NORMAN - The No. 2 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team defeated the third-ranked Utah Red Rocks, 197.025-196.550 Sunday afternoon inside the Lloyd Noble Center.
"We certainly came in here motivated today with Utah coming to town," head coach K.J. Kindler said. "Definitely a challenging rival to compete against after a great opening week last week. We are just starting out for the season and there's a lot of learning to be done and today we are going to learn from that. To go against No. 3 in your second week is awesome. It's a great opportunity and at the end of the day we came out with a win and I'm pretty happy about that considering I know they can be a whole lot better than they were today."
"Evy Schoepfer really stood out to me today," Kindler said. "She stepped into the beam lineup and as a senior she hit three pretty dynamic events. I was really proud of her. Our senior class took the helm and took the reigns and said 'we know how to do this, we've done this before.' I felt like they really gave the team a lot of confidence. Our freshman performed really well. Audrey Davis and Kat LeVasseur were both great again, so kudos to them."
The Sooners had an uncharacteristic vault rotation, going 49.150 to Utah's 49.275 on bars. Davis matched her season-best from week one with a 9.825 in the leadoff spot. LeVasseur notched a career-high on a nearly stuck Yurchenko 1.5 for a 9.875 in the No. 4 spot. Webb was the highlight of the rotation with a stunning 1.5 for a season-best 9.925. Senior Evy Schoepfer wrapped up the rotation with a 9.80.
OU used a strong rotation on bars to take the lead after two rotations, 98.450-98.275. The Sooners posted a 49.300, led by a career-high 9.9 in the anchor spot from Davis. Senior Karrie Thomas led things off with a 9.825, followed by a career-high 9.875 from LeVasseur who nailed her dismount. Senior Jordan Draper matched her career high with a 9.850 in the No. 3 spot. Webb was stunning as always, showcasing her beautiful pak salto and a stuck landing for a 9.850 in the No. 5 spot.
The Sooners posted a 49.225 on beam to Utah's 49.300 on floor to lead by .100 after three rotations. Sophomore Jenna Dunn showcased a crowd favorite in her triple series before nailing her gainer full dismount for a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot. Sophomore Ragan Smith was confident on her series and stuck her dismount for a season-high 9.9 in the No. 4 spot. Webb tallied the third 9.9 score of the night on beam with another elegant routine in the anchor spot.
"Jenna, Ragan and Anastasia had phenomenal routines on beam," Kindler said. "In fact, I thought everyone had solid routines. A couple of dismount misses and you would have had 9.9s across the board on that event. I was pleased, definitely, with beam."
OU pulled out the win with a strong floor rotation. Draper led off the final rotation by getting the crowd going with her upbeat routine for a season-high 9.875. Schoepfer kept the energy going with a solid performance for a 9.85 in the No. 2 spot. Junior LaPinta matched her career high for the second-straight week with a 9.9 in the No. 3 spot thanks to her triple twist and double tuck. Webb tallied a 9.850 in the No. 4 spot to bring her all-around total to a 39.525. Smith put up a 9.875 in the No. 5 spot as the Sooners notched a season-best 49.350 on the event.
"Jordan is better than she's ever been," Kindler said. "You can't have a better starter than Jordan. No one has more energy than Jordan Draper and that's not just on the floor, but in real life. She's bubbly and outgoing and always ready to go. That event was so important because we had to bring the win home and whatever she did there was going to set the tone. We know we can count on Jordan. She's been remarkable."
Up next is a conference battle as the Sooners travel to West Virginia on Friday, Jan. 22. The meet is set for a 6 p.m. CT start in Morgantown, W.Va.
|Vault||Anastasia Webb (OU)||9.925|
|Bars||Audrey Davis (OU)||9.900|
|Beam||Maile O'Keefe (UTAH)||9.950|
|Floor||Emma LaPinta (OU), Sydney Soloski||9.900|
|AA||Maile O'Keefe (UTAH)||39.550|
|OU TEAM HIGHS|
|Beam||Anastasia Webb, Ragan Smith, Jenna Dunn||9.900|