One last chance
On Saturday night, Oklahoma and Florida shared the national team title. While Sunday afternoon’s individual championships would have no affect on the team title, it gave Oklahoma’s Hailey Scaman and the rest of the Sooners one more chance to compete against the Gators.
One year after winning the all-around title, Florida’s Bridget Sloan only competed in two events this year — the vault and the uneven bars.
Three Gators competed in the uneven bars, compared to one Sooner. All three Gators finished inside the top eight, though Florida’s best finish was in fifth with Mackenzie Caquatto. Alaina Johnson, above, finished in eighth with a 9.850 score.
Maileana Kanewa was one of two Oklahoma gymnasts to qualify in the vault. Her score of 9.9417 put her in fourth place overall, one spot behind Scaman.
On to the floor
After the bars and vault ended, the competition turned to the balance beam and floor routine. Oklahoma’s Lara Albright held the lead on the floor after three gymnasts had competed with her 9.9125 score.
Competing in her second and final event, Johnson put up a 9.850 score on the balance beam. That score put her in a tie for 10th place at the end of the day.
Still on the floor
Oklahoma had two of the first five competitors on the floor routine on Sunday, with Kanewa being the fifth one up. Her score of 9.950 put her in the early lead.
Once more on the floor
Scaman was the last of three Sooners to qualify for the finals in the floor routine, and she thrived. She put up a score of 9.950 which was tied for second.
Event No. 2
Spears also pulled double-duty on Sunday, competing in both the bars and beams. She was the last one to go on the beam for the day.
One national champion
Winners were crowned in each different event, and after Katherine Grable of Arkansas won the vault, it was Sloan’s turn to take home the award, winning the bars with a score of 9.9375.
Oklahoma gets a title
Following Sloan getting her title, it was Spears’ turn to be crowned a champion. She took home the title for balance beam, giving Oklahoma and Florida one champion each. The final award went to Grable, who won the floor routine with a score of 9.9625.
The overall champion
With the all-around title being the last award remaining, once again the Sooners and Gators were deadlocked in the national champion race. The all-around title proved to be no help in breaking the deadlock, as Alabama’s Kim Jacob came away with the award. Johnson finished in third as the only Gator or Sooner to be named an All-American in the all around.