Posted: Sat April 20, 2013 9:58PM; Updated: Sat April 20, 2013 9:55PM

Florida wins first NCAA women's gymnastics title

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Bridget Sloan of Florida competes on the balance beam in the NCAA women's gymnastics championship.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Top-ranked Florida rallied in the final rotation to win its first NCAA women's gymnastics title Saturday at Pauley Pavilion.

In last place after the first rotation when two gymnasts fell on the balance beam, Florida closed with a flourish on the bars to finish with a score of 197.575. Oklahoma finished second at 197.375, and two-time defending champion Alabama took was third at 197.350.

The Crimson Tide entered the final rotation in first place with a 0.025 advantage over the Gators, but Sarah DeMeo's fall on the beam gave Florida the advantage.

Host UCLA was fourth at 197.100, followed by LSU at 197.050 and Georgia at 196.675.

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