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Mackenzie Caquatto and the rest of the No. 3 Gator gymnastics team will be at Missouri this Friday.

Wednesday March 12, 2014No. 3 Florida gymnastics finishes regular season action at Missouri Friday

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Mackenzie Caquatto and the rest of the No. 3 Gator gymnastics team will be at Missouri this Friday.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team finishes 2014 regular-season action with its first trip to Columbia, Mo., to face No. T35 Missouri for Southeastern Conference duel meet action. Meet time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET in the Hearnes Center.

 

Friday’s Meet Info:

No. 3 Florida (8-1, 5-1 SEC) at No. T35 Missouri (6-6, 0-5 SEC)

 

Date & Time: Friday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET

Site: Hearnes Center (13,611)

 

Television: meet airs tape-delayed on CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 1259) March 22 at noon ET and March 23 at 11 p.m. ET

 

Series Record (all-time): Florida leads 12-0. Last meeting, Florida won the Southeastern Conference championship at 198.00 and Missouri was seventh at 195.525

 

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

 

Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for youth. Visit the Missouri ticket site for more information.

 

 

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It is the final meet of the regular season for both teams before heading to Birmingham, Ala., for the March 22 Southeastern Conference Championships.

 

Last Friday versus West Virginia:

Florida finished 2014 home action by posting the nation’s season-leading team total of 198.325 to take the win over West Virginia (194.925). The total is the third-highest in school history and each of the program’s top three totals have come since March of 2013. A pair of Gator seniors turned in collegiate-best all-around totals Friday, including Alaina Johnson’s national-leading and school-record total of 39.825. Mackenzie Caquatto upped her collegiate-best for the second time this season to take second with a 39.625. Johnson equaled or set her collegiate best in each event, including winning vault (9.95) and uneven bars (9.975) titles. Junior All-American Kytra Hunter collected her fifth 10.0 of the season with her third perfect mark on floor. The five 10.0 marks (three floor; two vault) are the most by any individual in program history. Sophomore Bridget Sloan used a near perfect 9.975 to take her fifth balance beam win of the season. Florida set the school beam record with a national-leading 49.625.

 

Johnson receives SEC honors:

After her school-record and national-leading all-around total of 39.825, Johnson is the SEC Gymnast of the Week. Johnson’s total is the top since Georgia’s Courtney Kupets posted a 39.85 in 2009. That total gave Johnson her sixth all-around win of her career and first since March 16, 2012. The SEC Gymnast of the Week is the fourth of Johnson’s career and first since claiming two honors in 2012. She is the third different Gator to receive the honor in 2013, with Hunter picking up the first of the season and sharing the third with Sloan. Four consecutive SEC Gymnast of the Week honors went to Sloan. A Gator has been named to one of the three SEC weekly honors eight of the nine weeks of 2014 campaign.

 

Gator 10.0s in 2014:

Hunter’s 10.0 on floor versus West Virginia marks the sixth meet with a perfect score this season. The Gators’ seven 10.0 marks in 2014 – Sloan on floor exercise and balance beam; Hunter three times on floor and twice on vault - is most for the Gators in a single season.

 

Florida’s seven 10.0 marks leads the nation in 2014 and the Gator pair are the only gymnasts to earn 10.0s in multiple events. 

 

About the Missouri Tigers:

Missouri posted its season-best of 195.725 Feb. 21 versus George Washington. Rachel Updike turned in the Tigers’ season leading all-around total of 39.525 on Feb. 23 versus Lindenwood and Air Force.

 

Shannon Welker took over the Missouri program for this season. He spent the previous five years as an assistant coach at Michigan.

 

National Rank:

Florida – Florida is No. 3 in the March 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).

Missouri – The Tigers are No. T35 in the GymInfo rankings.

 

Tape-delay broadcast:

The Florida-Missouri meet airs tape-delayed on CST (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 1259) March 22 at noon ET and March 23 at 11 p.m. ET.

 

Tickets:

$5 for adults and $3 for youth. Visit the Missouri ticket site for more information.

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