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No. 1 Florida faces No. T-3 Georgia Friday in the O'Connell Center.

Wednesday February 22, 2012No. 1 Gator Gymnasts Face No. T-3 Georgia Friday in the O'Connell Center

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No. 1 Florida faces No. T-3 Georgia Friday in the O'Connell Center.

The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team (8-1, 4-1 SEC) faces its second top-five opponent of 2012 Friday when No. T-3 Georgia (5-2, 4-1 SEC) comes to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Meet time is set for 7 p.m.

 

Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 1 Florida (8-1, 4-1 SEC) versus No. T-3 Georgia (5-2, 4-1 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET
Site: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,126). Gates 1, 2 and 4 open at 5:30 p.m.

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports March 3 at 4 p.m. (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 48 or 1048)

Series Records (all-time): Georgia leads all-time series 91-35-1. Last meeting, Florida was second in the 2011 Southeastern Conference Championships at 196.975 and Georgia was third at 196.625.

Internet: video stream for Florida-Georgia meet is available on GatorVision; live stats available on www.GatorZone.com

Tickets: $4 for adults while children 17 & under and UF student with a Gator 1 card are admitted free. For more information, contact the Gator Ticket Office at 352-375-4683 3 x6800 or visit the Gator Ticket Office on-line.

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

Parking Shuttle: Complimentary parking shuttle starting at Lemerand Drive available Friday

 

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The first 1,000 fans Friday receive these light-up blue slotted sunglasses courtesy of Gatorade.

 

Promotions: Sunglass give-away - the first 1,000 fans receive light-up blue slotted sunglasses courtesy of Gatorade; 2-for1 passes - fans can pick up buy one, get one free general admission passes from any of the following area restaurants: Moe’s, Planet Smoothie, Heavenly Ham and the Flying Biscuit Café; Gator Green Night - UF Office of Sustainability will set up an interactive area inside the arena for fans to learn about how they can go green and reduce their carbon footprint.

 

Visit the meet’s promotions page to see a complete list of promotions/activities for Friday’s meet.

It isn’t unusual that one or both of these teams bring a lofty national ranking into a meeting. This is the 18th time of the last 20 Florida and Georgia meetings (starting with the 2006 dual meet) that one of these programs brings the No. 1 ranking into the competition. Since 2003, six of the nine Florida-Georgia dual meets have been decided by a half point or less.

 

The first 1,000 fans receive light-up blue slotted sunglasses courtesy of Gatorade. Fans can pick up buy one, get one free general admission passes from any of the following area restaurants: Moe’s, Planet Smoothie, Heavenly Ham and the Flying Biscuit Cafe. Tickets for Friday’s meet are $4 for adults while children 17 and under and UF students with Gator 1 cards are admitted free.

 

Plan to take the complimentary parking shuttle to make your trip to O’Connell Center hassle-free. Just leave your vehicle at the commuter lot on Lemerand Drive and the bus will deliver you to the O’Connell Center. The shuttle runs until 30 minutes after the conclusion of the meet.

 

Can’t be at the O’Connell Center Friday? Watch a live video stream of the meet on GatorVision. Visit the GatorVision site for pricing information and to sign up for a subscription.

 

This is the fifth 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 used the season’s national leading total of 197.85 to defeat then No. 14 LSU on Feb. 10 in the O’Connell Center. In UF’s last outing on Feb. 17, the Gators took the win at then No. 17 Auburn.

 

Last Friday at Auburn, Florida finished its 2012 SEC road schedule by posting the nation’s eighth highest total of 2012 to take the 197.50-196.875 win. Sophomore All-American Alaina Johnson led the nation's all-around competitors last weekend when she posted the Gators' season-best total of 39.625 to take her first all-around win of the season and the fourth of her career. Her performance earned her the second SEC Gymnast of the Week honor of her career. Johnson also matched her collegiate vault best of 9.95 for the second consecutive meet to share the event title with freshman Kytra Hunter. It was a collegiate-best score for Hunter and her second vault win of 2012. Sophomore Mackenzie Caquatto shared her fourth consecutive uneven bars win at 9.925 with a pair of Tigers. Junior All-American Marissa King equaled her collegiate-best of 9.95 for the second time in the last four meets to claim her fourth balance beam title of 2012. Florida put up a pair of event totals at Auburn which rank among the program’s all-time top 10 – vault (49.575/2nd) and beam (49.475/T-8th).

 

Georgia was just a fraction away from its season high team score in its 197.225-193.125 home win over Kentucky last Saturday afternoon. The GymDogs turned in their season-high team total of 197.25 with its win over LSU on Jan. 28. 2011 NCAA uneven bars champion Kat Ding took the all-around title with a UGA season-high total of 39.55. Ding shared three other event titles Saturday with UGA teammates – vault (9.925/Cat Hires), bars (9.90/Chelsea Davis) and beam (9.825/Laura Moffatt). Junior Noel Couch won the floor at 9.95.

 

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