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Claire Boyce is the SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week

Tuesday March 4, 2014Florida's Claire Boyce is the SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week

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Claire Boyce is the SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – University of Florida’s Claire Boyce (Grapevine, Texas) is the Southeastern Conference Freshman Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. LSU’s Jessie Jordan is the SEC Gymnast of the Week and Georgia’s Lindsey Cheek is the SEC Event Specialist selection.


This is the first such honor for Boyce and the seventh week a Gator has been named to a SEC weekly award. Sophomore Bridget Sloan has claimed four SEC Gymnast of the Week honors. Junior Kytra Hunter shared two SEC Gymnast of the Week honors and also was named the SEC Event Specialist for Week 6.


Last week at No. 4 Alabama, Boyce raised her collegiate balance beam best 9.925 to share her first event title as a Gator. It was her second consecutive meet with a collegiate-best on beam as she equaled her then best of 9.90 against LSU on Feb. 21.


Boyce has been a part of every Gator beam and floor lineup in 2014. She also turned in a 9.85 on floor at Alabama.


Fourteen of her 16 routines this season have been scored 9.80 or above, including collegiate bests of 9.925 on beam and 9.875 on floor. In the March 3 national rankings, Boyce holds the No. T11 spot in beam – the only freshman among the nation’s top 12 beam standings.


No. 2 Florida finishes 2014 home action and opens March with a duel meet facing No. 36 West Virginia. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. It is Senior Night and the careers of Mackenzie Caquatto, Alaina Johnson and Lauren Rose will be celebrated in a post-meet ceremony.


Tickets are $5 for adults while children 17 and under and UF students presenting Gator1 cards are admitted free. Please visit the Gator Ticket Office site for complete information.


The meet airs tape-delayed several times on SUN Sports, with the first airing set for March 16 at 11 a.m.

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