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Get ready to chomp this Friday! The T3 Gators meet Missouri Friday at 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.

Thursday January 17, 2013No. 3 Florida gymnastics welcomes new SEC member Missouri Friday

Gainesville, Fla.

Get ready to chomp this Friday! The T3 Gators meet Missouri Friday at 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.

The No. T3 University of Florida gymnastics team (1-1, 0-1 SEC) welcomes Missouri (0-1, 0-1 SEC) Friday when the Tigers makes their first visit to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center as a member of the Southeastern Conference. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the O’Connell Center.


Friday’s Meet Information:

No. T3 Florida (1-1-0, 0-0 SEC) versus Missouri (0-1, 0-1 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. ET
Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,126)

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports Jan. 27 at 9:30 a.m. ET

Series Record (all-time): UF leads 10-0. Last meeting, Florida took second in NCAA Semifinal II (196.775) and Missouri was sixth (194.60) on April 22, 2010

Internet: complimentary video stream available on GatorVision; live stats available on

Tickets: $4 for adults; children 17 & under and UF students showing Gator1 cards are admitted free. Check the UF Ticket . Office site for more information.

Parking Shuttle: A complimentary parking shuttle transports fans from the UF Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive to the O’Connell Center. More information at

The first 500 fans Friday receive this fleece blanket compliments of Gatorade.

Promotions: Fleece blanket giveaway – first 500 fans receive a fleece blanket courtesy of Gatorade; Beat the Tigers Weekend – present your men’s basketball ticket versus Missouri (1/19) and receive 2-for-1 general admission; Florida Credit Union Ticket Promotion - Florida Credit Union employees/clients can pick-up buy one, get one free general admission passes on the Florida Credit Union website and digital newsletter; Orange & Blue Pom Poms Giveaway – first 750 fans receive Orange & Blue pom poms.


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Tickets are $4 for adults, while children 17 and under and UF students with a Gator1 card are admitted free. The first 500 fans Friday receive a fleece blanket courtesy of Gatorade.


A free preview of Friday’s live video stream is available at this GatorVision link. All Gator gymnastics home action is available on GatorVision this season. After enjoying Friday’s free preview, just another click will get you subscribed to GatorVision for just $10.95 a month. Once a subscriber, all Gator athletics events featured on GatorVision are available to watch live and on replay.


Both teams come into Friday’s meet after opening league action with losses. Florida and LSU continued their tradition of tight competitions, as the Tigers took a three-tenths win over the Gators last Friday in front of Pete Maravich Assembly Center crowd of 4,074. Florida owned a 0.25 lead heading into the final rotation, but a pair of misses forced the Gators to count a fall toward its balance beam total for the first time in just over a year. The Tigers posted a season-high 196.875 while Florida equaled its opening weekend total of 196.575.


Sophomore Kytra Hunter, the defending NCAA all-around and vault champion, took both those titles as well as sharing the uneven bars titles all with team season-high marks. Her all-around total of 39.675 matches the second-highest total of her young career and is just a fraction away from her career-best of 39.725 set when she won the NCAA title. She used marks of 9.95 (vault) and 9.90 (uneven bars) to take those titles. Junior Mackenzie Caquatto turned in a stellar balance beam routine to win that event title with a 9.95. That mark is just off her collegiate-best of 9.975 set as a freshman at West Virginia. Florida did turn in season-best totals on vault (49.375), uneven bars (49.25) and floor exercise (49.175) at LSU.


Hunter and Mackenzie Caquatto’s scores have placed them among the nation’s top three on four events of this young season. Hunter leads in all-around (39.675) and shares first in the uneven bars while also shares second on vault. Caquatto is tied for third in the balance beam rankings.


Missouri opened the 2013 season with a home dual versus two-time defending NCAA Champion Alabama. The Tide took a 196.45-192.025 win in front of Missouri gymnastics record crowd of 5,760. Alabama gymnasts took all the event titles. Missouri’s Rachel Updike was second on vault at 9.875 and third on beam at 9.85.




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