April 15, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Florida, Stanford and Georgia became the first schools to advance to Friday's Super Six Finals at 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 tie for first place, both finishing with an overall score of 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 of Nebraska, by posting a 196.775, to the Cornhuskers' 196.15. Oklahoma was fifth with a 195.75, followed by Iowa with a 194.775.
Georgia's Chelsa Byrd and Stanford's Natalie Foley finished in a tie for first in the all-around, as each posted a score of 39.525. They will have to await the results of the second session to see if their scores hold up in first place overall. Byrd's performance included a first-place showing in the vault (9.950) and a second-place finish on the floor (9.925). Foley had two second-place showings, tying Byrd on the floor and posting a 9.900 on the uneven bars.
Stanford was the only team to have two competitors finish in the top-5 in the all-around as, in addition to Foley, Lise Leveille came in third with an overall score of 39.475.
Rounding out the top-5 in the all-around were Florida's Erinn Dooley and Nebraska's Kristi Esposito, finishing in a tied for fourth with an overall score 39.450.
Both Florida and Stanford posted the top team score in two events. The Gators captured the vault (49.375) and beam (49.125), while Stanford recorded the highest score on the floor (49.475) and uneven bars (49.350). Georgia also tied for the top score on the uneven bars. The Gators were the only team to finish with a 49.0 or above on all four events.
Georgia has qualified for every Super Six Team Final since its inception in 1993.
The final three spots for the Super Six Finals will be determined in Session II this evening, as Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Michigan, UCLA and Utah are in action beginning at 7:00 p.m. (PST).