LOS ANGELES – The Alabama gymnastics team won the second session of the NCAA Championship Semifinals, advancing to Saturday’s Super Six Team Final, giving the Crimson Tide a chance to win back-to-back-to-back national titles.
Alabama scored a 197.350 to win the session and advance to the finals for the 19th team since the Super Six format was instituted in 1993, the most in gymnastics history. The Tide was led by junior Kim Jacob’s 39.425 in the all-around.
Oklahoma and host-school UCLA tied for second with 197.2s, and will join the Tide in the Super Six. Alabama will also be joined in Saturday’s finals by fellow Southeastern Conference teams Florida, LSU and Georgia from semifinal session one.
The Tide scored a 49.45 on the floor exercise led by Jacob’s 9.925 and junior Diandra Milliner’s 9.95 before closing out the night with a 49.35 on the vault, led by a trio of 9.9s from sophomore Kaitlyn Clark, freshman Lauren Beers and junior Diandra Milliner.
Alabama started the night off with a 49.275 on the uneven bars led by junior Sarah DeMeo’s 9.875 and senior Ashley Priess’ 9.9. The Tide followed that up with another 49.275, where junior Kayla Williams set the pace with a 9.9 and Milliner, DeMeo and Jacob all scored 9.85s.