Once again, the Florida Gators will be competing for an NCAA gymnastics title.
Third-ranked UF finished second in its semifinal competition on Friday in St. Louis with a 197.8125 team score thanks largely in part to junior Alex McMurtry’s NCAA all-around victory and consistency on all four events.
McMurtry finished with a meet-high 39.8125 all-around score, the third-highest individual all-around score in Florida history. She scored at least a 9.9375 on every event, highlighted by a 9.975 on vault. McMurtry also earned a share of the uneven bars title with a 9.95 score.
She joins Bridget Sloan (2016; 2014) and Kytra Hunter (2015; 2012) as Florida’s only NCAA all-around champion. It’s the fifth time over the last six years that UF won at least a share of the individual all-around title.
Overall, Florida did not have to count a score lower than 9.825. The lone blemish was Kennedy Baker fell on her uneven bars dismount, but the score was dropped.
No. 2 seed LSU won the semifinal with an NCAA Championship-record 198.275 and had 15 scores at or above 9.9. Sixth-ranked Alabama took third in the six-team semifinal field with a 197.600.
They will be joined by No. 1 Oklahoma (197.725), No. 5 UCLA (197.500) and No. 4 Utah (197.050) in Saturday’s Super Six finale, during which the team national champion will be crowned. Competition begins at 8 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.
The Gators will start the meet on the balance beam.