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Oklahoma Gymnastics Wins NCAA Championship “Details”
- Updated: April 18, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas • Oklahoma ended Florida’s three-year run of team titles at the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships Saturday night.
Saturday’s NCAA gymnastics championship was a dandy. All six teams brought their “A” game and battled hard before a rowdy crowd of 8,338. In the end, Oklahoma walked away with its second championship in school history after recording a 197.675.
LSU finished second with a 197.45, and was followed by Alabama (197.4375), Florida (197.35), UCLA (196.825) and Georgia (196.8125). The Sooners’ other title came in 2014 when they tied with Florida, the team they dethroned Saturday to snap a three-year Gator run atop the podium.
The night was full of impressive gymnastics with none of the six teams counting a fall. Even more impressive was not one gymnast fell on the beam.
“I was noticing that beam was very solid,” said Oklahoma coach K.J. Kindler. “I noticed everyone was hitting. I was staying out during byes because that was my plan, but that (the solid effort by all the teams) says even more about how hard we had to fight.”
Kindler complimented her fellow teams, noting the solid efforts by everyone that pushed Oklahoma to battle back after a subpar vault set to start. The two best sets of the night came in the final rotation as LSU tried to chase down the Sooners.
The Tigers did all they could as they recorded a 49.525 on vault, but Oklahoma topped it with a 49.575 on floor. The Sooners were so good on floor that they didn’t count a score lower than 9.9, and had already sealed the win before Haley Scaman had even recorded the event’s high on the night of 9.95 to conclude the meet.
Alabama’s best event was beam with a 49.5, Florida’s high was on bars at 49.45 and Georgia’s best effort was on beam with a 49.3625.
The Pac-12 was represented well by UCLA, which finished fifth. The beam proved the Bruins’ best event as they recorded a 49.4375. Danusia Francis recorded a 9.95 in the event to close out her career as a Bruin. The senior tied for the beam title the day prior with the same score, and was the lone Pac-12 event winner.
Oklahoma’s women’s team wasn’t the only Sooner program to win a national title Saturday, as the men made for an Oklahoma sweep in gymnastics — marking the first time in history this feat has happened.
After further calculations, Utah added to its All-American honors. Senior Kassandra Lopez earned first team for the bars. Second-team honors went to junior Baely Rowe for both all-around and beam, and freshman Sabrina Schwab for bars.