Oklahoma defeated Texas 16-1 in the opening game of the championship finals, with Jocelyn Alo and Tiare Jennings each setting a new record for the most home runs and RBIs during a Women’s College World Series. According to research conducted by ESPN Stats & Information, Oklahoma eclipsed the previous WCWS single-game record of four home runs set by UCLA in 2019 with six home runs during its victory against its opponent.
UCLA Championship Finals
The top-ranked Sooners fell behind 1-0 after starting pitcher Hope Trautwein walked in a run in the top of the first inning, but the Longhorns’ advantage would not endure. After Jayda Coleman’s leadoff double, Alo went up to the bat and blasted a two-run homer over the left-field fence, setting a WCWS record with 12 RBIs.
Four innings later, Alo added to her record by launching the ball over the center-field fence for her fifth home run in the WCWS, breaking the mark she set a year prior.
2 Games with Multiple Home Runs – an Ultimate World Record
Alo became the only player in WCWS history to have two games with multiple home runs. And she accomplished both feats in the same season, having hit two home runs against UCLA in the semifinals. Already the career leader in home runs with 122, Alo moved into second place in RBIs with 322. Former Arizona All-American With 328, Jenny Dalton-Hill is ranked first.
Not only Alo perform for Oklahoma, however. Jennings, who follows Alo in the batting order, blasted her fourth and fifth home runs in the WCWS, tying the record. With her fifth-inning solo home run, Jennings matched Alo’s record of 13 RBI.
Oklahoma tied for the most runs scored in a UCLA championship series since 2005 when the current format was implemented. Its victory over Texas by 15 runs was the highest margin of victory in the 77-year history of the Red River Rivalry, which was contested. Five-time national champion Gasso stated that she was not surprised by the landslide victory.
Bella Dayton, the center fielder for Texas, stated that the club must forget the past and go on.
From Ariarne Titmus’ amazing freestyle to Caeleb Dressel’s world record, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic gave swimming fans a lot of memorable moments. They got to witness new world records, shock victories, amazing comebacks, and the new stars in equal measure. Tatjana Schoenmaker took the gold while breaking the world record in the 200 breaststrokes, Ariarne Titmus and Caeleb Dressel both left Japan with several gold medals, and Emma McKeon did an impressive seven-medal haul.
Memorable Moments, Victories, and Displays of Sportsmanship Were the Highlights of Swimming During the Tokyo Olympics
Below are four of the most memorable moments that took place during the swimming event of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Ariarne Titmus Winning the 400m Freestyle Event
The 400m freestyle duel between Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus was one of the most hyped-up and anticipated clashes of the whole Olympics, and it did not disappoint. The American got an early lead, but Titmus, also known as The Terminator, overtook her at the 150m mark. The Australian stayed a stroke ahead until the wall and got the gold, silencing all who doubted her. This year was one of Australia’s greatest Olympic performances in swimming, with 21 medals, nine of which were gold.
Katie Ledecky Winning the First-Ever 1500m Freestyle for Women
While Katie Ledecky lost the 200m and 400m freestyle events to Ariarne Titmus, the American left Japan as the distance swimming queen. An hour after finishing fifth in the 200m, Ledecky won the women’s 1500m Olympic gold medal. This was the first-ever 1500m freestyle for women, and Katie was the pre-race favorite due to being the reigning world champion and record holder. Despite that, she did not go easy on her competitors and cried tears of joy as she got her sixth Olympic gold medal. Later on, Ledecky beat Titmus and got a seventh gold medal, making her the most decorated female Olympic swimmer of all time.
Caeleb Dressel Setting the 100m Fly World Record
The pressure was real for Caeleb Dressel before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The American public was looking to their Florida man to prove himself as the new Michael Phelps and collect many gold medals for the US. So, when Dressel ended the 100m butterfly event with a new world record, doubts and comparisons were forgotten, and America got its new champion. Dressel stated in an interview that even he did not expect he would be that fast.
Ahmed Hafnaoui of Tunisia Winning Gold In 400m Freestyle
Ahmed Hafnaoui’s goal for Tokyo 2020 might have been to simply gain experience and learn what it takes to win a medal for the Paris 2024 Games, but he surprised both himself and the spectators when he won the men’s 400m freestyle final. His unexpected victory was probably the greatest shock during the swimming events, yet no one was as surprised as Hafnaoui. The Tunisian won his nation’s first gold medal in this event and its fifth Olympic gold ever.