Tide Gymnasts Advance To Finals

gAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 seeded Alabama Gymnastics team advanced to the NCAA Super Six Team Final Thursday night with a 196.850, the highest score of the evening session. Joining the Crimson Tide in the Super Six from the second semifinal will be host-team and No. 2 seed Florida, which posted a 196.775 to take second, and No. 6 Stanford, which was third with a 196.300.

Alabama was led by sophomore Geralen Stack-Eaton, who scored a 39.500 in the all-around, and seniors Ricki Lebegen and Morgan Dennis, who both scored 39.375 in the all-around.

The Tide posted the highest score of the meet on both the uneven bars (49.350) and the balance beam (49.225) and was comfortably in the lead after five rotations, but made things interesting after two gymnasts went out of bounds on the floor exercise, the Tide's last event. Despite those mistakes, Alabama still managed a 48.95 on the floor while Florida, which had struggles of its own early in the meet, posted a meet-high 49.425 to finish the night on the vault, cutting the Tide's final margin of victory down to ..075.

Alabama, Florida and Stanford will be joined in Friday night's championship session by No. 1 seeded UCLA, No. 5 Utah and No. 4 Oklahoma, which all advanced from the first semifinals earlier Thursday. The team finals get underway at 6 p.m. ET

By advancing to the Super Six, Alabama is guaranteed its 26th top-six NCAA finish and will have a chance to win its fifth NCAA Championship.

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