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Bridget Sloan (left) and Kytra Hunter shared the latest SEC Gymnast of the Week award.

Tuesday January 28, 2014Gator Gymnasts Kytra Hunter & Bridget Sloan share SEC Gymnast of the Week

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Bridget Sloan (left) and Kytra Hunter shared the latest SEC Gymnast of the Week award.

National-high all-around and floor exercise scores by both Florida All-Americans Kytra Hunter (Frederick, Md.) and Bridget Sloan (Pittsboro, Ind.) in last Friday’s dual meet win versus No. 6 Georgia led to the pair sharing the latest Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week honor, the league office announced Tuesday. Georgia’s Lindsey Cheek is the SEC Specialist of the Week and Auburn’s M.J. Rott is the SEC Freshman of the Week.  

 

They helped Florida earn the nation’s leading team (198.05) and floor (49.875) totals. The floor total is the nation’s highest in any event since 2006.

 

The all-around mark of 39.70 by Hunter and Sloan last Friday equals the nation’s leading total set by Sloan at Auburn on Jan. 17. The all-around win is the 12th for Hunter and the eighth for Sloan. Of the Gators’ 17 all-around totals of 39.70 or better, 11 of those marks were turned in by Hunter (5) and Sloan (6). Friday’s all-around total includes 10.0 floor marks by both – the nation’s first 10.0 marks on any event in 2014.

 

Their 10.0s are only the second to be scored in consecutive routines in the program’s history. The first came in the 1996 regular-season home finale when Kristen Guise, then Amy Myerson registered 10.0 uneven bar marks. They doubled the number of Florida 10.0 floor marks, as Pam Titus turned in the program’s first perfect mark in 1991 and Chrissy Vogel added another in 1997.

 

Hunter has won floor in each of Florida’s 2014 meets. Sloan also used a 9.925 to claim her second consecutive vault win. This season, Sloan leads the Gators with seven event titles and Hunter is second with five. In their careers, Hunter now has 44 event titles and Sloan 29.

 

In the third national rankings of the season, Sloan is tied for first on vault (9.933), No. T-6 on bars (9.892), No. T-7 in all-around (39.425) and No. T-8 in floor (9.917). Hunter is No. 3 in all-around (39.492), No. T-3 in floor (9.942), No. T-16 in vault (9.892) and No. T-22 on beam (9.833).

 

This is the second such honor for both this season. Hunter shared the first honor of 2014 and Sloan was last week’s recipient. The pair won the SEC and NCAA all-around titles as freshmen – Hunter in 2012 and Sloan in 2013. They both were named the Honda Award recipient as the nation’s top collegiate gymnast following the season they won the NCAA titles.

 

Next up, the No. 2 Gators face 2013 NCAA runner-up and current No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0,1-0 Big 12) on Friday, Jan. 31. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. Not only does Friday’s competition feature the nation’s top-two teams in the current national rankings, but the pair was also the top two teams in 2013 NCAA Championships competition.

 

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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.

 

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