Bama Gymnasts Win, Advance To Finals

DULUTH, Ga. - The Alabama gymnastics team got off to a hot start in Friday's second semifinal of the 2012 NCAA Championships and never looked back, winning its session and advancing to Saturday night's Super Six Team Finals and a chance at a second consecutive national title. Florida (197.65) and Arkansas (197.15) also advanced, putting three Southeastern Conference teams into finals.

Alabama started things off by scoring a 49.6 on the balance beam, the third highest score in school history, led off by a score of 9.9 from sophomore Kim Jacob and anchored by 9.95s from seniors Geralen Stack-Eaton and Ashley Priess. From there, Alabama scored a 49.275 on the floor exercise, led by Stack-Eaton's 9.9, and a 49.4 on the vault, led by 9.95s from junior Marissa Gutierrez and sophomore Diandra Milliner.

The Tide finished off with a strong uneven bars rotation, scoring a 49.4, powered by 9.9s from its last three competitors, junior Ashley Sledge, Stack-Eaton and Priess.

Stack-Eaton was fourth in the all-around with a 39.600 while Priess was seventh with a 39.475.

Alabama, Florida and Arkansas will be joined by the Pac 12 trio of UCLA, Utah and Stanford, the top three finishers in the first semifinal session earlier on Friday. The Tide starts the Super Six Final, which gets underway at 4 p.m. EDT, on a bye before advancing to the floor exercise for the second rotation.

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