Past the halfway point of the NCAA Gymnastics season, number one Oklahoma went on the road to Morgantown and faced off against Big 12 foe West Virginia, having to dig deep and show off their depth to earn the win 197.150-195.350. 

Starting out on bars, the Sooners were a little short with Maggie Nichols and Bre Showers not competing, and they decided only to put up five routines. Oklahoma went 49.4 anyways, with seniors Brenna Dowell, Alex Marks, and Nicole Lehrmann all going 9.900. West Virginia started it off on vault, with six vaults hit with a few landing errors for 48.575.

Oklahoma moved to vault in the second rotation, vaulting six 10.0 start values even without star Nichols, and it was freshman Olivia Trautman who stood out with a stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half for 9.925. A few minor landing errors from the rest of the lineups gave the Sooners a rotation score of 49.375 on the event. West Virginia had a very solid uneven bar rotation, dropping a fall and finishing with a rotation total of 48.925.

Jade Degouveia performs on the floor exercise for the Oklahoma Sooners against the West Virginia Mountaineers in Morgantown, West Virginia/Sooner Sports

In rotation three, the Sooners had some struggles on floor, including a fall from freshman Emma LaPinta which was later dropped, but 9.925 performances from Dowell and Trautman pushed the rotation total to a 49.35 to give Oklahoma a commanding lead heading into the final event. West Virginia hit six-for-six routines on beam setting themselves up for a strong final rotation at home on floor, the Mountaineers’ best event.

The Sooners had very uncharacteristic mistakes on beam from a few of their gymnasts, such as Evy Schoepfer who suffered a fall and Anastasia Webb with just a 9.625, again resting typical anchor Nichols, but were still able to total 49.025 to finish with a final score of 197.15 and easily take home the win. West Virginia finished with their best rotation of the night, a 9.925 from leader Kira Koshinski leading the 49.1 floor rotation to give the Mountaineers a final score of 195.35.

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