The top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners won their sixth straight regional title, and now move on to defend their national crown at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships in Ft. Worth in a couple of weeks.
The Sooner women walked off with the team title in all four events – vault, uneven bars, beam and floor exercise – and individual championships in three of the four.
The Big 12 champions and overall No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Championship are now headed to Ft. Worth April 17-19 to defend their national title. It is OU’s 12th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Gymnastics Championship.
Oregon State finished behind the Sooners in the team standings in the Norman Regional over the weekend and will join Oklahoma in qualifying for the NCAA Championships. Southern Utah finished third in the team scores, followed by the team from Missouri, North Carolina State and Penn State.
Three members of the Oklahoma squad stood out as individual champions. Ali Jackson, Haley Scaman and Haley Sorenson were crowned champions in three of the four events. Jackson captured the title in the vault with a winning score of 9.95. Scaman won the floor exercise competition, scoring 9,975, which ended up being the highest individual score of the night for any OU competitor. Sorenson tied for first place on the beam with a score of 9.9.
West Virginia also hosted one of the NCAA Gymnastics Regionals, but finished fifth and failed to qualify for the NCAA Championship competition.
Iowa State was another regional host site. Although the Cyclones finished fifth in the regional competition, Caitlin Brown will represent the Cyclone gymnast as an all-around competitor in the NCAA Championship in Ft. Worth.