Women’s gymnastics OU: Ragan Smith scores 10 on balance beam as Sooners dominate TWU | Sports


When Ragan Smith landed her balance beam routine on Sunday, she was fired up.

It wasn’t because she knew she had scored a perfect 10, because that confirmation came minutes later. It was because she performed her routine the way she does it.

“[OU coach] K J [Kindler] always telling us to do our medium beam routine or our medium routine every time you show because the nerves and the pressure get to you sometimes,” Smith said. “When I landed, however, I was really excited because that’s exactly what I do in training every day.”

Minutes later, the crowd erupted when his perfect score was shown on the Lloyd Noble Center video board.

It wasn’t just the junior’s first perfect score of a career. It was the Sooners’ fourth perfect score of the season and came a week after Carly Woodard’s perfect score on beam last week.

“It’s really good because I never thought I’d ever get the score I guess. I don’t know why,” Smith said. alone of the 10 in the book. I hope I will continue to have more.

His day didn’t end there. In the floor event, the Sooners’ final routine of the evening, Smith recorded a record score of 9.975, which also tied a career high.

It was the finishing touch to Smith’s career night, which came in the Sooners’ 198.050-194.775 win over Texas Woman’s University.

For OU coach KJ Kindler, Smith’s perfect score was no surprise.

“Her night was awesome, but more than that, her practices were phenomenal and those things only happen if you’re ready for them,” Kindler said. “And she worked out at the gym. She’s been so consistent in the gym, beam and floor. and so it’s just like waiting for that to happen. Finally, tonight, she put it together on both of these events, doing some amazing routines. I’m so proud of her.

“I honestly think that we don’t talk about her enough. She’s been amazing since the start of the season and is a leader for this team on the pitch.

Smith’s perfect score led to a great night for the Sooners on beam.

The Sooners held a comfortable lead after the vault and barre events, but it was on the balance beam, the Sooners’ third event, that they created the separation. Five Sooners recorded a 9.8 or higher—no Tulsa Women’s University gymnast scored higher than 9.7—as they outscored TWU 49.625-48.400 in the event.

Kindler said the Sooners’ continued success on balance beam could play a big part when it comes to the playoffs.

“Beam is making a difference in the post-season competitions that are coming up,” Kindler said. “When you pump 49.6, 48.7, I mean those are huge scores that put you in a whole different category. The balance beam is hugely important to being successful on the road, and I like that their confidence grows.

“Obviously if you have multiple athletes who can score a 10… I think you know you’re looking at a team that could score really, really high and that could be the difference for us.

Allie Stern and Katherine LaVasseur tied for the highest score of the meet on vault at 9.875, while Audrey Davis led the way on bars at 9.975. Davis also scored a 39.400 in the all-around.

The win takes the Sooners to 5-1 this season and is their fourth straight since losing to Utah last month.


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