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Gator Gymnastics Start NCAA Championship Action

The Florida Gators are in St. Louis, MO this weekend as they take on the NCAA Championship. The championship will consist of 12 teams in two semifinal sessions starting tonight. The Gators will compete in the NCAA Semifinal II, which is set to begin at 8 p.m. ET in St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena.

In order to move onto the next round for Saturday’s Super Six final, the Gators need to rank among the top three teams in their session Friday night. The top three teams for each session will be competing in the Super Six final Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. The winner of the Super Six Final is the NCAA team champion.

How The Gymnasts Are Preparing

Alicia Boren has been looking forward to this day since last year. She is excited to redeem herself after falling on vault at last year’s competition. Amelia Hundley believes it’s most important to focus on each other and build on each other during the competition.  Head coach Jenny Rowland says she wants to team to focus on having fun and doing the best they can. She’s happy with everything the team has accomplished this year.

Gators in Previous NCAA Championships

Florida has qualified for the NCAA Championship 35 times. Florida finished fourth in the 2016 NCAA Super Six Final with a score of 197.35. The NCAA individual event champions are determined on Friday’s semifinal sessions. The Gators have won 16 NCAA individual titles.

This years 2017 SEC Gymnast of the year is Alex McMurtry. She was the first in Florida history to earn this honor and the 2017 Scholar-Athlete honor in the same season.

Tune into ESPNU for coverage of Friday nights competition. For Saturday night’s Super Six Final, the coverage will switch to ESPN.

About Sydney Jones

Sydney is a senior studying telecommunications with a specialization in sports media at the University of Florida. She is a multimedia sports reporter for ESPN 98.1 FM/850 AM WRUF and WUFT-TV.

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