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Oklahoma women finish second at NCAA gymnastics championships

By KYLE GLASER, Associated Press Published: April 20, 2013

— Top-ranked Florida rallied in the final rotation to win its first NCAA women's gymnastics title Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.

In last place after the first rotation when two gymnasts fell on the balance beam, Florida closed with a flourish on the bars to finish with a score of 197.575. Oklahoma finished second at 197.375, and two-time defending champion Alabama took was third at 197.350.

The Crimson Tide entered the final rotation in first place with a 0.025 advantage over the Gators, but Sarah DeMeo's fall on the beam gave Florida the advantage.

Host UCLA was fourth at 197.100, followed by LSU at 197.050 and Georgia at 196.675.

Florida had the top performer in all four events. Freshman Bridget Sloan had the top performance on both the vault and balance beam with 9.95s, junior Alaina Johnson scored a 9.95 on the bars, and sophomore Kytra Hunter had a 9.975 on floor — the highest score of the day.

The Gators got off to a rough start when Hunter and Ashanee Dickerson fell on the balance beam, then rallied in the floor exercise with a 49.725, with four athletes scoring at least 9.95.

The Gators, second last year, also had the top vault score (49.500) and bars (49.475).