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Kytra Hunter is the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around title.

Friday April 20, 2012Gator Gymnastics team advances to Super Six; Kytra Hunter first Gator to win NCAA all-around

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Kytra Hunter is the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around title.

The No. 1 seeded Florida gymnastics team moves ahead to Saturday’s NCAA Super Six team final after taking second in Friday’s second semifinal session. Florida was just edged for the session’s top position by defending NCAA champion Alabama, 197.675-197.650.

SEC All-Around Strong

Half of the 2012 NCAA Super Six field will be teams

from the Southeastern Conference. In addition, all

of the top eight all-around finishers Friday came from

the league.

Place

Name

School

Score

1

Kytra Hunter

Florida

39.725

2

Kat Ding

Georgia

39.650

3

Jaime Pisani

Arkansas

39.625

4

Alaina Johnson

Florida

39.600

 

Geralen Stack-Eaton

Alabama

39.600

6

Ashanée Dickerson

Florida

39.500

7

Ashley Priess

Alabama

39.475

 

Rheagan Courville

LSU

39.475

The other advancing team also comes from the Southeastern Conference, as Arkansas makes its second Super Six appearance after taking third at 197.15.

Rounding out Session II team results were Ohio State (196.525), Georgia (196.50) and Oregon State (196.475).

Saturday will be a SEC vs. Pac-12 event. The top three teams from Session I (UCLA/197.40, Utah/197.20 and 197.125) face the three SEC teams on Saturday to crown the national champion in the NCAA Super Six at 4 p.m. (ET) in The Arena at Gwinnett Center. Saturday’s competition will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Friday’s mission for Florida was simple. To advance to the program’s 10th NCAA Super Six appearance and the Gators completed that goal with Florida’s highest total ever in NCAA Championships competition.

There is only one NCAA title determined in NCAA semifinal competition – the all-around- and that crown went to Gator freshman Kytra Hunter. She used a collegiate-best total of 39.725 to become the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around.

Hunter is now two-for-two for all-around competitions in The Arena at Gwinnett Center, as she also claimed the Southeastern Conference title on March 24.

Keeping things light with her team helped Hunter tonight.

“I am really honored to get the all-around title. I went to each event as a new event. I just stayed in my bubble and the team’s bubble and we just had fun,” Hunter said. “Tomorrow is a new day and I am just honored to be in the Super Six with my team.”

 

Hunter equaled her collegiate-best of 9.975 on vault to open competition, and added marks of 9.90 on bars and beam and posted a 9.95 as the Gators’ final competitor of the evening on floor exercise.

 

Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn said Hunter’s focus is always on the team.

 

“So far, as a freshman, to win the SEC and the NCAA all-around title is absolutely incredible. It also shows her work ethic,” Faehn said. “She’s so incredibly humble and all she thinks and cares about is what she’s doing for the team. It’s never about herself, and that’s why it’s so exciting for her to achieve these results. She just wants what’s best for Florida and for the program. I know there’s going to be even greater things for her to come.”

 

Hunter and sophomore Alaina Johnson both picked up the maximum number of All-America honors available in a season – five – on Friday, making them just the second and third Gators to post the tally. Kristen Guise, who was just inducted into the Gator Athletics Hall of Fame on April 6, was the first in 1996. Johnson tied for fourth overall in the Friday’s all-around action at 39.60 while Ashanée Dickerson was sixth (39.50).

 

On Friday, the Gators opened up on vault with their highest total ever – 49.575 – in NCAA competition. The final four competitors each turned in marks of 9.90 or better – Ashanée Dickerson and Alaina Johnson (9.90), Marissa King (9.95) and Hunter (9.975).

 

Florida also performed well on bars, with three Gators posting scores of 9.9 or higher. Johnson anchored the lineup by matching her season-best of 9.95, while sophomore Mackenzie Caquatto turned in a 9.925 and Hunter’s posted a 9.90.

 

The Gators were steady on the balance beam, with all six competitors earning marks of 9.825 or higher as they turned in a total of 49.35. Hunter and Johnson led the Gators on the event with identical marks of 9.90.

 

Florida finished on floor exercise and two step-outs held UF’s team total back to a 49.275. Hunter’s 9.95 led all semifinal II floor competitors. Dickerson earned a 9.875 while Johnson and senior Amy Ferguson posted 9.85s.

 

For Faehn, now the focus fixes on Saturday’s NCAA Super Six, where the Gators will seek their first NCAA team title.

 

“I was really proud of the way they performed. They come out with such fight and were really aggressive, which I liked. We just need a little bit more control with that tomorrow,” Faehn said. “I thought the whole team just stayed really close in our bubble and didn’t get caught up in anything, which was great. We really just need to get back, get caught up, get rested, rehab and refocus for tomorrow. It’s going to be really exciting.”

 

Florida in NCAA Championships ● Semifinal II

Final Team Totals

April 20, 2012 ● The Arena at Gwinnett Center

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Alabama

49.400

49.400

49.600

49.275

197.675

Florida

49.575

49.450

49.350

49.275

197.650

Arkansas

49.275

49.275

49.450

49.150

197.150

Ohio State

49.175

48.975

49.225

49.150

196.525

Georgia

49.600

49.400

48.275

49.225

196.500

Oregon State

49.050

49.150

49.300

48.975

196.475

NCAA Championships ● Semifinal I

Final Team Totals

UCLA

49.275

49.450

49.325

49.350

197.400

Utah

49.525

49.225

49.175

49.275

197.200

Stanford

49.300

49.300

49.375

49.150

197.125

Oklahoma

49.125

49.225

49.325

49.250

196.925

Nebraska

49.225

49.150

49.000

49.250

196.625

LSU

49.250

48.950

49.250

49.100

196.550

 

2012 NCAA Championships

Competition Rotations

Super Six – Saturday, April 21 @ 4 (ET)

Rot.

Vault

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

I

Florida

Stanford

Arkansas

Utah

Alabama

UCLA

II

UCLA

Florida

Stanford

Arkansas

Utah

Alabama

III

Alabama

UCLA

Florida

Stanford

Arkansas

Utah

IV

Utah

Alabama

UCLA

Florida

Stanford

Arkansas

V

Arkansas

Utah

Alabama

UCLA

Florida

Stanford

VI

Stanford

Arkansas

Utah

Alabama

UCLA

Florida

 

Gator Notes:

● Florida advances to its 10th NCAA Super Six team final (1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012). The Gators’ top Super Six finish is second in 1998.

● Florida has advanced to the NCAA Super Six seven of the 10 seasons under Rhonda Faehn.

● Kytra Hunter wins NCAA all-around title with a collegiate-best 39.725. She is the first Gator to win the all-around (previous high: 2nd by Kristen Guise in 1996. Ninth freshman to win NCAA all-around title in meet history.

● Florida’s vault total of 49.575 is UF’s highest event total ever in NCAA Championships’ competition. Also ranks No. 3 among all teams in NCAA Semifinal vault competition (third to Georgia’s 49.60 in 2012 & 1995).

● Kytra Hunter scores a 9.975 for vault for the second time in The Arena at Gwinnett Center. She first posted her nearly perfect collegiate-best vault mark on March 24 to win the event title at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

● Gators’ uneven bars total of 49.45 highest ever for UF in NCAA competition. Also stands No. T-9 among all teams in NCAA Semifinal action

● Alaina Johnson’s 9.95 on uneven bars equals her season-best which she earned March 16 versus Utah.

● Beam total of 49.35 is Florida’s second-highest in NCAA Championships’ competition (second to 49.425 in 2007 NCAA semifinal action)

● Six Gators picked up a school record total of 16 All-America honors (previous high was 15 in 2007 and 2008)

 

2012 Gator All-Americans

Name

Event

Session iI Score

All-America team

Mackenzie Caquatto

Bars

9.925

First

Ashanée Dickerson

Vault

9.900

Second

 

Floor

9.875

First

 

AA

39.500

Second

Amy Ferguson

Floor

9.850

Second

Kytra Hunter

Vault

9.975

First

 

Bars

9.900

Second

 

Beam

9.900

Second

 

Floor

9.950

First

 

AA

39.725

First

Alaina Johnson

Vault

9.900

Second

 

Bars

9.95

First

 

Beam

9.900

Second

 

Floor

9.850

Second

 

AA

39.600

First

Marissa King

Vault

9.950

First

Blue denotes gymnasts advancing to April 22 NCAA Individual Event Finals

 

NCAA Individual Event Finals Draw – April 22, 2012 @ 1 p.m. (ET)

Vault

 

 

Balance Beam

 

Order

Name

School

Order

Name

School

1

Rheagan Courville

LSU

1

Sara Stone

Oklahoma

2

Lindsey Cheek

Georgia

2

Samantha Peszek

UCLA

3

Marissa Gutierrez

Alabama

3

Katherine Grable

Arkansas

4

Kailah Delaney

Utah

4

Geralen Stack-Eaton

Alabama

5

Marissa King

Florida

5

Emily Wong

Nebraska

6

Janelle Giblin

Nebraska

6

Ashley Priess

Alabama

7

Kat Ding

Georgia

7

Megan Ferguson

Oklahoma

8

Georgia Dabritz

Utah

8

Ivana Hong

Stanford

9

Diandra Milliner

Alabama

9

Jaime Pisani

Arkansas

10

Kytra Hunter

Florida

10

Katie Matusik

Arizona

 

 

 

11

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

UCLA

 

 

 

12

Amanda Spinner

Stanford

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uneven Bars

 

Floor Exercise

 

Order

Name

School

Order

Name

School

1

Vanessa Zamarripa

UCLA

1

Megan Ferguson

Oklahoma

2

Brie Olson

Oklahoma

2

Kytra Hunter

Florida

3

Olivia Courtney

UCLA

3

Rachel Updike

Missour

4

Kat Ding

Georgia

4

Jaime Pisani

Arkansas

5

Chelsea Davis

Georgia

5

Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs

UCLA

6

Mackenzie Caquatto

Florida

6

Kat Ding

Georgia

7

Sami Shapiro

Stanford

7

Ashanée Dickerson

Florida

8

Alisha Gerber

UCLA

8

Melanie Jones

Oregon State

9

Alaina Johnson

Florida

9

Vanessa Zamarripa

UCLA

 

 

 

10

Geralen Stack-Eaton

Alabama

 

 

 

11

Jessie DeZiel

Nebraska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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