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UCLA qualifies gymnasts in three of four NCAA event finals

April 20, 2013|By Diane Pucin
  • Ashanee Dickerson of Florida performs her floor exercise during the NCAA women's gymnastics team competition.
Ashanee Dickerson of Florida performs her floor exercise during the NCAA… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)

Based on Friday night's team qualifications, UCLA has five gymnasts in three of the four NCAA women's gymnastics event finals Sunday at Pauley Pavilion.

Four Bruins -- Olivia Courtney, Kaelie Baer, Vanessa Zamarripa and Lichelle Wong -- will perform on the vault; Danusia Francis will represent the Bruins on the balance beam and Courtney will perform in floor exercise.

Florida freshman Bridget Sloan, a 2008 Olympian, qualified for the finals on the uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

Event finals begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Pauley.

The team finals, nicknamed the "Super Six," begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pauley with Florida, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma and UCLA. The Bruins, seeded sixth going into the finals, are aiming for a seventh national title. Florida is seeded first.

All the event finalists also received first-team All-America honors.

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