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Kytra Hunter's SEC performance makes her the focus of Inside Gymnastics Magazine's "Down to Duluth" NCAA Spotlight.

Wednesday March 28, 2012Kytra Hunter Featured in Inside Gymnastics' NCAA Spotlight

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Kytra Hunter's SEC performance makes her the focus of Inside Gymnastics Magazine's "Down to Duluth" NCAA Spotlight.

Florida’s Kyra Hunter is the focus of this week’s Inside Gymnastics Magazine’s “Down to Duluth” NCAA Spotlight.

 

The freshman gymnast put on a standout performance at last Saturday’s Southeastern Conference Championships in Duluth, Ga., with an all-around score of 39.625, the nation’s highest score among all 2012 conference championships. Her score was matched by Utah’s Corrie Lothrop at the Pac-12 Championship.

Hunter placed in four of the five events at the SEC Championship, taking home the all-around title and setting a collegiate-best of 9.975 to take the vault win. She placed second on the balance beam with a mark of 9.875, and shared second in the floor exercise with a 9.90.

She is the first Gator to win the league all-around title since Kristen Guise in 1995 and the first Gator freshman to claim the honor since Elfi Schlegel in 1983. The last freshman to claim the SEC all-around title was Georgia’s Katie Heenan in 2005. Hunter’s vault title was the first for the Gator gymnastics program since Ashley Reed shared the 2008 title.

Following the meet, Hunter was voted this year’s SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Year. This is the third such award for Florida, as Alaina Johnson received the honor in 2011 and Ashanée Dickerson received it in 2010. Hunter was named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week three times and SEC Gymnast of the Week once this season.

She currently owns three of Florida’s top event scores of 2012 – all-around (39.675, shared with Johnson), vault (9.975) and floor (9.975). In the March 26 GymInfo national rankings, Hunter is No. 9 in the all-around (39.445 regional qualifying score), No. T5 in vault (9.925 RQS), No. T9 on balance beam (9.89 RQS) and No. T7 in floor exercise (9.910 RQS).

Next up, top-ranked Florida competes in Raleigh, N.C., for NCAA Regional action on Saturday, April 7. A top-two team finish would send Florida to Duluth, Ga., for the NCAA Championships, set for April 20-22 in The Arena at Gwinnett Center.

 

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