Roundup: UF falls to Utah in gymnastics

Published: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 11:57 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The No. 2 Florida gymnastics team closed out regular-season action with a 198.125-197.875 loss at No. 7 Utah (10-2-1, 4-1-1 Pac-12) Saturday night in front of a Jon M. Huntsman Center crowd of 14,903.

Although it was a loss, the Gators (8-2, 6-1 SEC) didn’t look disappointed post meet.

It was a high-scoring meet as Utah’s total ranks as the nation’s third-highest score of 2013, while Florida’s score checks in as the nation’s fifth-highest of the season. The Gators’ score also stands as the nation’s top road score of 2013.

The meet also produced some of the nation’s top all-around totals. Florida freshman Bridget Sloan shared her fourth all-around title of the season with Utah’s Georgia Dabritz at 39.70. Just behind them at 39.65 was Gator sophomore Kytra Hunter and Utah’s Tory Wilson.

The 39.70 shares the nation’s third-highest mark of the season, behind Hunter’s 39.80 and Sloan’s 39.75 set on March 1.

“I was extremely proud of our athletes coming away with the nation’s highest road score so far this entire year. It will help our RQS (regional qualifying score, which is used to rank the nation’s teams) and will help us go back to the No. 1 spot heading into the conference championships,” Faehn said. “I feel like we came out and we accomplished so much here and I am so proud of the team. And it really did prepare and help fuel them for what lies ahead this next week at the SEC Championships. And they are so excited. We finished beam and I told them how proud I was of them and that this type of performance is a performance that was going to help them challenge to win SECs, Regionals and Nationals.”

WOMEN’S LACROSSE: At Eugene, Ore., senior attack Gabi Wiegand scored a team-high four goals and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell recorded four points to help No. 2 Florida to a 13-5 win over Oregon on a rainy Saturday at Pape Field.

The Gators won their 11th straight game and snapped Oregon’s four-game winning streak with the victory.

Wiegand combined with Dashiell for seven of the Gators’ 13 goals as they outshot Oregon 29-15.

The Gators faced a steady rain for a majority of the game but were unselfish with the ball, recording six assists with senior attack Caroline Chesterman leading the way with two. Senior goalie Mikey Meagher recorded five saves in the cage on 14 shots she faced in the game. Freshman goalie Mary-Sean Wilcox also recorded a save in her three minutes of play in the contest.

Sophomore midfielder Nora Barry led with four draw controls while Dashiell added three. Four Gators recorded team-high two ground balls and Gilroy caused a team-high three turnovers.

Dashiell got on the board early for the Gators, scoring three goals before the half. She found the back of the net for the first goal of the game at the 26:02 mark off an eight meter free position attempt. She followed it up less than 30 seconds later on an assist by sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy.

MEN’S GOLF: At Statesboro, Ga., after two rounds at the Chris Schenkel Invitational, No. 8 UF remains in third. The team recorded a second round score of 296 (+8) at the par-72, 6,962 yard course. Sophomore Eric Banks was the Gators’ lowest scorer Saturday at even-par 72. double-bogeys. He finished the round with an even par 72. The Truro, Canada native is 4-over for the three-day event and is in a tie for 32nd place individually.

Classmate J.D. Tomlinson finished one stroke behind Banks on the second day of competition in Statesboro, Ga. It marked his second consecutive round at one-over par. He is tied for 23rd place.

Seniors T.J. Vogel and Tyler McCumber both were over par after they both recorded an opening round score of 70. Vogel was 3-over par, while McCumber was 4-over. At 1-over par after two rounds, Vogel is tied for 18th place. McCumber is tied with teammate Tomlinson for 23rd place.

WOMEN’S GOLF: At Gainesville, for the second straight day of the SunTrust Gator Women’s Invitational, the Mark Bostick Golf Course kept low numbers at bay as only three players were able to shoot under par.

Junior transfer Elcin Ulu, senior Isabelle Lendl and senior Mia Piccio all shot 3-over (73) to lead UF, which trails leader Alabama by three shots.

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