The LSU Tigers won the second semi-final Friday at the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, and their 198.275 sent a bold statement to the other five teams that advanced to the Super Six Finals on Saturday.
Also qualifying out of this session were Florida (197.8125) and Alabama (197.600), the latter covering a fall with five solid routines on beam in the final rotation to slip ahead of Nebraska (197.2125). Michigan (196.4625) and Georgia (195.800) both struggled in places.
Florida junior Alex McMurtry (pictured) stuck just about every landing to win the all-around with 39.8125. Her victory follows fellow Gators Bridget Sloan last year and Kytra Hunter in 2015.
MyKayla Skinner (Utah) placed second with 39.6125 (pictured left), and Kiana Winston (Alabama) was third with 39.600 (pictured right).
Vault: Kennedy Edney (Yurchenko-1.5) 9.9875.
Uneven Bars: Six tied at 9.950: Kyla Ross (UCLA), Nicole Lehrmann (Oklahoma), Maggie Nichols (Oklahoma), Alex McMurtry (Florida), Katie Bailey (Alabama), Sarah Finnegan (LSU).
Balance Beam: Kyla Ross (UCLA) 9.9625.
Floor Exercise: MyKayla Skinner (Utah), Ashleigh Gnat (LSU) 9.9625.
Ashleigh Gnat also won the prestigious AAI Award, which goes to the most outstanding student-athlete.
LSU placed second last year and is no stranger to the Super Six, and it will be interesting to see how the team performs tomorrow. Oklahoma is bound to fix its mistakes from the first semi-final, which could set up an amazing battle for the 2017 title. And if the top teams falter at all, any of the other four teams would have a legitimate chance to win. Tune in tomorrow.