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Bridget Sloan is the first freshman to be named SEC Gymnast of the Week this season.

Tuesday February 5, 2013Bridget Sloan is SEC Gymnast of the Week

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Bridget Sloan is the first freshman to be named SEC Gymnast of the Week this season.

For the third week in a row, a Gator is the pick for Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. This week, Bridget Sloan (Pittsboro, Ind.) earned her first such honor as she was the SEC Freshman of the Week for the opening week of the season. Georgia’s Kaylan Earls is the SEC Specialist of the Week and Auburn’s Caitlin Atkinson is the SEC Freshman of the Week. Sloan is the first freshman to be named SEC Gymnast of the Week this season.

 

Florida 2013 SEC Honorees

Week

SEC Gymnast

SEC Specialist

SEC Freshman

1

Rheagan Courville, LSU

Sarie Morrison, LSU

Bridget Sloan

2

Lloimincia Hall, LSU

Sarah DeMeo, ALA

Sydnie Dillard, ARK

3

Ashanée Dickerson

Mackenzie Caquatto

Brandie Jay, UGA

4

Kytra Hunter

Maliah Mathis, LSU

Brittany Rogers, UGA

5

Bridget Sloan

Kaylan Earls, UGA

Caitlin Atkinson, AU

Sloan claimed her first collegiate all-around win as No. 1 Florida defeated No. 22 Arkansas on the road on Friday. She posted an all-around total of 39.55, a collegiate-best for her, sharing the title with teammate Ashanée Dickerson.

 

Sloan also upped her collegiate-best to 9.925 to take her second balance beam title of 2013 and finished second in the bars standings at 9.90, just off her collegiate-best of 9.925 set the previous week. Sloan owns five event titles this season.

 

In the latest national rankings, Sloan is No. 5 in the all-around (39.488) and No. T12 in vault (9.894). Sloan is a six-time (and current) member of the U.S. Senior National Team. She is the first World Championships’ all-around champion (2009) to compete as a collegian.

 

The Florida-Arkansas meet airs on CSS tonight at 9 p.m. ET and CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable 259) on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m.)

 

The top two teams in 2012 NCAA Championship competition meet Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for one of the nation’s top dual meets of the 2013 season. Florida plays host to defending NCAA champion and No. 5 Alabama on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The first 1,200 through the door Friday receive an orange or blue light up stick. Look for Domino’s pizza box toppers for buy one, get one free admission coupons for the Florida-Alabama meet.

 

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