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The Gators celebrate Bridget Sloan's 10.0 on floor. The celebration continued when Kytra Hunter matched the mark.

Friday January 24, 2014Two 10.0s from Kytra Hunter & Bridget Sloan lead No. 3 Gators to win against No. 6 Georgia

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators celebrate Bridget Sloan's 10.0 on floor. The celebration continued when Kytra Hunter matched the mark.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team used a school-record floor exercise total to race past No. 6 Georgia on the final rotation to take the win. The defending NCAA and Southeastern Conference champions posted a 198.05 – the fifth-highest total in school history and the nation’s leader of 2014 - and the Gym Dogs earned a total of 196.70.

 

Gator 10.0 Marks

Event

Score

Date

Athlete

Opponent

V

10.00

3/12/2004

Savannah Evans

UCLA

V

10.00

4/17/1998

Susan Hines

@NCAA Championships

V

10.00

4/16/1998

Susan Hines

@NCAA Championships

V

10.00

3/14/1998

Susan Hines

@Auburn and Rhode Island

V

10.00

4/13/1996

Susan Hines

NCAA SE Region Champ.

UB

10.00

1/18/2013

Mackenzie Caquatto

Missouri

UB

10.00

1/30/2009

Melanie Sinclair

Kentucky

UB

10.00

3/2/2007

Melanie Sinclair

NC State

UB

10.00

2/16/2007

Melanie Sinclair

Kentucky

UB

10.00

1/31/2003

Erin Pendleton

GWU, URI, Washington

UB

10.00

3/22/1996

Kristen Guise

SportsChannel Senior Night

UB

10.00

3/22/1996

Amy Myerson

SportsChannel Senior Night

BB

10.00

2/27/2004

Kristen Stucky

@Kentucky

FX

10.00

1/24/2014

Kytra Hunter

Georgia

FX

10.00

1/24/2014

Bridget Sloan

Georgia

FX

10.00

2/21/1997

Chrissy Vogel

@Magical Classic

FX

10.00

1/25/1991

Pam Titus

Auburn

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the Gators’ first appearance in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center since claiming the program’s first NCAA title last April in Los Angeles. The crowd of 10,013 – the third largest in Florida history – welcomed the Gators back home as they competed under the NCAA title banner hanging high in the O’Connell Center.

 

The Gators trailed the Gym Dogs after each of the first three rotations and UGA took a 0.075 lead heading into the final event. But any performance by the GymDogs on the balance beam would have had difficulty keeping up with what was happing over on the floor exercise mat.

 

As the second floor performer, senior Mackenzie Caquatto earned a collegiate-best 9.95. That was followed by a 9.975 from junior Rachel Spicer. Then came back-to-back 10.0 marks from the Gators who have won the last two NCAA all-around titles – Bridget Sloan and Kytra Hunter. Sophomore Bridgette Caquatto anchored the set with a 9.95 – giving Florida a school-record of 49.875 floor total. The previous floor high of 49.725 was set in 2013 NCAA Super Six team final action.

 

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         The all-around mark of 39.70 by Hunter and Sloan equals the nation’s leading total set by Sloan last Friday at Auburn. The all-around win is the 12th for Hunter and the eighth for Sloan. Hunter was the first Gator to win the NCAA all-around title in 2012 and Sloan won the title in 2013.

·         It was the final home meet of the 1996 season when a pair of Gators last scored 10.0s on the same event. All-Americans Amy Myerson and Kristen Guise both turned in 10.0 uneven bars marks. Hunter and Sloan become the second Gator duo to earn 10.0s on the same event in the same meet. They bring the number of Florida 10.0 floor performers to four, joining All-Americans Pam Titus (1991) and Chrissy Vogel (1997).

·         Senior Mackenzie Caquatto finished her meet with 9.95 marks on both balance beam and floor exercise. It was her second consecutive 9.95 on beam as she also used the same mark for the event title at Auburn last Friday. She owns eight beam wins during her Florida career.

·         Sophomore Bridgette Caquatto set or equaled her collegiate best on each of the three events she competed Friday – vault (9.875), uneven bars (9.95) and floor exercise (9.95).

 

RECORDS: Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC SEC); Georgia (2-3, 1-1 SEC).

 

THE SERIES: All-time, Georgia leads Florida 92-43-1. Tonight’s was Florida’s 12th consecutive win versus Georgia.

 

WATCH: The Florida-Georgia dual airs tape-delayed on CSS Jan. 28 at 10 p.m. ET and again on Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m. It also airs on Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. on CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 259) and again on Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

 

QUOTES
On tonight’s meet and the expectations going in:

“I know that we had a great week of training and I knew that our team was extremely excited to be back at home. Of course, I knew going into the season what our capabilities were. I just didn’t think that we would be doing it this quickly, but I think they just got so pumped. Obviously, we started out the meet not sticking a vault. Not one. And then bars – bars was a little bit of a surprise because that’s our best event, and we didn’t stick. We only stuck two out of the six bar dismounts. I think our athletes were a little bit frustrated, but then on beam I think they all just picked it up. So then the energy picked up.

 

Florida Event Winners Friday

Vault:

Bridget Sloan

9.925

Balance Beam:

Mackenzie Caquatto

9.950

Floor Exercise

Kytra Hunter

10.0

 

Bridget Sloan

10.0

All-Around

Kytra Hunter

39.70

 

Bridget Sloan

39.70

We put Macko (Mackenzie Caquatto) back on floor tonight. I think that having her out there as a senior and then doing such a great routine really lit everybody else up. The energy just flowed from there and it snowballed. Then Spicer went up and that was the best floor routine I’ve ever seen her do ever in her life. Everyone just caught fire from there. That was a really special way to finish it out. I told them when we were done our first two events weren’t even near what we’re capable of and we know that. But it’s still early in the season so it was nice.” - Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On being behind going into the final event and what led to the Gator being behind

“They’re very determined athletes. I’m sure they knew just how tight it was and I know that they weren’t happy necessarily with their overall not getting the landings on the first two events. But I know that we put in a really great effort on balance beam, and that also picked it up.

 

Sometimes they just were just trying too hard [to get the landings]. When they’re trying too hard, that’s often when you get the step forward because they’re really stalling out to try and get the landing. That’s what happened [on bars] with Alaina (Johnson) and with Bridget (Sloan). We’re not going to fault them for that. We’re just going to relax and put up a few more numbers and get ready for next week.” - Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On being behind for the first three rotations and going into the floor exercise:

“It’s definitely incredible. Our first meet, we didn’t do so hot on the floor. It just goes to show you how much depth we have. I tell everyone I think this is the best team that we’ve had, and no one really believes me. I still believe that this team is better than what we were last year.” – junior All-American Kytra Hunter

 

On what “clicked” for the team on floor:

“Honestly, I know a lot of people think that the crowd did, but I think getting those jitters out at the two road meets that we had definitely did a lot for us and it showed us a lot. We had two great road scores but not the best meets. That was good for us to see.

 

“I could not sleep last night. I was so anxious. I know we’ve all been talking about it since day one. Since January hit, we could not wait for this meet and so I think the excitement from all of us really pushed us.” – junior All-American Kytra Hunter

 

On the O’Connell Center crowd:

“The crowd was incredible. It was exactly what we were hoping for. They were just so loud and so energetic, and it was just like an earthquake when we were on the floor to hear the crowd. To have over 10,000 people was just amazing.

 

“We want to have that same crowd for when Oklahoma comes to town next week because maybe people don’t realize that last year at the NCAA Championships we won, Oklahoma was the runner-up. So it’s going to be an incredible competition of great gymnastics so we want and need all the fans to come out again.” - Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On the Gators’ floor performance:

"Floor was awesome. We've been working really, really hard with our execution on floor and on our landings. Just the little things. It was absolutely incredible tonight to be at home and to get a 10. Honestly, I never thought I would get a 10. Floor is a good event for me but I'm pushing for a 10 on beam.” – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

On the 10.0 for Kytra Hunter:

"We were all jumping down and we were like, 'All right, Kytra, you're ready'". And after she went I looked at Rhonda and was like, 'That's a total 10'". I was like, if I can get a 10, Kytra [Hunter] can get an 11. You know, after she went and did her last pass, it was like an explosion." – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

On collecting a perfect score with Hunter:

"Kytra and I have always worked well together. Competing together we feed off each other. And when I go after her on bars, I'm like, 'All right, if she went I can do this'".

 

"And after I went on floor I could just tell that she was going to do really well on this floor routine. We just feed off that in the most positive way possible, and that's just the team as a whole. Just incredible." – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

Competing at home:

“Our home opener was so exciting. And we had so many fans. It was the most packed crowd we’ve ever competed before at home. It was fun tonight. Being back on our home court and just doing what we love to do and doing it for our school - it’s just incredible.” – junior All-American Kytra Hunter

 

WORTH NOTING
A Gator has turned in an all-around total of 39.70 or better now 17 times – and Hunter (5) and Sloan (6) own 11 of those totals…Florida entered the meet with the season’s top road score (197.075) and now has the top team score (198.05)…Bridgette Caquatto turned in a collegiate-best 9.875 in her first vault performance in the O’Connell Center…Sloan shared the vault win at 9.925 for her second consecutive event title on the event…that equals the two vault wins she earned as a freshman in 2013…tonight’s shared title was the 14th floor win for Hunter and the third for Sloan…during their collegiate careers, Hunter has won 44 event titles and Sloan has 29…the 9.95 beam mark from Mackenzie Caquatto was the fifth time she has earned that mark on the event, which includes three of her last five performances (dating back to 2013 NCAA Championships’ semifinal competition)…six times Mackenzie Caquatto has posted a 9.95 or better on beam – the most times of any current Gator…Sloan has scored a 9.90 or higher on vault in each home contest since freshman season…the Caquatto sisters turned in a total of four marks of 9.95 tonight – Bridgette (bars, floor) and Mackenzie (beam, floor)…the 49.875 on floor is the highest event total record on any of the four apparatus for Florida…there are now three on the 2014 Gator roster with 10.0 marks – Mackenzie Caquatto (2013/bars), Hunter (2014/floor) and Sloan (2014/floor).

 

DID YOU KNOW:

Pam Titus’ 10.0 on floor exercise in the Jan. 25, 1991 dual meet with Auburn was not only the first perfect mark for the Gators on any event, but was also the first 10.0 ever by a collegiate floor performer.

 

GYM DOG EVENT WINNERS:

Vault – Lindsey Cheek (9.925)

Bars – Lindsey Cheer (9.975)

 

NATIONAL RANK:

Florida – Florida is No. 3 in the Jan. 20 GymInfo National Rankings.

Georgia – The Gym Dogs are No. 6 in the GymInfo rankings. Seven SEC teams appear among the current top 20.

 

UP NEXT:

The Gators face 2013 NCAA runner-up and current No. 1 Oklahoma (2-0,1-0 Big 12) on Friday, Jan. 31. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Sooners will meet Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 25.

 

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Gator Ticket Office link or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

It is Great to Go Green day at Gator gymnastics and information about conservation and recycling will be available at the meet. The first 1,000 fans Friday receive light-up shakers and the first 1,000 students receive “green” sunglasses. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to the first 300 UF students.

 

It is also UFAA Night – UF Alumni Association members can purchase 2-for-1 tickets with membership I.D. Santa Fe College employees can also purchase 2-for-1 tickets with a Santa Fe I.D. Students of Santa Fe College are admitted free with a student I.D.

 

The Florida-Oklahoma dual will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala channel 48 or 1048 on Cox Cable) on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and again Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. ET.

 

Streaming video of Friday’s meet can be found on GatorVision (subscription service) and live scoring can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

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No. 3 Florida versus No. 6 Georgia

Final Team Totals

Jan. 24, 2014 ● Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,013)

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Florida

49.350

49.450

49.375

49.875

198.050

Georgia

49.300

49.600

48.450

49.350

196.700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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