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It is Senior Night for Florida's Dali Lemezan (left) , Marissa King, Randy Stageberg & Ashanée Dickerson.

Friday March 1, 2013Senior Night Friday: No. 2 Florida gymnastics faces No. 14 Minnesota for regular-season home finale

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It is Senior Night for Florida's Dali Lemezan (left) , Marissa King, Randy Stageberg & Ashanée Dickerson.

No. 2 Florida gymnastics team (7-1, 6-1 SEC) faces No. 14 Minnesota (12-2, 4-1 Big 10) Friday for the regular-season home finale. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Information:

No. 2 Florida (7-1, 6-1 SEC) versus No. 14 Minnesota (12-2, 4-1 Big Ten)

 

Date & Time: Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET

Site: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,126)

 

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports March 10 at 9 a.m.

 

Series Record (all-time):  UF leads 13-1. Last meeting, Florida won the 2009 NCAA North Central Regional at 196.775 and Minnesota was fifth at 193.775

 

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

 

Tickets: $4 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

 

Florida seniors (from left): Dali Lemezan, Marissa King, Ashanée Dickerson and Randy Stageberg.

Meet Promotions:  Senior NightGator seniors Ashanée Dickerson, Marissa King, Dali Lemezan and Randy Stageberg will be honored in a post-meet ceremony; Men's Basketball Ticket Promotion - present your men's basketball vs. Alabama ticket (3/2) at the Gate 1 or 2 ticket window and receive 2-for-1 general admission; UF Alumni Association Night - all UF Alumni Association Members can present their UFAA I.D. at the Gate 1 or 2 ticket window will receive buy one, get one free general admission; City of Gainesville Night - all Gainesville residents can receive buy one, get one free general admission passes by presenting a valid I.D. to the Gate 1 or 2 ticket window.

 

Visit the Gator Promotions page for all promotions for Friday’s meet

 

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It is Senior Night and the careers of Ashanée Dickerson, Marissa King, Dali Lemezan and Randy Stageberg will be celebrated in a post-meet ceremony. At least three members of this class has performed in each of the 49 team meets Florida has competed in since 2010, contributing 470 routines.

 

Gainesville resident? Then show your identification at the ticket window to get buy one, get one free admission tickets. Once inside, be sure to take advantage of the Spring Break Special to purchase dollar popcorn and 12 ounce sodas at the concession stand. Check the Gator Promotions page for a complete list of offerings for the Florida-Minnesota meet.

 

The Florida-Minnesota meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports March 10 at 9 a.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 finished 2013 Southeastern Conference regular-season action with a 196.975-196.075 win over No. 23 Kentucky in front of an O’Connell Center crowd of 4,321. Eight collegiate-best marks were raised or matched, including near-perfect scores of 9.975 by sophomore Kytra Hunter and freshman Bridget Sloan. Hunter equaled her vault best of 9.975 for the second time this season and the fourth time of the last 10 team competitions to take that event title. On the next rotation, Sloan upped her bars best to 9.975 to take her third consecutive win on the event. King equaled her season-best of 9.95 to take her first floor exercise win of the season. Florida did have trouble on the balance beam and was forced to count a fall for the second time this season. Stageberg and Dickerson led off and anchored the beam lineup with 9.875s to share the event title. The win was the first beam title for Stageberg of her collegiate career. The title was also the 67th event win for Dickerson, moving her into sole possession of fourth on Florida’s career chart. No Gators went all-around versus Kentucky, marking the first time UF didn’t field an all-arounder since February of 2011

 

After her collegiate-best marks in vault (9.95) and bars (9.975) versus Kentucky, Sloan claimed her third SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week honor. She’s picked up league honors four times in 2013, claiming the Week 5 SEC Gymnast of the Week and Week 1, 6 and 8 Freshman of the Week.

 

Florida has at least one gymnast among the nation’s top 15 in each of the four apparatus. Sloan is No. 2 in the uneven bars (9.915) and No. 7 in vault (9.90). Dickerson is No. 2 in vault (9.915) and No. 11 in floor exercise (9.890). Mackenzie Caquatto is No. 2 in balance beam (9.890) and Hunter is No. 7 in bars (9.985). None of Florida’s all-arounders have the required number of competitions (which must include three road competitions) to be ranked.

 

Minnesota lost its first two meets of the season last weekend in state of Iowa road action. In Big Ten action Friday, Minnesota lost 195.725-195.55 at the University of Iowa. On Sunday, Iowa State claimed a 195.55-195.025 win in Ames. The Gophers posted their season-best team score of 196.80 in a Jan. 26 home quad meet. Freshman Lindsay Mable also set UM’s season-best all-around total of 39.45 at that meet to claim the event title. Meg Stephenson is in her fourth season as sole head coach of the Gophers after sharing head coaching duties with her husband, Jim, from 1999 to 2009.

 

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