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The Gator gymnastics team took third in Friday's NCAA Super Six team final.

Friday April 27, 2007Florida Gymnasts Third in NCAA Super Six Team Final

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -

The Gator gymnastics team took third in Friday's NCAA Super Six team final.

The University of Florida gymnastics team finished third Friday in the NCAA Super Six Championships competition. Georgia claimed its third consecutive NCAA title with a total of 197.85 in front of a Huntsman Center crowd of 9,255. Utah just edged Florida for second place, 197.25-197.225.

 

Other team results from Friday’s Super Six included UCLA in fourth at 196.925 followed by Stanford (196.825) and Nebraska (195.975).

 

The finish wasn’t what the Gators, ranked No. 1 for most of the 2007 season, were looking for. UF Head Coach Rhonda Faehn knew the Gators needed to be flawless Friday to be in contention for the title, but mistakes – especially on floor and bars – put that goal out of reach.

 

Florida’s All-Time

NCAA Gymnastics Finishes

Year

UF Finish

 UF Score

2007

3rd

197.225

2006

4th

196.275

2005

7th

196.225

2004

5th

196.800

2003

7th

196.325

2002

10th

195.675

2001

7th

195.825

2000

DNQ

--

1999

T10th

194.000

1998

2nd

196.350

1997

5th

196.425

1996

8th

194.825

1995

7th

195.425

1994

6th

194.850

1993

10th

192.950

1992

11th

188.725

1991

6th

189.700

1990

T10th

187.175

1989

10th

187.000

1988

6th

186.650

1987

6th

183.800

1986

8th

181.300

1985

3rd

184.300

1984

5th

182.900

1983

5th

177.85

1982

7th

140.900

 

 

“I have to hand it to Georgia; they had an unbelievable night. They were on fire and deserved to win,” Faehn said. “We made mistakes that you just can’t do when you are challenging for a national title. I think we did really well on vault and decent on beam, especially since we started on that event. Tonight we just made some mistakes in areas like floor and bars that just hurt our chances the most. It was hard because we were so consistent all season long.

 

“But I’m just so proud of these athletes for the season that we’ve had this year. Winning SECs for the first time since 1989 and for fighting as hard as they did today, even though we didn’t perform as well as we could have,” she continued. “We will learn from this and try again next year to bring home UF’s first title.”

 

In yesterday’s draw for competition order, Florida drew balance beam as its opening event. Florida turned in a solid performance on the event, receiving marks of 9.85 from Katie Rue, Breanne King, Melanie Sinclair and Amanda Castillo. UF also used a 9.825 from Corey Hartung for its team total of 49.225.

 

Florida received 9.90 floor exercise marks from Savannah Evans, Hartung and Castillo. The Gators were forced to use a 9.775 toward its team total, a solid 49.325 that ranked third in the evening’s competition, but it could have been higher.

 

At the midway point of the meet, UF trailed the leaders – Georgia and Utah – by two-tenths. The Gators moved to vault, where they turned in their second highest total of the season of 49.40 – just off the high of 49.425 set at the NCAA Northeast Region Championships. UF’s started and ended its lineup with marks of 9.90 from Rue and Ashley Reed. The team also received marks of 9.875 from Hartung and Castillo.

 

The final rotation had both Florida and Georgia on events in which they ranked No. 1 in the nation. But Florida’s minor problems hitting handstands and getting a solid stick on landings resulted in essential tenths being deducted from their score. The GymDawgs used no score lower than a 9.85 toward its vault total of 49.525 to extend their lead on the field.

 

Florida received team-high bar marks of 9.875 from Hartung, Castillo and Sinclair, as UF tallied a 49.275 on the event. Florida was bumped to third by the Utes by the slimmest of margins, as Utah finished the meet with the evening’s high balance beam total of 49.40.

 

Florida will have five different gymnasts in Saturday’s NCAA Individual Event Finals. The Gators that advanced to the event finals are as follows:

 

Name

Event

Amanda Castillo

Vault

 

Beam

 

 

Savannah Evans

Vault

 

Floor

 

 

Corey Hartung

Beam

 

Floor

 

 

Ashley Reed

Floor

 

 

Melanie Sinclair

Bars

 

Beam

 

NCAA Championships’ Super Six Results

Huntsman Center (9,255) – Salt Lake City, Utah. – April 27, 2007

 

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Rank

Total

Georgia

49.525

49.425

49.325

49.575

1

197.850

Utah

49.375

49.100

49.400

49.375

2

197.250

Florida

49.400

49.275

49.225

49.325

3

197.225

UCLA

49.400

49.100

49.150

49.275

4

196.925

Stanford

49.225

49.100

49.250

49.250

5

196.825

Nebraska

49.325

48.925

48.825

48.900

6

195.975

 

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