UF gymnastics opens season tonight at Oklahoma
Published: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 11:27 a.m.
NORMAN, Okla. — For the second straight year, Florida will open its season with a dual meet against Oklahoma, this time in Norman. The No. 4 Florida gymnastics team (0-0, 0-0 SEC) plays host to No. 9 Oklahoma (0-0, 0-0 Big 12) yonight. Meet time is set for 8 p.m. (ET) in the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
In 2009, Florida advanced to the NCAA Super Six (team final) for the fourth consecutive year, finishing fourth overall at the meet held in Lincoln, Neb. Florida tied for third in the Southeastern Conference Championships, just 0.55 away from Alabama's winning total. The Gators won their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional title and have four All-Americans returning in 2010- sophomore Elizabeth Mahlich, junior Alicia Goodwin, and senior’s Maranda Smith and Amanda Castillo. In addition, Florida’s five-member freshman class tops CollegeGymFans.com’s ranking of recruiting classes.
Florida opens the 2010 season ranked No. 4 on the GymInfo Preseason poll. This is the fourth consecutive year Florida has appeared among the top four teams in the preseason poll (2007: 3rd; 2008: 2nd; 2009: 3rd). Florida has been ranked in the preseason top 10 each year since the poll’s inception in 1992. Five-time defending NCAA champion Georgia holds the top spot with 13 first-place votes. Rounding out the preseason top five are No. 2 Utah, No. 3 Alabama and No. 5 UCLA. Seven opponents on Florida’s 2010 regular-season slate ranks among the nation’s top-25 on the GymInfo Preseason rankings. Florida’s first opponent – No. 9 Oklahoma – is one of six preseason top-10 opponents UF will meet this season.
Oklahoma also opens its 2010 season tonight. Last year, the Sooners won the Big 12 title for the second consecutive season and took 10th in NCAA Championships' competition. OU turned in a 2009 dual meet record of 19-14 and posted a season-high of 197.175 against Texas Women’s University (Jan. 17). K.J. Kindler is beginning her fourth season as coach of the Sooners.
After opening its season at home in each of the last two years, Florida begins the 2010 season at a road competition. UF turned in its highest season-opening score of 197.125 with its win versus Illinois-Chicago in 2008. Florida last opened a season with a road meet in 2007 when UF won the Super Six Challenge in Fayetteville, Ark., with a team score 196.55.
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