No. 5 Florida Gymnastics to Host No. 4 Alabama for Dodge Night


Published: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 5:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 5:05 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 5 University of Florida gymnastics team

will face the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide for the second time this

season, this time in a dual-team meet at the Stephen C. O'Connell

Center Friday. The meet time is set for 7 p.m.

Friday night is Luau Night III. The first 500 fans will receive a luau

t-shirt and the first 250 fans will receive leis, courtesy of Gator

gymnastics.

Friday is also Albert's birthday, and the first 500

children get to celebrate by enjoying cupcakes with the Gator mascot

prior to the meet in the lobby of Gate 3.

The Gators edged the Crimson Tide earlier this season to take the

second-place position Jan. 7 at the Super Six Challenge.

Alabama took third behind Florida and Georgia with a score of 193.875 in the season-opener hosted by the Gators.

Both teams are coming to the meet off of wins, and both teams turned

in season-best totals during their victories.

Florida jumped five spots from No. 10 to No. 5 after defeating Nebraska 196.95-196.675.

Alabama narrowly downed Southeastern Conference foe LSU 197.175-197.05 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in their conference season opener.

A Florida gymnast claimed a share of three out of four event titles

last week against Nebraska.

Sophomore All-American Breanne King picked up her third consecutive beam title with a collegiate best mark of 9.95.

Fellow sophomore Samantha Lutz tied for first place in both the

uneven bars (9.90) and floor exercise (9.90)-her first appearance in

the floor exercise this season.

Alabama junior Ashley Miles won the all-around (39.35), vault (9.90)

and shared the floor exercise title at 9.90 with teammate Alex Brion

during the Super Six Challenge.

Miles is the defending NCAA vault and floor champion and has been named the SEC Gymnast of the Week for the first two weeks of the season.

Tide freshman Terin Humphrey, who sat out the Super Six Challenge, is scheduled to compete on bars and beam in Friday's dual meet.

Humphrey was a member of the U.S.'s 2004 Olympic team, earning two silver medals, one as part of the USA squad and individually on the uneven bars.

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