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Claire Boyce won a share of her first collegiate balance beam title Friday at Alabama.

Friday February 28, 2014No. 3 Gator gymnastics team loses at No. 4 Alabama Friday

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Claire Boyce won a share of her first collegiate balance beam title Friday at Alabama.

Photos by Erin Long

 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team suffered its first loss of 2014 at No. 4 Alabama Friday in front of a Coleman Coliseum crowd of 12,301.

 

Florida Event Winners Friday

Vault:

Bridget Sloan

9.950

Uneven Bars:

Bridget Sloan

9.925

Balance Beam:

Claire Boyce

9.925

 

Mackenzie Caquatto

9.925

All-Around

Bridget Sloan

39.500

The meet was tight competition, which was expected when the winners of the last three NCAA team championships met. The teams were tied after each of the opening three rotations, setting up for a decisive final event.

 

The Gators were uncharacteristic on their finishing event, balance beam, as a miss from the opening competitor and bobbles on other routines couldn’t keep up with the Tide’s floor exercise marks. The Gators’ finished with their lowest beam total (49.15) since their season opener and Alabama posted its third-highest floor total (49.425) of 2014.

 

The loss was the Gators’ first since March 16, 2013, when Utah took a 198.125-197.875 win in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         Sophomore Bridget Sloan won at least a share of three event titles Friday, including her seventh consecutive all-around win (39.50). She equaled her collegiate vault best of 9.95 for the third time this season to take her fourth win on the event this season. A bars mark of 9.925 gave her a share of her four win of the season on the event.

·         Freshman Claire Boyce and senior Mackenzie Caquatto were among a three-way tie for first on balance beam at 9.925. For Boyce, it was her first event win as a Gator and Mackenzie Caquatto picks up her third beam win of 2014 and ninth as a collegiate.

 

RECORDS: Florida (7-1, 5-1 SEC); Alabama (8-3, 6-1 SEC).

 

THE SERIES: All-time, Alabama leads 68-36-1.

Since 2003, the home team has taken the win in the annual duel meet between these two programs.

 

WATCH: The Florida-Alabama duel meet airs tape-delayed on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala channel 1251 on Cox Cable) March 5 at 5 p.m. and March 6 at 2:30 p.m.

 

QUOTES
On the team’s performance Friday

“I told the team when we were finished that I felt this was really the first time all season long that we’ve been put under a pressure situation on the road. We had a lot of heavy pressure situations at home in our environment. So I think this was a really positive experience and they are only going to get better and learn from it.

 

“I didn’t think we attacked as aggressively as possible. Some really phenomenal routines, but overall, we left a lot of tenths on the competition floor. It is just going to make us better. Last year we lost at LSU and that really fueled us; we lost at Utah and it made us work that much harder going into SECs.

 

“I love the way our team fought. It was a great night of gymnastics all around. I just know we are going to get better from it. Their eyes are opened under the pressure for the strongest time this year.” – Florida coach Rhonda Faehn

 

Crimson Tide Event Winners:

Bars:

Kim Jacob

9.925

 

Amanda Jetter

9.925

Beam:

Kaitlyn Clark

9.925

Floor:

Kim Jacob

9.95

 

Diandra Milliner

9.95

 

The Tide was without their top all-arounder Sarah DeMeo, who suffered a concussion in a fall in Feb. 18 training and missed the Feb. 21 Perfect 10 Challenge in Oklahoma City, Okla., and tonight’s competition.

 

NATIONAL RANK:

Florida – Florida is No. 3 in the Feb. 24 GymInfo National Rankings.

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

 

UP NEXT:

The Gators return to Gainesville, Fla., to play host to West Virginia on Friday, March 7. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. ET in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.  

 

It is Senior Day and the careers of Florida’s Mackenzie Caquatto, Alaina Johnson and Lauren Rose will be celebrated in a post-meet ceremony.

 

Gator Booster members can show their membership card for 2-for-1 tickets. City of Gainesville residents can also show identification (i.e. – driver’s license with address) to also receive 2-for-1 tickets.

 

Tickets for Friday’s meet are $5 for adults while children 17 & under and UF student showing a Gator1 card are admitted free. Visit the Gator ticket site for more information.

 

The Florida-West Virginia duel will air tape-delayed on SUN Sports (Gainesville/Ocala channel 48 or 1048 on Cox Cable) on March 16 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Streaming video of Friday’s meet can be found on GatorVision and live scoring can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

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No. 3 Florida at No. 4 Alabama

Final Team Totals

Feb. 28, 2014 ● Coleman Coliseum (12,301 )

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Alabama

49.425

49.425

49.400

49.425

197.675

Florida

49.425

49.425

49.150

49.400

197.400

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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