Florida, Stanford, Georgia Advance To NCAA Super Six
April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Florida, Stanford and Georgia became thefirst schools to advance to Friday's Super Six Finalsat the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, as each team finished in the top three of Session I Thursday at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Florida and Stanford ended the early session in a tiefor first place, both finishing with an overall scoreof 196.850. Georgia's final competitor on beam, Cory Fritzinger, scored a 9.8 on beam to clinch the Gym Dogs' Super Six advancement. They qualified ahead ofNebraska, by posting a 196.775, to the Cornhuskers'196.15. Oklahoma was fifth with a 195.75, followed byIowa with a 194.775.
Georgia's Chelsa Byrd and Stanford's Natalie Foleyfinished in a tie for first in the all-around, as eachposted a score of 39.525. They will have to await theresults of the second session to see if their scoreshold up in first place overall. Byrd's performanceincluded a first-place showing in the vault (9.950)and a second-place finish on the floor (9.925). Foleyhad two second-place showings, tying Byrd on the floorand posting a 9.900 on the uneven bars.
Stanford was the only team to have two competitorsfinish in the top-5 in the all-around as, in additionto Foley, Lise Leveille came in third with an overallscore of 39.475.
Rounding out the top-5 in the all-around wereFlorida's Erinn Dooley and Nebraska's Kristi Esposito,finishing in a tied for fourth with an overall score39.450.
Both Florida and Stanford posted the top team score intwo events. The Gators captured the vault (49.375)and beam (49.125), while Stanford recorded the highestscore on the floor (49.475) and uneven bars (49.350).Georgia also tied for the top score on the unevenbars. The Gators were the only team to finish with a49.0 or above on all four events.
Georgia has qualified for every Super Six Team Finalsince its inception in 1993.
The final three spots for the Super Six Finals will bedetermined in Session II this evening, as Alabama,Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, UCLA and Utah are inaction beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PST).