End on Empty The Oklahoma women's gymnastics team left everything It had on the competition floor as the sooners rolled to their third national title in program history.

End on empty.

That's the message Oklahoma head coach K.J. Kindler wanted her squad to focus on for the Super Six. To focus on giving the competition everything they had, both mentally and physically, leaving everything on the floor.

The Sooners did just that, rolling to their second straight and third overall NCAA Championship title with an incredible 198.3875, the highest score ever at NCAAs and the second-highest total in program history.

Super Six Spot Secured

OU's NCAA journey began in Semifinal I on Friday, April 14. The top-seeded Sooners took on No. 4 Utah, No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Oregon State, No. 9 Denver and No. 13 Washington in the meet.

While the Sooners committed some uncharacteristic mistakes, they snagged a first-place finish in the competition with a score of 197.7250 to advance to their fifth straight and seventh overall Super Six.

Following the session, five Sooners secured a total of 12 All-America honors. Senior Chayse Capps and freshman Maggie Nichols both picked up three accolades. Capps earned first-team status on vault and beam and was second team in the all-around, while Nichols was placed on the first team for vault, bars and floor.

Juniors AJ Jackson (first team, vault and floor) and Stefani Catour (first team on bars, second team on beam) and sophomore Nicole Lehrmann (first team on bars and beam) each earned a pair of honors.

AJ Jackson, Chayse Capps, Maggie Nichols, Nicole Lehrmann and Stefani Catour all earned 2017 All-America accolades.


With scores of 9.95, Lehrmann and Nichols became individual NCAA Champions on bars. The two Sooners tied with Katie Bailey (Alabama), Sarah Finnegan (LSU), Alex McMurtry (Florida) and Kyla Ross (UCLA) for the title. Individual champs were determined by combining scores from the two semifinal sessions.

Lehrmann and Nichols are the second and third individual bars champs in program history, joining Kelly Garrison (1988). The Sooners have now won seven individual titles all-time, with Kelly Garrison (all-around in 1987; all-around, bars and beam in 1988) and Taylor Spears (beam in 2014) claiming previous honors.

OU's Nicole Lehrmann and Maggie Nichols were among the individual national champions on bars.

Magical Night

On their sport's biggest stage, the Sooners came out with purpose from the beginning, opening the competition with dominating performances on bars with an NCAA Championships record 49.5875 and a massive 49.7000 on beam. From there, they never looked back, recording a 49.6125 on floor and a 49.4875 on vault.

Capps embraced the moment as OU's leadoff performance on bars, setting the tone with a 9.8875 and sparking a series of stuck landings for the Sooners throughout the entire meet. In all, OU stuck 31 of 36 landings in the competition.

The Sooners were impressive in the win, defeating second-place LSU 198.3875-197.7375. Their 0.65 margin of victory was the highest since Georgia defeated Utah by 0.95 (197.750-196.800) in the 2006 championships.

The Sooners came out firing on all cylinders, impressing on both bars and beam to create an early lead.

A highlight of OU's beam explosion was a perfect 10.0 earned by Nichols, her third perfect mark on the apparatus this season and seventh overall. It is just the fourth 10.0 ever scored on beam at the NCAA Championships and the first earned in the Super Six. Later in the meet, UCLA’s Christine Peng-Peng Lee also scored a 10.0 on beam. The scores were the first 10.0s scored on the event at the championships since Georgia’s Courtney Kupets earned one in 2009.

Freshman Maggie Nichols scored her third perfect 10.0 of the season on beam during the Super Six.

Pure Joy

With the national title well within sight, the Sooners moved to vault, securing the victory with a strong top-to-bottom performance that was punctuated with a 9.95 from Jackson and a 9.9625 from Nichols.

Then, the celebration began in St. Louis. 

“We had an amazing meeting this morning. It was very short and very sweet and pointed, and I felt like that really put them in more of a freedom state of mind. Coming in as a coaching staff, we talked about that first bar routine, that very first dismount, was going to be huge for us, and Chayse (Capps) sets the tone for the whole meet since she’s first off on bars. She was having trouble on her dismount, actually, all warmup, but meet time, she just flipped a switch and nailed that dismount and they were just rolling." - OU head coach K.J. Kindler following the Super Six
OU's 2017 seniors finished their decorated careers with three national titles.


The national title win capped a season filled with unforgettable moments: an unprecedented sixth straight Big 12 Championship, eight consecutive regional titles, 10 total perfect 10.0s and six performances scoring at least a 198, just to name a few. To top it all off, OU finished the season with an incredible 33-0 record, its first undefeated slate in school history.

With the brightest lights shining upon the Sooners, they looked unbeatable from the start of the Super Six. OU would not be denied its third national title as it turned in its best performance of the year, undoubtedly ending on empty.

Photos by Amy Pyle

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