OU Athletics Press Release
Written by Lindsey Morrison
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The top-ranked Oklahoma women's gymnastics team finished as the runner-up at the 20201 Big 12 Championship Saturday afternoon inside WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W.Va.
Denver earned the crown with a team score of 197.350. The Sooners earned a 197.125, followed by a 197.050 from Iowa State and a 195.725 from West Virginia.
Following the conclusion of the meet, Big 12 Yearly awards were announced as well. Anastasia Webb was named the Co-Big 12 Gymnast of the Year along with Denver's Lynnzee Brown. This is the second major conference award of Webb's career after being named the Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2018, also with Brown. Senior Karrie Thomas was named the Event Specialist of the Year for the first time in her career. Head coach K.J. Kindler was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year for the 10th time and first since 2018.
Along with her major honor, Webb earned a pair of Big 12 individual titles with a 9.925 on vault and a 9.95 on beam. Webb shared the beam title with sophomore Ragan Smith, who earned her first career title. Denver's Brown won bars with a perfect 10 and shared floor with Iowa State's Addy De Jesus (9.95). Brown also won the all-around with a 39.725.
Out of the gate, the Sooners had the advantage with a huge 49.500, their second highest score of the year on the event. Iowa State was in second with a 49.325 on vault, West Virginia in third with a 49.275 on floor and Denver in fourth with a 49.175 on beam.
Junior Olivia Trautman kicked off the meet with a 9.850 as she stuck her double layout dismount. Freshman Katherine LeVasseur nailed her DLO for a 9.9 in the No. 2 spot. Webb was poised and elegant as always on her pak salto and stuck her double-front half-out dismount for a 9.9. Sophomore Ragan Smith kept the scores of 9.9 going with a huge Ray for the third 9.9 score of the rotation. Thomas added a 9.85 in the No. 5 spot, setting up freshman Audrey Davis who had been out the last two meets. Davis came up with a big number as she anchored with a career-high 9.95 as she stuck her double front dismount to close out the rotation.
In the second rotation, the Sooners rebounded from a fall to put up a strong 49.400 on beam. Denver made a huge jump to second with a 49.450 on floor, Iowa State moved to third with a 49.150 on bars and West Virginia rounded things out with a 48.975 on vault. Sophomore Jenna Dunn got the Sooners back on track after a leadoff fall, earning a 9.750. Senior Carly Woodard kept things going strong with a 9.85 in the No. 3 spot. Smith really got the Sooners going in the right direction as she matched her season high with a 9.95 in the No. 5 spot. Thomas came up big for OU as she nailed her dismount for a 9.9 in the No. 5 spot. Anchoring was Webb who was clutch as always, sticking her dismount and earning a huge 9.95.
The Sooners had a rocky third rotation, earning a 48.925 on floor. Denver pulled even with the Sooners after three rotations as they added a 49.200 on vault and the teams sat at a 47.825 through three rotations. Iowa State added a 49.275 on beam and West Virginia a 49.275 on floor. Senior Jordan Draper kicked off floor with her energetic performance for a 9.8, followed by some powerful tumbling from senior Evy Schoepfer for a 9.85. Sophomore Vanessa Deniz added a 9.625 in the No. 3 spot, followed by a 9.825 from junior Emma LaPinta in the No. 4 spot. Webb anchored with a 9.800.
With the meet coming down to the wire, the Sooners 49.300 on vault wasn't enough to overcome a 49.525 on bars from Denver. Leading off was junior Allie Stern with a strong vault for a 9.850. LeVasseur notched a 9.9 on a huge 1.5, followed by a 9.85 from Trautman. Webb earned her event title with a 9.925 in the No. 4 spot and LaPinta anchored with a 9.775.
Oklahoma will receive its regional assignment next Monday, March 22. NCAA Regional competition is set for April 1-3 at four campus sites: Alabama, Georgia, Utah and West Virginia. The top two placing teams from each regional will advance to the 2021 NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas, April 16-17.
|Vault||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.925|
|Bars||Lynnzee Brown (DU)||10.0|
|Beam||Ragan Smith (OU), Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.95|
|Floor||Lynnzee Brown (DU), Ady DeJesus (ISU)||9.95|
|AA||Lynnzee Brown (DU),||39.700|
|OU TEAM HIGHS|