For the second night in a row, the University of Florida Gators tied for first, but this time it was the University of Oklahoma Sooners that shared the victory.
For the second night in a row, the University of Florida Gators tied for first, but this time it was the University of Oklahoma Sooners that shared the victory. The Gators and Sooners both posted 198.175 after four events of immaculate and inspired gymnastics to share the 2014 NCAA team title Saturday night in Birmingham, Ala.
It is the first tie in NCAA women's gymnastics history, and Oklahoma becomes the sixth team to win a title, joining defending champion Florida, Utah, Georgia, Alabama and UCLA.
2013 NCAA all-around champion Bridget Sloan was key for Florida. After falling from beam in the qualifier, she rebounded to post an all-around total of 39.725 in the Super Six final.
No Sooner gymnast did all four events, but Chayse Capps pitched in two 9.90s and a 9.95, and Taylor Spears added two 9.925s and a 9.90.
With the most fans in the stands, Alabama was enjoying a home crowd vibe throughout the meet, but its final event, balance beam, knocked the Crimson Tide down to fourth (197.550). Diandra Milliner and all-around champion Kim Jacob both missed (9.30, 9.35), which left the title up for grabs.
Heading into the final rotation, Oklahoma held a .075 lead over Florida. The Sooners had just finished a spectacular floor rotation, which featured four 9.90s and two 9.95s. The Gators, meanwhile, were rocking beam to the tune of 49.50, just one tenth shy of OU's entertaining floor show.
Louisiana State University finished third with 197.600, giving away too many tenths with steps on landings.
Georgia (197.050) and Nebraska (196.500) completed the Super Six field in fifth and sixth.
2014 NCAA Women's Championships
April 18, Birmingham, Alabama
1. Florida 198.175
1. Oklahoma 198.175
3. LSU 197.600
4. Alabama 197.550
5. Georgia 197.050
6. Nebraska 196.500
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