The Gymdogs scored 197.625 to dominate the night session and join three more Southeastern Conference teams in todays finals. Earlier, Florida, Alabama and LSU advanced from the afternoon session.
I felt all along that the fourth and fifth scores would be really critical, said Georgia coach Suizanne Yoculan after the Gymdogs won the second session. People like that really stepped up. They have been doing it all year.
The only interlopers in the finals will be Utah and Stanford, second and third in the night session, respectively. Utah scored 49.4 on the vault in the last event to move into second, bumping UCLA out.
Utah scored 196.95, and Stanford 196.9. UCLA finished fourth at 196.725, followed by fifth-ranked Michigan at 196.075 and Denver at 194.2.
UCLAs Tasha Schwikert won the individual all-around title with 39.6 points. Utahs Ashley Postell was runnerup at 39.55.
No. 1 Georgia was led by Katie Heenan and Tiffany Tolnay, who tied for third all-around at 39.525, along with Utahs Kristina Baskett and Floridas Melanie Sinclair.
Heenan would have won the all-around title except for a one-tenth deduction for stepping out of bounds during her floor routine. Heenan equaled her career best with a 9.95 on the beam.
Without the one-tenth deduction, she would have beaten UCLAs Tasha Schwikert, who totaled 39.6 in all four events.
I am shocked, Schwikert said of her title. It is bittersweet. I am excited about going out in my last meet as the all-around champion, but if I could trade that for a chance for my team to compete tomorrow, I would.
Georgia got a boost on vault from Marcia Newby with a career-best 9.95.
Michigan was 17 routines into the meet before it scored a 9.9. Becky Bernard and Kylee Botterman scored 9.9s on the bars.
Florida won the afternoon session with a 196.875 score. Alabama scored 196.65, and LSU 196.575.
For the Bengals, it was their first time in 20 tries to advance to Fridays Super Six finals. I havent had a monkey on my back, I have had a gorilla, said LSU Coach D-D Breaux.
LSU led the afternoon meet at the halfway point but was deflated after team ace Ashleigh Clare-Kearney scored a season-low 9.775 on the vault. She won the regionals two weeks ago with a perfect 10 and averaged 9.95 over the season.
Clare-Kearney bounced back with a 9.95 on the uneven bars, best of the day along with Floridas Melanie Sinclair. Clare-Kearney fell off the beam on the final routine of the day, but LSU had already clinched the third spot in the Super Six, led by Susan Jacksons 9.85 on the beam. Jackson was second in the all-around with 39.5 points.
Oklahoma finished fourth at 196.075, followed by Arkansas at 195.825 and Oregon State at 195.475.
The Gators were led by Sinclair. She turned in a near flawless 9.95 on bars en route to a 39.525 score.
In the afternoon, both Amanda Castillo and Ashley Reed of Florida scored 39.425s, and Corey Hartung scored 39.4. Hartung, Castillo and Alabamas Morgan Dennis had the highest floor scores at 9.925.
Alabama missed two routines, but still got strong all-around performances from Dennis, 39.4, and Ricki Lebegern, 39.2.
Dennis 9.925 on floor was matched by teammate Kassi Price on bars.
The best vaulters of the day were Michelle Stout of Arkansas and Kayla Hoffman of Alabama with 9.9s. Nebraskas Emily Parsons, competing as an individual, led the beam scores with a 9.875