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Georgia Wins Fifth Straight Team Title
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Georgia won its fifth consecutive team title at the Women's NCAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Lincoln, Neb.
Georgia won its fifth consecutive team title at the Women's NCAA Gymnastics Championships Friday night in Lincoln, Neb.

2004 Olympian Courtney Kupets led Georgia with two perfect 10s (vault and uneven bars) and two scores of 9.95 in the Super Six team final.

"This team had so much fight," Kupets said. "We went through so many ups and downs this year, and we fought our way here. We fought our way to the national championship."

Alabama placed second by .250, with Utah a further .125 back in third place. Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana State rounded out the top six.

It is the 10th team title for Georgia and head coach Suzanne Yoculan, who is retiring after 26 years at Georgia. Georgia is the first team to win five consecutive titles since Utah did from 1982-1986.

After a few shaky routines on balance beam, Georgia was tied with Utah at the halfway point of the competition. Yoculan gave her team a pep talk before the final two rotations on floor exercise and vault.

"I told them what we were doing wasn't going to cut it," Yoculan said. "I told them if we kept competing the way we were competing, we were going to have a lot of regrets on Monday, a lot."

Georgia took the top team totals on vault (49.625), uneven bars (49.425) and floor exercise (49.575). The team's 49.200 on balance beam was behind only Alabama (49.325) and tied with Florida.

"We all wanted to send Suzanne back with something to remember," senior Grace Taylor said. "It was an amazing championship. It couldn't get better than this. It was beautiful, and we're so honored that we got to be part of this last year for her."

Competition concludes Saturday in Lincoln with the individual event finals. Kupets, who won her third NCAA all-around title Thursday, qualified for all four events, giving her the chance to sweep her final competition.

Click here for detailed results.

2009 Women's NCAA Championships
April 17, Lincoln, Neb.

Super Six Team Final
1. Georgia 197.825
2. Alabama 197.575
3. Utah 197.425
4. Florida 196.725
5. Arkansas 196.475
6. LSU 196.375

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