Hunter powers Florida's win with another 10
Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 12:24 a.m.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Powered by another 10 from junior Kytra Hunter, the No. 3 Florida gymnastics team used its second-highest total of the season — and the nation's third-highest — to finish regular-season action Friday with a win over Missouri.
The Gators' 198.20 ranks as the nation's top road mark of 2014. Missouri turned in a 194.30.
“They had so much energy from the start and they were very relaxed,” Florida coach Rhonda Faehn said of her team. “It was great. We talked about how this was our preparation for the SEC Championships. I just wanted them to have a blast while they were out there competing and they did exactly that. I felt that is was consistent across the board and there was a lot of great gymnastics. Everyone was just really solid.”
A pair of Gators (9-1, 6-1 SEC) equaled Florida records for all-around and floor exercise Friday. Hunter turned in her fourth 10.0 floor exercise mark of 2014, which with her two perfect vault marks, gives her a total of six 10.0s for the season. Sophomore Bridget Sloan, the defending NCAA all-around champion, equaled the school-record total of 39.825 to take her eighth consecutive win in the event.
Florida turned in solid team totals on each event Friday, with its 49.625 on uneven bars equaling its season-best set last Friday. Florida's 49.50 on vault was just off its season-best of 49.525. On their finishing events, the Gators turned in a 49.60 on floor and a 49.475 on beam.
Missouri finished at 6-7, 0-7 SEC.
The Gators look for their third consecutive league title at the SEC Championships set for March 22 in the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.