Roundup: No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in gymnastics

Florida gymnast Amelia Hundley does the Gator Chomp as she competes in the floor exercise during a meet against Kentucky at the Exactech Arena on Jan 25. The Gators topped the Wildcats in the meet. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

It’s the season’s top gymnastics dual meet — No. 2 Florida at No. 1 Oklahoma. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET today at the Lloyd Noble Center.

No. 1 and No. 2 meet for a dual competition for the fifth time since 2007. Of those five, Florida’s been a part of four (1-1-1).

The Florida (3-0)-OU (4-0) dual airs live on FOX College Sports Pacific. Here’s where to find Friday’s top-ranked dual: 273 Gainesville/Ocala Cox Cable, 608 DirecTV, 302 Verizon Fios or 649 AT&T U-verse.

Another Gator duo picked up Southeastern Conference weekly gymnastics awards Tuesday. After two consecutive weeks as the SEC Freshman of the Week, Trinity Thomas takes the Gymnast of the Week award, while sophomore Megan Skaggs is the Specialist Gymnast of the Week.

Thomas won four events against Kentucky last Friday, claiming three titles outright — all-around (39.70), bars (9.975) and beam (9.925), and shared the floor win at 9.925. Her 39.70 was the nation’s top all-around total of last weekend and shares second overall for 2019.

Skaggs was second in the uneven bars against Kentucky at 9.95. She is tied for fourth among the nation’s bars performers (9.925 average).

February collegiate action starts with the nation’s top dual so far of 2019 — No. 2 Florida at No. 1 Oklahoma. Florida travels to Norman, Okla., to face the Sooners on Friday in the Lloyd Noble Center. The meet airs live at 8 p.m. ET on FOX College Sports (Gainesville/Ocala Cox cable channel 273).


Florida loses at UT

KNOXVILLE, TENN — Tennessee defeated Florida 67-50 in SEC women’s college basketball Thursday.

Funda Nakkasoglu led the Gators (5-16, 1-7 SEC) with 18 points and Kiara Smith added 11.

The Gators shot just 28.8 percent (19 of 66) from the floor. The Gators have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12.

Tennessee improved to 14-7 and 3-5. The Vols have won 15 of their last 16 meetings with Florida.

UF resumes SEC play Sunday when it continues its road trip with a stop at No. 19 Kentucky for a 2 p.m. ET game that will air nationally on ESPNU.


Holloway named SEC Co-Runner of Week

Florida junior Grant Holloway was named SEC Men’s Co-Runner of the Week.

Holloway clocked a world-leading time of 6.51 seconds in the 60 meters, breaking Jeff Demps’ seven-year-old school record of 6.52 seconds and tying the No. 9 performer on the collegiate all-time top 10. Prior to Saturday, Holloway had never run the 60.

The day before his breathtaking 60 performance, Holloway posted the nation’s No. 2-ranked long jump mark (8.02 meters / 26 feet, 3.75 inches), winning a competition that featured the NCAA leader by 17 centimeters.

Of the 80 men in history to run 6.51 or faster in the 60 meters, according to the all-time list and athlete bios maintained by the IAAF, only Holloway, Leroy Burrell, and Dwight Phillips also long jumped over 8.00 meters.


Gators ranked No. 6 in IWLCA Preseason Poll

The Florida lacrosse team will begin the 2019 season ranked sixth in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll.

The season marks the ninth time the Gators have been ranked in the IWLCA Preseason poll and the seventh time the squad has ranked within the top six.

Florida opens the season with No. 17 Colorado on Feb. 9 in Boulder, Colo. The Gators will then face seven more ranked teams: No. T-2 Maryland, No. T-2 North Carolina, No. 5 Stony Brook, No. 8 Princeton, No. 9 Loyola, No. 13 Navy and No. 15 Syracuse.

The Gators also were ranked No. 4 in the USLacrosse Preseason rankings and were selected to win the first AAC Women’s Lacrosse Championship last week.