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Nr. 1 Oklahoma at NCAA Athens Regional

16, California, Maryland, North Carolina State, New Hampshire
April 5 | 6 pm CT | Athens, Ga Stegeman Coliseum


On Friday, the Sooners will continue to watch their NCAA Regional success under head coach K.J. Kindler. Since 2010, the Sooners own nine consecutive regional championships and 36 individual event championships. In the 201AA NCAA Athens Regional, the Sooners are confronted with No. 16 California, Maryland and the winner of a double encounter between North Carolina and New Hampshire. The other session of regional features No. 8 Georgia, No. 9 Kentucky, Missouri and the state of Iowa. With the new changes in regional formats, the Sooners should be one of the two best teams on Friday, then advance to the regional final on Saturday.

The trip to the NCAA Championships will have a new format in 2019, starting with four eight-team regionals instead of six six-team regionals. Nine teams will travel to regional locations for three days, seven automatically moving on to day two. Two teams on each site compete in a play-in on the first day.

On the second day, eight teams compete in two sessions of four and the top two in each of those sessions continue to the next day. On the final day, four teams compete in one session and the two best teams will advance to the final site. The new format will reduce the number of teams at the NCAA Championships from 12 to 8. Four teams will compete in each semi-final, with the top two in each semi-final continuing to the final night, replacing the Super Six with the Final Four. The 201AA NCAA Championships are being held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, April 19-20.

Last year OU captured the NCAA Minneapolis Regional with a 198,000. For the second consecutive season, the Sooners posted the highest regional score in the nation. Nicole Lehrmann received the highest honor in bars (9,950), while Maggie Nichols achieved a regional title on beam (10.0), floor (9,975) and all-round (39,775).

1. OKLAHOMA NCSU / UNH California Maryland
2. Maryland OKLAHOMA NCSU / UNH California
3. California Maryland OKLAHOMA NCSU / UNH
4. NCSU / UNH California Maryland OKLAHOMA

Seven members of the gymnastics team combined to earn a program – best 16 regular season All-America honor from the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association (WCGA). In the seven years that the All-America awards have been awarded in the regular season, the Sooners have achieved a two-digit award six times. Seniors Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann, juniors Jade Degouveia and Maggie Nichols, sophomore Anastasia Webb and Carly Woodard and sophomore student Olivia Trautman all received recognition from the association. Dowell led the way with four awards, including her first all-round recognition.

After starting the season at number 2, Sooners wasted no time getting back the top position in the ranking and claimed the number 1 ranking after the first weekend. OU has not given up its number 1 ranking for the entire season and marks the eighth consecutive year that the Sooners have achieved national rankings in the top two of the regular season based on the national qualifying score. The Sooners entered the late season as the number 1 overall seed for the fifth consecutive season.

Of the Sooners in the 2019 squadron, two have at least one individual regional title. Senior Nicole Lehrmann won the beam title as freshman in 2016 before adding a title in 2018. Junior Maggie Nichols won seven, including two on beam, two on the floor, two in the all-round and one in the vault.

OU is one of only five teams in the nation to go to the NCAA Championships each season since 2004, along with Alabama, Florida, LSU and Utah. OU will try to extend that streak with a top-two finish in the regional meet of Saturday.

Record 20-0-0 17-8-0 17-8-0 16-10-0 23-4-0
ranking Number 1 Nr. 16 No.28 Nr. 31 Nr. 34
NQS 198,115 196.625 195.840 195.715 195.680
Average 197,808 196.308 195.225 195,337 195,165
high 198,325 197.575 196.525 196,400 196.175

On March 23, the Sooners captured an unprecedented eighth consecutive Big 12 Championship title. After a fall and an out-of-bounds line opened the door for Denver to potentially win, OU received fantastic performances from senior Brenna Dowell and first-year student Olivia Trautman on the floor to make it to the finish. OU now has 17 conference titles (five Big Eight, 11 Big 12) in program history and 11 Big 12 titles under 13-year-old head coach K.J. Kindler.

The Sooners took three individual titles to the Big 12 Championship. Junior Maggie Nichols captured the bar title and part of the bars, while first-year student Olivia Trautman won the title. Nichols & # 39; title on bars marked the fifth consecutive season. A Sooner took home a championship during the event, while her title was the 11th.th in the past 12 years. Trautman won the floor with a 9,975, the highest score at the event since Richelle Simpson from Nebraska won with a perfect 10.

Brenna Dowell has been named one of the six finalists for the prestigious AAI Award, recognizing the best female gymnast in the country. The honor is voted by NCAA women's gymnastics classes and sponsored by American Athletic, Inc. (AAI).

The AAI Award is considered to be one of the highest awards in the sport of female gymnastics. Dowell is Oklahoma's eighth consecutive finalist for the prize, with Megan Ferguson (2012), Brie Olson (2013), Taylor Spears (2014), Erica Brewer (2015), Haley Scaman (2016), Chayse Capps (2017) and AJ Jackson (2018).

Dowell is accompanied by five additional finalists, including Alicia Boren (Florida), Sarah Finnegan (LSU), Olivia Karas (Michigan), Katelyn Ohashi (UCLA) and Toni-Ann Williams (Cal).

Of the nation's top totals, the Sooners have three in the top five this season and five in the top 10. OU maintains number 2 with a 198,325, number 4 with 198,275 and number 5 with 198,200. The Sooners are the only team with three scores over 198,200 this season. OU also has the eighth best score this season with a 198,075 and the ninth best with a 198,050.

Below you will find an overview of the individual scores of the Sooners at each event this season, including totals of at least 9.85, 9.9 and 9.95.
VAULT At least 9.85 (62) 9.9 (33) | 9.95 (10)
BARS At least 9.85 (67) 9.9 (47) | 9.95 (14)
BEAM At least 9.85 (60) 9.9 (35) | 9.95 (12)
FLOOR At least 9.85 (59) 9.9 (38) | 9.95 (17)

OU has shown its depth on the roster with 14 Sooners appearing in at least one set-up 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), second-year 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. Senior Ashley Hiller (BB) appeared in the exhibition.


  • Twelve scores of OU & ​​# 39; s are in the top 10 of program history this season, including three team totals, three vault and staff totals, two storey totals and one bar total. This season OU has set a program record on both bars and on the floor with a 49,725 and 49,825 respectively.
  • Senior Brenna Dowell, junior Jade Degouveia and freshman Olivia Trautman were honored during the Big 12 Championship with annual awards. Dowell was named 2019 Big 12 Gymnast of the Year, her second big honor after winning Newcomer of the Year in 2015. Degouveia captured her first big honor, which was named the Event Specialist of the Year after having an excellent year as safe and floor specialist. Called the Big 12 newcomer of the year, Trautman joined teammates Dowell, Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb as current Sooners who have earned the honor.
  • Five current Sooners have included at least one 10.0 in their careers, including seniors Nicole Lehrmann (UB, 2017, 2018) and Brenna Dowell (UB, 2017; VT 2018, 2019), junior Maggie Nichols (VT, UB, BB, FX) , second-year Anastasia Webb (BB, 2018) and first-year student Olivia Trautman (FX, 2019).


If the Sooners are one of the two best teams in Session 2, they will advance to the regional final on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT, opposite the best two teams from session 1. The two best teams from each regional final will advance to the 201AA NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas on April 19 and 20. When the Sooners advance, they will be in Semi-Final II on April 19 at 6:00 pm CT and in combination with the winners of the NCAA Corvallis Regional.


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