In Sunday’s highly-anticipated Big 12 matchup between two top ten teams, the number one Oklahoma Sooners scored a 197.700, three tenths higher than the home team Denver Pioneers, who scored a 197.400. Denver showed that they can keep up with the top teams in the nation, while Oklahoma continued to dominate, counting no score lower than a 9.800.

Maggie Nichols had a near perfect performance on both bars and beam, winning both events with a 9.975. Lynzee Brown of Denver ended the meet with a perfect floor routine, scoring her first 10.0 to win the event while teammate Maddie Karr continued her strong all-around performance, winning the meet with a 39.650.

Starting off on vault, Denver scored a total of 49.125 with six solid vaults. Steps and hops on landings kept scores in the 9.700-9.800 range. Brown’s 9.875 for her Yurchenko one-and-a-half was Denver’s highest vault score and earned her second place on the event. On the uneven bars, Oklahoma posted a 49.450 with only five routines. Every routine scored a 9.850 or higher, ending with a 9.900 from Anastasia Webb, who placed third, and Nichols’ 9.975, earning her first place.

Olivia Trautman performs on the floor exercise for the Oklahoma Sooners against the Denver Pioneers in Denver, Colorado/Sooner Sports

On vault, the Sooners hit six good vaults, competing without Brenna Dowell, who sustained an injury in pre-meet warmups on bars, and Nichols in the lineup. They scored a total of 49.350, with freshman star Olivia Trautman scoring a 9.900 to win the event. Allie Stern, Nicole Lehrmann, and Jade Degouveia all tied for second on the event, scoring 9.875s. On the uneven bars, the Pioneers posted a total of 49.375, showing why they are the number five bars team in the nation. Denver was able to count five scores of at least a 9.800, helping them gain ground on the Sooners. Karr placed second on the event with a 9.925, followed by Brown, who placed third with a 9.900.

In the third rotation, the Pioneers scored a team total of 49.475. Karr once again posted the highest score for Denver, tying for second with teammate Kaitlyn Schou and scoring a 9.950. Freshman Alexis Vasquez showed a beautiful beam routine, sticking her dismount and showing great flexibility for a 9.925. On the floor exercise, Oklahoma scored a 49.350 with solid landings and big tumbling passes. Trautman scored a 9.925 with a huge double layout, tying for second on the event and posting the Sooners’ highest floor score. With only one routine out of six scoring below a 9.800, Oklahoma should retain their ranking as the third best floor team in the nation.

Ending on balance beam, the Sooners posted their highest rotation total of the night, scoring a 49.550. Nichols won the event with a 9.975, while Carly Woodard tied for second with a 9.950 and Lehrmann tied for fifth with a 9.925. Aside from a fall by Webb, Oklahoma’s lineup was steady throughout, barely showing a wobble. Denver finished strong on the floor exercise, scoring a 49.425. Karr finished her all-around performance with a 9.925 on floor, tying for second. Brown’s routine was the highlight of the night, scoring a perfect 10.o to anchor Denver’s lineup.

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