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The top-ranked Gators will challenge for NCAA Championships' berth at Saturday's NCAA Regional.

Wednesday April 2, 2014No. 1 Gator Gymnasts head to University Park for Saturday's NCAA Regional action

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The top-ranked Gators will challenge for NCAA Championships' berth at Saturday's NCAA Regional.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The first step in defense of its 2013 national title begins in the northeast for the top-ranked University of Florida gymnastics team. The Gators will compete in the NCAA University Park Regional, set for April 5 in Penn State’s Rec Hall.

 

Saturday’s Meet Info:

No. 1 Florida (15-2, 6-1 SEC) at NCAA University Park Regional Championships

 

Date & Time: Saturday, April 5 at 4 p.m. ET

 

Site: Rec Hall (6,502)

 

Television: none

 

Internet: streaming video at Penn State Videos; live stats available on GatorZone.com;

 

Tickets: Adult  $10; Youth/Student  $6. To purchase, contact 1-800-NITTANY or at NCAA.com/tickets

 

UF NCAA Region Titles (all-time): UF has won 13 NCAA region titles (1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)

 

Florida in NCAA Region Championships: See meet-by-meet results here.

 

NCAA University Park Regional Championships Central

 

 

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Florida is the only team among the 2014 University Park Regional field to advance to the 2013 NCAA Championships. The Gators advanced to their 31st NCAA Championship last season and won the program’s first NCAA Championship. Oregon State will be looking to return to the NCAA Championships after last advancing in 2012 while Penn State last advanced in 2009. New Hampshire will look for its first NCAA berth since 1994. Kentucky and Maryland have not advanced as a team to the NCAA Championships.

 

The NCAA began seeding regional fields in 1999 and UF has been a region's top seed in each of the last nine years. A team ranked No. 1-6, No. 7-12 and No. 13-18 are part of each regional. Florida won six consecutive NCAA Regional titles from 2005-10 and claimed the program’s 13th regional win in 2013.

 

What is on the line Saturday?

What the teams are vying for at each of the six NCAA Regional sites is a top-two finish, which advances those teams to the NCAA Championships, set for April 18-20 in Birmingham, Ala. The 12-team NCAA Championships' field competes in two semifinal sessions of six teams each on April 18. The top three teams in each session advance to the April 19 NCAA Super Six, where the team champion is determined. Florida has advanced to the NCAA Championships 31 times in the meet's 32-year history, missing only the 2000 event. The Gators have advanced from the NCAA Championships semifinal competition to the NCAA Super Six team final eight of the last 10 years (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013). Florida won its first NCAA team title last year.

 

Competition faced by the Gators in 2014:

Five times in 2014 regular-season action, Florida has faced a team among the nation’s top 10. Florida opened the season with a narrow 196.65-196.625 win at then No. 4 UCLA. Florida opened home action with wins over then-No. 6 Georgia (198.05-196.70) and then-No. 1 Oklahoma (197.875-197.225). In February, Florida defeated No. 3 LSU 198.125-197.625 and finished the month with a 197.675-197.40 loss at No. 4 Alabama. Florida was second to No. 4 Alabama (197.875) at the 2014 Southeastern Conference Championships with a 197.70 and registered two more wins over top-10 teams – No. 3 LSU (197.325) and No. 6 Georgia (197.15).

 

Saturday’s Rotation:

NCAA University Park Region Team Rotation

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V

Bye

Bars

Beam

Bye

Floor

I

PSU

UF

UK

UM

OSU

UNH

II

UNH

PSU

UF

UK

UM

OSU

III

OSU

UNH

PSU

UF

UK

UM

IV

UM

OSU

UNH

PSU

UF

UK

V

UK

UM

OSU

UNH

PSU

UF

VI

UF

UK

UM

OSU

UNH

PSU

 

This is the fifth time since the NCAA went to national seeding for regional competition in 1999 that Florida opens regional competition on bars.

 

Gators in the national rankings:

Florida has at least one gymnast among the nation’s top 10 in each of the five events. Bridget Sloan is No. 1 in the all-around (39.720), vault (9.95) and balance beam (9.95), No. T4 on bars (9.935) and No. T5 on floor (9.945). Kytra Hunter is No. 1 on floor (9.975), No. T2 on vault (9.945) and No. 7 in all-around (39.55). Alaina Johnson is No. 8 in all-around (39.515) and No. T9 on bars (9.92). Mackenzie Caquatto is No. T2 on beam (9.935) and No. T6 on bars (9.925). Sloan and LSU’s Rheagan Courville are the only two gymnasts who appear in the current top-25 national rankings for each of the five events.

 

Gators Earning 2014 NACGC All-America regular season honors

Name

AA

V

UB

BB

FX

Mackenzie Caquatto

 

 

1st

1st

 

Kytra Hunter

1st

1st

 

 

1st

Alaina Johnson

1st

 

2nd

 

 

Bridget Sloan

1st

1st

1st

1st

1st

The four Gators among the nation’s top 10 in the individual rankings combined to earn a national-high 12 honors on the second regular-season National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches/Women (NACGC) All-America list. All-Americans are determined by their final regional qualifying score (RQS) standings in the GymInfo rankings entering NCAA Regional competition. The top eight gymnasts on each event and the all-around receive first-team honors and gymnasts Nos. 9-16 receive second-team honors with all ties included.

 

Last time out:

The Gators’ were second at the SEC Championships on March 22 in Birmingham, Ala. Florida’s led the meet through the opening three rotations and held a 0.125 lead over Alabama heading into the final event. The Gators’ floor scores couldn’t keep pace with Alabama’s bars marks, as the Tide turned in a meet-record of 49.65 on its finishing event. Alabama won its eighth SEC title at 197.875 while Florida was second at 197.70. LSU was third at 197.325, followed by Georgia (197.15), Auburn (195.55), Kentucky (195.075), Arkansas (194.90) and Missouri (194.65).

 

For the third consecutive year, a Gator claimed the SEC all-around title, as Bridget Sloan took her second consecutive league crown at 39.70. Teammate Kytra Hunter’s 39.65 was second. Hunter also won the SEC balance beam (9.925) and shared the floor title (9.95). It was her second consecutive SEC floor win. Both were joined on the All-SEC team by seniors Mackenzie Caquatto and Alaina Johnson. Mackenzie Caquatto and Johnson shared second in the SEC uneven bars standings with Sloan at 9.95. Mackenzie Caquatto’s 9.90 on balance beam was second in the SEC standings.

 

How to follow the action:

Visit the NCAA University Park Regional Championship Central for streaming video and live scores links as well as other meet information.

 

Tickets:

Adult $10; Youth/Student  $6. To purchase, contact 1-800-NITTANY or at NCAA.com/tickets

 

 

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