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The Gators take a quick photo prior to Thursday's training for Friday's opening day of NCAA Championships competition.

Friday April 18, 2014No. 1 Gator Gymnasts open NCAA Championships competition Friday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -

The Gators take a quick photo prior to Thursday's training for Friday's opening day of NCAA Championships competition.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The No. 1 seed Florida gymnastics team would like nothing more than a repeat of its 2013 NCAA Championships experience this weekend. The Gators look to add another golden trophy to mirror last year’s win when the 2014 NCAA Championships begins Friday in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC).

 

See photos from the Gators’ practice Thursday at the NCAA Championships (shots by Mike & Susan Erdelyi)

To move ahead to Saturday’s Super Six final where the national team champion is determined, the Gators need to be among the top three teams in its semifinal session on Friday. Florida starts Semifinal II competition on the vault. Start time for Semifinal II is set for 8 p.m. ET.

 

Florida has qualified for the NCAA Championships 32 times, missing only the 2000 event. The Gators advanced to the 2014 national stage by winning the University Park Regional, held April 5 in Penn State’s Rec Hall. This is the fourth time Florida enters the NCAA Championships as No. 1, as UF was the top seed in 2013, 2012 and shared the No. 1 seed with Utah in 2007.

 

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NCAA Championships Info:

 

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

 

Date & Time: April 18-20, 2014

 

Site: Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) (14,000)

 

Friday, April 18

Team Semifinal

Semifinal I – 2 p.m. (ET)

Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Stanford

 

Semifinal II – 8 p.m. (ET)

Florida, Alabama, UCLA, Nebraska, Penn State, Utah

 

Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. (ET)

NCAA Super Six (team final)

 

Sunday, April 20 at 3 p.m. (ET)

Individual Event Finals

 

Live scoring: live scoring available at Gatorzone.com or NCAA.com

 

Streaming Video:

April 18

NCAA.com at 2 p.m., ET & 8 p.m. ET

April 19

ESPN3 at 7 p.m. ET

April 20

April 20   ESPN3 at 3 p.m. ET

 

Television: Super Six Championships airs tape-delayed on ESPNU April 30 at 8 p.m. ET

 

2014 NCAA Gymnastics Championships Information Site

 

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What happens in Friday’s competition?

What’s determined in Friday’s competition are the teams advancing to the Super Six team final, the NCAA all-around champion and the gymnasts who advance to Sunday’s individual event finals. The top three teams in each of Friday’s sessions advance to the NCAA Super Six on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. (ET). The winner of the Super Six is the NCAA team champion. The NCAA Super Six format began in 1993 and Florida's advanced to the team final 11 times. Eight of UF’s NCAA Super Six appearances have come since Rhonda Faehn took over the Gator program for the 2003 season.

 

The all-around champion is the individual with the top total after results from both semifinal sessions are combined. The last two NCAA all-around champions are Gators - – Kytra Hunter (2012) and Bridget Sloan (2013). To advance to the NCAA Individual Event finals, competitors must place in the top four (including ties) in their session on Friday. A Gator has won a total of 10 NCAA individual titles and three are part of the 2014 Gator team –Hunter (all-around & vault/2012), Alaina Johnson (bars/2013) and Sloan (all-around & beam/2013).

 

Who’s in the Field?

This is the first year a team’s seed was held through NCAA Regional and Championships competition. Teams 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 and 12 were placed in Friday's second semifinal and teams 2, 3, 6, 7, 10 and 15 were placed in the first semifinal. Of the five teams that have won NCAA team titles in the 32-year history of the event, four (Alabama, UCLA, Florida, Utah) are in NCAA Semifinal II.

 

Semifinal I

 

Semifinal II

No. 2 Oklahoma

 

No. 1 Florida

No. 3 LSU

 

No. 4 Alabama

No. 6 Georgia

 

No. 5 Utah

No. 7 Michigan

 

No. 8 UCLA

No. 10 Stanford

 

No. 9 Nebraska

No. 11 Illinois

 

No. 15 Penn State

 

Last year in Los Angeles:

Florida became the fifth program to win a NCAA team championship in the 32-year history of the event when it hoisted the 2013 trophy. The Gators stormed back from counting a miss on their opening event – balance beam – to turn in a NCAA Championship record of 49.725 on floor exercise. Florida entered the NCAA Super Six’s final rotation trailing the meet leader by 0.025 and used a meet-high uneven bars total of 49.475 to claim the program’s first NCAA team title.

 

How to follow the action:

A complimentary video stream of Friday’s semifinal action can be found at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2014/04/18

 

ESPN3 will stream the action on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Live scores can be found on NCAA.com or GatorZone.com.

 

Tickets:

Range in price from $20-$15. To purchase, contact TicketMaster at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.ncaa.com/wgymnastics.

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