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Huskers Take Fourth in NCAA Semifinal II

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Eleena Tovar | 15 Abril, 2017, 08:37

UCLA, Oklahoma and Utah will join the top three teams from the second semifinal in the final gymnastics meet of the 2017 season Saturday night.

In BYU gymnastics head coach Guard Young's second year at the helm of the program, the team qualified to compete at NCAA regionals and earned its highest regional score in 12 years, to cap off a successful season. Ashley Lambert finished her career with two more All-America honors to give her three for her career, after she finished tied for fifth on vault with a 9.90 and tied for eighth on floor with a 9.9125.

Danielle Breen earned second team All-America honors on beam after tying for sixth with a 9.90.

The Bruins, who started the meet on a bye, opened up on their best event - uneven bars. Georgia has a record 10 titles, Alabama six and Florida three.

The Tigers finished first in their semifinal matchup with a score of 198.275 to set an NCAA Championship record.

LSU got off to a fast start with a 49.7125 on floor, while Alabama vaulted to a 49.3625 and MI posted a 49.300 on bars. Skinner had an uncharacteristic slight break on the bars when she went over a bit on a handstand, but luckily for her she was able to deliver the big floor routine while Nichols and Ross also faltered.

With a change from the normal home rotation, LSU began on floor and continued through vault, bars and beam. Georgia posted a 49.2250 on floor, while MI scored a 48.8125 on beam. MI was fifth with a score of 98.1125 and Georgia rounded out the field with a score of 97.7250. Lambert led the way with a 9.9125, while Houchin and Megan Schweihofer scored 9.8875s. Junior Mackenzie Douglas was named All-MRGC Co-Vault Champion after scoring a 9.825.

But even if those gymnasts had hit, they wouldn't have been able to finish ahead of Skinner who finished her competition with one of her best floor routines of the year. Schweihofer scored a 9.85, while Laeng posted a 9.80 and Williams scored a 9.7875 to round out the Husker scoring.

Washington started off the meet on bars, where freshman Madison Copiak scored a 9.875 to tie Olympic silver bars medalist Madison Kocian, a UCLA freshman.

LSU scored a 49.4125 on bars, while MI hit a 49.3750 on floor and Alabama moved in position to clinch a spot in the Super Six with a 49.3625 on beam.

Utah also struggled on their opening events before regrouping in the final rotations.