Florida gymnasts ranked No. 1

Published: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:46 p.m.

The Florida gymnastics team moved into the No. 1 spot in this week's GymInfo national rankings.

The Gators posted the nation's eighth-highest score of 2012 in the team's road meet at Auburn last Friday, earning a 197.50-196.875 victory over the Tigers. That score brought Florida's season average to 196.929, enough to propel the Gators to No. 1 from last week's No. 2 spot. Oklahoma ranks No. 2 this week with a 196.784 season average, and Georgia and Alabama are tied at No. 3 with 196.725 averages.

Florida is the fifth team to hold the No. 1 spot this season. The first week of 2012 finished with Nebraska ranked No. 1, followed by Arkansas/UCLA at the top in the second week of the season. Utah claimed sole ownership of the No. 1 position in weeks three through five.

This marks the 29th occasion that the Gators have been ranked No. 1 since 2006. Prior to 2006, the last time UF ranked as the No. 1 team was Feb. 4, 1989.

Florida's season average is boosted by three additions to the Gators' All-Time Top 20 scores. The team's 197.850 against LSU ranks as the fifth-highest team total in program history, and the 197.775 posted against then-No.1 Arkansas, Bridgeport and No. 24 Maryland ranks as the sixth-highest total. Last Friday's 197.50, the nation's top road score of 2012, checks in as Florida's No. 16 team total all-time.

Next up, the Gators face the No. T-3 Georgia Gym Dogs in the O'Connell Center at 7 p.m. Friday. This will be the 18th time in the last 20 meetings between the two teams that one of the teams brings a No. 1 ranking into the competition.

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