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Tide gymnasts miss Super Six

From Staff Reports

For the first time since 1997, the Alabama gymnastics team will not advance to Friday’s Super Six team finals after finishing fifth in the preliminary session of Thursday’s NCAA Championships preliminaries.

“I am personally devastated,” head coach Sarah Patterson said. “This only the second time that we have not advanced to the Super Six and only the second time in the 25 consecutive years that we’ve qualified for the NCAA Championships that we won’t finish in the final six.”

The Crimson Tide scored a 196.150, its lowest score since a Feb. 10 loss to Georgia in Athens. Georgia, 197.700, Florida, 197.400, and Nebraska, 196.625, advanced to Friday night’s finals. Oklahoma, 196.250, finished fourth while Oklahoma State, 195.1, rounded out the afternoon session.

“My hat’s off to Georgia, Florida and Nebraska,” Patterson said.

“They did what they needed to do to advance. Georgia especially did a great job in the midst of their own difficulties with injuries. Had we done our job, we could have advanced. The teams that are moving on did that. For us, next season starts tomorrow.

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