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Mackenzie Caquatto and the rest of the No. 2 Gator gymnastics team plays host to No. 1 Oklahoma Friday.

Thursday January 30, 2014Nation's top gymnastics teams – No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida – meet Friday in O'Connell

Gainesville, Fla.

Mackenzie Caquatto and the rest of the No. 2 Gator gymnastics team plays host to No. 1 Oklahoma Friday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The nation’s top two gymnastics teams – No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida – meet Friday in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center for one of the nation’s top dual meet of 2014. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. ET in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 2 Florida (3-0, 2-0 SEC) versus No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0 Big 12)

 

Date & Time: Friday, Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. ET

Site: Stephen C. O’Connell Center (10,126); gates 1 & 2 open at 5:30 p.m.

 

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 48 or 1048) on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. and again Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.

 

Series Record (all-time): Florida leads 11-4. Last meeting, Florida won the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final at 197.575 and Oklahoma was second at 197.375.

 

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

 

Tickets: $5 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

 

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Meet Promotions: It’s Great to Go Green - information about conservation & recycling will be available at meet; Light-up shakers - first 1,000 fans receive light-up shakers; Student Shades - first 1,000 students receive “green” sunglasses; Feed the Students - first 300 UF students receive free Domino’s Pizza and check-in at Gate 3 for three Rowdy Reptile Rewards points (beginning at 5:30 p.m.); UFAA Night – UF Alumni Association members can purchase 2-for-1 tickets with membership I.D.; Santa Fe College Night – Santa Fe College employees can purchase 2-for-1 tickets and Santa Fe students are admitted free with I.D.; Kids Zone – Friday’s Kid Zone includes a recycling IQ game

 

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

 

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Florida and Oklahoma also are the top two teams from the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final. Florida won its first NCAA title at 197.575 and Oklahoma was runner-up at 197.375.

 

Friday’s meet is the team’s It’s Great to Go Green event and information about sustainability and recycling will be available at the meet. The first 1,000 fans receive light-up shakers and the first 1,000 students receive “green” sunglasses. Hungry UF students will want to be among the first 300 at the meet Friday to enjoy free Domino’s pizza (Gate 3).

 

Two-for-one tickets are available to UF Alumni Association or Santa Fe College employees – just show UFAA membership card or SF identification at ticket booth to take advantage of offer. UF and Santa Fe College students can show their I.D. for free admission to Friday’s meet. Tickets are $5 for adults while children 17 and under are admitted free.

 

Last Friday in Gators’ Home Opener:

Florida turned in the nation’s top team total of 2014 in its 198.05-196.70 win versus then No. 6 Georgia. It was a tight competition through the opening three rotations and the Gators trailed by 0.075 heading into the final rotation. Florida’s school-record floor exercise team total of 49.875 – the highest team total on any event since 2006 - surged the Gators to the win.

 

To tally a 49.875, there needs to be some big scores. Each member of Florida’s floor lineup turned in a collegiate-best floor score and the five scores used toward the team total all were 9.95 or above. Sophomore Bridget Sloan and junior Kytra Hunter turned in back-to-back 10.0 marks - the first for Florida on the event since 1997. Junior Rachel Spicer was just off that school-record mark with her 9.975. The Caquatto sisters – Mackenzie and Bridgette – both posted 9.95 floor marks. Florida’s three all-arounders all turned in totals of 39.60 or better. Mackenzie Caquatto’s 39.60 is a collegiate-best and took third behind Sloan and Hunter, who shared the title with the nation’s high of 39.70. For the second straight meet, Mackenzie Caquatto used a 9.95 to collect the balance beam win. Sloan won the vault for the second consecutive meet, this time with a 9.925.

 

Hunter & Sloan SEC Gymnasts of the Week:

National-high all-around and floor exercise scores by both Hunter and Sloan in last Friday’s dual meet win versus No. 6 Georgia led to the pair sharing the Jan. 28 Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week honor.

 

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 in the program’s history to be scored in consecutive routines. The first came in the 1996 regular-season home finale when Kristen Guise, then Amy Myerson, registered 10.0 uneven bars 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.

 

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.

 

The Sooners in the Opening Three Weekends:

Oklahoma has opened the 2014 season with impressive wins over Georgia (197.70-196.50), Iowa State (196.675-193.05) and at Arizona (197.575-196.925). Two OU totals rank in the nation’s top three of the 2014 season. In the Sooners last meet at Arizona, sophomore Keeley Kmieciak won vault (9.925) and senior Taylor Spears won bars (9.925) and beam (9.95).

 

Like the Gators, the Sooners return four All-Americans in 2014 - Erica Brewer, Rebecca Clark, Madison Mooring and Spears. The five-member OU freshman class is the No. 2 recruiting class according to CollegeGymFans.com.

 

Sooner freshmen picked up a pair of Big 12 honors Tuesday. McKenzie Wofford is the Big 12 Specialist of the Week and Chayse Capps is the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week.

 

Gator Gymnastics – It’s Great to Go Green:

Friday is It’s Great to Go Green night at Gator gymnastics. Did you know the Gator gymnastic team practices in “green” facility? The new practice facility, which opened in December of 2012, is LEED Gold Certified – with a number of innovative green features.

·         Nearly 90% of the construction waste was recycled throughout the construction process for the new gymnastics practice facility.

·         The gymnastics practice facility features advanced thermal and lighting controls, including occupancy and photo sensors to save energy.

 

Explore the Gator Gymnastics Practice Facility here.

 

National Rank:

Florida – Florida is No. 2 in the Jan. 27 GymInfo rankings. The current rankings are based on total season average.

Oklahoma – The Sooners are No. 1 in the GymInfo rankings.

 

NCAA Championships’ Top Two Teams Meet in O’Connell Center again in 2014

This is the second consecutive year the previous season’s No. 1 and No. 2 NCAA Championship teams meet in the O’Connell Center for dual meet action. Last year, Florida defeated 2012 NCAA champion Alabama 1981.10-196.85 on Feb. 8, 2013. 

 

Gators Return Four All-Americans in 2014:

The Gators return four gymnasts in 2014 (Mackenzie Caquatto, Kytra Hunter, Alaina Johnson and Bridget Sloan) who own a total of 26 All-America honors. The Gators won the Southeastern Conference, NCAA Gainesville Regional and NCAA championship team titles last year. In 2014, Florida returns 17 of 24 routines it competed in the 2013 NCAA Championships.

 

Tape-delay broadcast:

Friday’s meet airs tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 48 or 1048) on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m. ET and again Feb. 12 (6 p.m.), Feb. 16 (9:30 a.m.), Feb. 17 (11 a.m.) and Feb. 28 (10 p.m.).

 

 

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