Roundup: Top-ranked Gator gymnastics wins at LSU
Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. — The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team (3-0, 2-0 SEC) collected a 196.425-194.00 win Friday evening at No. 24 LSU (0-3, 0-2 SEC) in front of Pete Maravich Assembly Center crowd of 3,590.
Sophomore All-American Ashanee Dickerson led the Gators on Friday, claiming at least a share of each of the evening's five event titles, including using a 39.475 to claim her 10th all-around title. Dickerson becomes the first Gator since former All-American Chrissy Van Fleet in the 2000 season to sweep a meet's event titles.
Dickerson claimed sole possession of the floor exercise (9.95), vault (9.90) and balance beam (9.825) wins and shared the uneven bars title (9.80).
“I just focused on what needed to be done,” Dickerson said. “I tried to focus on the mistakes I made last week and tried to improve those routines this week.”
The Gators return home to host North Carolina State and Penn State on Friday for the popular Gators Link to Pink meet. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Men's tennis: Ninth-ranked Florida cruised to a 7-0 victory over Furman in its season opener at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex.
“We know that Coach (Paul) Scarpa is always going to have a well-coached team that makes you earn a win,” Florida head coach Andy Jackson said. “We're glad to get this win, and we'll play better on Sunday. We know that there will be a considerable jump in talent with Baylor coming to town, and we're looking forward to the match.”
Florida fought its way to the doubles point in quick fashion as Bob van Overbeek and Billy Federhofer posted an 8-0 victory on court two in just 28 minutes. They were followed by Alexandre Lacroix and Nassim Slilam with an 8-3 court one win in which the Gator pair won four straight games to close out the match in 30 minutes. Sekou Bangoura Jr. and Andrew Butz completed the doubles sweep, winning 8-1 on court three.
Four Gators posted a 6-0 first set win in singles, and van Overbeek posted the first singles point of the day, taking a 6-0, 6-1 win over Andrei Chvetsov in 49 minutes. Slilam closed his court five match out after winning his first 10 games on the way to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Watson George. Bangoura provided the clincher moments later, as Alex Christ sailed a forehand deep to wrap up a 6-1, 6-1 Bangoura win and give UF a 4-0 lead.
The Gators will be back in action at home on Sunday at noon, facing the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears. Admission is free.
Swimming & diving: Despite two dozen NCAA provisional marks and season-best times in eight different events, Florida's men's and women's swimming and diving teams each fell at Auburn in dual-meet competition at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
The No. 5 men's team (4-3, 2-1 SEC) fell to the No. 6 Tigers, 167-133, while the No. 6 women's squad (4-4, 0-2 SEC) suffered a 165-135 defeat to No. 12 Auburn. The loss for the men is the first in SEC competition since losing at Auburn on Jan. 24, 2009, while the women's team lost to the Tigers for the first time since Jan. 19, 2007.
An NCAA-leading three UF swimmers were named to the United States' 2011 FINA World Championship Team, USA Swimming announced. Senior Conor Dwyer, junior Teresa Crippen and freshman Elizabeth Beisel will represent the U.S. in Shanghai, China.
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