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Maggie Nichols is second woman in 20 years to repeat as NCAA all-around champ

Maggie Nichols

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Gymnast Maggie Nichols poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot at Quixote Studios on November 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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Oklahoma junior and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols became the first woman to repeat as NCAA all-around champion in 12 years, returning from a heel injury to compete on all four events for the first time since January on Friday.

Nichols, a Rio Olympic hopeful before being beset by a torn meniscus in 2016, joined 2004 Olympic silver medalist Courtney Kupets as the only women to win back-to-back NCAA all-arounds in the 2000s.

A junior, Nichols can next year join Jenny Hansen as the only women to three-peat in NCAA history.

Oklahoma goes for a third team title in four years on Saturday night against UCLA (featuring Olympic champions Madison Kocian and Kyla Ross), LSU and Denver.

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NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships Individual Results
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma) -- 39.7125
2. Lexy Ramler (Minnesota) -- 39.6625
2. Kyla Ross (UCLA) -- 39.6625
4. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) -- 39.65
5. Kennedi Edney (LSU) -- 39.6

1. Kennedi Edney (LSU) -- 9.95
1. Derrian Gobourne (Auburn)
1. Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)

Uneven Bars
1. Sarah Finnegan (LSU) -- 9.95

Balance Beam
1. Natalie Wojcik (Michigan) -- 9.95

Floor Exercise
1. Alicia Boren (Florida) -- 9.95
1. Lynnzee Brown (Denver)
1. Brenna Dowell (Oklahoma)
1. Kyla Ross (UCLA)