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Wednesday January 23, 2013No. 3 Florida gymnastics face No. 18 Auburn for Friday's Gators Link to Pink

Gainesville, Fla.

Wear pink Friday to show your support for the fight against breast cancer.

Pink replaces orange and blue as the prominent color Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center as No. 3 Florida gymnastics (2-1, 1-1 SEC) welcomes No. 18 Auburn (0-5, 0-2 SEC) for the Seventh Annual Gators Link to Pink meet. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the O’Connell Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Information:

No. 3 Florida (2-1, 1-1 SEC) versus No. 18 Auburn (0-5, 0-2 SEC)

Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. ET
Site: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,126)

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on ESPNU (Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.) and ESPN2 (Feb. 3 6:00PM)

Series Record (all-time): UF leads 61-11. Last meeting, Florida won the 2012 SEC Championships at 1971.15 and Auburn took seventh at 194.10

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

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 GatorZone.com/Gameday

 

 

The first 2,000 at Friday’s Link to Pink meet receive this t-shirt, compliments of Nationwide.

Promotions: Link to Pink T-shirt Giveaway - the first 2,000 fans receive a Gators Link to Pink t-shirt courtesy of Nationwide; Link to Pink Poster Giveaway - the first 1,000 fans receive a Gators Link to Pink poster courtesy of Nationwide; Buy One, Get One Free Admission at Chick-Fil-A - fans can pick up buy one, get one free general admission passes to the meet at local Chick-fil-A stores

 

 

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Team colors are set aside Friday as each team will wear pink (but in different shades). Events aimed to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and treatment will be included at Friday’s meet. These meets are part of a Southeastern Conference initiative and all of the league’s gymnastics teams will participate in a “pink” meet this season.

 

Stop by a Gainesville area Chic-fil-A to pick up buy one, get one free admission passes. Tickets are $4 for adults, while children 17 and under and UF students with a Gator1 card are admitted free. The first 2,000 fans Friday receive a pink t-shirt, courtesy of Nationwide. Be among the first 1,000 through the door to get a Gators Link to Pink poster, also from Nationwide.

 

Friday’s meet airs tape-delayed on ESPNU Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m. and again on ESPN2 on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m.

 

Florida comes into Friday’s meet after posting its season-high team score of 197.30 in its dual-meet win over Missouri (194.625) in front of an O’Connell Center crowd of 5,753. A 10.0 uneven bars mark by Mackenzie Caquatto, the first perfect score for the Gators since the 2009 season and the nation’s first of 2013, gave her a share of Florida’s school record. She is the fifth Gator to earn the perfect mark on the uneven bars. Mackenzie’s score came on the rotation following senior All-American Ashanée Dickerson’s collegiate-best 9.975 vault mark. It was the first of three event titles for Dickerson, who also used season-bests to take the all-around (39.575) and floor exercise (9.90) wins. The all-around win was the 15th of her career and the three titles ups her career total of event wins to 63. Freshman Bridget Sloan used a collegiate-best of 9.90 to claim her first balance beam win.

 

Last Friday’s performances earned Dickerson and Mackenzie Caquatto league honors. Dickerson is the SEC Gymnast of the Week, marking the fourth such honor of her career. Caquatto claimed the SEC Specialist of the Week. This is the first season the league has awarded a Specialist of the Week.

 

Three Florida gymnasts appear among the latest top-10 event rankings, based on total season average. Sophomore Kytra Hunter is No. 1 in all-around and uneven bars. She also shares the No. 5 spot in the floor exercise and the No. 8 position in vault. Dickerson is No. 3 in vault and Mackenzie Caquatto is No. 7 in the balance beam rankings.

 

Auburn’s season-best of 195.70 came last Friday in its loss at Georgia. The Tigers opened the season taking fourth at a quad meet in Berkeley, Calif. Kentucky handed AU a 195.525-194.250 loss in the SEC opener in Auburn, Ala., on Jan. 11.

 

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