UF Gymnasts Start on Beam for the Super 6 Challenge


Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 11:34 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 12:23 p.m.

The No. 6 University of Florida gymnastics team opens Friday evening's Super Six Challenge on balance beam. The event

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Four-time All-American Orley Szmuch will compete in the 2005 Super Six Challenge.

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2005 Super Six Challenge Rotation Order

Rot. V Bye UB BB Bye FX

I Arizona Alabama Penn State Florida Iowa Georgia

II Georgia Arizona Alabama Penn State Florida Iowa

III Iowa Georgia Arizona Alabama Penn State Florida

IV Florida Iowa Georgia Arizona Alabama Penn State

V Penn State Florida Iowa Georgia Arizona Alabama

VI Alabama Penn State Florida Iowa Georgia Arizona

order was determined by a draw held Thursday at the event's annual

banquet held in the Touchdown Terrace. This is the first time in the

meet's six-year history that the Gators open the meet on balance beam.

The Super Six Challenge, considered one of the nation's top collegiate gymnastics meets of the regular season, will be contested Friday, Jan. 7. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Every member of the field is ranked within the top 20 on the GymInfo

Preseason Poll. They include No. 2 Georgia, No. 4 Alabama, No. 6

Florida, No. 13 Arizona, No. 17 Iowa and No. 19 Penn State.

Friday's meet marks the season opener for all six teams in the field.

Florida, Georgia and Alabama have participated in every single Super Six Challenge since the meet's inception in 2000, and each team has played host twice. This will be Penn State's fourth time competing in the meet, while Iowa and Arizona are competing for the first time.

Four teams that advanced to the NCAA Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., last season are part of the 2005 Super Six Challenge field.

Georgia finished second at the NCAA Championships, followed by Alabama (T3rd) and Florida (5th). Iowa made its second NCAA appearance in 2004, finishing 12th.

Alabama's Ashley Miles claimed the vault title and shared the floor exercise crown at the 2004 NCAA Individual Event

Finals.

Alabama is the defending Super Six Challenge champion. The Tide also won in 2000 and shared the title with Georgia in 2001.

Georgia claimed back-to-back titles in 2002 and '03. Florida turned in its best Super Six Challenge finish of second in 2004.

Tickets for Friday's meet are $4.00 for adults. Children 17 &

under and UF students with identification are admitted free.

Gainesville area Wendy's restaurants are giving out free admission

coupons to Friday's meet. The first 1,000 fans through the door Friday

receive beanie gators, courtesy of the UF gymnastics team.

For the sixth consecutive season, this meet will be aired tape-delayed

on ESPN, with the airdate set for Sunday, Jan. 16 at 2:30 p.m. (ET).

Live scoring and commentary will be available at the official website

of the Florida Gators - http://www.gatorzone.com.

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