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The No. 3 Gators are at defending NCAA champion and current No. 6 Alabama Friday.

Wednesday February 1, 2012No. 3 Florida Gymnasts at Defending NCAA Champion and No. 6 Alabama Friday

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The No. 3 Gators are at defending NCAA champion and current No. 6 Alabama Friday.

Last Friday, the University of Florida gymnasts faced the nation’s top-ranked team and now this week, the No. 3 Gators (6-0, 2-0 SEC) meet defending NCAA champion and current No. 6 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC) in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 3. The competition is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) in the Coleman Coliseum.

 

Friday’s Meet Info

No. 3 Florida (6-0, 2-0 SEC) at No. 6 Alabama (5-0, 2-0 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Coleman Coliseum (15,075)

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on CSS Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. (Gainesville/Ocala channel 259)

Series Records (all-time): Alabama leads Florida 64-32-1 in all meetings. Last meeting, Alabama was first in the 2011 NCAA semifinal II at 197.05 and Florida was fourth at 196.125

Internet: complimentary video stream available on TideTV; live stats available on www.GatorZone.com

Twitter: Follow the Gators’ results at Friday’s meet via GatorZoneGym

Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children 18 & under. For more information, contact the Alabama Ticket Office on-line or at 1-877-TIDETIX

 

Friday’s competition is the 33rd consecutive meeting between the two programs (dating back to the 2002 NCAA Championships) that both teams bring a top-10 ranking. Alabama leads UF 19-12-1 in that span, but since 2007, the two teams are even at 8-8-1 each. Coleman Coliseum attracts big crowds and is also a tough venue for visiting teams, as the Tide has only five home losses in the last decade. The Gators last registered a win in Coleman when they claimed the 1985 Southeastern Conference title and it was 1979 when Florida last took a dual meet win in Tuscaloosa.

 

Friday’s meet will air tape-delayed on Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 259) on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

 

Can’t be at Coleman Coliseum Friday? Watch a complimentary live video stream of the meet on TideTV.

 

Last Friday, the Gators used the nation’s highest total of this season and the fifth-highest in school history (197.775) to take the Jan. 27 quad meet title in front of a Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 6,198. Then No. T-1 Arkansas was second (196.70), followed by then No. 24 Maryland (193.075) and Bridgeport (192.975).

 

Junior All-American Ashanée Dickerson used Florida’s season-best total of 39.60 to claim her first all-around win of the season. She also matched her collegiate-best floor exercise mark of 9.95 to share that event title with freshman Kytra Hunter. 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. Hunter’s mark on floor in just her fourth collegiate meet distinguishes her as the quickest freshmen to earn a 9.95 floor exercise score in the program’s history. Dickerson’s performance earned her the current Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week honor – the third of her career – while Hunter picks up her second consecutive SEC Freshman of the Week accolade. Sophomore All-American Alaina Johnson was impressive in her first all-around performance of 2012, taking second with a total of 39.575 - just a fraction behind Dickerson.

 

Season-high marks of 9.95 also won the uneven bars and balance beam events for the Gators. Sophomore Mackenzie Caquatto matched her collegiate bars best in just her second performance of the season. She sprained both ankles at the final camp to select the 2011 U.S. roster for the World Championships in September and sat out the first two meets of the season as she further recovered from the injury. Junior All-American Marissa King upped her collegiate-best to 9.95 to take her third beam win of the season. Through the course of the meet, 11 collegiate-best marks were turned in by the Gators.

 

Alabama returns home after two weekends on the road. Last Friday, the Tide took a 196.325-196.25 win at archrival No. 16 Auburn. Junior Ashley Sledge set the Tides’ 2012 best all-around total of 39.45 in its season opening win over Georgia on Jan. 13. The NCAA team title in 2011 is the fifth for the program (1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2011). Last season, Florida defeated Alabama in the regular-season meeting (197.55-195.45) and Alabama took the Southeastern Conference and NCAA Championship titles.

 

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