Georgia looks like contender in 2008

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ATHENS, Ga. --- Officially, Georgia sophomore Courtney McCool gets credit for only the floor exercise championship in the NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships. But she had a lot to do with Georgia claiming the beam title, too.

McCool wowed the home crowd at Stegeman Coliseum with a 9.9625 on floor, seconds before Grace Taylor's winning beam routine.

"I saw her out there having so much fun," said Taylor, who is from Aiken and scored 9.95 on the beam. "It kept it fresh in my mind how much fun gymnastics is. She gets part of the credit, a lot of the credit."

The two individual titles by a pair of sophomores, plus the return next year of Courtney Kupets, the nation's top-ranked gymnast, sidelined with an injury since mid-season, bodes well for Georgia's drive for five consecutive team titles next year.

"I am excited that both the champions are sophomores and will be back next year," said coach Suzanne Yoculan. "And I know Jay (Clark) is excited they will be back the year after that."

Yoculan has said next year will be her final season as Georgia's coach. Assistant Clark has been tabbed as her replacement.

National all-around champion Tasha Schwikert, of UCLA, captured the uneven bars championship, and Louisiana State Uni-versity freshman Susan Jackson won the vault.

Schwikert scored 9.9375 to become the fifth Bruin to win the uneven bars championship. Schwikert captured the all-around title in Thursday's prelims, but UCLA failed to advance to Friday's team finals.

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