The number 11 Alabama Crimson Tide faced off against the number one Oklahoma Sooners for Oklahoma’s senior night, with both teams having very successful meets in Norman.
Oklahoma started out with a very strong vault rotation, capped off with a Perfect 10.0 from senior Brenna Dowell. The Sooners totaled a 49.575 on the event, where they vaulted six Yurchenko one-and-a-halfs, all 10.0 start value vaults. Alabama also got off to a strong start, scoring a 49.275 on the uneven bars.
In the second rotation, the Sooners continued rolling on the uneven bars. All five counting scores were 9.900 or higher, with junior Anastasia Webb, sophomore Karrie Thomas, and senior Alex Marks scoring 9.900s, and senior Nicole Lehrmann and junior Maggie Nichols anchoring with 9.950s to total a huge 49.6 on the event, the highest rotation score of the competition for either team. Alabama was led by Lexi Graber on vault, who scored a near-flawless 9.950 with her stuck Yurchenko one-and-a-half to lead the 49.275 rotation.
The Oklahoma Sooners extended their lead in the third rotation, hitting a rock-solid beam rotation. Seniors Dowell and Lehrmann both had great routines for scores of 9.925 and 9.900, respectively; meanwhile sophomore Carly Woodard added a 9.900 of her own and Nichols anchored with a near-perfect 9.975. The rotation total for the Sooners was a huge 49.575, and they also had two successful exhibition routines with birthday girl Evy Schoepfer and senior Ashley Hiller both performing well in front of their home crowd. Alabama was led by Abby Armbrecht’s 9.900 on floor and posted a 49.3 to set them up for a potential season high heading into the final rotation.
The Sooners, although competing in their third meet within the last seven days, showed no signs of fatigue on floor, where they posted their third 49.575 of the meet to finish with a huge final score of 198.275. Oklahoma was led by Dowell and freshman Olivia Trautman, who closed out the meet with a pair of 9.950s, adding onto two 9.900s from Webb and sophomore Jordan Draper before. Alabama finished off with their best rotation of the night and a season high on beam with a 49.4, led by a huge 9.950 in the second spot from freshman Shallon Olsen and a 9.900 from Wynter Childers. Although the Crimson Tide failed to secure the win, their season-high final score of 197.25 likely feels like a win, so both teams should be very happy with their performances and final totals heading into postseason.Tags: Abby Armbrecht, Alabama, Alabama Crimson Tide, Alex Marks, Anastasia Webb, Ashley Hiller, Big 12, Brenna Dowell, Carly Woodard, Evy Schoepfer, Jordan Draper, Karrie Thomas, Lexi Graber, Maggie Nichols, NCAA Gymnastics, Nicole Lehrmann, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Sooners, Olivia Trautman, SEC, Shallon Olsen, Wynter Childers