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Oklahoma Athletics | February 1, 2015

No. 1 OU top No. 2 LSU, No. 8 Arkansas and Iowa State at Metroplex Challenge

  Oklahoma rose to 8-0 with a dominant win against No. 2 LSU, No. 8 Arkansas and Iowa State.

FORT WORTH, Texas  -- Two meets in three days couldn't slow down the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team.

The Sooners exploded for a team score of 197.700, earning a big win at the Metroplex Challenge against No. 2 LSU (197.425), No. 8 Arkansas (196.250) and Iowa State (193.400). OU won or tied for individual titles on bars, beam and floor at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena.

Oklahoma remains undefeated and moved to 8-0 on the season with the victory. The Sooners now own four team scores of 197.600 or better this season and four of the nation's top five overall scores.

Junior Haley Scaman was back on top in the floor exercise, taking top honors with her 9.95 routine in the final scored performance of the night. 

McKenzie Wofford tied with LSU's Rheagan Courville for the title on uneven bars, posting a gorgeous 9.95 effort in the No. 4 position of Oklahoma's lineup. 

Chayse Capps and Haley Sorensen led the way for OU on beam, tying for top honors with 9.9 efforts. Sorensen's routine gave her a new career-high and marked the first event title of the senior's career.

OU opened the night with a strong vault rotation, posting a 49.450 to set the tone for an outstanding evening of competition. Four Sooners led the way with identical scores of 9.9: Capps, Keeley Kmieciak, Kara Lovan and Scaman. Kmieciak's performance marked her first appearance in the vault lineup this season as the group tied for third overall in the competition.

OU was also supported by 9.85 efforts from freshmen Brenna Dowell and Ali Jackson in the lineup, with no team member scoring lower than a 9.85 on the event.

LSU picked up a 49.400 on bars in the first rotation, including Courville's 9.95, while Arkansas earned a 48.800 on beam and Iowa State picked up a 48.525 on floor. 

The Sooners moved to bars, tying LSU's score in the previous rotation with a 49.400 of their own. OU went blow-for-blow with the Tigers on the event, led by Wofford's meet-high 9.95 effort. Dowell earned a 9.9 in the anchor position, and the Sooners were bolstered by a 9.875 from Scaman in the No. 5 spot. 

Kmieciak appeared in the No. 2 spot for a 9.85 and Rebecca Clark and Erica Brewer each picked up 9.825s for the Sooners. 

The Tigers posted a 49.125 on beam in the second rotation, paced by a 9.875 from Courville. Arkansas earned a 49.100 on floor, while Iowa State captured a 48.500 on vault. 

OU shone on beam in the third rotation, earning a meet-best 49.350 that included title-winning performances from Capps and Sorensen. Lovan continued her strong night on beam, picking up a 9.875 in the No. 3 spot to boost the Sooners. Brewer was aggressive and smooth as well in the No. 5 position, earning a 9.850.

Rounding out Oklahoma's beam routines were Clark (9.825) and Kmieciak (9.70).

LSU went big on floor in the third rotation with a 49.400, while Arkansas earned a 49.250 on vault and Iowa State posted a 48.900 on bars. 

The Sooners headed into the last rotation needing a strong performance to stave off a late surge from LSU. The Tigers exploded for a 49.500 on vault, closing the cap OU had created during beam.

Oklahoma more than responded with a huge floor rotation of their own, earning a 49.500 of their own behind Scaman's meet-high 9.95 in the anchor spot. Dowell, Jackson and Lovan set up Scaman perfectly with each capturing 9.9 scores to create a scoring surge for the lineup. Brewer started OU off on a strong note, earning a 9.85 in the lead-off spot.

Oklahoma's effort placed the squad firmly out of LSU's reach as the Tigers finished with a 197.425. Arkansas picked up a 49.100 on bars to close with a 196.250, while Iowa State picked up a 47.475 on beam for a 193.400 overall.

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