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Gym Dogs Draw First Session at N.C.A.A. Championships

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On the first day of the N.C.A.A. gymnastics championships, the Gym Dogs will compete in the afternoon session, which begins at 1:00 p.m. on April 26.

The Red and Black, who drew the balance beam for the first rotation, will have byes in the second and fifth rounds. After the first rotation, the Bulldogs will follow the top-ranked Gators in every event, taking part in the floor exercise in the third rotation after the Orange and Blue do so in the second stanza, competing in the vault in the fourth rotation after Florida does so in the third round, and appearing on the bars in the sixth rotation after the Big Lizards do so in the fifth stage.

The first session participants include No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Georgia, No. 3 Alabama, No. 6 Nebraska, co-No. 8 Oregon State, and No. 10 Oklahoma. Later that evening, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 Louisiana State, No. 7 Utah, co-No. 8 U.C.L.A., No. 12 Michigan, and No. 14 Denver will compete. (The rankings used are from the April 9 standings, which are the most current national rankings available at the time this is being written. The quality of the competition in the respective sessions is not as lopsided as those standings suggest.)

The top three teams from each session will advance to the "Super Six" finals on April 27. Since the current tournament format was implemented in 1993, Georgia is the only team to have been among the Super Six every season.

Go 'Dawgs!