OU Athletics Press Release
FORT WORTH, Texas– Senior Anastasia Webb was perfect on vault and head coach K.J. Kindler earned her 400th win as the head coach of Oklahoma as the Sooners tallied the nation's highest score with a 198.225 Saturday night in a tri-meet at the annual Metroplex Challenge. OU defeated TWU (194.050) and Centenary (189.925) to claim its third straight title at the event.
Oklahoma is the third team to reach the 198 mark this season after Florida (198.150) and LSU (198.050) both recorded their season-high scores Friday night.
"This year, we kind of had a rough start and we've found our groove," senior Karrie Thomas said. "We're showing what our team is capable of and we have so much more in our tank to show everyone."
Kindler was sitting at 398 wins entering Saturday's meet in 15 seasons at Oklahoma. She needs just six more wins to reach 500 for her career as she sits at 494 in 21 total seasons as a head coach.
"This is pretty amazing and a great accomplishment to have as a coach," Thomas said. "I think that shows how incredible of a coach K.J. really is. She cares about each and everyone of us and dedicates her time to us and to OU and it shows how amazing she is. She's extremely dedicated and passionate. This score being her 400th win is a really proud moment."
Webb had a night to remember as she tallied a career-high 39.725 in the all-around. The senior took home four event titles, starting with vault, as she earned a 10.0. The perfect mark was the second of her career and first on vault. Webb also added titles on beam with a nearly perfect 9.975, floor with a 9.950 and the all-around. Two other Sooners took home event titles as senior Jordan Draper and sophomore Vanessa Deniz earned the title on bars with matching 9.9s.
"I think it's amazing that I got a perfect 10 my freshman year and then now my senior year," Webb said. "I think that's really special. Especially because it came on vault and I've been training hard in the gym on having that perfect landing and perfect form. To finally get that single moment, I was shocked and even started to cry when I saw the 10. Achieving the 39.700 in the all-around is a dream come true."
The Sooners tallied the second-highest score in program history in the first rotation with a 49.750 on vault. OU counted no scores lower than 9.925 on their way to the nation leading score. Webb was the highlight with her perfect score on a Yurchenko 1.5. Senior Evy Schoepfer was nearly perfect as she earned a career-high 9.975 on her tucked 1.5. Junior Allie Stern and freshman Katherine LeVasseur tallied match 9.925s on their Yurchenko 1.5s. Davis upgraded her vault this week to a 1.5 for a career-high 9.925 in the anchor spot.
"Audrey stuck after me on the first time doing that vault," Webb said. "I think she did a great job for just learning that vault and to stick it just shows her determination and confidence."
On bars, the Sooners notched a 49.350 to bring their total to 99.100 at the halfway point. Thomas led things off with a 9.875, while Webb added a 9.800. Draper and Deniz led the rotation with matching 9.9s, each nailing their dismounts and getting the stick. Davis anchored with a strong routine as usual for a 9.875.
The third rotation saw the Sooners post a 49.525 on beam, capped off by a nearly perfect performance from Webb as she earned a 9.975 in the anchor position. Thomas was inserted into the lineup in a new position and made the most of it with a career high 9.950 in the No. 5 spot. Schoepfer also earned a career high as she showed off a confident routine and stuck dismount for a 9.900. Sophomore Jenna Dunn got the rotation started with a 9.875 and a stuck landing, while Deniz also added a stuck dismount and tallied a career high 9.925. Audrey Davis tallied a 9.850 in the No. 4 spot to wrap up her impressive three event night.
OU finished up the meet with a season-high 49.500 on floor. Draper started floor off with a strong performance and high energy tumbling for a 9.900. Schoepfer followed with a 9.875 to wrap up a solid three event night. Junior Emma LaPinta was back in the lineup and had one of her strongest and most confident performances for a 9.875 in the No. 3 spot. Deniz added a 9.900 in the No. 5 spot as she competed in three events for the first time this season. Webb anchored with a season and career-best 9.950 to wrap up the meet for the Sooners.
The Sooners are back in action on Friday, Feb. 19, as they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on North Carolina State and George Washington.
|Vault||Anastasia Webb (OU)||10.0|
|Bars||Jordan Draper (OU), Vanessa Deniz (OU)||9.900|
|Beam||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.975|
|Floor||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.950|
|AA||Anastasia Webb (OU)||39.725|
|OU TEAM HIGHS|