Top-ranked Gators advance to Super Six
Published: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:35 a.m.
What: 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championships
Where: New Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles
Television: Meet airs tape-delayed on ESPNU on April 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday: Super Six team final at 7 p.m.: No. 1 Florida (197.775), No. 3 Alabama (197.35), No. 5 LSU (197.325), No. 6 UCLA (197.2), No. 2 Oklahoma (197.2) and No. 4 Georgia (197.150)
Sunday: Individual event finals, 4 p.m.
"Something that's vital to the team is how they do respond, because nobody is going to be absolutely perfect," Florida coach Rhonda Faehn said. "I loved how the team responded to that challenge." It turned out to be Florida's lowest event score of the day. The Gators assaulted the vault with relish, with three scores of 9.9 to highlight a 49.45 turn. Sloan provided a jolt of energy on the uneven bars with her 9.925 routine. Mackenzie Caquatto added a high score of 9.95 as Florida cruised to a 49.525 score. By that point, Florida could have advanced by just hugging the balance beam and avoiding any falls, but there was yet one more minor scare. Rachel Spicer started the event with a wobbly 9.4, but Sloan was there again to guide the Gators to safety with another 9.9. Florida scored 49.475 on beam. "I was like, 'Guys, guys, relax.' We have done these routines so many times, one little mistake is not going to throw our whole entire lineup off," Sloan said. "When I went out there, I really just had a blast. "If somebody had a mistake, it was my job to get the ball rolling again." LSU and Georgia also advanced from the afternoon session. Florida will join those Southeastern Conference rivals and the three qualifiers from Friday's night session — two-time defending champion Alabama, host UCLA and second-ranked Oklahoma — in Saturday's championship round.
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