Johnson, Sloan claim NCAA event titles


Florida's Bridget Sloan gestures after winning all-around gymnast in the NCAA college women's gymnastics individual championship at UCLA, Sunday in Los Angeles. (The Associated Press)

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 10:53 p.m.

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Be at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Monday at 7 p.m. to welcome home your 2013 NCAA Champion Gator Gymnastics team.

When: Monday at 7 p.m.
Where: Stephen C. O'Connell Center main arena (gates open at 6 p.m.)

LOS ANGELES — A pair of Gators claimed apparatus titles Sunday in the final day of NCAA Gymnastics Championships competition held in front of 2,825 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion. Junior Alaina Johnson is the first Gator to claim the NCAA uneven bars title and freshman Bridget Sloan added the balance beam crown to her all-around win she collected on Friday. This is the second time a pair of Gators stepped to the top of the NCAA individual event finals podium for two different titles. The last time also was in Pauley Pavilion in 1998 when Susan Hines successfully defended her vault title and then freshman Betsy Hamm shared the balance beam crown. Sunday, Johnson used a 9.9125 to take the uneven bars win. The Gators were well represented on the bars award podium, as Sloan shared second at 9.90 and junior teammate Mackenzie Caquatto shared fourth at 9.8875.


Sloan's 9.90 gave her the beam win. It was her third 9.90 or better beam mark of the weekend, as she advanced to the final with her 9.90 in Friday's semifinal competition and she shared the beam lead in Saturday's Super Six at 9.95. Two other Gators joined Sloan on the beam award's podium. Mackenzie Caquatto was fourth at 9.85 and senior Marissa King took seventh with her 9.7875. For the first time since 2007, Florida was represented in each of the four apparatus finals. In the vault final, senior Ashanée Dickerson shared fifth (9.90) while sophomore Kytra Hunter took 16th (9.85) and Johnson tied for 17th (9.825). Two Gators also appeared in the floor exercise final. Sloan shared fourth at 9.90 and King tied for sixth at 9.8875.

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