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Gators Bridget Sloan (balance beam) and Alaina Johnson (uneven bars) claimed NCAA event titles Sunday.

Sunday April 21, 2013Florida Gymnasts Alaina Johnson & Bridget Sloan Win NCAA Event Titles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -

Gators Bridget Sloan (balance beam) and Alaina Johnson (uneven bars) claimed NCAA event titles Sunday.

A pair of Gators claimed apparatus titles Sunday in the final day of NCAA Gymnastics Championships competition held in front of 2,825 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion. Junior Alaina Johnson is the first Gator to claim the NCAA uneven bars title and freshman Bridget Sloan added the balance beam crown to her all-around win she collected on Friday.

 

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This is the second time a pair of Gators stepped to the top of the NCAA individual event finals podium for two different titles. The last time also was in Pauley Pavilion in 1998 when Susan Hines successfully defended her vault title and then freshman Betsy Hamm shared the balance beam crown.

 

Sunday, Johnson used a 9.9125 to take the uneven bars win. The Gators were well represented on the bars award podium, as Sloan shared second at 9.90 and junior teammate Mackenzie Caquatto shared fourth at 9.8875.

 

Sloan’s 9.90 gave her the beam win. It was her third 9.90 or better beam mark of the weekend, as she advanced to the final with her 9.90 in Friday’s semifinal competition and she shared the beam lead in Saturday’s Super Six at 9.95. Two other Gators joined Sloan on the beam award’s podium. Mackenzie Caquatto was fourth at 9.85 and senior Marissa King took seventh with her 9.7875.

 

For the first time since 2007, Florida was represented in each of the four apparatus finals. In the vault final, senior Ashanée Dickerson shared fifth (9.90) while sophomore Kytra Hunter took 16th (9.85) and Johnson tied for 17th (9.825). Two Gators also appeared in the floor exercise final. Sloan shared fourth at 9.90 and King tied for sixth at 9.8875.

 

The third time was the charm for Johnson, who has appeared in the NCAA uneven bars final each year of her collegiate career. Johnson glided fluidly through her winning routine, punctuated by a stuck double layout dismount, showing no effects of her eight-meet layoff from competition after she was diagnosed with a lower back stress reaction and stress fracture after the third meet of the season.

 

Florida’s NCAA Event Champions

Name

Event

Year

Score

Alaina Johnson

Uneven Bars

2013

9.9125

Bridget Sloan

All-Around

2013

39.600

 

Balance Beam

2013

9.9000

Kytra Hunter

All-Around

2012

39.725

 

Vault

2012

9.8750

Marissa King

Vault

2011

9.8750

Betsy Hamm

Balance Beam

1998

9.8750

Susan Hines

Vault

1998

9.8625

 

Vault

1997

9.8875

Maria Anz

Floor Exercise

1984

9.7000

Rest played a big part in her recovery course and Johnson did not train gymnastics from the final week in January to the week of March 16. It was the routines she performed over and over in her mind which helped her make a successful return to the Gators’ competitive lineup for the April 6 NCAA Regionals.

 

“A lot of it comes through visualizing for me. In some free time I’ll visualize my routine and feel it through my body. That’s the number one thing,” Johnson said. “And I kept in shape doing cardio and what I could, and that helped also.”

 

Johnson earned her spot in the NCAA bar final with a 9.925 in Friday’s semifinal round. Florida’s final competitor of Saturday’s NCAA Super Six team final, Johnson’s bar mark of 9.95 helped finish the Gators’ championship effort.

 

Sloan admitted post-competition her energy tank was ebbing after the Gators’ dramatic performance Saturday to claim the program’s first NCAA team title. But she was ready to enjoy her final competition of what has been a spectacular freshman season.

 

“We won the national team championship, but the six of us wanted to finish it off strong. It was awesome to be on the podium again. As soon as you saluted, the adreneline started to pick up and you were ready to go again. It was just such an awesome experience to share with the team.

 

Sloan is the sixth in the 32-year history of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships to win multiple NCAA event titles as a freshman. Joining her on that select list is Hunter, who won the 2012 NCAA all-around and vault titles.

 

Alabama’s Diandra Milliner and LSU’s Rheagan Courville shared the NCAA vault title at 9.925. Michigan’s Joanna Sampson took the floor exercise crown at 9.9375.

 

The NCAA Individual Event Finals signaled the end of the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics Championships. The 2014 NCAA Championships are set for April 18 - 20 at the Birmingham - Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

 

2013 NCAA Gymnastics Individual Event Finals Results

April 21, 2013 – Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles (2,825)

Vault Results

Place

Gymnast

Team

Score

1

Diandra Milliner

Alabama

9.9250

1

Rheagan Courville

LSU

9.9250

3

Olivia Courtney

UCLA

9.9167

4

Kaelie Baer

UCLA

9.9083

5

Ashanee Dickerson

Florida

9.9000

5

Lindsay Mable

Minnesota

9.9000

5

Vanessa Zamarripa

UCLA

9.9000

8

Sarie Morrison

LSU

9.8917

8

Tory Wilson

Utah

9.8917

10

Emily Wong

Nebraska

9.8833

11

Kaitlyn Clark

Alabama

9.8750

11

Lauren Beers

Alabama

9.8750

13

Maliah Mathis

LSU

9.8667

14

Joanna Sampson

Michigan

9.8583

14

Nicole Dayton

Stanford

9.8583

16

Kytra Hunter

Florida

9.8500

17

Moriah Martin

Denver

9.8250

17

Alaina Johnson

Florida

9.8250

17

Lindsey Cheek

Georgia

9.8250

20

Brandie Jay

Georgia

9.8083

21

Madison Mooring

Oklahoma

9.7917

22

Lichelle Wong

UCLA

9.7833

23

Chelsea Davis

Georgia

9.7500

 

Uneven Parallel Bars Results

Place

Gymnast

Team

Score

1

Alaina Johnson

Florida

9.9125

2

Bridget Sloan

Florida

9.9000

2

Georgia Dabritz

Utah

9.9000

4

Mackenzie Caquatto

Florida

9.8875

4

Erica Brewer

Oklahoma

9.8875

6

Chelsea Davis

Georgia

9.8500

7

Sarie Morrison

LSU

9.8250

7

Rebecca Clark

Oklahoma

9.8250

9

Nansy Damianova

Utah

9.8125

10

Randii Wyrick

LSU

9.8000

 

Balance Beam Results

Place

Gymnast

Team

Score

1

Bridget Sloan

Florida

9.9000

2

Katie Zurales

Michigan

9.8875

2

Hanna Nordquist

Minnesota

9.8875

4

Mackenzie Caquatto

Florida

9.8500

5

Kayla Williams

Alabama

9.8375

5

Michelle Shealy

Iowa State

9.8375

7

Marissa King

Florida

9.7875

8

Danusia Francis

UCLA

9.3250

9

Erica Brewer

Oklahoma

9.2750

 

Floor Exercise Results

Place

Gymnast

Team

Score

1

Joanna Sampson

Michigan

9.9375

2

Diandra Milliner

Alabama

9.9250

3

Emily Wong

Nebraska

9.9125

4

Bridget Sloan

Florida

9.9000

4

Lindsay Mable

Minnesota

9.9000

6

Katherine Grable

Arkansas

9.8875

6

Marissa King

Florida

9.8875

8

Nansy Damianova

Utah

9.8750

9

Rheagan Courville

LSU

9.8125

10

Kim Jacob

Alabama

9.8000

11

Olivia Courtney

UCLA

9.7750

12

Alina Weinstein

Illinois

9.7500

 

 

 

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