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Oklahoma Advances Out of NCAA Regionals
April 08, 2018
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Oklahoma advanced in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championship after claiming its ninth straight regional crown.

The No. 1-ranked Sooners finished in first place at the NCAA Minneapolis Regional with a score of 198.000 inside Maturi Pavillion. Fellow Big 12 institutions Denver (196.275 points) and Iowa State (195.925 points) also competed in Minneapolis, finishing third and fifth, respectively, while West Virginia (194.400 points) came in sixth place at the Penn State Regional.

With the first-place finish, the Sooners advance to the NCAA Championships for the 15th consecutive season and 18th time overall. The meet marked the eighth time the Sooners have scored at least a 198 this season.

The Sooners posted the highest team total on each event and snagged at least a share of four individual titles. On bars, junior Nicole Lehrmann claimed the top spot with a 9.950. Maggie Nichols claimed the beam title with a perfect 10, the floor title with a 9.975, and the all-around title with a 39.775. Iowa State’s Meaghan Sievers claimed the vault title with a 9.925.

Two Big 12 student-athletes will be competing at the semifinals on the individual level. Denver’s Lynnzee Brown qualified for all-around while Sievers will compete on vault.

Additionally, the National Association of College Gymnastics Coaches/Women announced the regional awards. Denver captured at least a share of all four North Central Region awards: Maddie Karr won her second-consecutive regional Gymnast of the Year award while head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart took home Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Associate head coach Linas Gavika and assistant coach Jay Hogue earned a share of Assistant Coach(es) of the Year. Oklahoma’s Nichols was named the South Central Region Gymnast of the Year for the second consecutive season.

The 2016 and 2017 NCAA National Champions Oklahoma will compete on April 20 at 7 p.m. on ESPNU in St. Louis, Mo. for the chance to appear at the Super Six on April 21. The Sooners are the No. 1 overall seed and will contend for the program’s eighth Super Six appearance when they compete in Semifinal II on April 20.

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