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  • Writer's picturePenny McNees

Oklahoma Gymnastics Continues to Break Records

The University of Oklahoma Gymnastics team is having a historic season. On February 23, the Sooners took on West Virginia at home where they had an outstanding performance.

The Sooners broke their previous program record of 198.575 with a score of 198.675, which is now the fourth-highest recorded in NCAA history. This score is just two-tenths shy of the NCAA record held by UCLA and Stanford with 198.875, which for both teams, was set 20 years ago in February of 2004.  

Oklahoma Gymnastics Team. Photo Courtesy @ou_wgymnastics/Instagram

Oklahoma opened up on vault, scoring a 49.475, which would be their lowest event score of the night. On the apparatus, Faith Torrez led the team with a 9.925, closely followed by Jordan Bowers and Katherine LeVasseur’s 9.9 scores. 

The Sooners then went to the uneven bars, where they posted a score of 49.7, and each routine built on each other. Danielle Sievers opened up the rotation with a 9.9, which was followed by LeVasseur, Torrez, and Ragan Smith who scored 9.925’s. To close out the rotation, Audrey Davis put up a 9.95 and Bowers put up a near perfect 10 with a 9.975. 

On top of a team scoring program record, Oklahoma added two more tying records on the balance beam. As a team, the Sooners posted a program-record-tying score of 49.8 on the event. This achievement was led by Ragan Smith who scored a perfect 10, which now ties her with Oklahoma great Maggie Nichols for the most 10’s on the balance beam, with seven perfect 10’s on the apparatus. Bowers, Torrez, and LeVasseur added scores of 9.95 or better to add to Smith’s perfect 10 to lead them to tying the team record on balance beam.

Jordan Bowers. Photo Courtesy @ou_wgymnastics/Instagram

To close out the meet, Oklahoma went to the floor exercise where they posted another 49.7 and counted scores of 9.925 or higher. Bowers flirted with perfection once again, scoring another 9.975, which led to her to score a career high 39.8 in the all-around, joining Maggie Nichols and Anastasia Webb as the only Oklahoma gymnasts to do so. 

Up next for the Sooner squad is a two-meet weekend.

The first meet is against #7 Michigan on March 1st at home at 7:15 p.m. EST. You can watch on ESPN2.

The second meet is a quad meet against Texas Woman’s University, Clemson, and Penn State on March 3rd at 3 p.m. EST at TWU.


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