Oklahoma Places Second at NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship
T.The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team finished the 2021 season as runners-up in the NCAA with an incredible 198.1625 on the final day of competition at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Michigan won its first national championship with 198,250. Utah was third with 197,875 and Florida fourth with 197.1375.
Oklahoma scored 49.575 points on the vault, 49.5625 points on the bar, 49.4875 points on the bar and 49.5375 points on the bottom in the finals. The Sooners have now taken eight consecutive top-three finishes in the NCAA championship.
The Sooners ended the 2018 season with a 30-2 record and five points out of 198 during the season. The 198.1625 score tonight is the fourth highest in an NCAA finals competition in program history.
OU opened the meeting with a large 49,575 on the vault to sit in second place behind Michigan who hit a 49,625 on the floor. Freshman Audrey Davis led the way with another stuck Yurchenko who was full for 9,850. Junior Allie Stern hit her 1.5 when the most important thing was to get a season best of 9,950 in second place. Senior Anastasia Webb, the 2021 NCAA Vault Champion, earned 9.875, followed by 9.9375 from Evy Schoepfer on a hidden 1.5. Freshman Katherine LeVasseur added a 9.8375 on a huge 1.5 at number 5. Junior Olivia Trautman anchored herself with the high score of the rotation and a stuck 1.5 for a 9.9625.
The Sooners improved their score from Friday to 49.5625 on bars in the second spin. Trautman had an incredible routine and was relegated from the starting position for a 9.9125. LeVasseur added a 9.8625 in 2nd place. Senior Jordan Draper earned a career high when she nailed her double front relegation for 9.9375. Webb followed in 4th place with a stick and his own 9.9375. Sophomore Ragan Smith recovered from a fall on Friday night and earned 9.875. Davis anchored himself with a strong routine and a 9.9.
On the third turn, Oklahoma put a 49.4875 on bars to stay just one-tenth ahead of Michigan. Trautman led the cause again for OU in the third rotation, earning 9,875. Davis followed with another impressive performance and a deadlocked relegation for a 9.8875 in second place. Senior Carly Woodard hit the clutch after a fall and took 9.9 in fourth place. Smith held up the 9.9s with a 9.9 of his own 5th place. Webb anchored strongly with a 9,925.
When the meeting boiled down to the final rotation, OU deployed a 49.5375 to secure second place. In her final college routine, Draper earned 9.8875 for getting things down on the ground. Schoepfer followed with a 9.9 when she also graduated from college. Junior Emma LaPinta and newcomer Bell Johnson scored 9.85 points. Anastasia Webb reached a meet high of 9.9625 in 5th place and set Trautman as the anchor. Trautman scored a 9.9375 to finish the competition.