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NORMAN – After the 2020 season was ended abruptly due to COVID-19, the Oklahoma women's gymnastics team is ready to contend for the program's fifth title in 2021.

Oklahoma head women's gymnastics coach K.J. Kindler and Vice President and Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione revealed Thursday the Sooners' full competition schedule which features 12 regular season events and five inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

"We are embracing this opportunity to compete in our sport and exhibit our training and passion," Kindler said. "The pandemic has presented physical and mental obstacles for our athletes. There has been nothing normal about our preparation this fall and our team has remained flexible and motivated as we continue to navigate these unique circumstances. We believe competition provides an outlet for positivity in our student-athletes lives. We look forward to the joy and the challenge."

For the first time since 2017, the Sooners will open their season with two meets at home. OU will face Arizona State on Jan. 10, followed by a marquee matchup with 10-time national champion Utah on Jan. 17.

OU will face Big 12 competition a total of six times before the Big 12 Championship. The first road trip of the season for Oklahoma will be at West Virginia on Jan. 22. A week later, the Mountaineers will head to the LNC on Jan. 31.

A three-meet road swing begins with a Big 12 battle against Denver on Feb. 7 in Denver, Colo.

The first of three quad meets will take place on podium in Fort Worth, Texas, as the Sooners will look to defend their title at the Metroplex Challenge on Feb. 13. OU will face Centenary, Iowa State and TWU inside the Fort Worth Convention Center. 

The road swing continues for OU with a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State and George Washington on Feb. 19.

OU will return to the LNC on Feb. 26 for a its second quad meet of the year featuring Denver, Lindenwood and TWU. The final home meet of the season will be March 5 when the Sooners host BYU.

The Sooners will face TWU on the road when they travel to Denton, Texas, on March 7. The regular season ends at Big 12 rival Iowa State on March 14.

Postseason begins with the Sooners chasing their ninth straight Big 12 Championship title. Podium competition is slated for March 20 at West Virginia. 

Regionals are scheduled for April 1-3 in Salt Lake City, Utah, Columbia, Mo., Durham, N.H., and Morgantown, W.Va. Taking place over three days, nine teams will travel to regional sites, with seven automatically advancing to day two. Two teams at each site will compete in a play-in on the first day.

On the second day, eight teams will compete in two sessions of four, and the top two in each of those sessions will advance to the next day. On the final day, four teams will compete in one session, and the top two teams will advance to the finals site.

The 2021 NCAA Championships will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, April 16-17. Four teams will compete in each semifinal, with the top two in each semifinal advancing to the final night.

The Sooners return 12 gymnasts from the 2020 squad including three who combined for seven All-America honors in senior Anastasia Webb, junior Allie Stern and sophomore Ragan Smith. In addition to the returners, the Sooners have added nine incredible newcomers Audrey Davis, Julianne Fehring, Danae Fletcher, Bell Johnson, Kat LeVasseur, Audrey Lynn, Sheridan Ramsey, Quinn Smith and Meilin Sullivan.

OU officials are continuing to work closely with top medical experts to ensure they are making decisions that are in the best interest of student-athletes, stakeholders and the university. At this moment, OU is anticipating the seating capacity of Lloyd Noble Center to be at approximately 25% for the 2021 season. Seating capacities are subject to change.

Information regarding season and single-meet ticket information will be released soon. 

2021  SCHEDULE   
Date Opponent Site Time (CT)
Jan. 10 Arizona State Lloyd Noble Center 1:45 p.m.
Jan. 17 Utah Lloyd Noble Center 2:45 p.m.
Jan. 22 at West Virginia* Morgantown, W.Va.  7 p.m.
Jan. 31 West Virginia* Lloyd Noble Center 3:45 p.m.
Feb. 7 at Denver* Denver, Colo. 2 p.m.
Feb. 13 Centenary, Iowa State*, TWU % Fort Worth, Texas 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 at North Carolina State Raleigh, N.C.  7 p.m.
Feb. 26 Denver*, Lindenwood, TWU Lloyd Noble Center 6:45 p.m.
March 5 BYU Lloyd Noble Center 6:45 p.m.
March 7 at TWU Denton, Texas 2 p.m.
March 14 at Iowa State* Ames, Iowa 2 p.m.
March 20 Big 12 Championships Morgantown, W.Va. TBD
April 1-3 NCAA Regionals TBD TBD
April 16-17 NCAA Championships Fort Worth, Texas TBD

% Metroplex Challenge - Fort Worth Convention Center
*Big 12 Opponent

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