Florida gymnastics is preparing for tonight’s meet against the LSU Tigers. The Gators are coming off a huge win over Missouri, where they put up the nation’s top score of 2015; that score of 198.225 also matched UF’s fourth highest score in the history of the program.
The Gators won every event title, with senior Kytra Hunter taking home her fifth all-around title of the season and 17th of her career. Florida coach Rhonda Faehn says she was thrilled by the team’s performance.
“As a coaching staff and as a team, we just felt like we put in a really solid all around effort and just continued improvements throughout the season that we were looking for,” Faehn said.
LSU is also coming off a win against Auburn by a narrow five hundredths of a point. The Tigers currently hold the nation’s number three ranking compared to Florida’s number two. LSU senior Rheagan Courville holds the nation’s top all-around score in addition to being the two-time defending NCAA vault champion.
In last year’s meeting between the two teams, Florida took home the victory. Since 1995, 27 of the UF-LSU meets have been separated by less than half a point, including last year’s meet and SEC Championships. Faehn says tonight’s meet will be a tough SEC matchup.
“I think it’s going to be amazing for our athletes to go on the road in a very challenging situation… and I just want to see our athletes have a great energy.”
Faehn also said Bridget Sloan will be getting back in the competition tonight on bars. She has been out since the first meet of the year because of injury.
The meet will begin at 8:30pm in Baton Rouge and stream live on the SEC Network plus.
To listen to Rhonda Faehn’s audio clips, click below.