In a meet featuring four teams ranked in the top 15, the GymQuarters Invitational had plenty of excellent performances in two sessions on Friday night in St. Charles, Missouri. But once again, it was the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners who stole the show.
Oklahoma totaled a 198.350 -- its third-highest score in program history -- in the evening session at St. Charles Family Arena to top No. 2 LSU (197.700), No. 10 Georgia (196.975), and No. 15 Missouri (196.350). In the opening session, Nebraska captured first place with a season-best score of 197.125 to beat Lindenwood (194.000), Brown (193.350), and Seattle Pacific (191.000).
Swaggie Maggie is dominant yet againMaggie Nichols continued her domination of college gymnastics with a massive 39.925 in the all-around in Friday night's second session. The Sooners freshman put up 9.975s on her first three events: floor exercise, vault, and uneven bars and added her second 10.0 of the season on balance beam.
Nichols was consistent, as usual, on floor exercise to open up her competition with great landings on all three passes and beautiful leaps. Her Yurchenko 1 1/2 was stuck cold--perhaps an even better landing than her 10.0 vault earlier this season.
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The uneven bars is the only event on which Nichols is still looking for perfection. She's come close twice with a 9.975 but has not scored below the 9.900 mark on the event all season.
Oklahoma puts up top score in the countryThe rest of the Sooners also dazzled in their session to combine for a 198.350 on the night. Oklahoma got big scores across the board, with Brenna Dowell grabbing a 9.975 for her stuck Yurchenko 1 1/2 and AJ Jackson scoring a big 9.975 on floor exercise.
The Sooners put up their top score on floor exercise with a 49.675 for the second week in a row. Oklahoma went 9.850 or better on all six routines and had its final three routines go 9.950 or better for Jackson, Nichols, and Chayse Capps.
It's the second week in a row with a score over 198 for Oklahoma.
Consistency reigns for TigersLSU put up its best score of the season on balance beam with a 49.575--and that included a fall from Myia Hambrick, who only went 9.175. Hambrick typically scores in the 9.9 range, which gives this total even more room to grow.
The rest of the Tigers on balance beam scored a 9.875 or better, with Erin Macadaeg (9.900), Kennedi Edney (9.925), Ashleigh Gnat (9.925), and Sarah Finnegan (9.950) all posting scores above 9.900.
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LSU finished with a 197.700 for the second straight week. The Tigers have not scored below a 197.425 all season and have hit at least 197 in 15 straight meets dating back to last season.
Gnat also dazzled on her specialties, the vault and floor exercise. She grabbed a 9.950 for her stuck Yurchenko double full and came agonizingly close to her first 10.0 of the season on floor with a 9.975. She hasn't scored below a 9.900 on either of those events this season.
Hambrick had an unusually off night with a big hop back on her Yurchenko full and falls on both beam and floor.
What beam demons?Georgia has had an up-and-down season on the balance beam this year. So when the Gymdogs opened up Friday's meet on beam it could have been cause for concern.
Not this week.
The Gymdogs put up their best score of the season on balance beam with a 49.425. They did not count a score below 9.825 on the event. Ashlyn Broussard put her best beam routine together to pace Georgia with a 9.950 while Rachel Dickson started her meet off strong with a 9.925.
Georgia finished third with a season-best road score of 196.975. With RQS coming out this week, it will be a key score for the Gymdogs.
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Floor propels Nebraska to hit 197 markThe Cornhuskers topped the four-team field in the first session at the GymQuarters meet on Friday afternoon and hit the 197 mark for the first time this season.
The Huskers' best rotation of the afternoon came on floor exercise where they put up a 49.550, which was tied for the program's fifth-best score on the apparatus. It also marked the highest team total on floor for Nebraska this season.
All six Nebraska gymnasts scored a 9.850 or better on floor, led by Taylor Houchin's 9.950. Megan Schweihofer posted a 9.925 with Jennie Laeng and Ashley Lambert adding a pair of 9.900s. Grace Williams scored a 9.875, and Sienna Crouse had a 9.850.
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The Huskers put up a clean performance on balance beam as well, which is an event that they have struggled on this season. They were paced by Danielle Breen's season-high 9.925, which is also the highest score on balance beam for Nebraska this season.
FULL RESULTS - Session 1
FULL RESULTS - Session 2