Bama Gymnasts Advance to Final Day

The Alabama Gymnastics team used a 197.000 to advance to tomorrow night's Super Six team finals here in Auburn, Ala.

The Tide finished third in a very strong evening session, just behind Georgia's 197.325 and two-time defending NCAA Champion UCLA's 197.025. Florida finished fourth with a 196.225, followed by Iowa State, 195.975 and BYU 194.625.

The Crimson Tide was led by junior Ashley Miles who finished third overall in the all-around with a 39.575. Freshman Terin Humphrey also had a standout night, taking seventh with a career best 39.500.

Alabama clinched its trip to the Super Six with a 49.150 on the balance beam, led by Humphrey's 9.900 and 9.85s from seniors Shannon Hrozek and Michelle Reeser.

Alabama got off to a very strong start on the floor exercise, scoring a 49.425 behind Miles' 9.95 and Humphrey's 9.9. Senior Alexis Brion added in a 9.875 while Hrozek and junior Mari Bayer both scored 9.85s.

The Tide posted a 49.050 on the vault, led again by Miles who posted a 9.9. Brion chipped in a 9.85 while freshman Kaitlin White scored a 9.8. On its third rotation, Alabama came back strong on the uneven bars, posting a meet best 49.375 behind Humphrey's 9.95 and 9.9s from Miles and junior Dana Filetti.

From the earlier session, Utah, Michigan and Nebraska advanced to tomorrow night's Super Six. LSU finished a scant .075 out of third place. Penn State and Oklahoma rounded out the night.

The NCAA Super Six gets started at 7 p.m. in Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum. For ticket information, contact the Auburn Ticket Office at (1-800-282-1957) or online at www.auburntigers.com .


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