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The 24 finalists for the NCAA Women's Golf Championship have been determined led by defending champions Alabama along with Duke and top ranked USC.

Top-seeded Alabama completed a commanding performance to capture the NCAA East Regional championship with a three-day total of 20-under par at the Auburn University Club course.

It was the second-lowest 54 hole total for the Crimson Tide in school history and sends them to their eighth straight NCAA Final in Athens, Georgia, where they will attempt to defend the title they won a year ago.

Stephanie Meadow shot a final round 69 for her seventh career individual victory and her second regional title after winning back in 2011. She just missed setting a new school record after three-putting the final hole.

Teammate Jennifer Kirby of Paris, Ont., finished in a tie for fourth after a final round 73. The senior made three birdies and four bogeys to finish with her second-lowest 54-hole total of the season.

Tulane, the seventh seeded team in the regional, finished eight shots behind Alabama in second place thanks to  the best 54-hole total in school history. The runner-up result was their best regional finish in school history. The Green Wave will make its fourth all-time appearance in the NCAA finals, including its third in the last five years.

No. 2 ranked Arkansas finished in a tie for third for the program's best regional finish, bettering the fourth-place result from two years ago. It's the third straight year the Razorbacks will play in the NCAA Final.

Big 12 Champion Oklahoma State also finished in a tie for third to advance to the finals for the 11th time in the last 13 years. It was also the seventh time in the last nine regional appearances that the Cowgirls have finished in the top five. 

Texas, the eight seed in the regional, secured the fifth spot in the East to advance to the finals for the fifth time in the last six years. Senior Madison Pressel, sister of LPGA pro Morgan Pressel, carded her first under-par tournament of the season to lead Longhorns on the individual leaderboard. Her 11th place finish marks a career-best in three regional championship appearances.

Northwestern, the Big 10 Champion and the 10th seed, saved its best for last to finish sixth in the East Regional. A 4-under 284 equalled the low round of the day with Tulane as the Wildcats earned just its second ever trip to the finals.

The third ranked UCLA Bruins and East Regional host Auburn Tigers rounded out the final two qualifiers for the finals.

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For the eighth time in school history and the first time since 2007, the Duke women’s golf team won a NCAA Regional Championship as the top-seeded Blue Devils carded a final round 12-under-par 276 to win the Central Regional by six strokes. The 12-under-par score was the second-lowest 18-hole total in school history.

Second ranked Oklahoma, led by Anne-Catharine Tanguay of Quebec City, finished second in the regional. Tanguay's second straight round of 70 left her tied for second in the individual leaderboard. Taylor Schmidt of Kincardine, Ont., finished in a tie for 68th after a round of 73.

After a seven-year hiatus from postseason play, the Mississippi State women’s golf team are going to the NCAA finals for the first time in school history after the 19th seeded Lady Bulldogs pulled off a shocker by finishing third in the regional. The Lady Bulldogs are coming off one of their best seasons in program history having posted a Top 10 finish in all 10 events this season.

Third seeded Florida finished fourth, marking the first back-to-back-to-back appearance in the finals since the 1996-98 seasons. The fourth-place finish also matches the team’s best finish in an NCAA Regional since 2008. Sophomore Anna Young of Saskatoon carded her best round of the year, a 73, to help the Gators finish with its lowest regional total since the current format began in 1993. Young was actually on pace to set a new career-low after birdies on the 10th and 15th holes, but suffered a bogey and a double-bogey on 17 and 18 to close out the day.

Fifth-seeded Arizona State finished fifth to extend the record for most consecutive NCAA Championship appearances to 22 straight. The Sun Devils also lead the nation in NCAA Championships with seven and NCAA individual titles with five.

Big West Conference champions UC Davis finished sixth to give the Aggies only their third-ever appearance in the NCAA finals in its brief six year existence as a Division I school.

The 20th ranked Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the second shocker of the day, shooting the third-best score of the day to move up five places to claim seventh place. The Badgers move on to the finals for only the ninth time in school history.

The ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans claimed the eighth and final spot in the finals for the second straight year. It's the ninth trip to nationals for the Spartans in the past 14 years.

NC State, featuring Canadians Brittany Marchand and Augusta James, failed to qualify for the finals by one stroke while fourth seed Washington, led by SooBin Kim of Coquitlam, B.C., finished two strokes out in 10th place.

Team Canada member Christine Wong of Richmond, B.C., failed to advance as an individual player after finishing tied for 35th.

Play in the women's Central Regional was delayed two hours due to lightning during Saturday's final round.

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Freshmen Kyung Kim shot a school record 63 to lead top ranked USC to a come from behind win at the NCAA West Regional at Stanford. It's the fourth straight regional win for the Trojans who also picked up their sixth victory of the season which sets a new school record. USC will be trying for their third NCAA title - their first since 2008.

Fourth ranked Purdue, which held a one stroke lead heading into the final round, finished second. The Boilermakers were the only other team to shoot under par on Saturday.

Third seed Vanderbilt finished third to advance to their fourth consecutive NCAA finals for the first time in school history.

Also going back to the finals for the fourth straight year is South Carolina, the 12th seed in the regional. The Gamecocks notched the seventh lowest score in school history to grab fourth place.

Stanford, who played host to the West Regional, finished fifth. The Cardinal will be looking for their first golf championship in their 19th appearance in the finals.

Arizona (No. 2), Oregon (No. 14) and San Jose State (No. 19) all finished tied for sixth and comprised the final three teams who advanced to the finals.

A. Ram Choi of Surrey, B.C., a sophomore at Portland State, finished tied for 77th among individual players and did not advance to the finals.

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The 2013 NCAA Championships are scheduled for May 21-24, at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, Ga.

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