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Ashanée Dickerson (left) is the SEC Gymnast of the Week & Kytra Hunter is the SEC Freshman of Week

Tuesday January 31, 2012Florida Gymnasts Ashanée Dickerson & Kytra Hunter Pick Up Weekly SEC Honors

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Ashanée Dickerson (left) is the SEC Gymnast of the Week & Kytra Hunter is the SEC Freshman of Week

A pair of Gator gymnasts picked up weekly Southeastern Conference honors, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. University of Florida junior All-American Ashanée Dickerson (Jacksonville, Fla.) is the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week and Kytra Hunter (Frederick, Md.) shares the SEC Freshman of the Week honor with LSU’s Jessie Jordan.

This is Dickerson’s first SEC Gymnast of the Week honor of the season and the third in her career. For Hunter, this is her second consecutive SEC Freshman of the Week accolade.

In last Friday’s home win against then-No. T-1 Arkansas, Bridgeport and then-No. 24 Maryland, Dickerson set collegiate-best marks on the uneven bars (9.925) and matched her floor exercise best of 9.95 for the sixth time. She claimed sole possession her 11th career all-around title with a 39.60, and shared her floor win with Hunter. Dickerson shared second on the bars with teammates Marissa King and Alaina Johnson, as well as Arkansas’ Shelby Salmon.


The two wins up Dickerson’s total to 50 event titles in her three seasons as a Gator, placing her seventh on the Gators’ career list.


For Hunter, the shared floor title was her third floor win of the Gators' opening four meets. Hunter’s mark on floor in just her fourth collegiate meet distinguishes her as the quickest freshman to earn a 9.95 floor exercise score in the program’s history (previous was Corey Hartung earning a 9.95 floor mark in seventh meet of freshman year).


She also shared third in vault and fifth in beam - both at 9.85 – in Friday’s meet where the Gators posted the nation’s season-high team total of 197.775. Hunter leads the 2012 Gators with nine event titles and Dickerson shares second with junior All-American Marissa King with five event wins.


Both Dickerson and Hunter appear in the latest GymInfo national rankings. Dickerson holds the following national rankings - No. 13 all-around (39.325) and T-7 floor exercise (9.892) while Hunter is No. 21 in all-around (39.175), No. T-14 vault (9.875) and T-3 floor exercise (9.90).


This Friday, No. 3 Florida will travel to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face reigning NCAA champion and No.6-ranked Alabama at 8:30 pm ET in the Coleman Coliseum. The meet will air tape-delayed on CSS on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. A complimentary video stream of Friday’s action is available at Videos.


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