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Florida vs. Kentucky Gymnastics Preview

By on February 7th, 2014

The Florida gymnastics team has officially moved up to the top spot in the GymInfo rankings. The Gators climbed in the rankings after beating previous number one Oklahoma last Friday at home.

The Gators edged out the Sooners with a score of 197.875 to 197.225.

“Our team really rose to the occasion and I think did a very well balanced competition on all four events,” said Florida head coach Rhonda Faehn. “I think it was certainly our best overall competition as far as consistency and achieving our goal of setting out for every single meet to get a little bit better here and there with our landings and executions.”

The Gators had stellar performances in their home arena for the second straight week.

Bridget Sloan won her third consecutive all around title with the nation’s highest score of 39.75. After her stellar performance, Sloan was named SEC Gymnast of the Week. Sloan has been named SEC Gymnast of the Week for three straight weeks.

Maybe even more impressive was Kytra Hunter’s performance on floor. Hunter clocked a perfect 10 for the second week in a row. Hunter is the first ever Gator to earn two perfect tens in a row on the floor.

“Kytra is such a hard worker and a perfectionist,” said Faehn. “I don’t doubt that she’s wanted those tens her whole career on every event. Any gymnast will probably tell you that is what they are striving for. They are constantly striving for the closet thing you can get to perfection. And I have no doubt that she will be trying her absolute best.”

Up next for the Gators is some SEC competition as they travel to Kentucky to take on the WildCats.

Last year Florida beat Kentucky at home 196.975 to 196.075. The Gators are 11-0 against the WildCats under Rhonda Faehn and 61-1 all time.

“We’re really looking forward to heading out to Kentucky and giving a little bit of an opportunity for some of our athletes to rest up a little bit,” said Faehn. “And to possibly change up some of our line-ups and give some other people opportunity.”

Meet time is set for 7pm in Kentucky’s Memorial Coliseum.

To hear audio from Coach Faehn click on the links below:

Faehn on Focusing on Performances

Faehn on Kytra Hunter

Faehn Looking Forward to Kentucky

Faehn on Oklahoma


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