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The Florida Gymnastics team has been on a roll lately. The defending champions started the season with a 196.65 at UCLA, but since then they have been back to their old form or even scarier for some, they might even be better. The Gators have scored at least a 197 in each of their last three meets highlighted by the 198.05 on Jan. 24. This past week in a battle of the top two teams in the country, it was the No. 2 Florida squad defeating the No. 1 Oklahoma team 197.875 to 197.225. Since 1995, the No. 2 team is 14-2-1 when facing the No. 1 team in regular-season, dual-meet action. The Gators had five scores that were 9.95 or higher including a perfect 10 by junior Kytra Hunter on the floor—her second consecutive on the event. It also marks the third perfect 10 on the floor by Florida in the last two weeks. The program had just two perfect 10s on the floor in its history prior to that. Here are the Gators gymnasts who have had multiple perfect 10s in one event.
- Vault – Susan Hines (4)
- Bars – Melanie Sinclair (3)
- Beam – Only one in their history
- Floor – Kytra Hunter (2)
LSU put together its best performance of the year and fifth fifth best ever as the No. 3 Tigers defeated No. 7 Alabama 197.650 to 196.825. LSU had over a 49.500 on both the vault and floor. Rheagan Courville won her fourth all-around title in four meets with a 39.500 score. The junior had 13 All-Around titles entering this season. Another junior, Lloimincia Hall did her thing again by posting another perfect 10 on the floor. She is one of seven Tigers gymnasts that have posted a perfect 10 on the floor and with one more 10 she will tie the school career mark with four 10s on the floor. Here is the list of those gymnasts.
- April Burkholder (4)
- Lloimincia Hall (3)
- Nicki Arnstad (2)
- Rachel Fruge
- Nicki Butler
- Terin Martinjak
- Ashleigh Clare-Kearney
No. 6 Georgia fought back from its loss against Florida last week to defeat Kentucky 197.300-190.950. It was the third time this season they reached a score of 197 or better. Once again they started off really strong behind a 49.425 vault and a 49.450 bars routine. The Bulldogs came in as the No. 1 bars team in the nation and they did not disappoint their home crowd. It was the beam which gave the Gym Dogs problems last week, but this meet they scored a respectable 49.150 in the third rotation led by senior Lindsey Cheek’s 9.875 and a pair of 9.850 by sophomore Mary Beth Box and senior Kaylan Earls. The 49.150 was tied for their second best total on the beam this season. If they start hitting on the beam, this can be an even more dangerous team. Here are their scores for each meet this season on the beam.
- Jan. 10 at Oklahoma 48.975
- Jan. 12 at Stanford 49.150
- Jan. 17 vs. LSU 49.050
- Jan. 20 vs. Iowa 49.425
- Jan. 24 at Florida 48.450
- Feb. 1 vs. Kentucky 49.150
The 12th-ranked Auburn Tigers defeated No. 10 Arkansas 196.550-196.100 in Fayetteville, Ark. Sophomore Caitlyn Atkinson and junior Bri Guy had outstanding all-arounds with scores of 39.450 apiece. Another key gymnast was freshman MJ Rott. Last week, the freshman tied a school record with a 9.975 on the vault and then this week had another great performance with a 9.95 to win the event. This was the first win for Auburn in Fayetteville as the team was 0-5 previous to this big win.
No. 7 Alabama fell to No. 3 LSU 197.650 to 196.825 in Baton Rouge on Friday. Alabama had solid scores throughout the night with a low of 49.125 on the bars and the floor to a high of 49.300 on the vault. Senior Sarah DeMeo tied her career-high in the all-around with a score of 39.450. The score was even better than her meet last week when she posted an all-around score of 39.400. DeMeo had 9.850 on vault and bars while getting a 9.875 on the beam and on the floor. It was also against LSU where DeMeo had that high mark, but the last time was in 2011 as a freshman.
The 10th-ranked Razorbacks started off great, but fell to the 12th-ranked Auburn Tigers 196.550-196.100. They started off great as four gymnasts scored 9.90 or better on the vault led by senior Scarlett Williams who matched her career-high score of 9.925. In its first three meets of the season, Arkansas gymnasts had just two scores of 9.90 or better combined. The three other gymnasts which all scored 9.90 were Katherine Grable (who won her fourth all-around title in four events this year), Bailee Zumwalde and Amanda Wellick. Arkansas’ total for the vault was 49.450. That mark tied the school’s highest score ever. Here are the four times they reached that total on the vault.
- 2014 vs. Auburn
- 2012 at the NCAA Super Six
- 2009 at Session II in NCAAs
- 2009 vs. Georgia
The Missouri Tigers went on the road and just missed out on a victory as it was defeated by North Carolina State 194.675 to 194.525. One of the big-time gymnasts for Missouri was junior Rachel Updike who won the vault event with a score of 9.90. It was her fourth event title this season. Last season she battled through a foot injury and had seven event titles. As a freshman, she won 15 and was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Kentucky fell to No. 6 Georgia 197.300-190.950 on Saturday. The Wildcats’ performance was highlighted by five individual who notched career-highs. It was also highlighted by a very strong floor routine when four gymnasts posted a score of 9.80 or higher. The team posted a 49.000 on floor and it was the fourth straight meet that their high score came from the floor.