No. 2 Oklahoma surpasses three top-25 opponents to take Metroplex Challenge
FORT WORTH, Texas -- No. 2 Oklahoma won the Metroplex Challenge with a score of 197.275 against some of the top competition in the country on Saturday.
Needing higher than a 49.100 with one rotation remaining to pass LSU for the title, OU scored a 49.275 on floor for the victory. Junior Lara Albright started things off for the Sooners by tying her career high with a 9.9. Erica Brewer and Brie Olson added identical 9.875 scores.
No. 7 LSU (197.100) finished second, followed by No. 16 Oregon State (196.825), No. 9 Georgia (196.775) and Washington (194.875).
"It was an intense competition in an intense atmosphere," Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler said. "I thought we did well at staying focused and doing what we know how to do."
OU put together its best bar routine of the year, using back-to-back-to-back scores of 9.9 by Erica Brewer, Keeley Kmieciak and Haley Scaman to post a 49.450, a season high for the Sooners and the second-best score on bars of any team in the country entering this week. Rebecca Clark and Taylor Spears rounded out the Sooner scorer by each totaling 9.875 scores.
"We stuck landings," Kindler said. "It's something we really focused on this week, made some adjustments, and I think it showed."
Individually, Lauren Alexander posted the highest score of the day of any competitor on beam, earning a 9.975 on scores of 10.0 and 9.95. The score was Alexander's career high and the highest score on any apparatus by a Sooner this season. Spears added a 9.875 on the event, while Kmieciak, Brewer and Mooring all totaled 9.825 scores.
"Anytime an athlete gets a 10 it's a very special moment," said Kindler of Alexander's effort. "That tells you that was an extra special routine."
Oklahoma led off the night on vault, scoring a 49.225. Scaman had a team-high 9.9, her career best, and was joined by Spears and Kmieciak who each scored a 9.85 apiece.
The win was the second for the Sooners in the Challenge, having also won the event in their last visit to Fort Worth in 2010.