NORMAN – Katherine LeVasseur and Allie Stern went back-to-back with perfect 10s on vault to lead the No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners to a season opening victory over No. 6 Alabama Sunday afternoon inside the Lloyd Noble Center. OU earned a 197.400 to take the victory as the Crimson Tide scored a 195.875.
The Sooners swept the event titles with LeVasseur and Stern sharing vault. The duo joined an exclusive club with their back-to-back perfection as just the fourth pair to achieve the feat. In 2021, Anastasia Webb and Evy Schoepfer went back-to-back with perfect scores on vault. In 2018, Webb earned a perfect 10 on balance beam and was followed by a perfect score from Maggie Nichols. McKenzie Wofford and Nicole Lehrmann went back-to-back on uneven bars in 2017.
“It was really a day of learning for us, like in general learning about our team,” head coach K.J. Kindler said. “Learning kind of where we’re at, where we need to go. You know, getting some of the kinks out getting that butterfly feeling in your stomach again. You’re out there in front of all those people all by yourself and learning how to handle that again. You might say oh you do it all the time but but really this first meet of the year, it kind of brings it all up, and they have to kind of settle into that again so super, super excited about all the things we learned today and about a lot of our newcomers.”
“The highlight of the night clearly was two 10s in a row on vault,” Kindler continued. “Katherine and Allie like I can’t say enough about those landings. I mean they just captured the moment, they got the crowd going. The energy was amazing. Kat is a very cool customer, I have never seen Kat get so incredibly excited.”
Sophomore Audrey Davis took home the title on bars with a 9.95, while Carly Woodard earned the beam title with a career-high 9.95. Freshman Jordan Bowers secured an event title in her first collegiate meet with a 9.925 on floor. Davis also took home her first career all-around title with a 39.325.
The Sooners opened with a slight advantage over the Tide, posting a 49.300 on vault to Alabama’s 40.250 on bars. The highlight of the rotation was back-to-back perfect scores from LeVassuer and Stern. This is the fourth time in program history the feat has been achieved. Sheridan Ramsey and Meilin Sullivan made their collegiate debuts with a 9.775 and 9.750 on their respective Yurchenko fulls. Davis led off the rotation with a 9.775 on her full.
OU tallied a 49.475 on bars to Alabama’s 48.950 on vault to extend its lead in the second rotation. LeVasseur kept up her strong performance with a 9.850 on bars as she nailed her double layout dismount for her second stick of the day. Freshman Danielle Sievers stuck her dismount in her collegiate debut for a 9.850 of her own. Back for the first time since regionals, senior Karrie Thomas showed off her superb handstands and gorgeous double layout for a 9.875. Smith stuck her dismount for a 9.9 and Bowers shined in her bars debut for a 9.9 of her own. Anchoring was Davis with a stuck upgraded dismount for a 9.95.
On beam the Sooners earned a 49.175 to Alabama’s 48.575 on floor. Jenna Dunn led things off with a stunning triple series and stuck gainer full dismount for a 9.875. Bowers looked strong and steady in the second spot with a 9.875 of her own. Davis continued an impressive night with a gorgeous routine for another 9.875. Thomas earned a 9.6 in the No. 4 spot. Woodard was exceptional on beam showcasing her beautiful scale and sticking her dismount for a career-best 9.95 in the No. 5 spot.
OU ended the night on floor with a 49.450 to Alabama’s 49.100 on beam. Davis led off floor with a 9.725 to close out her first all-around appearance with a 39.325. Bell Johnson showed off a strong double back in the No. 2 spot to earn a 9.9. Back with yet another upbeat and fun routine, Emma LaPinta showcased a strong triple twist and double back for a 9.825 in the No. 3 spot. For just the second time in her career, Woodard competed floor earning a career-best 9.9 in the No. 4 spot. Bowers wrapped up her night in the all-around with a 9.925 for a 39.050 all-around score. Smith anchored with a 9.900 to wrap up the win for the Sooners.
The Sooners will hit the road to Salt Lake City for yet another top-10 matchup at No. 4 Utah. OU and Utah will compete on Friday, Jan. 14 at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.
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