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No. 2 Florida travels to No. 17 Auburn to meet the Tigers on Friday.

Wednesday February 15, 2012No. 2 Florida Gymnasts at No. 17 Auburn Friday

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No. 2 Florida travels to No. 17 Auburn to meet the Tigers on Friday.

The No. 2 Florida gymnastics team (7-1, 3-1 SEC) travels to No. 17 Auburn (3-8, 0-4 SEC) for its final road meet of its Southeastern Conference schedule. The meet is set for 8 p.m. (ET) on Friday, Feb. 17 and will be the first Gator gymnastics team to appear in the Auburn Arena, which opened Oct. 15, 2010. 


Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 2 Florida (7-1, 3-1 SEC) at No. 17 Auburn (3-8, 0-4 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET
Auburn Arena (9,121)

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on CSS Sunday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. (Gainesville/Ocala Cox channel 259)

Series Records (all-time): Florida leads Auburn 59-11. Last meeting, Florida was second in the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships at 196.975 and Auburn was sixth at 195.325.

Internet: video stream for Florida at Auburn is available on Auburn Tigers All-Access; live stats available on

Tickets: $5 for adults while children are $2. For more information, contact the Gator Ticket Office at 334-844-0340 or visit the Auburn Ticket Office on-line.

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

Friday’s meet will air tape-delayed on Charter Sports Southeast (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 259) on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. ET.


This is the fourth consecutive meet which Florida will face a team among the top-20 national rankings. On Jan. 27, the Gators defeated then No. 1 Arkansas, then No. 24 Maryland and Bridgeport. The Gators lost at defending NCAA champion and then No. 6 Alabama on Feb. 3 and defeated then No. 14 LSU on Feb. 10 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.


Although Florida owns a 59-11 advantage in the all-time series, four of the Tigers’ wins have come in their home arena, including two of the last five visits to Auburn (2004 dual: AU/197.00, UF/196.90 and 2002 dual: AU/195.35, UF/195.30). The margin of victory in the last four of last five UF at AU duals is 0.50 or less – a span that gives little room for error. In the all-time series, four of Florida’s losses to Auburn have been by .15 or less.


In the Sixth Annual Gators Link to Pink presented by Nationwide on Feb. 10, Florida raised the nation’s season-high team total to 197.85 to take a one point win over then No. 14 LSU. Florida posted the previous high of 197.775 with its win on Jan. 27. A Gator took at least a share of every event title, including junior All-American Ashanée Dickerson matching her team season-high tally of 39.60 to raise her career total of all-around wins to an even dozen. Dickerson also was among a four-way Florida tie for first on the uneven bars at 9.90. Also sharing the bar win was sophomores Mackenzie Caquatto and Alaina Johnson – which was the third bar win for each this season and junior Marissa King claimed her  second win on the event of the season. Johnson also picked up her first vault win of the season by equaling her collegiate-best of 9.95 for the third time.


Freshman Kytra Hunter used collegiate-best marks to up her season total to bring her event wins total to 11. She shared the balance beam title at 9.925 with LSU’s Rheagan Courville. As the meet’s final competitor, Hunter took her fourth floor exercise win with a 9.975. She is the first Gator freshmen to post the near-perfect score in floor exercise and the fifth to earn the mark. Hunter’s performance earned her the SEC Freshman of the Week honor for the third time.


Auburn is coming off a third-place finish at the quad meet held at No. 24 West Virginia on Sunday. Ohio State won the meet (195.450), followed by WVU (195.175), Auburn (193.65) and Ball State (191.775). AU freshman Bri Guy was runner-up in the quad meet all-around at 39.05 and won floor (9.825). Junior Petrina Yokay won the uneven bars with the meet’s highest mark in any event of 9.90. In the Tigers last home appearance on Jan. 27, they earned their season-high of 196.25 as they dropped a narrow decision to Alabama (196.325). Senior Kylie Shields posted AU’s top all-around total of 39.25 versus Georgia on Jan. 20.


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