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OU Women Win Fourth NCAA Title
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With a dominant performance the University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team reclaimed the NCAA Championship title defeating LSU, UCLA and Denver in the team final competition held Saturday evening in Fort Worth, TX. The Sooners, who were undefeated this season posted 198.3375 to outscore runner up LSU (197.825) by more than half a point (.5125). Third was defending champion UCLA 197.5375, ahead of Denver 197.0.

Senior Brenna Dowell closed the competition for the Sooners with a stuck Yurchenko 1 ½ vault, which received the highest score of the final 9.9875. Oklahoma posted the top team total on three of the four events: vault 49.625, beam 49.6125 and floor 49.65. All-around champion (determined the day before) Maggie Nichols was the MVP for the team scoring 9.9125 on vault, 9.9375 on bars, 9.9625 on beam (highest beam score of the day) and 9.95 on floor.

Led by Sarah Finnegan, who posted 9.95 on the three of the events LSU was solid throughout the entire competition but could never catch up with the Sooners.

UCLA started the meet on beam where they avoided disaster (big wobble by Madison Kocian, and another wobble well covered by Kaitlyn Ohashi for 9.8). On the second rotation, floor, a few short landings and two out of bounds seemingly took the Bruins out of the race.

Denver’s fourth place finish is best ever in program history.

The win was Oklahoma’s fourth title in the last six years; all coming under head coach KJ Kindler.

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