Roundup: Hunter, Sloan reap SEC honors

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 4:07 p.m.

National-high all-around and floor exercise scores by both Florida All-Americans Kytra Hunter and Bridget Sloan in last Friday's dual meet win against No. 6 Georgia led to the pair sharing the latest SEC Gymnast of the Week honor, the league office announced Tuesday.

Hunter and Sloan helped No. 2 Florida (3-0) earn the nation's leading team (198.05) and floor (49.875) totals. The floor total is the nation's highest in any event since 2006.

The all-around mark of 39.70 by Hunter and Sloan last Friday equals the nation's leading total set by Sloan at Auburn on Jan. 17. The all-around win is the 12th for Hunter and the eighth for Sloan.

Their 10.0s are only the second to be scored in consecutive routines in the program's history.

The Gators, the national defending champs, host NCAA runner-up and current No. 1 Oklahoma (3-0) starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

Swimming: UF seniors Elizabeth Beisel and Marcin Cieslak were named SEC Swimmers of the Week on Tuesday.

The honor marked the 10th time in her career, second in as many weeks and third time this season that Beisel has been recognized by the SEC for a weekly performance. Beisel celebrated her last meet in the O'Connell Center with a trio of victories in the No. 8 Gators 173.5-124.5 win over No. 12 Auburn. Beisel beat the NCAA 'B' cut in all three races. The North Kingstown, R.I., native touched first in the 200 fly (1:54.60), 200 back (1:55.21) and 200 IM (1:59.20).

Beisel ranks in the top-10 nationally in six events and in the top-five nationally in four events.

Cieslak picked up his fourth career SEC weekly honor after being the men's high point of the meet in No. 2 Florida's 180-117 win over No. 10 Auburn. Cieslak had his hand in four wins, touching first in the 100 fly (47.68) and 200 freestyle (1:36.92) and swimming on the first place 200 medley relay (1:28.00) and 400 freestyle relay (2:56.19). Both of Cieslak's individual times were NCAA 'B' cuts.

Florida will travel to Knoxville to end the dual meet season against SEC rival Tennessee at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Gators will then begin the final preparations before the SEC Championships beginning Feb. 18.

Lacrosse: Florida was picked No. 4 in the Brine Media Preseason Top 20 rankings, released by Inside Lacrosse.

The Gators received one first-place vote in the poll, which ranked defending national champion North Carolina, Syracuse and Maryland ahead of the Gators. Florida will be tested early, as it opens its regular season Feb. 8 at North Carolina.

Florida is coming off its third consecutive ALC regular-season championship as well as the third straight NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's four-year history. Florida finished the season with an 18-3 record, including a 9-0 record at Donald R. Dizney Stadium.

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