UCLA advances to the Super Six team final
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Three Pac-12 gymnastics teams and five Pac-12 individuals competed at the NCAA gymnastics championships semifinals Friday. UCLA was the lone Pac-12 team to advance to the Super Six Finals on Saturday, April 20 at 4 p.m. PT.
During the semifinals the individual all-around champion was crowned and the top three teams from each semifinal advanced to the Super Six. The top three individuals on each event (including ties) from each semifinal will now advance to the individual event finals on Sunday, April 21 at 1 p.m. PT.
UCLA totaled a 197.200 to advance to the Super Six for the sixth straight year. The Bruins tied their season-high on vault with a 49.50 after three Bruins set career highs on the apparatus. Senior Alyssa Pritchett (9.85), senior Lichelle Wong (9.90) and senior Kaelie Baer (9.95) all set career highs while junior Sydney Sawa tied her season high on vault with a 9.825. Freshman Danusia Francis continued the momentum onto bars tying her career high with a 9.90. The tone was set on the first event by junior Olivia Courtney on floor with a 9.95 score that tied her career-high as well as tied for the highest score on the event in the semifinals.
STANFORD was the lone Pac-12 team in the first semifinal finishing sixth with a score of 194.700 and putting an end to the Cardinal's season. The top three teams from each semifinal advance to the Super Six finals. The Cardinal tallied it's highest event score of the night on floor, the only score to break a 49 with a 49.025. Freshman Taylor Rice tied both her season and career high on floor with a 9.875 as well as on beam with a 9.850. Sophomore Alex Archer set a new career-high on bars with a 9.875. Senior Ashley Morgan totaled a 38.175 in the all-around competition and was the lone Cardinal to compete in the all-around.
UTAH scored a 196.200 to finish fifth in the second semifinal. The Utes were led by junior Nansy Damianova who tied her career-high on floor with a 9.925 and set a new career-high on bars with the same score. Junior Hailee Hansen tied her career-high on bars with a 9.90. The team total on bars of 49.475 tied for second in school history at the NCAA Championships.
ARIZONA senior Aubree Cristello competed in the all-around competition in the first session to total a 39.075. The senior earned a 9.60 on vault and a 9.8 on bars. She started the competition on floor with a 9.850 and finished her collegiate career on beam with a 9.825.
OREGON STATE senior Makayla Stambaugh competed on floor in the second semifinal. She earned a 9.625 to close out her collegiate career. Beaver teammates junior Brittany Harris and sophomore Chelsea Tang competed in the individual all-around. Harris finished with a 39.075, while Tang totaled a 39.275.
WASHINGTON junior Lauren Rogers competed in the individual all-around totaling a 39.125.
The Pac-12 will see eight individuals compete on Sunday, April 21 in the individual event finals. Stanford senior Nicole Dayton earned a 9.90 on vault to tie for third and advances as the lone Cardinal. UCLA advanced four gymnasts while Utah advanced two. On vault UCLA's Baer tied for first with a 9.950, Wong, Courtney and senior Vanessa Zamarripa all tied for third with a 9.90 and will be competing in the vault final. Utah sophomore Tory Wilson also tied for third with a 9.90 and will be joining the Bruin gymnasts. On bars, the Utah duo of sophomore Georgia Dabritz and Damianova advance with Dabritz tying for first with a 9.950 and Damianova tying for third with a 9.925. On beam and floor the Pac-12 advanced just one gymnast per event with UCLA's Francis on beam after tying for first with a 9.90 and Courtney on floor with the score of 9.95 to tie for first.
Semifinal One Results
1. Florida - 197.775*
2. LSU - 197.325*
3. Georgia - 197.150*
4. Minnesota - 196.375
5. Illinois - 195.700
6. Stanford - 194.700
*indicates advancing to Super Six
Semifinal Two Results
1. Alabama - 197.350*
2. UCLA - 197.200*
2. Oklahoma - 197.200*
4. Michigan 196.850
5. Utah - 196.200
6. Arkansas - 196.150
*indicates advancing to Super Six
Pac-12 Team Total Breakdown