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The Gators celebrated their 2013 NCAA Championships season Friday evening at the team's annual banquet.

Friday April 26, 2013Gymnasts Honored at Team's Annual Awards Banquet

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators celebrated their 2013 NCAA Championships season Friday evening at the team's annual banquet.

A special season for the 2013 NCAA Championship University of Florida gymnastics team was honored Friday evening in the Gator Room in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

 

Senior Marissa King and freshman Bridget Sloan shared the Gator gymnastics team’s “Most Outstanding” gymnast award.

 

2013 University of Florida Gymnastics Team Awards

Outstanding Gymnast:

Marissa King

 

Bridget Sloan

Newcomer of the Year:

Bridget Sloan

Most Improved:

Rachel Spicer

Charlie’s Angel:

Kytra Hunter

Most Consistent:

Randy Stageberg

Gator Heart & Soul Award:

Mackenzie Caquatto

 

Ashanée Dickerson

Comeback Gymnast of Year:

Alaina Johnson

Scholar Award:

Kiersten Wang

Communigator:

Jamie Shisler

King earned three All-America first team honors in 2013 NCAA Championships competition, including tying for third in NCAA all-around competition. She turned in balance beam and floor exercise marks of 9.90 or above in NCAA Regional, Semifinal and Super Six competition. King equaled her collegiate all-around best of 39.65, which stood second overall in last Saturday’s Super Six competition. She matched UF’s season floor exercise best with her win at 9.975 versus Minnesota.

 

Sloan also received the team’s “Newcomer of the Year” award after a stellar debut season. All-around champion in both the NCAA and Southeastern Conference Championships, she also won the NCAA balance beam title and shared the SEC uneven bars and floor exercise crowns. Sloan is the sixth gymnast in the 32-year history of the NCAA Championships to take multiple event titles as a freshman and earned four All-America first team honors last weekend in Los Angeles. She equaled her collegiate all-around best of 39.75 for the third time of the 2013 season to lead all competitors in Saturday’s Super Six competition. She led UF with 19 event titles. The SEC Freshman of the Year was a two-time SEC Gymnast of the Week and four time SEC Freshman of the Week selection.

 

Senior Ashanée Dickerson and junior Mackenzie Caquatto shared this year’s “Gator Heart & Soul” honor. Dickerson claimed 10 titles this season and earned All-America first team honors for vault last weekend. She raised her collegiate vault and floor bests to a nearly perfect 9.975 as a senior. Caquatto was the nation’s first gymnast of 2013 to turn in a 10.0 mark when she won the Missouri dual uneven bars title. She won seven titles this season and earned 2013 All-America first team honors for both bars and beam. In the NCAA Individual Event finals, Dickerson tied for fifth in vault and Caquatto was fourth in both bars and beam.

 

Kytra Hunter is this year’s “Charlie’s Angel,” an award given in memory of former Gator Gymnastics Gang president Charlie Eggleston and the honor goes to a gymnast who inspires her teammates. Hunter earned four All-America honors last weekend in NCAA Championships competition. The sophomore turned in the nation’s top two all-around totals of 2013 – a school-record 39.80 on March 1 and won Regionals at 39.775. She shared the SEC floor exercise title and was a two-time SEC Gymnast of the Week in 2013. Hunter equaled her collegiate and UF’s season vault best of 9.975 four times in 2013 and that same mark in the NCAA Super Six led all floor competitors in 2013 NCAA Championships competition. She won 17 event titles in 2013, including four all-around wins.

 

A new award, “Comeback Gymnast of the Year”, went to NCAA uneven bars champion Alaina Johnson. The junior sat out eight meets recovering from a lower back stress reaction/stress fracture, returning to the Gator vault and bars lineup for NCAA Regional competition. Last weekend in Los Angeles, Johnson earned marks of 9.9 or above in both vault and bars in the NCAA Semi and Super 6 competition, including a 9.95 on bars as Florida’s final performer in the Super Six. She is the first Gator to win the NCAA bars title and earned All-America first team honors for both vault and bars.

 

For the second consecutive year, “Most Consistent” went to senior Randy Stageberg. She was part of every beam and floor lineup of the season before a shoulder injury after the SEC Championships ended her career. She finished her career with 40 consecutive “hit” balance beam routines and equaled collegiate-bests of 9.90 for both beam and floor as a senior.

 

Sophomore Rachel Spicer is recipient of the team’s “Most Improved” award. Spicer missed early season action recovering from a pre-season elbow injury but was part of every beam lineup from the last meet in January through Super Six competition. She turned in a collegiate-best 9.90 in SEC Championships beam competition.

 

Sophomore Jamie Shisler is the team’s “Communigator” recipient for her efforts as an ambassador for the team. Since the fall of 2012, Shisler turned in more than 26 hours of community service, earning her a spot on the SEC Community Service team. The “Scholar Athlete” award went to sophomore Kiersten Wang, who owns a 3.978 GPA in civil engineering. She is one of 10 Gators recently named to the Academic All-SEC Honor Roll.

 

The Gators swept the team titles in each of the season’s three championship meets – NCAA, Regional and SEC Championships. The NCAA title is the first for the program as UF claimed the final AIAW crown in 1982. Six Gators matched the school record of 16 All-America honors in 2013 NCAA Championships’ competition.

 

 

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