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Florida and Oklahoma shared the 2014 NCAA Championship - the first tie in the 33-year history of the event.

Saturday April 19, 2014NCAA Champs again! Gator gymnasts share NCAA Super Six team title with Oklahoma

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -

Florida and Oklahoma shared the 2014 NCAA Championship - the first tie in the 33-year history of the event.



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Last year, the Florida gymnastics team won its first NCAA Championship. This year, the Gators added a second title – with another first as part of the storyline. Florida shared the 2014 NCAA Championship with Oklahoma for the first title tie in the 33-year history of the event.

 

Florida’s National Team Titles

Sport

Year

Title

Gymnastics

2014

NCAA Championships

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

2013

NCAA Championships

Gymnastics

2013

NCAA Championships

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

2012

NCAA Championships

Women’s Tennis

2012

NCAA Championships

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

2012

NCAA Championships

Women’s Tennis

2011

NCAA Championships

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

2011

NCAA Championships

Women's Swimming

2010

NCAA Championships

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

2010

NCAA Championships

Football

2008

BCS/Associated Press

Men's Basketball

2007

NCAA Championships

Men's Basketball

2006

NCAA Championships

Football

2006

BCS/Associated Press

Women's Tennis

2003

NCAA Championships

Men’s Golf

2001

NCAA Championships

Women’s Tennis

1998

NCAA Championships

Soccer

1998

NCAA Championships

Women's Tennis

1996

NCAA Championships

Football

1996

AP/Coaches'

Men's Golf

1993

NCAA Championships

Women's Indoor Track

1992

NCAA Championships

Women's Tennis

1992

NCAA Championships

Women's Golf

1986

NCAA Championships

Women's Golf

1985

NCAA Championships

Men's Swimming

1984

NCAA Championships

Men's Swimming

1983

NCAA Championships

Gymnastics

1982

AIAW Nationals

Women's Swimming

1982

NCAA Championships

Women's Swimming

1979

AIAW Nationals

Men's Golf

1973

NCAA Championships

Men's Golf

1968

NCAA Championships

After 48 routines from both teams, the Gators and the Sooners tied at a NCAA Super Six all-time high of 198.175. There was a bit of uncertainty if the tie would be broken as Florida and Alabama tied for the top position in Friday’s second semifinal. That tie was broken to determine Super Six rotation order, but there is no tie-breaker for the national championship.

 

After the co-champions, LSU was third at 197.60. Other results from Saturday’s action in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) Complex included Alabama (197.55), Georgia (197.10) and Nebraska (196.50).

 

Like last year, the Gators trailed the leaders heading into the NCAA Super Six final rotation, as Alabama owned a 0.15 advantage and Oklahoma was 0.075 ahead of UF. Florida finished the meet with its top event total of the evening – a 49.625 on floor – while Oklahoma tallied a meet-high vault total of 49.55. Alabama dropped out of the title race when it was forced to count a miss toward its balance beam total.

 

ESPNU will air the NCAA Super Six team final at 8 p.m. ET on April 30 and again at 7 a.m. ET on May 1.

 

GATOR TITLE NOTES:

·   This is the University of Florida’s 32nd National Title (30 NCAA and 2 AIAW).

·   It is the second consecutive shared NCAA title for Florida, as the men’s outdoor track & field team tied Texas A&M for the 2013 national crown.

·   Florida is the first team to win its first two NCAA Championships in consecutive years since Utah claimed the first five NCAA titles (1982-86). Six teams have claimed national gymnastics team titles – Alabama, UCLA, Florida, Georgia, Utah and now Oklahoma. That is the fewest number of different teams to claim the national crown among the 13 sports challenging for national titles since the NCAA began fielding women’s championships in the 1981-82 season.

·   Florida is the first team which topped the GymInfo preseason poll to win the NCAA title since Georgia in 2009.

·   This is the first shared national team title of any sport since the NCAA began sponsoring women’s championships in 1982.

 

IT HAD TO BE A 9.95

Outstanding performances were turned in by Gators on all four events Saturday, but Florida’s final two floor competitors – Kytra Hunter and Bridgette Caquatto – needed big scores to keep pace with the Sooners who had concluded vault competition. All five of Florida’s floor marks used toward its team total Saturday were a 9.90 or above. Hunter turned in a 9.95 and then Bridgette Caquatto, as the meet’s final competitor, posted the needed 9.95 to pull Florida into a share of the lead.

 

For Bridgette Caquatto, the mark tied her collegiate best which she set in the 2013 NCAA Super Six final. Hunter also has turned in big floor marks in her Super Six history, posting a 9.925 as a freshman and a 9.975 last season.

 

"I had no idea what I needed going in, but the minute I came down [off the podium] and landed and they flashed the score, it was crazy,” Bridgette Caquatto said. “Everybody was jumping on me. It was exciting."

 

QUOTES
Opening Statement

“Wow. It was so amazing tonight. This was a totally electric atmosphere. Speaking just for our team, I was so proud of the way they performed from the very beginning to the very end. They just competed with so much passion and energy. It was an incredible experience for this team to repeat the national championship. I am just super happy for the program and the team.” – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn

 

On finishing in a tie for the national championship:

I’ve always felt that if there’s a tie, it needs to remain a tie. This is such an incredibly challenging competition. I understand the tie-break situation for qualifications, but for the actual title, if there’s a tie, then that’s how it should be.” – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn     

                                                                                                                               

On how last year’s national title compared to this year:

All year long we knew that we had zero depth. Our whole goal was to manage this team’s health the entire year because we were relying on that group to compete in the entire season. But this team was just amazing and aggressive all season long.” - – Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn    

                                                                                                                                           

On finishing in a tie for the national championship:

Personally, I think a tie is one of the best ways to do it. Not only did we get this incredible score, but there’s no reason to break a score when both teams did phenomenal. I think honestly a tie breaker ruins that feeling of being accomplished. Not only did we not break the tie, but being up here with Oklahoma is incredible. I don’t think any of us at Florida would have wanted to tie with any other team.” – Florida sophomore Bridget Sloan   

 

On overall thoughts on the night:

Coming in tonight, personally I had a lot of proving to do. I came in the mindset of not going to only do this for myself, but for my team. It’s crazy to look back and wonder what would have happened if we wouldn’t have put in all those extra workouts and conditioning.”         – Florida sophomore Bridget Sloan

 

On finishing in a tie for the national championship:

I definitely wouldn't’ want to break the tie. It’s amazing to go up there and stand behind the first place national champion team banner and cheer  with another team next to you. You’re holding the trophies and screaming and it makes it that much more fun and loving. It’s awesome that we shared it with Oklahoma. They are a great team and I think it’s completely fair if everyone gets the same score. It was just so surreal and I wouldn’t want it any other way.” – Florida sophomore Bridgette Caquatto

 

On the pressure she felt:

It’s like going out there and doing everything for the team and Gator nation. Knowing that in the gym you’ve practiced so many times and I think it’s an honor to start out the meet for the Gators and end the meet for the Gators. With floor being our last event and knowing that score needed to count in order to win us a national championship, it was even crazier and just overall I’m really happy to do it for the Gator nation and everyone who supports us.” – Florida sophomore Bridgette Caquatto               

 

On her inspiration for tonight’s floor performance:

“I had to calm myself down and flash back to those (10.0) routines and remember just how much fun I had during those routines. Yesterday’s performance wasn’t my best and I think that definitely triggered some energetic moves. I was so excited today; I put a whole meet together finally. This whole season, I don’t think I’ve really put too many whole meets together so I was really with my performance and not just mine, but everyone’s.” – Florida junior Kytra Hunter

 

On the team’s performance:

“We nailed every routine. It was hard to even drop a score. We were so high and I was so proud of the team.  This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. As a team, we’ve gone through a lot that I think no one can see, but that just brought us closer together outside and inside the gym. I’m incredibly proud of the team and we’re going to go back home and relax a little bit but hopefully next year we can do a three-peat.” – Florida junior Kytra Hunter

 

On Bridgette Caquatto’s key floor performance:

“She’s a great competitor and I think that’s what made it so fun. I know the team probably knew the scores but they were cheering so loud and our crowd was just so loud. I think that definitely helped and it helped her when she looked down at us and there was a smile when she knew that she had it. That’s something that you need. You gotta know that the team is encouraging you and you have their backs. When she went out there, I told her, ‘you have to relax.’ We were so loose and we were having fun and I know the crowd who was watching us was having fun. I think that we’re a fun group to watch and I think that’s when we do our best. We just left everything out on the floor tonight.” – Florida junior Kytra Hunter

 

On finding out Florida won the National Championship:

”I see and sensed the emotions of the team. I saw Macko (Mackenzie Caquatto) crying and I thought, ‘oh my gosh this is unreal.’ And so I just ran over there and gave the team a hug and I said, ‘no matter what we did an awesome job and no matter what it came down to, we did and awesome job and we shouldn’t be upset with ourselves.’

 

“Everyone kind of calmed each other down and then once we knew that we won it was just, I don’t know, it feels like the first title, honestly. It’s incredible. It’s a great feeling and I wish that every athlete could feel the emotions that come with a national championship.” – Florida junior Kytra Hunter

 

WORTH NOTING

·         Florida claims its second consecutive NCAA Gymnastics Championship. The Gators also claimed the final AIAW National Team title in 1982 (transition year between AIAW and NCAA competition for women’s athletics).

·         The team starting NCAA Super Six competition on vault has now won the NCAA title five times (Georgia 1999, UCLA 2003, 2010, Alabama 2011 and Florida 2014) in the 22-year history of the Super Six format.

·         This is the 21st time the No. 1 seed won the title in the 33-year history of the NCAA Gymnastics Championships. 

·         It has been more than 29 years since Florida’s last win over Alabama in the Crimson Tide’s home state. Florida won the 1985 Southeastern Conference title in Tuscaloosa on Feb. 23, 1985.

·         The 49.45 on vault is the third-highest ever for the Gators in NCAA Super Six competition. Florida’s final two vaulters – Bridget Sloan and Hunter – both earned 9.95s. Sloan has now matched her collegiate vault best 10 times – including in 2013 NCAA Super Six competition. It is the highest vault mark for Hunter in NCAA Super Six competition.  

·         The 49.60 is UF’s highest bars total in NCAA Super 6 competition and third highest among all teams in NCAA Super 6 UB competition. The Caquatto sisters – Mackenzie and Bridgette – led Florida on the event Saturday with identical marks of 9.95.

·         The 49.50 is the highest beam total ever for UF in NCAA Super 6 and equals fifth-highest among all programs in Super 6 competition. Sloan was one of two competitors to post a meet-high 9.95 on the event Saturday.

·         Florida set the NCAA Super Six floor total record in 2013 at 49.725. Tonight’s Gator floor total of is the third highest in Super Six history.

·         Sloan and Hunter turned in the top two all-around totals Saturday, as they posted a 39.725 and a 39.675, respectively. Sloan also led the all-arounders in 2013 NCAA Super Six competition with a 39.75.

·         The Gators’ and Sooners’ winning team total of 198.175 is the highest ever in NCAA Championships history. Only other winning total to break the 198 barrier was UCLA’s 198.125 in 2004.

 

UP NEXT:

NCAA Championships action finishes Sunday with the NCAA Individual Event finals, which begin at 3 p.m. ET. There will be Gator representation in three apparatus finals – vault (Sloan), uneven bars (Mackenzie Caquatto, Johnson, Sloan) and balance beam (Mackenzie Caquatto, Johnson). Johnson is the defending uneven bars champion. Individual event finals action can be seen live on ESPN3.

 

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Final Team Totals

April 19, 2014 ● BJCC Complex  

Team

Vault

Bars

Beam

Floor

Total

Florida

49.450

49.600

49.500

49.625

198.175

Oklahoma

49.550

49.500

49.525

49.600

198.175

LSU

49.325

49.400

49.325

49.550

197.600

Alabama

49.475

49.550

48.850

49.675

197.550

Georgia

49.275

49.525

49.075

49.175

197.050

Nebraska

49.275

48.875

49.125

49.225

196.500

 

 

 

 2014 NCAA Championships

April 18-20 • Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) • Birmingham, Ala.

Semifinal II

Super 6 Team Final

Semifinal I

April 18

April 19

April 18

1

Florida

Oklahoma

2

 

 

4

Alabama

 Florida

 Oklahoma

LSU

3

 

 

5

Utah

 Florida & Oklahoma

Georgia

6

 

 Alabama

NCAA Champions

LSU

 

8

UCLA

Michigan

7

 

 

9

Nebraska

 Nebraska

Georgia

Stanford

10

 

 

15

Penn State

Illinois

11

Florida’s National Title Teams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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