In one of the most competitive and high-quality super regional competitions of the weekend, all four team in the NCAA Athens Regional hit a season-high score and hit 24 for 24 routines, making for an intense competition inside the legendary Stegeman Coliseum.
The number one Oklahoma Sooners began their night on beam, making a huge statement with a massive 49.7, all gymnasts scoring 9.900 or better. Seniors Brenna Dowell and Nicole Lehrmann, junior Maggie Nichols, and sophomore Anastasia Webb all scored huge 9.950s to tie for the highest beam scores of the night. The Sooners kept the momentum on floor, with a huge 49.675, opening with a huge 9.950 from Webb and closing with a near-perfect 9.975 from freshman Olivia Trautman.
Vault was another great rotation for the Sooners as they dominated the competition, scoring a 49.45 with 9.900s from Lehrmann, Trautman, and powerful junior Jade Degouveia. Ending the competition on bars, it was stick-city for the three-time national champion Sooners, who scored a huge 49.65. With the fourth 9.900+ leadoff routine of the night for the Sooners, Webb started off the rotation with a 9.925 and Nichols anchored with a Perfect 10.0 to close out a record-breaking night for Oklahoma, who finished with the highest road score in NCAA history of 198.475, easily advancing to nationals and winning regionals for the tenth year in a row.
Number eight Georgia grabbed the second qualifying position to nationals, smashing their previous season-high with a huge 198.05. Competing in their home arena as the regional hosts, Georgia scored a 49.375 on vault, anchored by freshman Rachel Lukacs‘s Yurchenko double full, who scored a 9.900, and senior Sydney Snead, who scored a 9.950 on her Yurchenko one-and-a-half, with both athletes receiving at least one 10 from a judge. The uneven bar rotation was a major highlight for Georgia, with sophomore Marissa Oakley earning her first ever collegiate Perfect 10.0 to anchor the 49.575 rotation, with 9.900s also coming from Snead, Rachel Dickson, and Alexa Al-Hameed. Three 9.950s, coming from junior Sabrina Vega, freshman Rachel Baumann, and Dickson, led a huge 49.55 balance beam total, helping Georgia separate themselves from the teams chasing them. A huge 9.975 from Vega anchored another 49.55 rotation on floor, helping Georgia finish strong.
Number 16 Cal had their best meet of the season, scoring a huge 197.675 and ending their season on a high note to finish third in the session. Cal scored 49.325 or better on every rotation, with a 49.575- a program record score- uneven bar rotation the highlight. Three straight 9.950s from Emi Watterson, Alma Kuc, and freshman Maya Bordas, anchored that rotation, and Cal also had a 9.95 anchor routine from Cassidy Keelen on the balance beam.
Ninth-seeded Kentucky set a program record with their total of 197.6, nailing all four events. A 9.925 and 9.950 led Kentucky to a 49.425 on vault, with the scores coming from senior Katie Stuart and junior Mollie Korth. Korth notched another 9.950 to lead a huge 49.6 on floor, with a pair of 9.925s coming from seniors Alex Hyland and Sidney Dukes.
Along with Oklahoma and Kentucky, individual competitors also advanced to nationals. Kentucky advanced Hyland for the all-around, Cally Nixon for bars, and Dukes on floor, while Cal advanced Milan Clausi for vault and Brooke Kelly of Missouri advanced for balance beam.Tags: 2019 NCAA Regionals, Alex Hyland, Alexa-Al Hameed, Alma Kuc, Anastasia Webb, Big 12, Brenna Dowell, Brooke Kelly, Cal, Cal Golden Bears, Cally Nixon, Cassidy Keelen, Emi Watterson, Georgia, Georgia Bulldogs, Jade DeGouveia, Katie Stuart, Kentucky, Kentucky Wildcats, Maggie Nichols, Marissa Oakley, Maya Bordas, Milan Clausi, Missouri, Missouri Tigers, Mollie Korth, NCAA Athens Regional, NCAA Gymnastics, NCAA Regionals, Nicole Lehrmann, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Sooners, Olivia Trautman, Pac 12, Rachel Baumann, Rachel Dickson, Rachel Lukacs, Sabrina Vega, SEC, Sidney Dukes, Sydney Snead