Saturday, 15 April 2017 20:34

OU Wins Third NCAA Title

Written by Greg
OU Wins 2017 Women's Team Title OU Wins 2017 Women's Team Title

OU powered to their third NCAA title, posting a 198.3875 to win the Super Six.  LSU was 2nd at 197.7375, overtaking Florida's 197.7.  UCLA was fourth at 197.2625 while Utah was fifth at 196.5875.  Bama suffered through problems on UB and BB to post a 196 for sixth.  

After a few stutters during prelims, the Oklahoma Sooners came out firing on all cylinders during the Super Six.  After sitting out a bye, they posted 49.5875 on their first event and never looked back.  After a big 49.7 on BB, the Sooners lead was so huge it clearly became a race for second after that.  They ended at a big 198.3875 total.  They were paced by Maggie Nichols, who posted a 10 on BB and hit for a 39.8625 in the AA.  After her disappointment in the AA race during the prelims, she responded by posting or tying for the top spot on BB, FX and VT.

LSU came out on their first event with a nervous performance, posting two scores below 9.775.  They then headed to vault, where sticks were tought to find and they found themselves at a big disadvantage to OU.  Heading into their final event, balance beam, they were in third, behind the Florida Gators.  They responded with a huge 49.725 to pass the Gators and secure the runner up slot.  They ended up with a 197.7375.

Alex McMutry led the Gators to a big evening, posting a 10 on UB and a 39.8 in the AA, just behind Nichols and just off her Friday tally.  They started solidly on BB, posting a 49.3 and followed with a big 49.5 on FX.  After a big 49.3625 on VT they moved into 2nd.  Despite a terrific 49.5375 on UB, they found themselves at the end of the night in 3rd.

UCLA started slowly on the VT, posting just a 49.0.  Despite a 49.4375 on UB and a 49.4875 on BB, they could not keep up with the leaders in the leg events.  Peng-Peng Lee scored a 10 on BB to lead the Bruins.  

Utah was fifth, with some minor problems on FX (two scores at or below 9.65) and a non-counting fall on BB.  As on Friday, VT was not a strong event, posting a 49.0625. 

Bama had problems on the UB and the BB to start the night but battled back to the 196 level with solid performances on FX and VT. 

LSU's D-D Breaux was named Coach of the Year and Associate Head Coach Jay Clark and Assistant Bob Moore were named Assistants of the Year. 

Link:  Results

Link:  Archived Broadcast (ESPN subscription required)

Link:  Archived Vault

Link:  Archived UB

Link:  Archived BB

Link:  Archived FX

Link:  OU Release

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