After posting the nation's best score this season last weekend and battling to a first-place finish at the Metroplex Challenge in Fort Worth, the Oklahoma women's gymnastics team regained its No. 1 ranking this week. The ranking marks the fourth week this season that the Sooners have spent at No. 1 after coming in at second nationally the past two weeks in a row. OU has not been ranked lower than second during the regular season.
Oklahoma's road score of 198.175 boosted the team's season average to 197.446, allowing the Sooners to rise past now-No. 2 Florida (197.392) and take the top spot. LSU remained third (197.379), with Utah coming in at fourth (197.135) and Alabama taking fifth (197.025).
This week marks the final week this season that rankings are calculated using overall team average. Next week, teams will be ranked using their regional qualifying score (RQS). RQS is tabulated using a team's six best regular season meet scores, three of which must be away or neutral-site scores. The high score is eliminated and the remaining five scores are then averaged.
Eight Sooners snagged a total of 11 appearances in this week's top 25 individual rankings. Sophomore Haley Scaman led the way with her No. 4 national ranking on vault (9.921 avg.). Scaman has not scored below a 9.9 this season, including two 9.95 vaults. She is also ranked No. 11 nationally on floor (9.908) after posting a 10.0 last weekend on the event. She is the fourth gymnast in the country to earn a perfect score on floor exercise this season.
Scaman is joined in the top 25 on vault by classmate Keeley Kmieciak and freshman Chayse Capps. Kmieciak is No. 9 overall on vault (9.908) and joins Scaman as the only two Sooners to not score below a 9.9 on the event this season. Capps remains in the top 25 in a tie for No. 21 (9.879) on the event with two vaults of 9.9+ in the past three weeks of competition.
No event has more Sooners in the rankings than bars, which saw four team members pull down spots this week. True freshman Charity Jones led the way at No. 7 overall (9.9) after making her first appearance in the lineup this week. Classmate McKenzie Wofford continued her steady climb up the rankings, coming in at No. 12 this week (9.887) after posting a 9.975 to win the event title last week at Metroplex. Junior Erica Brewer snagged the No. 15 spot overall on the event (9.875), and senior Taylor Spears broke into the top 25 at No. 20 after earning a season-high 9.95 last week.
Brewer and sophomore Maile'ana Kanewa rounded out this week's rankings for OU. Brewer picked up the No. 7 spot overall in the all-around (39.438) and appeared at No. 15 on beam (9.850) after capturing a season-best 9.9 on the event last weekend. Kanewa is tied for 16th nationally on floor (9.883) after three weeks in the OU lineup on the event. She earned a career-high 9.925 at the Metroplex Challenge last week.
No. 1 Oklahoma will return to its home state this weekend to compete in the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center Arena on Friday night. The Sooners will face No. 5 Alabama, No. 7 Michigan and West Virginia at 6:45 p.m. CT, with a live broadcast available on Sooner Sports TV.
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