No. 1 UF gymnastics tops Hogs on road
Published: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — The No. 1 Florida gymnastics team used the nation's second-highest total of 2013 to take the win at No. 22 Arkansas on Friday in front a Barnhill Arena crowd of 5,278.
Florida (4-1, 3-1 SEC) posted a 197.575 while the Razorbacks (1-3, 0-3 SEC) turned in a season-high 196.175.
For the second consecutive Friday, the Gators were wearing pink. After tonight's performance, the Gators may consider wearing the hue more often. Last week in the Gators Link to Pink meet, Florida used the nation's top total of 197.675 to take the win and move into the No. 1 position in this week's national rankings. Tonight, the Gators were sporting the color again for Arkansas' Pink Meet and UF's winning total of 197.575 stands second to last Friday's total.
Friday night, the reigning SEC Gymnast of the Week and 2012 NCAA all-around champion, Kytra Hunter, performed only in the uneven bars and junior All-American Alaina Johnson was still out resting her back.
Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn couldn't have asked for a better response from the team.
“I was really happy with the way all of our athletes responded, especially knowing that we were going to rest Kytra on three of the four events and Alaina was still out,” Faehn said. “They knew we were going to change up the lineups. And what I loved was that every athlete stepped up and took ownership of their event.”
Florida punctuated solid uneven bars and vault lineups with scores of 9.95. Junior Mackenzie Caquatto claimed her second uneven bars win of the season with her 9.95 and senior Ashanee Dickerson used the same mark to take her third vault victory of 2013.
Freshman Bridget Sloan used a collegiate-best 9.925 to claim her second collegiate balance beam title.
Florida's three all-arounders all were very close in the final scoring. Sloan shared her first collegiate all-around win with Dickerson at 39.55. It was Dickerson's third all-around win of the season and the 16th of her career. Senior Marissa King posted a season-best 39.50 Friday to take third.
The top two teams in the 2012 NCAA Championship competition meet this Friday in the O'Connell Center for one of the nation's top dual meets of the 2013 season. Florida plays host to defending NCAA champion and No. 5 Alabama (3-0, 3-0 SEC) on Friday at 7 p.m. The first 1,200 through the door Friday receive an orange or blue light up stick.
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