April 17, 2009

GEORGIA

  • With tonight's championship, Georgia improves to 27-1 on the year and takes home an unprecedented 10th NCAA Championship.
  • Head coach Suzanne Yoculan, in her 26th year at the helm of the UGA program, retires with a record of 831-117-7.
  • Courtney Kupets earned her two perfect 10.0s on vault and bars, totaling three 10's at the NCAA Championships. The senior also recorded a 10 on beam in the afternoon preliminary session on Thursday. Kupets' four scores in the Super Six Finals totaled a 39.90 all-around score, although all-around standings are not officially tabulated in the team championship session.
  • Georgia's floor team scored six marks of 9.90 or higher in the fourth rotation. Kupets and Tiffany Tolnay led with scores of 9.95 and 9.925, respectively. The GymDogs' team mark of 49.575 was their second-highest of the season, behind only a 49.675 against Florida on Feb. 28.
  • UGA's season-high team total of 49.625 on vault is one tenth higher than its previous high (49.525) achieved at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

ALABAMA

  • Alabama finished as runner-up to Georgia for the Crimson Tide's best NCAA Championships showing since a second-place finish in 2005. UA has posted 11 top-two finishes in school history.
  • The Tide's final-rotation floor total of 49.50 is a season high, besting a 49.475 from the SEC Championships.
  • Alabama's 197.575 was its highest team score of the season more than two-tenths of a point.
  • Alabama's 49.325 was the highest balance beam score of the night.
  • Bama's lone senior in its lineup, Ashley O'Neal, scored a career-high 9.875 on the floor exercise in her last routine for the Crimson Tide
  • Alabama's four all-arounders all went 39.40 or better -Morgan Dennis (39.60), Ricki Lebegern (39.40), Ashley Priess, (39.575 for a career high) and Geralen Stack-Eaton (39.45 for a career best).
  • Eleven of Alabama's 24 routines in the Super Six came from freshmen.

UTAH

  • Tonight's third-place finish marks Utah's 22nd top-three showing in 34 years of competition.
  • Utah has placed in the top three for the past five years (three silvers and two bronze medals).
  • Utes earned 12 All-America awards, led by Kristina Baskett with five, four of which were first-team honors.

FLORIDA

  • The Gators have made eight NCAA Super Six appearances (1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) since the format began in the 1993 season. The highest NCAA finish for the Gators was second in the 1998 event held in Los Angeles, Calif. Five of Florida's appearances have come in the seven years under head coach Rhonda Faehn.
  • Corey Hartung earned her second career-best 9.95 on floor exercise this season and the seventh of her career to match the high mark on the event of the Super Six.
  • Maranda Smith turned in a 9.90 Friday - her fourth 9.90 on floor of the last five meets.

ARKANSAS

  • Tonight marks the Razorbacks' first NCAA Super Six Finals appearance. The Arkansas program saw its first year of competition in 2003.
  • Arkansas' floor total of 49.25 is the Razorbacks' highest at the NCAA Championships.
  • The Razorbacks tallied a 196.475 for their second-highest postseason score. Thursday's 196.95 was the highest.
  • Three Arkansas gymnasts will be competing in tomorrow night's individual event finals, the most in program history.

LSU

  • Tonight marks LSU's second appearance in the Super Six Finals. The Tigers advanced to the Super Six for the first time in school history last season.
  • LSU opened the meet with a bye before floor and ended on beam, the same rotation the Tigers received at the SEC Championships and NCAA Central Regional.
  • Despite finishing sixth in the meet, LSU's 196.375 ranks as the Tigers' third-highest team total at the NCAA Championships.
  • LSU finished the season with a 24-12 record.
  • Ashleigh Clare-Kearney broke a string of five straight falls on beam with a 9.825 in the No. 5 position.
  • LSU's 49.30 on floor marked the team's third-highest score in the event this season.