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The 2014 NCAA champion Gator gymnastics team held their annual banquet Wednesday evening.

Wednesday April 23, 2014Gymnasts Honored at Team's Annual Awards Banquet

Gainesville, Fla.

The 2014 NCAA champion Gator gymnastics team held their annual banquet Wednesday evening.

A memorable season for the 2014 NCAA Championship Florida gymnastics team was celebrated Wednesday evening in the Gator Room in the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

 

2014 University of Florida Gymnastics Team Awards

Outstanding Gymnast:

Kytra Hunter

 

Bridget Sloan

Newcomer of the Year:

Claire Boyce

Most Improved:

Rachel Spicer

Team Spirit:

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto

Most Consistent:

Alaina Johnson

Gator Heart & Soul Award:

Mackenzie Caquatto

 

Alaina Johnson

Comeback Gymnast of Year:

Bridgette Caquatto

Scholar Award:

Lauren Rose

Communigator:

Mackenzie Caquatto

Junior Kytra Hunter and sophomore Bridget Sloan shared the Gator gymnastics team’s Most Outstanding gymnast award.

 

Eight 10.0 marks were turned in by the pair this season. Last weekend at the NCAA Championships in Birmingham, Ala., Sloan earned three All-America honors and Hunter added two. The duo led the Gators this season with 53 event titles (33/Sloan; 20/Hunter). Sloan won the NCAA uneven bars title last Sunday in the final day of the national championships.

 

In 2014 all-around competition, Sloan claimed 10 titles and Hunter won two. The Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week award went to Sloan five times and Hunter twice. Sloan repeated as the SEC all-around champion and Hunter claimed the league’s balance beam and also shared the floor title for the second consecutive season. In addition to their school record 10.0 marks in vault (Hunter), balance beam (Sloan) and floor exercise (Hunter and Sloan), Sloan equaled the UF all-around record of 39.825 with her win at Missouri.

 

Seniors Alaina Johnson and Mackenzie Caquatto, who both showed their love for the sport by coming back from injuries during their Gator careers, shared this year’s Gator Heart & Soul honor. Johnson, who also was named the team’s “Most Consistent”, set the UF all-around record at 39.825 versus West Virginia. She also won the NCAA University Park Regional all-around and was runner-up in last Friday’s NCAA Championships’ competition. She posted or matched collegiate-bests for every event this season.

 

Mackenzie Caquatto made five all-around appearances in 2014 – her first since her freshman season. She twice upped her collegiate best in 2014, earning a 39.60 versus Georgia and raised the mark to 39.625 versus West Virginia. She won seven event titles and turned in collegiate-bests for vault (9.925) and floor exercise (9.95). The two posted 48 marks of 9.9 or better this season and repeated as members of the All-SEC team. Both advanced to the NCAA bars and beam finals last weekend. Johnson finished with the UF record for NCAA honors earned in NCAA competition (14) and Mackenzie Caquatto collected five honors during her career.

 

Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto is this year’s Team Spirit Award recipient. The honor was formerly named the “Charlie’s Angel” award in memory of former Gator Gymnastics Gang president Charlie Eggleston and is given to a gymnast who inspires her teammates. Dancose-Giambattisto led off every Gator bars lineup with a hit routine this season. She twice turned in a season-best bars mark of 9.9, including in last Saturday’s Super Six team final.

 

The Comeback Gymnast of the Year, went to sophomore Bridgette Caquatto. She was limited to five competitive routines last year after undergoing surgery prior to enrolling at UF. As a sophomore, Bridgette Caquatto was part of every Gator vault, bars and floor lineup. She equaled her collegiate bars and floor bests of 9.95 in NCAA Super Six competition, including that key floor performance as the meet’s final competitor which moved the Gators into a tie for the national team title.

 

Junior Rachel Spicer is recipient of the team’s Most Improved award for the second consecutive year. Spicer set or equaled collegiate-bests in each of the three events she competed this season – vault (9.90), beam (9.90) and floor (9.975). Last year, a preseason elbow injury limited her contributions to 12 competitive appearances. In 2014, she turned in 40 competitive lineup performances.

 

The Gators’ Outstanding Newcomer is freshman Claire Boyce. She was a part of every Gator balance beam and floor exercise lineup. She posted a collegiate-best 9.925 to share the beam win at Alabama. Last Friday, her collegiate-best floor mark of 9.90 in NCAA semifinal competition earned All-America second-team honors.

 

Mackenzie Caquatto is the team’s Communigator recipient for her efforts as an ambassador for the team. She has turned in more than 210 Goodwill Gator hours. Many of those community service hours were served while working with children in Gainesville area schools. The Scholar Athlete award went to senior Lauren Rose, who owns a 3.86 GPA in applied physiology & kinesiology exercise physiology. She is one of 10 Gators who will be part of the 2014 Academic All-SEC Honor Roll which will be announced soon by the league office.

 

The Gators shared their second consecutive NCAA team title last Saturday with Oklahoma – the first tie in any sport in the 33-year history of NCAA Division I Women’s Championships. Six Gators earned a total of 13 All-America honors in 2014 NCAA Championships’ competition.

 

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