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Oklahoma Sooners Win Third National Gymnastics Championship

Oklahoma Sooners Win Third National Gymnastics Championship

By Chelsey Kraft
Assistant Director of Communications

ST. LOUIS — Make that three.

The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team posted a 198.3875 in the Super Six to claim the national title at the 2017 NCAA Championships. The meet, which featured the top six NCAA seeds, was held inside Chaifetz Arena on Saturday night.

The national title is the second straight and third overall for the Sooners, who tied with Florida in 2014 for the crown before winning outright in 2016. OU rolled from the beginning with dominating performances on bars (49.5875) and beam (49.7000) to open the meet. From there, they never looked back, recording a 49.6125 on floor and a 49.4875 on vault.

The Sooners’ 198.3875 set the NCAA record for a team score in a Super Six, topping the previous mark established by OU and Florida (198.1750) at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

Oklahoma was followed by No. 2 seed LSU in second place (197.7375), while Florida claimed third (197.2625). UCLA earned fourth place (197.2625), followed by Utah (196.5875) and Alabama (196.000).

Saturday marked OU’s fifth straight and seventh overall trip to the team finals. In each of their seven Super Six appearances, the Sooners have finished within the top three.  (read complete story here)

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