Even with a few mistakes, top-ranked Oklahoma won the first qualifying session Friday afternoon at the 2017 NCAA Women's Championships in St. Louis. Senior Chayse Capps (pictured) bounced out of the floor area after a double pike in rotation one, and freshman Maggie Nichols, the No. 1-ranked all-arounder, was near perfect before dropping off balance beam on a front salto in the final rotation.
The Sooners posted a 197.725 and will be joined by UCLA (197.500) and Utah (197.050) tomorrow in the Super Six Finals.
Three freshmen grabbed the top spots in the all-around after the first qualification session: Utah's MyKayla Skinner (39.6125), and UCLA teammates Kyla Ross (39.575) and Madison Kocian (39.550). Maddie Karr (Denver) sits in fourth (39.475) and Baely Rowe (Utah) and Hailey Burleson (Washington) tied for fifth with 39.400.
Washington continued its amazing run under first-year head coach Elise Ray and placed fourth (196.5625), followed by Denver (196.475) and Oregon State (196.3625).
The all-around and apparatus champions will be determined after the second qualifying session tonight.
Apparatus leaders after session 1.
Vault: Four gymnasts are tied with 9.90: Skinner, Capps, AJ Jackson (Oklahoma), Nichols.
Uneven Bars: Three tied with 9.950: Ross, Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma), Nichols.
Balance Beam: 1. Ross (9.9625); 2. Capps (9.950); 3. Lehrmann 9.925.
Floor Exercise: 1. Skinner 9.9625; 2. Kocian 9.9375; 3(t). Nichols, Jackson, Angi Cipra (UCLA), Hallie Mossett (UCLA), Rowe 9.925.