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No. 3 Florida opens Southeastern Conference action Friday at No. 8 LSU

Wednesday January 9, 2013No. 3 Florida Gymnastics opens SEC season at No. 8 LSU Friday

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No. 3 Florida opens Southeastern Conference action Friday at No. 8 LSU

The No. 3 University of Florida gymnastics team (1-0, 0-0 SEC) opens Southeastern Conference action Friday at No. 8 LSU (1-0, 0-0 SEC). Meet time is set for 8 p.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Information:

No. 3 Florida (1-0-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 8 LSU (1-0, 0-0 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET
Site: Pete Maravich Assembly Center (10,126)

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. ET

Series Record (all-time): UF leads 61-29. Last meeting, Florida won the 2012 Southeastern Conference Championships (197.15) and LSU was fourth (196.425)

Internet: video stream available on GatorVision; live stats available on GatorZone.com

Tickets: $5 for adults; $3 for children 12 & under. Contact the LSU Ticket Office site for more information.

 

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The meet is the first of Florida’s nine regular-season meets which will be televised on a tape-delayed basis. The UF at LSU meet will make its first airing on SUN Sports Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. ET.

 

LSU is the first ranked opponent Florida will face this season and is the start of nine consecutive dual meets versus teams ranked in the GymInfo preseason top 25. This is the 14th of the last 20 meetings between Florida and LSU that both teams boast top-10 rankings.

 

Meets between these two teams are traditionally close contests. Since 1995, 22 of the UF-LSU meetings have been decided by less than half a point. This includes three of the 10 meetings between UF and LSU. Last year, UF took wins over LSU in the regular-season dual in Gainesville, Fla. (197.85-196.85) and at the SEC Championships (197.15-196.425).

 

Both teams come into Friday’s meet after opening with home wins last Friday. The Gators equaled the third-highest season opening total in school history to take a 196.575-190.55 win in front of Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 3,768. Florida and Michigan shared the nation’s highest total of the opening weekend of the season. The event titles were swept by the Gators. Freshman Bridget Sloan and Ashanée Dickerson shared the vault title at 9.925. For Sloan, her performance in the season opener didn’t just mark her first collegiate meet. Sloan became the first World Championships all-around titlist (2009) to compete as a collegiate. Her performance Friday earned her the season’s first SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week honor. Sophomore Kytra Hunter, the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around title, used marks of 9.90 to win uneven bars and floor exercise. Junior All-American Mackenzie Caquatto, who only competed bars in 2012 after spraining both ankles at the U.S.’s final camp prior to the 2011 World Championships, was successful in her return to the beam lineup. Her mark of 9.875 was tops in the evening’s beam competition. Dickerson took the all-around (38.90) and now owns an even 60 event titles as a Gator. That total ranks fifth all-time among the Gators.

LSU’s 196.075-194.975 win over North Carolina State gave Tiger head coach D-D Breaux her 600th career victory. It also marked the highest season-opening total in LSU history. Sophomore Rheagan Courville won three titles – beam (9.875), floor (9.975) and all-around (39.50). She picked up the SEC Gymnast of the Week honor and teammate Sarie Morrison is the SEC Specialist of the Week after winning vault and bars. LSU sizzled on its final rotation and its floor total of 49.525 is the nation’s highest on any of the four events.

 

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