[sem-ee-fahyn-l-ist, sem-ahy-]
noun Sports.
a participant or one qualified to participate in a semifinal.

1920–25; semifinal + -ist, on the model of finalist Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
semifinalist (ˌsɛmɪˈfaɪnəlɪst)
a player or team taking part in a semifinal

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Example sentences
All arts nominees submitting candidacy materials are automatically advanced to the semifinalist stage.
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