Sloan's 10 highlights UF win at Kentucky

Florida coach Rhonda Faehn embraces sophomore standout Bridget Sloan during Friday night's win at Kentucky.

Courtesy of UF Communications
Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Florida kept its streak of perfection alive in the Bluegrass State on Friday.

The top-ranked Florida gymnastics team turned in its third consecutive meet with a 10.0 to defeat Kentucky in a dual meet, 197.175-195.45, in front of a Memorial Coliseum crowd of 2,282.

This time it was sophomore Bridget Sloan, the defending NCAA beam champion, turning in the perfect performance in her top event.

“It was one of those nights, it was like a fairy tale,” Sloan said. “The meet ended on beam, my favorite event, and getting a 10 — it was just incredible.”

Sloan is the second Gator to earn a perfect mark on beam, with the first also coming at Kentucky in 2004 when Kristen Stucky set the school record.

It was a steady performance for the Gators throughout the meet, scoring a 49.25 or above on every event. Florida opened and ended the meet with meet-high team totals of 49.325 on uneven bars and balance beam.

“I'm beyond thrilled by the way this team performed tonight,” Florida coach Rhonda Faehn said. “It was incredible right from the start. We definitely had one of our best bar performances top to bottom that we've had all season. I think four of the six were perfectly stuck landings.”

Sloan led a Gator sweep of the all-around, as she used a 39.675 to win her fourth consecutive title. Junior Kytra Hunter was second at 39.425 while senior Alaina Johnson posted a 39.40 in her first all-around performance in more than a year.

Florida also swept the event titles. In addition to the beam win, Sloan shared the evening's uneven bars title with senior Mackenzie Caquatto at 9.90. Hunter used 9.925 marks to take both vault and floor exercise wins.

Up next, the Gators begin a two-meet home stand with a Valentine's Day meet on Friday against No. 11 Arkansas. Meet time is set for 7 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.

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