One of the nation’s top dual meets of the 2013 season is set for
Friday, Feb. 8 when No. 1 Florida (4-1, 3-1 SEC), faces defending NCAA champion
and No. 5 Alabama (3-1, 3-1 SEC) at 7 p.m. in the Stephen
C. O’Connell Center. Friday’s meet features the top
two teams in 2012 NCAA Super Six competition, as Alabama edged Florida by 0.075
to claim its second consecutive NCAA title.
Friday’s Meet Information:
1 Florida (4-1, 3-1 SEC) versus No. 5 Alabama (3-1, 3-1 SEC)
& Time: Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. ET
C. O’Connell Center (10,126)
meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET)
Record (all-time): UA leads 67-33-1. Last meeting, Florida was
second in 2012 NCAA Super Six competition (197.775) and Alabama won the NCAA
video stream available on GatorVision;
live stats available on GatorZone.com
for adults; children 17 & under and UF students with Gator1 card admitted
free. Check the Florida 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 1,200 at Friday’s meet receive
an orange or blue light-up stick.
Promotions: Light Up Giveaway - the first 1,200
will receive an orange or blue light-up stick; Domino's Promotion –
look for Domino’s pizza box toppers for buy one, get one free general
admission coupons (at Gainesville locations only). Present the box topper at
the Gate 1 or 2 ticket window after 5 p.m. Feb. 8 or at UF Ticket Office the
week of Feb. 4-8 (8 a.m. -5 p.m.); UF Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night
- all UF faculty and staff receive buy one, get one free general admission by
presenting the voucher sent via campus mail at the Gate 1 or 2 ticket window.
here for a complete list of promotions for Friday’s meet.
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.
Friday’s meet will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports on Feb. 16 at
8:30 p.m. Unable to make it to the O’Connell Center Friday? GatorVision will have a live stream of the action. Visit
the GatorVision site for complete information.
Florida took its newly earned No.
1 ranking on the road last weekend to face then No. 22 Arkansas. The Gators put
some new faces in the lineup as defending NCAA all-around and vault champion Kytra
Hunter appeared only on the uneven bars and 2012
SEC bars champion Alaina
Johnson was again out to rest her back. Despite the
changes, Florida’s winning total of 197.575 was just behind its nation’s
leading total posted of 197.65 set on Jan. 25. A Gator took four of the
evening’s five event titles, including senior Ashanée
Dickerson and freshman Bridget
Sloan sharing the all-around title at 39.55. It
was the third win for Dickerson this season and the 16th of her
career while Sloan claimed her first collegiate all-around win. Both also took
an apparatus title, with Dickerson claiming the vault with a 9.95 and Sloan
posted a collegiate-best 9.925 to take the balance beam win. Junior Mackenzie
Caquatto picked up the uneven bars title
with a 9.95.
Sloan’s performance on Feb. 1
earned her the first Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week honor of her
career and her second league honor of 2013. She was named the SEC Freshman of
the Week after the opening weekend of competition. Sloan is the first freshman
to claim the SEC Gymnast of the Week in 2013 and the third consecutive Gator to
earn the honor. Dickerson claimed the Week 3 award and Hunter was the Week 4
recipient. A total of four Gators have been honored this season, as Mackenzie
Caquatto was the Week 3 SEC Specialist of the Week.
Florida has at least one gymnast among the
nation’s top 10 in each of the five events. Hunter tops the all-around (39.688)
standings and also hold rankings of No. 2 on uneven bars (9.90) and floor
exercise (9.917) and No. 3 on vault (9.933). In the uneven bars rankings, Bianca
Dancose-Giambattisto is No. 4 (9.888) and Johnson is No. 10
(9.867). Sloan is No. 5 in the all-around (39.488) and Dickerson is also No. 2
on vault (9.935) and No. 10 in floor (9.890). Junior Mackenzie Caquatto holds
the No. 2 position in the balance beam rankings (9.890).
Alabama’s season-best total of
196.95 wasn’t enough as the Tide lost their first meet of the season on Feb. 2
at then No. 8 Georgia, who posted the nation’s third-highest total of 197.50 to
claim the win in front of 9,924 at the Stegeman Coliseum. The Tide was without
two-time All-American Ashley Sledge, who was pulled from the lineup after the
opening rotation when she strained her shoulders on an uneven bars handstand.
Junior Kim Jacob claimed her fourth consecutive all-around title with her
39.275 total at Georgia.