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The No. 2 Florida and No. 3 LSU meet for the eighth annual Gators Link to Pink Friday at 7 pm

Friday February 21, 2014No. 2 Florida gymnastics plays host to No. 3 LSU Friday for Gators Link to Pink meet

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The No. 2 Florida and No. 3 LSU meet for the eighth annual Gators Link to Pink Friday at 7 pm

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 2 Florida gymnastics team meets its third top-four opponent of 2014 when it plays host to No. 3 LSU Friday, Feb. 21 for the eighth annual Gators Link to Pink. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. ET in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 2 Florida (6-0, 4-0 SEC) vs No. 3 LSU (7-2, 3-1 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 21 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 ESPNU Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and ESPN2 March 2 at 6 p.m.

 

Series Record (all-time): Florida leads 64-30. Last meeting, Florida won the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final 197.575 and LSU was fifth at 197.05.

 

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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The first 2,000 fans Friday receive the 2014 edition of the Gators Link to Pink t-shirt.

 

Meet Promotions: Link to Pink t-shirts - first 2,000 fans receive Link to Pink t-shirts courtesy of Allied Insurance; Link to Pink posters – first 1,000 fans receive Link to Pink posters courtesy of Allied Insurance; Two-for-One tickets – pick up Link To Pink 2-for-1 ticket coupons at Gainesville area Chick-fil-a restaurants

 

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

 

 

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Events aimed to raise awareness about breast cancer prevention and treatment will be included at Friday’s meet. These meets are part of a Southeastern Conference initiative and all of the league’s teams will participate in a “pink” meet this season. Team colors are set aside Friday as the teams will wear pink (but in different shades).

 

The first 2,000 fans Friday receive a pink Gators Link to Pink t-shirt and the first 1,000 receive a Link to Pink poster, both compliments of Allied Insurance. Look for 2-for-1 ticket coupons at Gainesville area Chick-fil-a restaurants.

 

Parking shuttle:

A complimentary parking shuttle will transports fans from the UF Commuter Lot on Gale Lemerand Drive to the O’Connell Center. For more information, visit GatorZone.com/Gameday

 

Last Friday versus Arkansas:

Florida turned in a 197.525-196.025 win over No. 11 Arkansas on Valentine’s Day in front of a Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 6,124. Junior Kytra Hunter became the third Gator to earn a 10.0 on vault and she joins teammate Bridget Sloan as the only two Gators to earn a perfect score on multiple events. Sloan, the defending NCAA all-around and balance beam champion, won her fifth consecutive all-around title with a nation’s leading 39.75. She also used a 9.90 to win balance beam and a 9.975 to take the floor title. Seniors Mackenzie Caquatto and Alaina Johnson shared the uneven bars win with Gator season-best marks of 9.95. It was Caquatto’s second win on the event in 2014 and the 16th of her career. For Johnson, it was her first win on the event since taking the 2013 NCAA title and her 14th collegiate bars win.

 

Hunter picks up SEC Specialist Gymnasts of the Week:

After posting the nation’s first 10.0 mark of the season on vault, junior Kytra Hunter (Frederick, Md.) is the Southeastern Conference Specialist of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. The SEC Gymnast of the Week went to LSU’s Rheagan Courville and Alabama’s Aja Sims is the SEC Freshman of the Week. 

 

The Gators’ first 10.0 vault mark in 10 years gave Hunter her third consecutive win on the event. Hunter, one of a very few in the nation performing a Yurchenko layout with one and a half twist vault, had been oh-so-close to the perfect mark as she earned a 9.975 at six previous meets.

 

It was her third 10.0 of the season as she turned in 10.0 floor marks on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31. Her three 10.0 marks leads the nation in 2014. It is her third SEC honor of the season, as she shared the first and third SEC Gymnast of the Week awards.

 

Gator 10.0s

Florida now has five 10.0 marks in 2014 – Hunter on vault and twice on floor and Sloan on floor exercise and balance beam. Five perfect marks is the most for the Gators in a single season, with the previous high of three coming in 1998, all off Susan Hines’ vault marks, and 1996 with a 10.0 vault by Hines and 10.0 uneven bar routines by Kristen Guise and Amy Myerson.

 

Of the nine 10.0 marks turned in this season, Hunter and Sloan are the only two to earn 10.0s in multiple events. All but one of those nine 10.0 marks were earned by four of the gymnasts competing in the Link to Pink (UF’s Sloan/BB & FX; Hunter/V & FX-two times; LSU’s Lloimincia Hall/FX-two times; Rheagan Courville/V).

 

The Tigers this season:

Friday will be LSU’s fourth consecutive road meet and the Tigers have been scoring very well during that stretch. The 197.875 turned in last Saturday at the MetroPlex Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, not only is the Tigers’ top team total of 2014, but also ranks as the nation’s second-highest road score of the season. It also stands as the Tigers’ all-time high.

 

Two Tigers have turned in perfect 10.0 marks this season – juniors Rheagan Courville (vault) and Lloimincia Hall (floor/two times). At the MetroPlex Challenge, Courville and Hall won vault and floor, respectively, with 10.0 marks. Courville, the reigning SEC Gymnast of the Week, also matched Sloan’s national-leading all-around total of 39.75 to claim her fifth all-around title of the season.

 

LSU was among the four SEC teams which advanced to the 2013 NCAA Super Six, taking fifth overall.

 

National Rank:

Florida – Florida is No. 2 in the Feb. 17 GymInfo rankings. The current rankings are based on total season average.

LSU – The Tigers are No. 3 in the GymInfo rankings.

 

Five SEC teams rank in the current top 10 – No. 2 Florida, No. 3 LSU, No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia and No. 10 Auburn.

 

Tape-delay broadcast:

The Florida-LSU dual will air tape-delayed on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala channel 1251 on Cox Cable) on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. and on ESPN2 (Cox channel 1027) March 2 at 6 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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