The Big 12 Conference is once again home to the reigning national champions. The Sooners reclaimed their Big 12 title in 2022 and backed it up with another national crown, their first since 2019. However, the remaining three teams proved they are not to be underestimated with strong performances throughout the season. Small yet mighty, the four teams in this conference will go toe to toe with some of the best in college gymnastics for a shot at regionals and to keep the title in the Big 12 for another year.
The preseason is starting and 2023 will be here before we know it. That means it’s time for our annual potential lineups analysis! As gymnasts get back into the gym with new goals for the new season, we’re breaking their prospects down and taking a look at what each team’s lineups may look like come January—from who’s expected to contribute, holes that need to be filled and exciting upgrades fans should look out for.
No. 1 Oklahoma
Going from fourth after the first rotation to first in last year’s national championship, the Sooners had an up-and-down season in 2022. With two key seniors returning for their COVID year and two freshmen entering with major skills to their credit, the Sooners will once again have high expectations entering the season.
|Losses:||Emma LaPinta (FX), Karrie Thomas (UB, BB), Carly Woodard (BB, FX), Vanessa Deniz (transfer to Georgia)|
|Gains:||Ava Siegfeldt, Faith Torrez|
Potential Contributors: Jordan Bowers (9.970 NQS), Katherine LeVasseur (9.935) Allie Stern (9.890), Danielle Sievers (9.880), Danae Fletcher (9.880), Sheridan Ramsey (9.815), Audrey Davis (9.815), Olivia Trautman, Ragan Smith, Audrey Lynn, Meilin Sullivan, Moorea Linker, Ava Siegfeldt, Faith Torrez
How It Looked Before: The Sooners regularly posted lineups with five or six 10.0 vaults, and clean execution on top of that led to a regular season NQS of 49.450, good for first in the Big 12 and fourth nationally.
How It Looks Now: Trautman, LeVasseur, Stern and Bowers have scored 10.0s on vault, and Davis and Fletcher have the capability for a 10.0 start value. Linker, Siegfeldt and Torrez can submit themselves for consideration with their one and a halves, too. Depth options exist with fulls from Sullivan, Ramsey and Smith, and Lynn provides a front handspring pike half pre-injury.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. Adding Siegfeldt and Torrez will only boost the Sooners’ depth and should keep them No. 1 in the Big 12 for another year.
Potential Contributors: Audrey Davis (9.960 NQS), Jordan Bowers (9.940), Ragan Smith (9.915), Katherine Levasseur (9.900), Danielle Sievers (9.900), Danae Fletcher, Olivia Trautman, Moorea Linker, Meilin Sullivan, Ava Siegfeldt, Faith Torrez
How It Looked Before: The Sooners soared through bars last season, ending the year ranked No. 1, scoring as high as 49.825.
How It Looks Now: Davis, Bowers, Levasseur, Sievers and Smith should retain their lineup spots; the sixth spot will be a battle between skills and experience. Torrez notched a 10.0 in level 10 with her set, but she lacks the collegiate experience that Trautman, Fletcher and Sullivan have. All four have been training bars during the preseason, as has Siegfeldt; head coach KJ Kindler could very well tinker with that final spot before settling on the ideal six.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. The Sooners have the depth and the returning routines that should help them remain the No. 1 bars team in the country.
Potential Contributors: Ragan Smith (9.980 NQS), Katherine Levasseur (9.925), Audrey Davis (9.910), Olivia Trautman (9.890), Jenna Dunn (9.885), Allie Stern, Jordan Bowers, Meilin Sullivan, Moorea Linker, Madison Snook, Ava Siegfeldt, Faith Torrez
How It Looked Before: Beam started out rough for Oklahoma with the team scoring a 48.600 in January, but that would be the only major hiccup for the Sooner lineup as the team hit at least 49 in every remaining meet. Ultimately, the Sooners ended the season ranked No. 3 here.
How It Looks Now: Woodard’s routine will be tough to replace, but if anyone can match her scores, it’s Torrez. She notched a perfect 10 with her routine in level 10, and her skill set rivals anyone in the Oklahoma lineup. The remaining lineup from 2022 should remain mostly intact. However, never say never with Oklahoma beam. Multiple gymnasts are working new upgrades, and others are training beam that have never competed the event before (most notably, fifth-year Stern). Depending on the reliability of those upgrades, this beam lineup could look completely different or mostly the same.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. Woodard’s scores were high, but with new depth options emerging, the beam team should be able to keep pace and replace that score.
Potential Contributors: Ragan Smith (9.945 NQS), Jordan Bowers (9.940), Danae Fletcher (9.905), Bell Johnson (9.900), Danielle Sievers (9.895), Audrey Davis (9.875), Olivia Trautman, Moorea Linker, Ava Siegfeldt, Faith Torrez
How It Looked Before: Floor was Oklahoma’s “weakest” event, if you can call ending the season ranked No. 5 weak. While some of the routines didn’t have the amount of difficulty you’d anticipate from a title contender, the Sooners found a balance between hard skills and cleanliness.
How It Looks Now: Losing Woodard is a big deal, but the depth options are available to replace her score. The big key for this lineup will be the return of Trautman. Her tumbling and difficulty make her an important piece that Kindler would love to have back in 2023. While we haven’t seen much of her training floor in preseason, it is a known fact that Kindler tends to pace her due to previous and ongoing injuries. If past seasons are any indication, don’t be surprised to see others in the lineup to kick things off. Should she not be available immediately, Torrez and Siegfeldt both bring E-level difficulty with their double layouts and could easily slot into the top six either permanently or until Trautman returns.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Too early to tell. The return of some key players on floor and the difficulty the freshmen bring to college will determine whether OU’s floor will be on par with their other three events.
Three Big Questions
Will Olivia Trautman return to all-around competition?
Trautman has posted training clips and upgrades from bars and beam during summer training, so it appears she will be making a run for those lineups. Adding her back on vault feels likely as well based on how she ended the season, so the only question mark that remains is her status on floor.
Will Oklahoma’s freshmen get significant lineup time?
Oklahoma is only losing two routines from its final lineups at the 2022 national championship. Siegfeldt and Torrez have the capability to contribute on multiple events, but with so many returning routines and added options from veterans, there will be intense competition for the freshmen to consistently fight for the top six across all four.
Will the Sooners go back-to-back?
The expectation for Oklahoma, as always, is to win another national championship. The pieces are in place for that to occur. With two fifth-years adding to an experience-laden senior class, juniors and sophomores that want to continue the winning tradition and two freshmen with elite and level 10 success, the Sooners could easily take the title again. The question is, can they outpace their competitors?
No. 13 Denver
After upsetting the Sooners to win the Big 12 title in 2021 and three seniors returning for a COVID year, expectations were high for Denver going into 2022. However, the injury bug bit hard for the returning fifth-years and Denver struggled at times, but the Pioneers were resilient and found a groove toward the end of 2022, managing an appearance in the regional final with a string of 197s, a final top 15 finish and an individual nationals qualifier. The Pioneers will be looking to reload with their freshman class and regain leadership with returns from fifth-year Alexandria Ruiz and sixth-year Lynnzee Brown.
|Losses:||Emily Glynn (VT, UB, FX), Mia Sundstrom (AA), Emma Brown (BB, FX, early graduation)|
|Gains:||Ava Mabanta, Cecilia Cooley, Kiley Rorich, Mila Brusch|
|Returning From Injury:||Lynnzee Brown (Achilles)|
Potential Contributors: Rylie Mundell (9.880 NQS), Jessica Hutchinson (9.860), Momo Iwai (9.775), Alexandria Ruiz (9.795), Rosie Casali (9.720), Lynnzee Brown, Bella Mabanta, Mia Hebinck, Cecilia Cooley, Mila Brusch, Kiley Rorich, Victoria Fitts
How It Looked Before: Injuries to Brown and Glynn were critical to the vault lineup toward the end of the season, causing Denver to put up only five gymnasts in multiple meets.
How It Looks Now: The Pioneers’ depth is better this season, but the 10.0 starts are lacking. Losing Glynn’s Tsuk full brings the number of known 10.0 start value vaults down to two: one and a halves from both Brown and Mundell. Should Brown be able to contribute immediately, those two will likely anchor the lineup. The remaining lineup spots will consist of Yurchenko fulls. Of the freshmen, Brusch’s full stands out with her execution, dynamics and uncanny ability to control, if not stick, her landing. Her classmate Rorich sports a clean full and has trained a 10.0 start value in the past, but she’s coming off an injury in her final level 10 season. Hutchinson’s full is the best of the remaining returners; it and a combination of Ruiz, Iwai and Casali will likely round out the lineup.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Too early to tell. A lot will depend on the execution of the non-10.0 start value vaults and whether some higher start values appear before January.
Potential Contributors: Rylie Mundell (9.905 NQS), Jessica Hutchinson (9.875), Mia Hebinck (9.875), Alexandria Ruiz (9.850), Rosie Casali (9.845), Lynnzee Brown, Abbie Thompson, Momo Iwai, Cecilia Cooley, Kiley Rorich, Mila Brusch
How It Looked Before: The bars scores for the Pioneers were consistent throughout 2022, never scoring below a 49 and finishing second in the Big 12, as well as 12th nationally.
How It Looks Now: The Pioneers will not lose a bar routine from its final 2022 lineup and add to their depth at the same time. Brown should easily reinsert herself into the back half of this lineup, with Mundell, Hutchinson, Hebinck, Ruiz and Casali maintaining their positions. If Iwai’s bars continue to look as good as they have in the preseason, she could absolutely make a case for this lineup as well; she was oddly absent on bars last season after notching a 10.0 in level 10. The freshmen will have to work their way into the top six, but Cooley will be one to watch with her clean lines. Rorich also sports a clean set, while Brusch is consistent with just minor form issues throughout. The competition for this lineup is ON.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. The Pioneers are known as being a clean bars team, and that shouldn’t change this season.
Potential Contributors: Jessica Hutchinson (9.910 NQS), Rylie Mundell (9.870), Bella Mabanta (9.865), Momo Iwai (9.85), Alexandria Ruiz (9.85), Abbie Thompson (9.710), Lynnzee Brown, Callie Schlottman, Ava Mabanta, Cecilia Cooley, Kiley Rorich, Mila Brusch
How It Looked Before: Denver’s beam team had some ups and downs throughout 2022 but finished the season ranked seventh, scoring as high as 49.550.
How It Looks Now: Denver doesn’t lose a beam routine from its regional final lineup from 2022, which should give the Pioneers a sense of excitement going into the new season. And, the lineup should only get better due to the strength of the freshman class. Cooley’s triple series and Ava Mabanta’s upgraded dismount have made the highlight reel on Denver’s Instagram Story this offseason. Nationals qualifier Thompson, along with Ruiz and Brown, give head coach Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart a lot of options to call on should some gymnasts need rest.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. Adding a strong freshman class only adds to the strength of the Pioneers’ beam lineup, and the added difficulty won’t hurt, either.
Potential Contributors: Jessica Hutchinson (9.935 NQS), Bella Mabanta (9.875), Momo Iwai (9.845), Alexandria Ruiz (9.800), Rylie Mundell (9.795), Abbie Thompson (9.795), Callie Schlottman, Rosie Casali, Cecilia Cooley, Mila Brusch, Ava Mabanta, Kiley Rorich, Lynnzee Brown, Victoria Fitts
How It Looked Before: Losing Brown for a second time hurt this lineup tremendously, and it was further emphasized when Glynn and Sundstrom went down as well. Despite it being their lowest ranked event, the Pioneers found a way to stay above 49 in nearly every meet, earning huge numbers on floor when they needed it the most, including posting a season high in round two of regionals.
How It Looks Now: If she’s fully healthy, having Brown back in this lineup is big. Her double layout is incredible and will bring a spark back to the floor. Brusch’s routine impresses in its own right; the former four-star recruit brings another E-pass in the form of a piked full-in. Former three-star Cooley also sports an E-pass with a front layout to front double twist alongside her clean set. With the possibility of up to eight gymnasts with E-level passes combined with clean sets from others, the Pioneers have lots of depth options available and might switch some gymnasts in and out to find the ideal top six.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. The Pioneers have a high number of potential contributors to call on, including numerous potential E-passes. Between those two factors, Denver should be able to find six high-scoring, consistent routines to increase the event ranking in 2023.
Three Big Questions
How much will Lynnzee Brown contribute?
Arguably the biggest question going into 2023 will be Brown’s recovery from a second Achilles tear. Denver’s staff may not want to put so much pressure on her right away, especially in her sixth year, and might ease her into routines. But her ability to put up big numbers will be a big part of the Pioneers’ success this season.
Will the injury bug move on from Denver?
Denver’s roster suffered an unfortunate number of Achilles tears in 2022, hindering its performance toward the end of season. More depth is available in 2023, but with a small roster, athlete health management is critical. It’s always good to have backup routines ready to go.
Can Denver make a run for another Big 12 title?
Denver won the conference title in 2021 in an upset over perennial favorite Oklahoma. Last year was an up-and-down ride with the injuries, but with four stellar freshmen and a returning star in Brown, there is hope that Denver can make a legitimate run at returning to the top of the conference podium.
No. 25 Iowa State
Iowa State was the unlucky team assigned to the play-in round after ending the regular season ranked 28th. Despite this oversight, the Cyclones made it to the second round and earned a top 25 finish. 2023 will be a season of rebuilding for the Cyclones, but having three fifth-years should help the Cyclones replace some routines.
|Losses:||Addy de Jesus (UB), Andrea Maldonado (FX), Ariana Orrego (VT, UB, FX), Ana Palacios (UB, BB), Meixi Semple (BB), Sophia Steinmeyer (VT, BB), Phoebe Turner, Jade Vella-Wright (retirement), Maddie Crosse|
|Gains:||Madison Matassa, Madelyn Manternach, Reagan Loftis, Morgan Engels, Samantha Rose, Lauren Thomas (transfer from Washington)|
|Returning From Injury:||Natalie Horowitz, Emma Ricks (Achilles), Madelyn Langkamp (torn ankle tendons)|
Potential Contributors: Makayla Maxwell (9.915 NQS), Josie Bergstrom (9.870), Emilie Hong (9.860), Kelsey Boychuk (9.85), Hannah Loyim (9.720), Kaia Parker (9.685), Ana Irene Palacios, Laura Cooke, Marina Gonzalez, Emma Ricks, Sydney Saturnino, Madison Matassa, Lauren Thomas
How It Looked Before: Despite an injured de Jesus, the Cyclones’ vault team had lots of power and solid landings throughout the season, landing in the top 15 by the end of the season.
How It Looks Now: The mix of difficulty and execution should keep the lineup where it was last year. Maxwell, Palacios and Hong have competed 10.0 starts, Boychuk has competed one off-and-on in the past, and Loyim has actively trained a Yurchenko one and a half as well—plus she’s been seen training double-twisting Yurchenkos this preseason. Freshman Matassa is also a good candidate to slot into the top six.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. Vault was the most consistent event last year for the Cyclones and having more depth options to call on should help them maintain that.
Potential Contributors: Laura Cooke (9.855 NQS), Loganne Bausel (9.840), Makayla Maxwell (9.810), Hannah Loyim (9.810), Maya Ford, Madelyn Langkamp, Natalie Horowitz, Lauren Thomas, Madison Matassa, Madelyn Manternach, Marina Gonzalez, Ana Irene Palacios, Morgan Engels
How It Looked Before: Bars was an inconsistent event for the Cyclones all year, topping out at 49.275 and ultimately ranking 39th nationally by season’s end.
How It Looks Now: Three senior bar routines have graduated, one of those from a former Olympian in Ariana Orrego, plus Jade Vella-Wright medically retired. Despite the loss of experience on this event, there should be plenty of options for the Cyclones to call upon. Having 2021 regulars Langkamp and Horowitz back from injury will be big. Should either of them not be ready immediately, there are lots of depth options available that can fill that void in the interim. Tokyo Olympian Gonzalez, who will be fresh off a Worlds appearance for Spain, is one who may see lineup time if needed.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. The Cyclones have the ability to replace those three senior routines and should easily do so.
Potential Contributors: Josie Bergstrom (9.825 NQS), Loganne Basuel (9.820), Hannah Loyim (9.810), Kelsey Boychuk (9.750), Alondra Maldonado, Kaia Parker, Natalie Horowitz, Samantha Rose, Ana Irene Palacios, Lauren Thomas
How It Looked Before: Beam was the lowest-ranked event for the Cyclones in 2022, and they struggled to find their groove. The team only tallied a score above 49 four times last season, with 49.225 being the high.
How It Looks Now: Iowa State loses its top beamer in Meixi Semple, as well as one of their most consistent performers in Sophia Steinmeyer. Bergstrom, Bausel and Boychuk are expected to be the leaders on the event, and Loyim’s upgrades could give her an opportunity to anchor, leaving the last two spots up for grabs. Those will need to be reliable performers in order to improve Iowa State’s ranking. Thomas and Palacios have been featured in preseason training footage, so expect these two to be among the first to get a shot.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Too early to tell. The Cyclones will need to find six consistent and high-scoring beam routines to improve their ranking. This lineup could be one that switches around regularly until they find their ideal six.
Potential Contributors: Maddie Diab (9.940 NQS), Laura Cooke (9.830), Kelsey Boychuk (9.795), Hannah Loyim (9.785), Kaia Parker (9.495), Alondra Maldonado, Rachel Wilke, Madison Matassa, Reagan Loftis, Samantha Rose, Morgan Engels, Madelyn Langkamp, Ana Irene Palacios
How It Looked Before: The tornado sirens that signal the start of every floor routine were loud and proud in 2022, but not without ups and downs with the lineup topping out at 49.425.
How It Looks Now: What Iowa State lacks in difficulty can be made up for with cleanliness and consistency. Having notched a 10.0 last season, Diab will likely anchor this lineup with her stellar routine. Loyim’s potential for upgrades make her a candidate for the back end of this lineup as well, especially if she can find consistency. Returning routines from Cooke and Boychuk should easily reappear, and the freshmen can challenge with clean routines; Matassa and Loftis stand out as potential immediate candidates with their clean tumbling.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. Lots of depth options should give the Cyclones a lot to work with when constructing the top six.
Three Big Questions
Will elite experience make a return to the Cyclones lineup?
Palacios and Gonzalez successfully returned to elite competition during the offseason, and Saturnino has an elite background, but of those three, Palacios was the only one who saw lineup time in 2022. Iowa State boasts a reputation of being one of the most diverse teams in the NCAA; giving its elite competitors an opportunity to compete could provide another reason for future elites to consider coming to the U.S. for college.
What upgrades will materialize from Hannah Loyim?
Loyim was in the gym regularly during the summer and posted upgrades on different events, including a double twist on vault, full-twisting double layouts on floor and new combinations on beam. It will be interesting to see how much of these were just for fun and what will materialize come season.
Where will the newcomers contribute?
On paper, there are a lot of routines missing where this class of newcomers can contribute. However, there are some question marks, too. Manternach is recovering from an Achilles tear and Rose underwent elbow surgery earlier in 2022, so their ability to contribute right away is in question. Junior transfer Thomas provides experience on three events, which may be able to balance a lack of immediate freshmen routines.
No. 28 West Virginia
West Virginia showed glimpses of greatness in 2022. The Mountaineers rode the momentum of Big 12s into the play-in round in Norman but ultimately lost to Arizona. A stellar class of freshmen enters the country roads in 2023, and eyes will be on the Mountaineers to see if they can capitalize on the talent and ability of these seven gymnasts.
|Losses:||Esperanza Abarca (UB, BB), Rachel Hornung (VT, UB, BB, FX), Nicole Norris, Laura Soltis|
|Gains:||Kaia Bochow, Brooke Irwin, Carlee Nelson, Olivia Pitzer, Ellie Sigman, Miranda Smith, Emma Wehry|
Potential Contributors: Kiana Lewis (9.820 NQS), Abbie Pierson (9.810), Kianna Yancey (9.795), Brooke Alban (9.785), Kendra Combs (9.725), Heidi Hartje, Gillian Fletcher, Carlee Nelson, Emma Wehry, Kaia Bochow, Miranda Smith, Olivia Pitzer
How It Looked Before: Vault was the lowest-ranked event for the Mountaineers last season, only scoring as high as 49.125 and ending the season ranked 41st.
How It Looks Now: Even though Fletcher’s vault was devalued to a 9.95 start during the offseason, the Mountaineers are picking up three 10.0s from the freshmen. Former four-star recruit Smith has a Yurchenko one and a half, while former three-star Wehry and Bochow both boast front handspring pike half vaults. Pierson’s one and a half will bring the potential for West Virginia to have four 10.0 starts in its vault lineup, giving it a boost in their scoring potential. With added difficulty, this Mountaineer lineup could look very different than it did in 2022.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. The freshmen bring the difficulty necessary to boost West Virginia’s ranking should landings and execution align.
Potential Contributors: Kendra Combs (9.840 NQS), Kianna Yancey (9.840), Anna Leigh (9.800), Brooke Alban (9.780), Emily Holmes-Hackerd (9.340), Abbie Pierson, Brynn Freehling, Carlee Nelson, Emma Wehry, Kaia Bochow, Miranda Smith, Olivia Pitzer
How It Looked Before: Bars started slowly for West Virginia after a subpar opening-week performance, but the Mountaineers found consistency as the season progressed, scoring as high as 49.200.
How It Looks Now: Combs’ return should counterbalance the loss of Abarca and Hornung. Returning routines from Yancey, Leigh and Alban will be expected to keep their consistency while freshmen like Bochow and Wehry could be called upon early to attempt to replace the two senior routines lost.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Too early to tell. Two high-scoring gymnasts have graduated from this lineup, so it will be a priority during preseason to see who will be able to match those scores or at least begin to replace the talent.
Potential Contributors: Abbie Pierson (9.875 NQS), Chloe Asper (9.850), Kendra Combs (9.830), Agatha Handono (9.800), Emily Holmes-Hackerd, Kiana Lewis, Anna Leigh, Kianna Yancey, Brynn Freehling, Carlee Nelson, Emma Wehry, Kaia Bochow, Miranda Smith, Olivia Pitzer
How It Looked Before: Beam was an up-and-down ride for West Virginia, scoring as low as 48.375 and as high as 49.275, ultimately landing at 36th by the end of the season.
How It Looks Now: A wealth of experience returns for the Mountaineers’ beam lineup. Steady leadoff Handono, senior stalwart Combs and top scorers Pierson and Asper will bring confidence. With the potential available depth, the remaining spots could come down to whoever is hitting in practice in any given week. Expect this lineup to look different each time out until a consistent six is found.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up, mostly because of depth. The Mountaineers will likely try out different routines early on to see who can consistently hit.
Potential Contributors: Kendra Combs (9.915 NQS), Abbie Pierson (9.900), Kianna Yancey (9.875), Kiana Lewis (9.875), Emily Holmes-Hackerd (9.865), Anna Leigh (9.855), Brynn Freehling, Carlee Nelson, Emma Wehry, Kaia Bochow, Miranda Smith, Olivia Pitzer
How It Looked Before: Floor was West Virginia’s best event last season thanks to newly promoted assistant head coach Zaakira Muhammad. The team topped out at 49.525 and finished the season ranked No. 19.
How It Looks Now: Similar to beam, Combs’ return will be a big boost, as her powerful tumbling and dynamic choreography make her a key member of this lineup. Freshmen Smith and Wehry both boast E passes that could appear in the lineup in addition to the Mountaineers’ two existing high-difficulty sets. This will bring more depth to an already strong floor lineup.
Trending up, down or too early to tell? Trending up. This was already a strong lineup, and it’s getting a big boost from the freshmen. The Mountaineers should maintain their 2022 ranking if not increase it.
Three Big Questions
Will the freshmen be the game changers for WVU?
West Virginia managed to score a top 25 CGN recruiting class with a four-star recruit in Smith and two three-stars in Irwin and Wehry. With the difficulty these three bring, plus solid consistency from the other four, this class could be the one to rewrite history for West Virginia.
Will Combs return to the all-around?
Though she tallied strong numbers on bars, beam and floor in 2022, vault was a bit of a struggle for Combs, only scoring above 9.800 once all season. With her fifth and final year of gymnastics looming, can she find the consistency needed to give the Mountaineers a boost on vault?
Can the Mountaineers make waves at Big 12s?
The Mountaineers pulled an upset against Iowa State at Big 12s in 2022, placing third with a stellar floor rotation that was second behind only Oklahoma. The Cyclones and the Mountaineers have always been neck and neck between third and fourth in the Big 12; is this the year that the Mountaineers push ahead for good?
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