Gators to host Super Six Challenge
Published: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 4:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 4:15 p.m.
The No. 6 University of Florida gymnastics team will open its season with the sixth edition of the Super Six Challenge on Jan. 7 in front of an orange and blue crowd. The competition will start at 7 p.m. at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center and air tape-delayed Jan. 16 on ESPN at 2:30 p.m.
Super Six Info
When: January 7 at 7 p.m.
Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Cost: $4/adults, UF students admitted free with student ID, 17 and under/free. Free admission coupons available at local Wendy's restaurants and first 1000 fans receive a free beanie Gator.
On TV: Tape-Delayed on ESPN on Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Along with Florida, five other top-ranked teams will compete in this prestigious event: No. 2 Georgia, No. 4 Alabama, No. 13 Arizona, No. 17 Iowa and No. 19 Penn State.
The 15-member Gator team, led by Head Coach Rhonda Feahn, placed second overall in last year's Super Six tournament with a team score of 195.950, the highest Super Six finish recorded by a Florida team. The Alabama Crimson Tide won the 2004 Challenge by a margin of 0.775 overall points.
There are nine returning gymnasts to the 2005 Gator team and six new freshmen members. The team also boasts seven athletes returning with All-American honors, more than any other program in 2004. Returning seniors include six-time All-American Erinn Dooley, Kimberly Schatz and four-time All-American Orley Szmuch.
2004 was a record-breaking season for the Gator team, which earned four team records and scored six of Florida's top 10 team totals last year. The all-time team best score of 198.225 was earned by the 2004 gymnasts in March. The Gators also made the NCAA Super Six team final, a feat accomplished only four times in the program's 32-year history, and placed fifth in the NCAA Championships.
The gymnasts will compete in four events: beam, vault, bars and floor exercises. Every Gator gymnast incorporates a "gator chomp" into her floor exercise and members of this year's team intend to perform their choreography to "Toxic" by Brittany Spears, "Cotton Eye Joe" by Vanessa Mae, and mixes from Santana, James Dean and AC/DC.
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