Gym Dogs Advance to NCAA Super Six Finals

CORVALLIS, OR - Top-ranked Georgia advanced to the Super Six Finals of the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships and freshman Courtney Kupets earned the NCAA All-Around title in Oregon State's Gill Coliseum on Thursday night.

The Gym Dogs (31-0) scored a 197.275 to win their session of prelims over Iowa State (196.25), Florida (196.225), Arizona State (195.575), Oregon State (195.15) and Arkansas (194.375).

Nebraska (196.325), Alabama (196.25) and Utah (196.175) advanced to the finals from the day's first session.

Georgia is the only team that has qualified for every Super Six since the start of the two-session championship format in 1993.

The Super Six Finals begin on Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

"I just have relief that today is over and we've qualified," said head coach Suzanne Yoculan. "We started off slow on vault, but I'm especially proud because we made some mistakes on every event but that didn't rattle us."

Courtney Kupets' individual victory in the all-around was thanks to a final score of 39.575. She is Georgia's first all-around champ since Kim Arnold in 1997-98 and the first Gym Dog to win an individual national title since Cory Fritzinger (vault) in 2001.

The Gym Dogs opened the meet with their identical vault score from the SEC Championships of 49.15. Tiffany Tolnay was the high mark at 9.875.

On the uneven bars Georgia posted its best score since Feb. 24 with a 49.4. Katie Heenan tied her career high with a 9.925, while Courtney Kupets added a 9.9 and Nikki Childs posted a 9.875. Tolnay and Ashley Kupets each scored a 9.85.

After two events the Gym Dogs led second-place Florida, 98.55 – 98.3.

Courtney Kupets' 9.95 on beam paced Georgia to a 49.375 on beam and a lead by seven-tenths heading into the final rotation. Tiffany Tolnay added a 9.9 on that event which also tied her career best.

On floor Georgia sealed its victory with a 49.35 with a 9.925 by Kelsey Ericksen and a 9.9 from Courtney Kupets.

Georgia matched its total of 17 All-America awards that the team posted a year ago in Auburn. Courtney Kupets (First-team bars, beam, floor and all-around and second-team vault), Tiffany Tolnay (First-team vault, beam, all-around and second-team on bars), Kelsey Ericsken (First-team on floor and second-team on vault and beam), Nikki Childs (First-team on beam and second-team on bars), Katie Heenan (First-team on bars and second-team on vault) and Ashley Kupets (second-team on bars) combined for the total.

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