Roundup: UF's Meagher, DuPre earn weekly honors
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 5:27 p.m.
Senior goalie Mikey Meagher and freshman midfielder Sydney DuPre grabbed the first American Lacrosse Conference Defender and Rookie of the Week honors, announced by the league Tuesday.
Meagher backstopped the Gators to a crucial road win in Chapel Hill as Florida defeated UNC 5-3, shutting out the Tar Heels over the last 52 minutes of the contest. She made nine saves and allowed only three goals in the game as Florida opened the season with a win.
DuPre made her debut a memorable one, helping the Gators defeat UNC by being a part of the defensive unit that did not allow a goal in the second half.
This is the second weekly honor for Meagher this week, as she was named the WomensLax.com Player of the Week on Monday.
The Gators are back in action at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Jacksonville.
Track and field: Florida’s Marquis Dendy has been honored by the SEC as the Men’s Field Athlete of the Week.
Dendy turned in the nation’s top mark in the men’s long jump on Friday with a season-best leap of 7.99m/26-2.75 to capture the event at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. On Saturday, Dendy followed Friday’s performance with a personal-best leap in the triple jump, jumping 16.10m/52-10 for the sixth-best mark in Florida school history. Dendy’s jump puts him at seventh in the NCAA standings and he is one of only three NCAA athletes (Monroe College’s Mamadou Gueye and Nebraska’s Janis Leitis) ranked in the top-10 in both the men’s long jump and triple jump.
Gymnastics: Bridget Sloan claimed her second consecutive league honor Tuesday when she was named SEC Freshman Gymnast of the Week.
Sloan upped her collegiate-best all-around total for the second consecutive week to claim her second all-around win as a Gator last Friday in No. 1 Florida’s win against defending NCAA champion Alabama. Sloan’s total of 39.675 shares second among the nation’s top all-around performances of 2013 and it ranks as the nation’s top all-around total of last weekend’s competition.
Sloan turned in a collegiate-best 9.95 to share Friday’s uneven bars title with teammate Mackenzie Caquatto. She also took second on beam (9.90) and shared third in vault (9.90). Her collegiate-best floor exercise mark of 9.925 helped the Gators equal the school-record of 49.65 on that event.