OU Women win the national gymnastics semifinal, and compete for the natty, Saturday at noon

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They trailed Utah after the first rotation, after a less than stellar performance on Vault, but they took the lead with a solid Bars rotation, the second of four, and beat Utah by .4. Both teams advance to the finals. Minnesota and Alabama finished 3rd and 4th, ending their seasons. The other quad semifinal is tonight. Florida and Michigan are expected to advance.

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Florida trailed by .2 heading into the last rotation, and they were on Floor, their strongest event. Trinity Thomas, their star. scored a 10 on Floor Thursday and repeated on Saturday. She was strategically next to last in their rotation, so the crowd reaction could have impact on opponents, especially Regan Smith on Beam, the trickiest event. The Florida crowd was screaming for a ten, about the time, Regan started on Beam and exploded in noise when the 10.0 was announced.

Smith, whose heel, barely scraping out of bounds on Floor, might have cost OU the meet. Instead, she nailed her Beam performace, scoring a 10 on two of six judges cards. It sealed the national title for the Sooners.