No. 1 Gators start season with road win


Junior Kytra Hunter was the all-around champion Saturday night in the Gators' road victory at UCLA.

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Published: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 12:14 a.m.

LOS ANGELES — Top-ranked and defending NCAA gymnastics champion Florida sent a message Saturday night: The Gators aim to repeat.

Despite starting the season on the road and on the same floor the Gators won last year’s national championship, Florida defeated No. 4 UCLA 196.65-196.625.

Florida won the uneven bars and the balance beam, while the Bruins won on the vault and floor exercises.

Junior Kytra Hunter was the all-around champion (39.375) to lead the Gators. Hunter had the highest score on the floor exercise with a 9.925.

The Gators open SEC action at Auburn on Jan. 17 before entertaining Georgia on Jan. 24 in the O'Connell Center in their home opener.

The SEC Championships, where UF is the two-time defending champion, will be held in Birmingham, Ala., March 22, with NCAA Regionals set for April 5.

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