Wednesday, February 10, 2016

W Gymnastics: OU Trio Sweeps Weekly Honors

For the second consecutive week, the trio of junior Chayse Capps, junior McKenzie Wofford and freshman Nicole Lehrmann of the No. 1 Oklahoma women's gymnastics team have swept the Big 12 honors, the conference announced Tuesday.

Capps was named the Big 12 Gymnast of the Week, while Wofford earned Event Specialist of the Week accolades and freshman Lehrmann received Newcomer of the Week recognition. This marks the first time since the Big 12 first awarded a newcomer honor in 2011 that the same three gymnasts have swept the same three awards.

The trio helped OU to impressive scores of 197.925 in a quad meet against TWU, No. 10 Auburn and Illinois State and a 197.900 on Sunday in a Big 12 contest with West Virginia. The two scores vaulted the Sooners to the No. 1 national ranking this week.

Capps put together a weekend for the record books, setting OU's program-best all-around score with a 39.775 on Friday night (the previous best was a 39.700). On beam, Capps recorded the first 10.0 of her career, which was the fourth in school history on the apparatus. She took at least a share of four titles on bars, beam and floor and in the all-around after scoring a career-best 9.975 on floor and a season-high 9.9 on vault in the meet. Capps also added a 9.9 on bars.

Against West Virginia, Capps followed with another strong performance, tallying a 39.625 in the all-around, her second-highest mark of the season. Capps claimed the beam title with a 9.95 and added scores of 9.85 (vault), 9.9 (bars) and 9.925 (floor) on Sunday. This weekend, all eight of Capps' event scores were at least a 9.85, including seven that were a 9.9 or better. Capps, moved into the No. 5 spot nationally in the all-around with a 39.443 average in her first season competing on all four events. She is also ranked No. 1 nationally on beam (9.914 average) and No. 24 on vault (9.854 average).

On Sunday, Wofford posted a season-high-matching 9.95 on bars in the anchor spot to snag the event title. Her score aided the Sooners to a 49.500 on the event, their second-best mark of the season. The McKinney, Texas, native also scored a 9.875 in Friday night's quad meet. For the fifth straight week, Wofford is ranked No. 1 nationally on bars with a 9.925 average and has scored at least a 9.9 on the event six times this season.

Lehrmann recorded four scores of 9.85 or better this past weekend in the Sooners' victories. She tallied a 9.85 on bars on Friday and a 9.875 on Sunday. With a 9.875 on beam, Lehrmann matched her career high in both of OU's meets. Against West Virginia, she helped OU to a season-high 49.425 on beam.

With the honors, the Sooners have now picked up 10 weekly conference accolades this season. The recognition is the second of the season for both Capps and Lehrmann and the fourth of the year for Wofford.

The Sooners (13-1 overall, 2-0 Big 12) will compete in the Perfect 10 Challenge at 6:45 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 12, inside Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Other teams at the quad meet will be No. 12 Denver, No. 17 George Washington and Utah State. Tickets are available for purchase online.

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