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Wednesday July 2, 2014Scott Carter: Five More Individual Performances to Remember from Gators in 2013-14

Vernon Hargreaves III turned in one of the best freshman seasons in history for a Gators defensive back.

Scott Carter
By SCOTT CARTER
GatorZone.com Senior Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Colleague Chris Harry wrote about his top 10 individual performances from the Gators in 2013-14 here last week.

Hannah Rogers’ postseason run, Scottie Wilbekin’s comeback season and Savannah Jordan’s prolific debut all made the cut.

His list captured many of the individual moments that resonated the most with Florida fans over the past year.

Still, as the Internet has taught us, no list is complete. Ever. So, here is my list of five more memorable individual moments for the Gators during the 2013-14 sports calendar:

 

1) PRESSURE? WHAT PRESSURE?

All Bridgette Caquatto knew was that she needed to nail her routine.

Bridgette Caquatto

The floor-side mathematicians at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in April knew Caquatto needed at least a 9.950 on her floor routine for the Gators to have a shot at their second consecutive national title.

Bridgey -- that’s what her coaches and teammates call her – delivered in dramatic fashion.

While it took a few minutes to sort everything out, Caquatto’s 9.950 on the Gators’ final performance of the meet was good enough to tie Oklahoma for a share of the national championship.

"For her to come out knowing that her last routine was the make-it-or-break-it routine, and for her to perform so beautifully and to help us secure that title, I couldn't ask for any more from her,'' Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn said.

Four weeks earlier in the same building at the SEC Championships, Caquatto stepped out of bounds during her floor routine.

The tenth deduction wasn't the difference, as Florida missed collecting its third consecutive league title by 0.175, but Bridgey was disappointed in her performance. She wanted to do all she could to help the Gators find success. .

Needless to say, Bridgey made up for it and more.

 

2) TRIPLE CROWNS

Sebastien Rousseau was never short on potential.

The South African swimmer first caught Gators head coach Gregg Troy’s eye at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Rousseau eventually found his way to UF and developed into one of the Gators’ most consistent performers.

Sebastien Rousseau

Still, Troy saw an opportunity for Rousseau to accomplish more.

That potential turned to production at the SEC Championships in February.

Competing in the 200-meter freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 butterfly, Rousseau was heavily challenged in all three races.

Still, he won them all, including the 200 IM when his goggles came off.

“In the past that would have been a disaster for him,’’ Troy said.

Rousseau’s titles earned him SEC Male Swimmer of the Year honors and established his place as one of the most accomplish swimmers in program history.

 

3) PRATHER’S PROGRESS

In his first three seasons at UF, Casey Prather primarily made his mark as a valuable member of the rotation with excellent athletic ability and an occasional highlight-reel dunk.

And then senior Casey Prather showed up.

Casey Prather

Prather scored a career-high 28 points in Florida’s season-opening win against North Florida. He scored 27 against Arkansas-Little Rock two games later and 27 more three games later against Jacksonville.

Prather didn’t maintain that scoring pace through the Gators’ 36-3 season and run to the Final Four, but he finished as the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game.

How does that compare to his previous production? Well, in Prather’s first three seasons he scored 276 points. He scored 511 points in his final season.

Prather’s breakout season earned him a spot on the Wooden All-American Team alongside players such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Doug McDermott on the 10-player squad.

Prather is just the second UF player to make the Wooden All-American Team, joining former UF center Joakim Noah.

 

4) IMPACT PLAYER

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III wasted no time in making his presence felt as a freshman.

In his first college game, Hargreaves intercepted a pass against Toledo.

Vernon Hargreaves III

In his second college game, Hargreaves intercepted a pass against Miami.

In the final 10 games of the season, Hargreaves was in the starting lineup.

Despite a roster loaded with talented defensive backs, Hargreaves was too good to be kept off the field.

He produced, too.

Hargreaves was named first-team All-American by the Associated Press and was named National Defensive Freshman of the Year by College Football News after finishing with three interceptions and 11 pass breakups, tying Janoris Jenkins (2008) for the most by a true freshman in school history.

Hargreaves stood out in what was a disappointing season for the 4-8 Gators. Gator fans hope 2013 was just a glimpse of what Hargreaves can do.

 

5) GILROY’S GOALS

For the Florida lacrosse program to continue its rise to national prominence, most figured junior Shannon Gilroy needed to be a catalyst in the team’s fifth year.

Check.

Shannon Gilroy

Gilroy became the first UF player to score 100 points in a single season, leading the nation with 86 goals. She added 20 assists and 82 draw controls in arguably the most impressive season since head coach Amanda O’Leary started stocking the roster.

Gilroy’s accolades included American Lacrosse Conference Midfield Player of the Year, ALC Tournament MVP and a Tewaaraton Award finalist.

Gilroy set a school record with 10 draw controls in a victory over High Point in February. In the same game she tied the school record with eight goals.

“Obviously a phenomenal game from Shannon again, which is something we’ve come to expect and she continues to deliver,’’ O’Leary said following the 18-7 win over High Point.

Deliver she did.

 

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