2004 Olympian Courtney Kupets (University of Georgia) won her third all-around title in four years at the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships Thursday in Lincoln, Neb.
Kupets clinched the all-around title with a perfect 10.0 on beam, as she led Georgia to the highest qualification score (197.025) to Friday's Super Six team finals.
Kupets is the first gymnast since Kentucky's Jenny Hansen (1993-1995) to win three NCAA all-around titles. Kupets' all-around score of 38.900 also tied Hansen's record set in 1995.
The top three teams from each of Thursday's two qualification sessions advance to the Super Six, where the team title will be decided. Georgia is the four-time defending champion.
Georgia, Florida and LSU advanced from the first session, finising ahead of Stanford (196.225), Penn State (196.100) and Oklahoma (195.825).
Alabama, which dealt Georgia its only defeat this season, was the top team in the second session with 197.025. Arkansas finished second (196.950) to qualify to its first Super Six in program history. Utah tied UCLA (196.625) but will advance to the Super Six based on a tie breaker, which counts all scores.
Oregon State (195.325) and Illinois (195.050) rounded out the second session.
Utah senior Kristina Baskett (39.600) finished second all-around behind Kupets, and ahead of UCLA freshman Vanessa Zamarripa.
Kupets, a senior, also won the NCAA all-around title her freshman and sophomore years. She missed last year's NCAA Championships after tearing her Achilles' tendon. She said the possibility of another all-around title had not been in her mind when performing her beam routine.
"If any thoughts like that come into my head, I have to shoot them out and say no, this is for the team," she said. "I need to do this routine for the team. They do come in and then you have to send them out."
Fans can watch Friday's Super Six finals live online here at 6 p.m. Central (7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST).
2009 Women's NCAA Championships
April 16, Lincoln, Neb.
(Top three teams from each session advance to final)
Team Qualification: Session One
1. Georgia 197.450
2. Florida 196.375
3. LSU 196.300
4. Stanford 196.225
5. Penn State 196.100
6. Oklahoma 195.825
Team Qualification: Session Two
1. Alabama 197.025
2. Arkansas 196.950
3. Utah 196.625
3. UCLA 196.625
5. Oregon State 195.350
6. Illinois 195.050
All-Around (top 15)
1. Courtney Kupets (Georgia) 39.800
2. Kristina Baskett (Utah) 39.600
3. Vanessa Zamarripa (UCLA) 39.575
4. Ariana Berlin (UCLA) 39.525
6. Tiffany Tolnay (Georgia) 39.500
7. Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs (UCLA) 39.475
8. Ricki Lebegern (Alabama) 39.450
8. Ashley Priess (Alabama) 39.450
8. Maranda Smith (Florida) 39.450
11. Susan Jackson (LSU) 39.400
11. Mandi Rodriguez (Oregon State) 39.400
11. Daria Bijak (Utah) 39.400
11. Nina Kim (Utah) 39.400
15. Jaime Pisani (Arkansas) 39.375