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Oklahoma Athletics | January 15, 2017

No. 2 Oklahoma soars past No. 8 UCLA

  The top-ranked Sooners posted top team marks in all four events Sunday evening.

NORMAN — For the second straight week, the Oklahoma women's gymnastics team faced a top-10 opponent and 2016 Super Six qualifier. And for the second consecutive meet, the No. 2 Sooners rose to the challenge, defeating No. 8 UCLA 198.025-196.825 Sunday inside Lloyd Noble Center.

In front of a near-record crowd of 4,017, the Sooners impressed as they topped 198 in just their second meet of the season, the earliest they have done so in program history.

The Sooners posted the top team marks on all four events and secured at least a share of all the individual titles. Both freshman Maggie Nichols and senior Chayse Capps dazzled in the all-around, recording totals of 39.750 and 39.700, respectively.

Nichols and Capps shared the vault title with a 9.925, and Nichols and sophomore Nicole Lehrmann shared the bars title with UCLA's Kyla Ross and Christine Peng-Lee after scoring 9.925s. On beam, Capps shined with a big 9.975, and Nichols anchored the meet with a statement, scoring a 9.95 on floor.

On vault, the Sooners posted a 49.425 to take the early lead over the Bruins, who recorded a 49.350 on bars. Capps stuck her landing for a big 9.925 in the No. 3 spot, and Nichols later anchored with the same score. Junior AJ Jackson contributed a strong 9.9, while sophomore Brenna Dowell tallied a 9.85 in the No. 4 slot.

Capps carried over her momentum to bars, starting off the rotation with a 9.9 for the Sooners. Junior Stefani Catour followed with an identical score before sophomore Nicole Lehrmann contributed a big 9.925 in the No. 3 spot. Nichols anchored with another 9.925 to bring OU’s score for the rotation to 49.475. At the midpoint, OU’s total was 98.9, increasing their lead over the Bruins, who had a 98.425 through two events.

The Sooners created some distance in the third rotation after scoring a 49.600 on beam, tied for their eighth-best total on the event in program history. UCLA posted a 48.950 on floor in the third rotation as OU took a 148.450-147.375 lead into the final event.

Capps displayed her dependability on beam once again, earning a 9.975 as the anchor after earning a 10.0 from one judge. Nichols and junior Natalie Brown both put together beautiful routines for marks of 9.95 and 9.925, respectively. In the No. 3 spot, Catour was steady with a 9.875, while Jones started the rotation off on a solid note with a 9.85.

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