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Bridget Sloan (left) and Kytra Hunter both turned in school record marks Friday in Florida's win at Missouri.

Friday March 14, 2014No. 3 Gator gymnastics finish regular-season action with win at Missouri - Hunter & Sloan equal UF event records

COLUMBIA, Mo.

Bridget Sloan (left) and Kytra Hunter both turned in school record marks Friday in Florida's win at Missouri.

COLUMBIA, Mo.  – The No. 3 Florida gymnastics team used its second-highest total of the season – and the nation’s third-highest - to finish 2014 regular-season action with a win at Missouri Friday in front of a Hearnes Center crowd of 1,906. The Gators’ 198.20 ranks as the nation’s top road mark of 2014. Missouri turned in a 194.30.

 

Florida Event Winners Friday

Vault:

Kytra Hunter

9.95

 

Bridget Sloan

9.95

Uneven Bars:

Bridget Sloan

9.975

Balance Beam:

Bridget Sloan

9.95

Floor Exercise

Kytra Hunter

10.0*

All-Around

Bridget Sloan

39.825*

*school record

A pair of Gators equaled Florida records for all-around and floor exercise Friday. Sophomore Bridget Sloan, the defending NCAA all-around champion, equaled the school-record total of 39.825 to take her eighth consecutive win in the event. Junior Kytra Hunter turned in her fourth 10.0 floor exercise mark of 2014, which with her two perfect vault marks, gives her a total of six 10.0s for the season.

 

The Gators turned in solid team totals on each event Friday, with its 49.625 on uneven bars equaling its season-best set last Friday. Florida’s 49.50 on vault was just off its season-best of 49.525. On their finishing events, the Gators turned in a 49.60 on floor and a 49.475 on beam.

 

GATOR PERFORMANCE NOTES:

·         For the second consecutive week, a Gator has turned in the nation’s top all-around total the season – 39.825. This time it was Sloan using it for her 15th career all-around win. The school-record total was set last week when reigning Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week Alaina Johnson won the March 7 all-around title. It is the nation’s highest total since Georgia’s Courtney Kupets posted a 39.85 in 2009.

·         Hunter’s six 10.0s in 2014 ups her Florida season record for individual perfect marks. Entering 2014, the previous high of three by Susan Hines came in the 1998 season.

·         The all-around win has gone to a Gator in each of Florida’s 10 meets this season. Sloan has eight straight wins. Hunter won the season opener and shared the third title with Sloan. Johnson became the third Gator all-around winner last Friday.

 

RECORDS: Florida (9-1, 6-1 SEC); Missouri (6-7, 0-7 SEC)

 

THE SERIES: All-time, Florida leads 13-0.

 

WATCH: 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. Also airs on CSS March 18 at 9 p.m. ET and March 19 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

QUOTES
On team’s performance tonight:

“They had so much energy from the start and they were very relaxed. It was great. We talked about how this was our preparation for the SEC Championships. I just wanted them to have a blast while they were out there competing and they did exactly that. I felt that is was consistent across the board and there was a lot of great gymnastics. Everyone was just really solid.

 

“We know there areas that we can do better but that is what our sport is all about. Each time we get out there it is another opportunity for greatness. I feel like we are right where we want to be. To finish our regular season with a really wonderful road competition and with so many great highlights like Bridget’s all-around and Kytra’s 10.0 on floor – it is just great stuff all around.” – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn

 

Another 10.0 for Kytra Hunter – this time on the road:

“It’s wonderful. I’m really happy for her. Every time she goes out there she tries to do the absolute best that she can to help the team score. She did another fabulous routine. It is especially nice to get a 10.0 when you are competing on the road. You don’t have the home crowd to help with the energy and enthusiasm so that result showed how much she was trying to show it off and perform for everyone.” – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn

 

You said pre-meet this meet was preparations for next week’s SEC Championships. How did this evening go?

“We were looking to compete aggressively so to prepare the lineup and the order for the SEC Championships. I think they feel completely jelled in those positions. They feel confident in each other and are having fun while performing. I think they are in a great mindset and position. I know they are so looking forward to the SEC Championships because that is such an exciting competition.” – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On Bridget Sloan equaling nation’s high all-around total:

“It is great for her. Last week, we were able to have her rest on the two leg events [vault and floor]. I think that gave her a bit more adrenaline to get back in there to do all four events. She was just incredible. We had no idea what her score was until we were doing the post-meet TV interview. I was proud of her because she works really hard as well. She’s just the ultimate team player so it was nice to see that result.” – Florida Head Coach Rhonda Faehn

 

WORTH NOTING

·         The Gators’ team total of 198.20 is the nation’s highest road mark of 2014 (previous high was 198.125 by Oklahoma on Feb. 15). It is also Florida’s all-time high road mark, with the previous high of 198.00 set en route to winning the 2013 SEC title. Florida has turned in the nation’s top (198.325) and third-highest (198.20) totals of 2014 season.

 

·         Sloan ups her collegiate-best all-around to 39.825. She had posted her previous best of 39.75 five times, which includes using that total to share the 2013 SEC title and to lead 2013 NCAA Super Six competition.

 

·         Sloan and Hunter shared the vault title with identical marks of 9.95. It was fifth vault win of season for both Hunter and Sloan.

 

·         Sloan’s uneven bars mark of 9.975 is her season-best and equals her collegiate-best for the fourth time. It is her fifth bars win of 2014.

 

·         Hunter’s six 10.0 expands her career lead for Gator perfect marks. Hunter is the only Gator to record more than one floor 10.0 in school history.

 

·         Her 9.95 on beam gave Sloan her sixth win of the season on the event. Among her 12 career beam wins is the 2013 NCAA title.

 

·         Florida’s uneven bars total of 49.625 equals the fourth-highest in school history and is a season-best. It also stands as the nation’s second-highest total on the event in 2014.

 

·         Of the nation’s top seven all-around totals in 2014, 12 of the 22 marks have come from four Gators – 39.825 (Johnson 1x, Sloan 1x), 39.75 (Sloan 2x), 39.70 (Sloan 3x, Hunter 2x), 39.675 (Sloan 1x), 39.65 (Johnson 1x), 39.625 (MCaquatto 1x).

·         On the day she celebrated her 20th birthday, Bridgette Caquatto equaled her collegiate bars best with her runner-up mark of 9.95.

The orange & blue in the Hearnes Center stands was noticeable. Freshman
Claire Boyce and Sloan both have family in the area. The friends and family for Boyce numbered 50 while Sloan had 30 to cheer the Gators Friday.

 

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.

 

UP NEXT:

The Gators look for their third consecutive league title at the Southeastern Conference Championships, set for March 22 in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention (BJCC) Complex.

 

Competition is in two sessions – seeds 5-8 compete at 3 p.m. ET and seeds 1-4 compete at 7 p.m. ET. Results from the two sessions are combined to determine team and individual standings.

 

Tickets for Saturday’s meet are $18 for reserved seats and $14 for general admission. Tickets are available at TicketMaster site.

 

The 2014 SEC Championships will air tape-delayed on ESPNU (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 1251) on March 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET and on ESPN2 (Cox cable 27 or 1027) on March 29 at 11 a.m. ET.

 

Streaming video of the meet is not available. Live scoring can be found on GatorZone.com.

 

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Final Team Totals

March 14, 2014 ● Hearnes Center (1,906)

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Florida

49.500

49.625

49.475

49.600

198.200

Missouri

48.750

48.975

47.550

49.025

194.300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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