Florida's Ashley Reed named SEC Gymnast of the Week

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 4:24 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2005 at 4:24 p.m.

University of Florida freshman Ashley Reed (Davie, Fla.) was named the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. Reed is the league's first freshman to claim the SEC Gymnast of the Week in 2005 and she is the second Gator to claim the award this season. Sophomore Savannah Evans collected UF's first SEC Gymnast of the Week honor on Feb. 1. In the six-year history of the award, a Gator has picked up the honor 10 times. Other UF winners include Chrissy Van Fleet (two times in 2000), Hilary Thompson (once in 2001), Orley Szmuch (one time in 2002, '03 and '04) and Erinn Dooley (twice in 2004).

Reed was awarded the SEC Gymnast of the Week after claiming her second all-around title of the last three meets by upping her UF season-best total to 39.425 on Feb. 25 versus Kentucky. She also used a collegiate-best vault mark of 9.925 to take her first title in that event this season. Reed was runner-up in floor with a collegiate-best 9.90 - marking the second time she raised her top score since premiering a new floor routine Feb. 11. In the month of February, Reed has recorded 11 top-three finishes - including six event wins. She has turned in all of her collegiate bests in February.

Next up, Reed and the rest of the No. 6 Gator gymnastics team take a trip west to face perennial gymnastics powers. The weekend begins Friday, March 4 when No. 3 Utah plays host to a quadrangular meet featuring Stanford and California. Then Florida travels to Los Angeles to meet two-time defending NCAA champion and current No. 4 UCLA for a Sunday, March 6 dual meet.

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