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No. 3 Florida is at No. 4 Alabama Friday.

Wednesday February 26, 2014No. 3 Florida gymnastics at No. 4 Alabama Friday

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No. 3 Florida is at No. 4 Alabama Friday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Winners of the last three NCAA Gymnastics Championships – No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Alabama – meet in Tuscaloosa, Ala., this Friday. Meet time is set for 8:30 p.m. (ET) in the Coleman Coliseum.

 

Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 3 Florida (7-0, 5-0 SEC) at No. 4 Alabama (7-3, 5-1 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Site: Coleman Coliseum (15,057)

 

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on ESPNU March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Series Record (all-time): Alabama leads 67-36-1. Last meeting, Florida won the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final 197.575 and Alabama was third at 197.35.

 

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

 

Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 youth. Check the Alabama Ticket Office site for more information.

 

 

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Friday’s competition is the 40th consecutive meeting between the two programs (dating back to the 2002 Super Six Challenge) that both teams bring a top-10 ranking. Alabama leads UF 22-16-1 in that span, but since 2007, Florida holds a slight 12-11-1 edge.

 

Last Friday versus LSU:

In its last meet, Florida (7-0, 5-0 SEC) turned in a 198.125-197.625 win over then-No. 3 LSU in the eighth annual Gators Link to Pink in front of a Stephen C. O’Connell Center crowd of 9,197. Junior Kytra Hunter became the first Gator to earn multiple 10.0 marks on multiple events, as she earned her second consecutive perfect vault mark. This season, Hunter has turned in consecutive 10.0 marks on vault (Feb. 14 and 24) and floor (Jan. 24 and 31). Hunter used a 9.975 to collect her sixth consecutive floor win. Bridget Sloan, the defending NCAA all-around and balance beam champion, picked up both those titles - beam (9.95) and all-around (39.70). It was her sixth consecutive all-around win and each of her wins have come with totals of 39.675 or higher – including the nation’s top mark of 39.75 on two occasions.

 

The Gators trailed by 0.05 at the midway point, but used a season-best 49.55 on beam and a 49.65 on floor to take the win with the nation’s second-highest total of 2014.

 

Gator 10.0s

Florida now has six 10.0 marks in 2014 – Sloan on floor exercise and balance beam and Hunter twice on floor and vault. Six 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. Florida’s six 10.0 marks leads the nation in 2014 and Sloan and Hunter are the only gymnasts to earn 10.0s in multiple events. 

 

About the Crimson Tide:

Friday begins a three-meet home stand for the Tide (7-3, 5-1 SEC) after a two-meet road stretch. In their last outing, the Tide was edged 197.20-197.10 by then No. 1 Oklahoma at the Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Tide were without their top all-arounder in Oklahoma City, as Sarah DeMeo was held out after experiencing concussion symptoms after an uneven bars fall earlier in the week. Diandra Millinier, the defending NCAA vault champion, won that event with a season-best 9.975. She also won the all-around at 39.525 and her performance earned Millinier a share of the SEC Gymnast of the Week honor. Senior Kim Jacob picked up the uneven bars win at 9.875. Katie Bailey of Alabama is the reigning SEC Freshman of Week after her collegiate-best all-around of 39.35 at the Perfect 10 Challenge.

 

Alabama, which won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA titles, was among the four SEC teams which advanced to the 2013 NCAA Super Six, taking third overall.

 

National Rank:

Florida – Florida is No. 3 in the Feb. 10 GymInfo rankings. The current rankings are based on regional qualifying score (RQS consists of a team's three highest road scores and the next three highest scores. The high score is subtracted from the six event total and the remaining amount is divided by five).

Alabama – The Crimson Tide is No. 4 in the GymInfo rankings.

 

Four SEC teams rank in the current top 12 – No. 1 LSU, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia.

 

Tape-delay broadcast:

Friday’s meet will air tape-delayed on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable channel 251 or 1251) on March 6 at 5:30 p.m.

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