Home cookin'

Published: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Melanie Sinclair finally got to show Gators fans what she could do, as the Florida gymnastics team defeated Oregon State 196.85-193.8 in its home opener Friday.

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UF's Ashley Reed, who took all-around honors Friday, performs her floor routine.

Photos by CELIA TOBIN/Special to The Sun

The redshirt freshman made a strong home debut after missing last season with a torn ACL. She had the best individual score in the uneven bars (9.925) and a 9.85 in the beam.

"I think everybody could see what a star she is and what she's capable of," Gators coach Rhonda Faehn said.

Gators junior Ashley Reed took the all-around title with a score of 39.375. She won the vault with a 9.9 using a new routine and the beam with a 9.875.

Florida sophomore Corey Hartung won the floor routine title with a 9.925 score.

Faehn limited Sinclair to two events so she could be fresh for the Gators' meet against Alabama next Friday.

"Not having to focus on the other two events helps a lot," Sinclair said. "But I feel like I could have done them anyway."

The Gators won all four events at the meet, taking the vault 49.1-48.875, the uneven bars 49.125-47.85, the beam 49.25-48.525 and the floor 49.375-48.55.

Though Florida soundly defeated the Beavers, Faehn still sees room for improvement.

"I felt, obviously, in the first two rounds because we're at home, they performed a little bit tentatively," she said.

Faehn continued to press the team's season goal of a national title, as the Gators warmed up for the meet in orange BCS Championship shirts.

"I think it's just a huge motivation," Faehn said, "just like the football team used the basketball championship."

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