UF gymnastics team secures NCAA Finals berth


FORTWORTH, TX. (WCJB) – In third place after two rotations, Florida’s No. 2 gymnastics team rallied to earn a spot in Saturday’s NCAA Championship Finals by winning Semifinal II on Thursday in Fort Worth. . The Gators continue with a total score of 197.975 and will compete for the title with Oklahoma, Auburn and Utah.

Florida had a tougher than normal opening rotation on vault and posted just a 49.2375 in the event. Then, in the second rotation, the team ignored a delay of more than 10 minutes while the arena team dealt with some issues with the uneven bars equipment. After the delay, Trinity Thomas and Leanne Wong posted scores of 9.975 and 9.9125 respectively, to give Florida momentum.

On beam, the Gators posted a collective 49.5125 and took the lead on floor with a 49.750, including a 10.0 from Thomas, his 11th of the season.

Thomas won the all-around with 39.8125, followed by Megan Skaggs (39.6625) and Wong (39.6250).

Oklahoma posted the highest score of any team in either semifinal (198.1125), followed by Florida (197.975), Auburn (197.8375) and Utah (197.7125). Saturday’s championship final will be televised live on ABC at 1 p.m.

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