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Bridget Sloan collected her second 10.0 of the season, this time on beam, in the Gators' win at Kentucky.

Friday February 7, 2014No. 1 Gator gymnastics team wins at Kentucky – another 10.0 for Bridget Sloan

LEXINGTON, Ky. -

Bridget Sloan collected her second 10.0 of the season, this time on beam, in the Gators' win at Kentucky.

Photos by Erin Long

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team turned in its third consecutive meet with a 10.0 to win the dual at Kentucky Friday in front of a Memorial Coliseum crowd of 2,282. Florida turned in a 197.175 while the Wildcats posted a 195.45.

 

Florida Event Winners Friday

Vault:

Kytra Hunter

9.925

Uneven Bars:

Mackenzie Caquatto

9.900

 

Bridget Sloan

9.900

Balance Beam:

Bridget Sloan

10.0

Floor Exercise

Kytra Hunter

9.925

All-Around

Bridget Sloan

39.675

It was a steady performance for the Gators throughout the meet, scoring a 49.25 or above on every event. Florida opened and ended the meet with meet-high team totals of 49.325 on uneven bars and balance beam.

 

That beam total included a 10.0 by sophomore and defending NCAA beam champion Bridget Sloan. She is the second Gator to earn a perfect mark on beam, with the first also coming at Kentucky in 2004 when Kristen Stucky set the school record.

 

Sloan led a Gator sweep of the all-around, as she used a 39.675 to win her fourth consecutive title. Junior Kytra Hunter was second at 39.425 while senior Alaina Johnson posted a 39.40 in her first all-around performance in more than a year.

 

Florida also swept the event titles. In addition to the beam win, Sloan shared the evening’s uneven bars title with senior Mackenzie Caquatto at 9.90. Hunter used 9.925 marks to take both vault and floor exercise wins.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         Of the 12 Gators to post a perfect score in the program’s 42-year history, Sloan is the first to earn a 10.0 on multiple events. She earned her first 10.0 last month on floor exercise on Jan. 24 and now adds a balance beam 10.0.

·         Sloan collected her fourth consecutive all-around title Friday. That is the most consecutive titles since Ashanée Dickerson opened the 2011 season with three straight all-around victories.

·         Hunter won her fifth consecutive floor exercise title. In that streak is a pair of 10.0s earned in the Jan. 24 and Jan. 31 floor competitions. She has won 17 floor titles as a Gator, including sharing the 2013 Southeastern Conference crown.

·         Johnson made her first all-around appearance since Jan. 11, 2013, earning a 39.40. A lower back stress reaction/fracture held her out of eight meets last season. She did return to perform in 2013 NCAA Regional and Championships competition and won the NCAA uneven bars title.

 

RECORDS: Florida (5-0, 3-0 SEC); Kentucky (4-4, 1-3 SEC).

 

THE SERIES: All-time, Florida leads 74-1.

 

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

 

QUOTES
On the team’s performance tonight:

“I’m beyond thrilled by the way this team performed tonight. It was incredible right from the start. We definitely had one of our best bar performances top to bottom that we’ve had all season. I think four of the six were perfectly stuck landings. It was a really nice improvement, which is what we were looking for.

 

“Tonight we were able to rest Macko (Mackenzie Caquatto) and (Rachel) Spicer on floor and Macko from vault. To finish as aggressively as we did on beam and Bridget’s perfect 10 on beam was like the icing on the cake.

 

“Overall on all four events, it was really an exceptional performance. They competed aggressively and they showed improvement, which is the most important thing. It is exactly where we wanted to be – showing improvements where we wanted to see them.” – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

On her performance Friday:

“It was one of those nights, it was like a fairy tale. The meet ended on beam, my favorite event, and getting a 10 – it was just incredible.” – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

What words of wisdom did you have for Bridget Sloan prior to her beam routine?:

“I’m really happy for Bridget. Before she went up on beam, she told me ‘I’m going to kill this routine.’ So I just stepped away because I could tell she’s ready to go.” – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On the team’s performance:

“It was just an incredible night. It was one of our best road meets for sure. We really just came together as a team. We were able to get more landings than we were able to get all season. We were really relaxed and just had a blast.” – sophomore All-American Bridget Sloan

 

MOM KNOWS BEST:

After the Gators’ home opener on Jan. 24, Bridget Sloan’s mother was gathering 10.0 signs from the O’Connell Center. She knew the Sloan family was all coming to cheer on their youngest at Kentucky on Feb. 7 and Mary wanted some signs to cheer Bridget on. Bridget was clear in her goal to try to get a 10.0 on her favorite event, the balance beam, and Mary wanted to give her inspiration.

 

“Competing at road meets is never easy but Kentucky hosted us really well. And what I think what made it even more special was my whole family was there. It is incredible to get all of us together – all four kids and Mom and Dad – all in one place together. Tonight, they were all there supporting me,” Bridget Sloan said. “It was incredible.”

 

NATIONAL RANK:

Florida – Florida is No. 1 in the Feb. 2 GymInfo National Rankings.

Kentucky – The Wildcats are No. 35 in the GymInfo rankings.

 

UP NEXT:

The Gators begin a two-meet home stand with a Valentine’s Day meet versus No. 11 Arkansas. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The Razorbacks turned in a season-best 196.275 Friday in their loss to No. 3 LSU, who posted a 197.225.

 

The Florida-Arkansas dual will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala channel 48 or 1048 on Cox Cable) on Feb. 22 at 5 p.m., Feb. 23 at 8:30 a.m., Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. and Feb. 27 at 9:30 a.m.

 

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. 1 Florida at Kentucky

Final Team Totals

Feb. 7, 2014 ● Memorial Coliseum (2,282)

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Florida

49.250

49.325

49.325

49.275

197.175

Kentucky

49.000

48.800

48.625

49.025

195.450

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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