 mark, holding the top spot with a 198.050 scored in the season opener at Arkansas. In the second meet of the year, the Sooners tallied a 197.825 against Georgia for the second-highest score this season.
TOP OF THE CLASS
Through three weeks of competition, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team is holding steady in the top spot. The Sooners are averaging a 197.625, just ahead of UCLA who remained in second with a 197.475 average. Florida (197.400), Utah (197.192) and LSU (196.825) round out the top five.
The Sooners also hold the top mark on three of four events. OU is ranked No. 1 on vault (49.433 average), bars (49.467) and beam (49.492) and ranked fourth on floor (49.233).
The Sooners have posted a score of at least 197 or higher in 47 of their last 48 meets. Currently, the Sooners’ streak is at 12 meets with a score of at least 197, and eight of those meets have featured a score of at least a 198. The Sooners are one of just three teams who have tallied at least a 197 in all three meets this season, joining UCLA and Utah.
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. All six athletes competed a Yurchenko 1.5, putting up a 49.500 as a team. This was the eighth time since the beginning of last season that OU has scored a 49.5 on vault. The rest of the country only has seven total scores of 49.5 or better on the apparatus in that time span.
Freshman Olivia Trautman has shined in her first three meets as a Sooner, earning a career high on floor with a 9.975 on Jan. 19. Trautman has recorded at least a 9.925 on floor in all three meets and has twice received at least one 10 from the judges for her incredible floor routine. The freshman has also taken over the leadoff spot on beam, earning a career-high 9.9 in the first meet of the year.
In week two of the season, the world saw the collegiate debut of the “Dowell” – a front double pike named after the senior in the Code of Points after she successfully executed it at Worlds in 2016. Dowell had yet to compete the skill named after her in collegiate competition but broke it out in her first pass on floor on Jan. 11. One week later, Dowell set a career-high in the all-around, earning a 39.625 thanks to a career-high 9.925 on beam and a season-high 9.925 on floor.
MAGGIE “PERFECT 10” NICHOLS
It only took half a meet for Maggie Nichols to record her first perfect score of the season. With 15 to her name heading into her junior year, Nichols added her 16th with a flawless Yurchenko 1.5 on vault at Arkansas on Jan. 5. The junior now has five perfect scores on vault and needs just 11 perfect 10s to tie the NCAA record of 27. Nichols’ 10 on vault was also the 40th perfect score in program history.
For the second time this season, the Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team swept the Big 12 weekly awards. Senior Brenna Dowell (Gymnast of the Week), sophomore Karrie Thomas (Event Specialist of the Week) and freshman Olivia Trautman (Newcomer of the Week) were all recognized by the league for their contributions to the Sooners’ victory over North Carolina and Ball State. It’s the ninth career honor for Dowell, the first for Thomas and the third for Trautman.
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), Karrie Thomas (UB), Carly Woodard (BB) and Anastasia Webb (AA) and freshmen Emma LaPinta (FX), Allie Stern (VT, FX) and Olivia Trautman (VT, BB, FX) have all competed. Evy Schoepfer (FX, BB) and Thomas (BB) have appeared in exhibition.
A GLANCE AT DENVER
Rankings (as of Jan. 21)
Overall: 7th (196.225)
Vault: 12th (48.975)
Bars: 4th (49.400)
Beam: 27th (48.650)
Floor: 6th (49.200)
All-Around: Lynnzee Brown (39.438, T-11)
Vault: Lynnzee Brown (9.863, T-19)
Bars: Maddie Karr (9.925, T-4)
Beam: Kaitlyn Schou (9.875, T-13)
Floor: Lynnzee Brown (9.900, T-13)
A GLANCE AT ARKANSAS
Rankings (as of Jan. 21)
Overall: 21th (195.083)
Vault: 16th (8.892)
Bars: 38th (48.392)
Beam: 21th (48.767)
Floor: 14th (49.033)
All-Around: Jessica Yamzon (38.975, T-48)
Vault: Sydney McGlone (9.833, T-38)
Bars: Sarah Shaffer (9.767, T-121)
Beam: Kennedy Hambrick (9.813, T-58)
Floor: Sophia Carter (9.908, T-12)
A GLANCE AT MISSOURI
Rankings (as of Jan. 21)
Overall: 15th (195.625)
Vault: 17th (48.883)
Bars: 25th (48.783)
Beam: 12th (48.850)
Floor: 11th (49.108)
All-Around: Aspen Tucker (38.875, T-57)
Vault: Hannah McCrary (9.838, T-34)
Bars: Morgan Porter (9.833, T-55)
Beam: Britney Ward (9.883, T-12)
Floor: Aspen Tucker (9.875, T-25)
ARKANSAS: The Sooners are 16-2 against the Razorbacks, most recently defeating them on Jan. 5, 2019 to open the season. OU took down Arkansas 198.050-195.575
DENVER: OU is 39-8 all-time against the Pioneers after defeating them twice in 2018. The Sooners took down the Pioneers in Norman during the regular season and at the Big 12 Championships.
MISSOURI: The Sooners lead the Tigers, 57-11, with the most recent meeting coming in 2017. OU took down the Tigers 198.350-196.350 at the GymQuarters Mardi Gras Invitational.
- The Sooners are the No. 1 team in the nation for the 55th time since the start of the 2015 season.
- 13 of OU’s 14 regular-season opponents were ranked in the 2019 preseason poll, including five squads slated in the top 10 nationally.
- Oklahoma returns six previous NCAA All-Americans who own 22 total accolades: Jade Degouveia (VT), Brenna Dowell (UB, VT, FX), Nicole Lehrmann (UB, BB), Maggie Nichols (AA, VT, UB, BB, FX), Bre Showers (VT, AA) and Anastasia Webb (FX).
- Three of OU’s regular season home matches will be televised live by Sooner Sports TV. The UCLA meet will be carried on ESPN.
The Sooners return to the friendly confines of Lloyd Noble Center for a top-five matchup with No. 3 Florida. The meet is slated for Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:45 p.m. CT. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the OU Athletics Tickets Office at (405) 325-2424 or toll-free at (800) 456-GoOU.