April 18, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The 2002 Stanford women's gymnastics squad advanced to the NCAA Super Six for the first time in school history Thursday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finishing in third place with a 196.050 overall score in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships. This year marks the fifth NCAA appearance for Stanford, which had previously finished only as high as 8th at the 2001 NCAA Championships.
Host Alabama finished in first place with an overall score of 197.300, followed by defending champion UCLA at 197.100 and Stanford at 196.050. Rounding out the field was Minnesota in fourth place at 195.700, Florida taking fifth with a 195.675 and Oregon State claiming sixth place honors with a 192.925 tally. The top three squads advance to the Super Six, which is scheduled for Friday night at 7 p.m. CDT/5 p.m. PDT.
"I'm so excited and in awe of my team," said first-year Stanford head coach Kristen Smyth. "We've talked all year about making a Super Six, and tonight those dreams became a reality."
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