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OU women's gymnastics: Maggie Nichols named Big 12 female athlete of the year

Former Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols won the Big 12 Female Athlete of The Year for the second time in her career. 

Nichols won the award after a 2020 season in which she ranked No. 1 nationally on the all-around and vault, and second on bars. The Sooners finished the season with a 16-0 record before the NCAA canceled the remainder of the season in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In her career, Nichols notched 22 perfect 10s, which ranks fourth in NCAA history. Oklahoma won national championships in 2017 and 2019 with Nichols on the roster. 

Nichols is the fifth Sooner to win the award, with basketball guard Stacey Dales winning in 2001-02, softball pitcher Keilanni Rickets in 2012-13, softball first baseman Lauren Chamberlain in 2013-14 and softball pitcher Paige Parker in 2015-16.

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University of Oklahoma's Maggie Nichols competes in the vault during the women's gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Arkansas at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Nichols scored a perfect 10 on the vault.   [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

University of Oklahoma's Maggie Nichols competes in the vault during the women's gymnastics competition between the University of Oklahoma and Arkansas at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Nichols scored a perfect 10 on the vault. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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