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Gators advance to NCAA gymnastics finals

Trinity Thomas competes on all four events for the first time since Feb. 26
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 16: Trinity Thomas of the Florida Gators performs a floor exercise...
FORT WORTH, TX - APRIL 16: Trinity Thomas of the Florida Gators performs a floor exercise during the Division I Women’s Gymnastics Championship held at Dickies Arena on April 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by C. Morgan Engel/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)(C. Morgan Engel | NCAA Photos via Getty Images)
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
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FORT WORTH, Texas. (WCJB) -The Florida Gator gymnastics team overcame some early stumbles to qualify for Saturday’s NCAA championship finals in Fort Worth, Texas. Florida, ranked number one in the country all season, survived falls on the uneven bars and balance beam to finish second in semifinal session one behind Michigan with a score of 197.4375. The Gators edged out Cal by .075 for the second and final qualifying spot.

Trinity Thomas returned to competing in all four rotations for the first time since Feb. 26 and scored a 39.5625 in the all-around, led by a 9.925 on floor. Megan Skaggs put up an all-around of 39.5500.

Florida was in fourth place following the bars rotation and made up the deficit with strong performances on beam and floor. Alyssa Baumann and Nya Reed joined Thomas with a 9.9250 on floor.

Saturday’s championship round will be televised on ABC Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Joining Florida and Michigan in the finals will be Oklahoma and Utah out of semifinal session two.

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