The Oklahoma Sooners claimed the school's second women's gymnastics championship Saturday, edging out the LSU Tigers by 0.2250 points.
A celebration ensued seconds after the final event, via the team's official Twitter account:
With the victory, Oklahoma joined its men's team in making history, per the Sooners:
When senior Haley Scaman finished her final floor routine, the Sooners celebrated their win, having beaten five other talented teams during the Super Six round:
|Super Six Final Standings|
|Source: ESPN broadcast|
Three-time national coach of the year K.J. Kindler said she was proud of her team's fight during a post-event interview with ESPN's Laura Rutledge.
"Holy cow," she said. "I mean, it's...these guys totally grabbed it. ... We were giving away things all along the way, and they fought. They fought so hard."
The team had already wrapped up the title before Scaman took the floor, although Kindler said in her interview the senior had no idea the Sooners had already won their second title in three seasons.
A 9.9125 by Ali Jackson in the floor routine prior to Scaman's routine secured the championship.
It took a strong performance by the team in the sixth and final rotation, as the Sooners were in third place behind the UCLA Bruins and Georgia Bulldogs heading into the final event, per the team's official Twitter account:
The crown was up for grabs until the late surge by the Sooners, as a different team dominated the competition during Session 1 on Friday.
The Florida Gators, who would have earned their fourth straight title had they won (having tied Oklahoma in 2014), led heading into Saturday. They earned the top score in three of four team events, and Bridget Sloan's total score of 39.7000 topped all individuals.
Sloan, who ended her career with three team and six individual championships, was happy with her performance, but she wasn't satisfied, per Florida Athletics (via NCAA.com):
Even if you're getting a 10 on everything you're probably saying, 'I can do better.' I really couldn't have asked for a better performance. At the same time, there are things I can work on. That's how prelims go. I don't want to say prelims are survival, but you want to go 4-for-4. You want to hit all your routines.
Even though she recorded the top score in her final event—9.9375 on the uneven bars—it wasn't enough to lead her team to victory.
Instead, Kindler earned her second title, which she said was not easy during her interview with Rutledge.
Kindler noted she had to make replacements on her team and that two walk-ons placed during the event.
"Oh, I'm sorry, it's so hard to do it the second time," she said with a smile. "You know you have the potential. You want it so bad, and doing it the second time was truly very difficult."
Interestingly enough, Scaman was the only Sooners competitor to place first in an individual event:
|Vault||Ashleigh Gnat, LSU||9.9500|
|Bars||Bridget Sloan, Florida||9.9375|
|Beam||Nickie Guerrero, Alabama||9.9500|
|Floor||Haley Scaman, Oklahoma||9.9500|
|Stat.Broadcast/com (via NCAA.com)|
Before the feeling of winning another national championship sunk in, Kindler seemed to be at a loss for words when Rutledge asked her to describe the emotion of winning.
"I can't. It's indescribable," she said. "It's just—it's amazing."
Click here for full team and individual stats from Super Six competition.