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The Gators' celebrate Kytra Hunter's second consecutive floor 10.0. No. 2 Florida defeated No. 1 Oklahoma Friday.

Friday January 31, 2014No. 2 Gator gymnastics team defeats No. 1 Oklahoma 197.875-197.225

Gainesville, Fla.

The Gators' celebrate Kytra Hunter's second consecutive floor 10.0. No. 2 Florida defeated No. 1 Oklahoma Friday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – In a match-up of the nation’s top two gymnastics teams, it was the No. 2 Florida gymnasts taking the win over No. 1 Oklahoma Friday in front of a Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 7,260. The Gators posted a 197.875 and the Sooners earned a total of 197.225.

 

No. 1 versus No. 2

Friday’s meeting between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida was the 17th regular-season meeting between the nation’s top two teams since 1995.

 

After Florida’s 197.875-197.225 win tonight, the No. 2 team leads these meetings 14-2-1.

No. 1 vs No. 2 Duals – Since 1995

Date

No. 1

No. 2

Result

1/31/14

No. 1 Oklahoma

@No. 2 Florida

197.85 (UF), 197.225 (OU)

2013

NONE

 

 

2012

NONE

 

 

2011

NONE

 

 

3/5/10

No. 1 Alabama

@ No. 2 Oklahoma

197.95 (OU), 197.275 (UA)

2009

NONE

 

 

1/18/08

No. 1 Florida

No. 2 Georgia

196.850 (UGA), 196.825 (UF)

1/27/07

No. 1 Florida

@No. 2 Georgia

T, 197.250-197.2500

2006

NONE

 

 

2005

NONE

 

 

2/20/04

@No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Georgia

197.825 (UGA), 197.55 (UA)

2003

NONE

 

 

1/11/02

No. 1 UCLA

No. 2 Georgia

196.525 (UGA), 195.65 (UCLA)

1/13/02

No. 1 UCLA

@No. 2 Georgia

197.90 (UGA), 196.875 (UCLA)

1/21/01

No. 1 Utah

@No. 2 UCLA

197.50 (UCLA), 195.70 (Utah)

1/28/01

@ No. 1 UCLA

No. 2 Alabama

197.50 (UCLA), 196.975 (UA)

1/8/00

@No. 1 Georgia

No. 2 Alabama

195.75 (UA), 195.40 (UGA)

1/16/99

@No. 1 Georgia

No. 2 Alabama

196.45 (UGA), 195.725 (UA)

2/13/99

@No. 1 Alabama

No. 2 Georgia

197.30 (UGA), 196.350 (UA)

1/9/98

No. 1 UCLA

@ No. 2 Georgia

195.675 (UGA), 194.025 (UCLA)

2/28/97

@No. 1 Georgia

No. 2 Alabama

197.425 (UGA), 196.25 (UA)

2/2/96

No. 1 Alabama

@No. 2 Georgia

197.425 (UGA) 196.25 (UA)

3/1/96

No. 1 Georgia

@No. 2 Alabama

197.55 (UA), 196.675 (UGA)

2/3/95

No. 1 Georgia

@No. 2 Utah

196.025 (Utah), 194.175 (UGA)

Friday’s meeting brought together 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.

 

The Gators led the meet from the first rotation as the team posted a season-high 49.475 on vault. That score was boosted by a pair of 9.95s from both Bridget Sloan and Kytra Hunter. Florida turned in a 49.40 on uneven bars to take a 0.25 lead at the midway point. The Gators equaled their season-best of 49.425 on balance beam.

 

Hunter equaled the Gators’ floor exercise record of 10.0 for the second consecutive meet, making her the first to earn multiple perfect floor scores in school history. Florida’s floor exercise set didn’t reach the lofty total it set last week versus Georgia (49.875), but its 49.575 tonight still stands as the nation’s second-highest total on the event in 2014.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         Hunter’s floor mark is the 18th 10.0 in school history and she is the second to earn a perfect mark in the same event in consecutive meets. The only other Gators to score 10.0s in back-to-back meets was Susan Hines, who scored the mark in 1998 NCAA Championships’ semifinal and NCAA Super Six vault competition.

·         Sloan took at least a share of four of the five event titles for the second time this season (also at Auburn on Jan. 17). The all-around win at a nation’s leading 39.75 is the third consecutive for the defending NCAA all-around champion. That total equals her collegiate-best for the fourth time, with the last coming in the 2013 NCAA Super Six. She also won bars (9.90), beam (9.95) and shared tonight’s vault (9.95) title.

 

 

NO. 2 WINS AGAIN:

Tonight’s meeting between No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida was the 17th regular-season meeting between the nation’s top two teams since 1995. With tonight’s win, the No. 2 team expanded its lead to 14-2-1.

 

The one tie came in 2007 when No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Georgia tied at 197.25 in Athens, Ga.

 

Florida is now 1-1-1 in regular-season meetings between No. 1 and No. 2 since 1995.

 

RECORDS: Florida (4-0, 2-0 SEC); Oklahoma (3-1, 1-0 Big 12).

 

THE SERIES: All-time, Florida leads 12-4.

 

WATCH: The Florida-Oklahoma dual airs tape-delayed several times on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 48 or 1048). The meet airs on Feb. 9 at 10:30 a.m., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., Feb. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and Feb. 17 at 11 a.m.

 

QUOTES
Overall impression of the meet:

"Consistent is what I would say. It was a very consistent performance. What I loved about that was that we knew this was going to be our toughest challenge so far this year, and that our athletes really responded in a positive and aggressive manner instead of backing down or being uptight or tense." – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On the mindset of the team:

"The team is constantly trying to focus on one competition at a time and to no get ahead of themselves. They're very confident in that they know their ability, and they know what they're capable of doing and they know when they haven't done that yet." – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On the excitement of competing:

“I think what had us going tonight was just the excitement. Kytra (Hunter) and I both talk about how Friday comes, and Friday goes. (We say) ‘When is it going to be Friday night again?’ We wait for it because we absolutely love competing no matter who it’s against.” – sophomore All-America Bridget Sloan

 

How the team is building and working to get better:

“Every routine, we try to make it as perfect as possible, and right now we’re in the building stage. We’re trying to get better and better and then maintain at our best. Right now, I think Kytra is pretty well maintaining her floor routine. It’s pretty good.

 

“We critique the routines and work to make them better. I think I learned that from Elite. I watch my routines and (I say), ‘Man, what was I doing on that?’ As an athlete you always want to strive for perfection. You always can get better. I don’t think there’s any athlete in the world who’s absolutely perfect, and I think that’s what makes gymnastics so exciting. We have to work so hard in the gym just for that one routine. It’s that little, tiny step that can make the difference.

 

“We’re still transitioning. We’re still trying to work through little things here and there, but I definitely think we’re on the right path right now. We’re still climbing, and we’re definitely not peaking.” – sophomore All-America Bridget Sloan

 

Florida Event Winners Friday

Vault:

Kytra Hunter

9.95

 

Bridget Sloan

9.95

Uneven Bars:

Bridget Sloan

9.90

Balance Beam:

Bridget Sloan

9.95

Floor Exercise

Kytra Hunter

10.0

All-Around

Bridget Sloan

39.75

On Hunter's consecutive perfect scores:

"It's amazing because I've felt for quite some time she's been deserving of a 10 whether it be on vault or floor. I'm just thrilled. I think this is the best floor routine she's ever had [and the] best choreography. I think she's really connecting with the crowd and judges, and I think they are really connecting with her as well.

 

“That's the difference maker this year." – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On keeping Hunter grounded after early success:

"The good thing about Kytra is that she's very humble and very hardworking. In her mind she's probably thinking, 'I just want to get tens the rest of the season, so I'm just going to go out and try and get as high [of a score] as I can every single time.'” – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On her second perfect 10 on floor in back-to-back meets:

“It’s a lot of fun. I had a lot of fun out there. Floor is my favorite event. It definitely shows my personality, and it helps me let loose. I know I’m pretty focused on every event, but I definitely have a lot of fun. What I feel inside is just so much adrenaline. We have great fans, and like (Head Coach Rhonda Faehn) said, we feed off those fans. Competing in the O’Connell Center, I wouldn’t want to compete anywhere else.” – junior All-American Kytra Hunter

 

On performing at home:

"I don't think I'm ever going to get tired of competing at home. It's such an exciting atmosphere, and I'm so happy to be here competing for the Gators." – freshman Claire Boyce

 

On improving as the season continues:

"I just try my hardest every day. I try to show my coaches they can trust me and that I'm consistent." – freshman Claire Boyce

 

On Kytra Hunter’s perfect 10:

“It amazes me how incredible of an athlete she is. I definitely look up to her as an athlete, but also as a regular person. She is truly an incredible teammate and friend to have. Her floor routine tonight, I thought was better than last weekend. I guess she could try to get a 10.5 or something. It’s awesome, and as I said last week, if I can get a 10.0 on floor, Kytra can get an 11, a 12. Her power is just unheard of. When you watch it, you say, ‘I could tumble under you and still be OK.’” – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

On what other goals she has:

“Getting a 10 doesn’t mean I can slack off. It means that I need to keep that going. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a challenge, and I’m ready to live up to that challenge because it makes me strive for even more. And [scoring high] puts the team in a better position in the final total.” – junior All-American Kytra Hunter

 

WORTH NOTING
Tonight’s win versus No. 1 Oklahoma was the Gators’ second win versus the nation’s top-ranked team in dual meet competition under Rhonda Faehn (first: Jan. 27, 2012 versus No. T-1 Arkansas)…entering tonight’s competition, Sloan and Hunter shared the nation’s leading all-around total of 39.70…Sloan’s winning total of 39.75 tonight raises that mark and Hunter was runner-up at 39.70…a Gator has turned in an all-around total of 39.70 or better now 19 times – and Hunter (6) and Sloan (7) own 13 of those totals…Florida’s total tonight stands as the nation’s second highest, behind the 198.05 set last week in UF’s win versus Georgia…Sloan has won at least a share of the last three vault titles, surpassing the two vault wins she earned as a freshman in 2013…Hunter has won at least a share of the floor title in each of Florida’s four meets this season…Sloan’s balance beam title was her first since winning that event title at the 2013 NCAA Championships...during their collegiate careers, Hunter has won 45 event titles and Sloan has 33…senior Alaina Johnson turned in season-best marks of 9.875 on both vault and bars tonight…that mark also was a season-best bars mark for sophomore Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto...freshman Claire Boyce upped her collegiate-best on balance beam to 9.90…Sloan's 9.95 on beam is her fourth score of 9.950 or higher for the event…tonight’s crowd 7,260 is the 14th highest in school history.

 

NATIONAL RANK:

Florida – Florida is No. 2 in the Jan. 27 GymInfo National Rankings.

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

 

UP NEXT:

The Gators travel to Lexington, Ky., to face No. 20 Kentucky (4-2, 1-1 SEC) on Feb. 7. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Memorial Coliseum. The Wildcats will meet No. 6 Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Feb. 1.

 

The Florida-Kentucky dual will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala channel 48 or 1048 on Cox Cable) on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

 

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

 

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No. 2 Florida versus No. 1 Oklahoma

Final Team Totals

Jan. 31, 2014 ● Stephen C. O’Connell Center (7,260)

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Florida

49.475

49.400

49.425

49.575

197.875

Oklahoma

49.425

49.200

49.300

49.300

197.225

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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