Florida Gator Gymnastics Headed to NCAA Regionals

The University of Florida gymnastics team is headed for the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships. The Gators will compete in University Park, Pennsylvania, on April 7.

Joining the No. 5 Gators is No. 8 Washington, No. 17 Arizona State, No. 15 Missouri, No. 27 West Virginia, No. 29 Penn State and No. 30 at 4 p.m. in Penn State’s Rec Hall.

The top two teams and the top two all-around competitors (who are not on an advancing team) from each region site advances to the NCAA Championships. The championships are set for April 20-21 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.

2018 NCAA University Park Regional Competition Order
Vault Bye Bars Beam Bye Floor
i UNH West Virginia Penn St. Washington Arizona St. Florida
II Florida UNH West Virginia Penn St. Washington Arizona St.
III Arizona St. Florida UNH West Virginia Penn St. Washington
IV Washington Arizona St. Florida UNH West Virginia Penn St.
V Penn St. Washington Arizona St. Florida UNH West Virginia
VI West Virginia Penn St. Washington Arizona St. Florida UNH


SEC Teams

All eight Southeeastern Conference gymnastics programs are set to compete in the regionals, according to the SEC. The regional selections are as follows:

Columbus Regional (Central) (The Ohio State University, host) – 6 p.m.
2. Arkansas
3. Boise State
4. *Ohio State
5. Pittsburgh
6. Kent State

Minneapolis Regional (North Central) (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities host) – 4 p.m.
1. Oklahoma
2. Kentucky
3. Denver
4. *Minnesota
5. Iowa State
6. Iowa

Raleigh Regional (Southeast) (North Carolina State University, host) – 4 p.m.
1. LSU
2. Nebraska
3. Oregon State
4. George Washington
5. *NC State
6. Maryland

Salt Lake City Regional (West) (University of Utah, host) – 4 p.m.
1. *Utah
2. California
3. Auburn
4. BYU
5. Stanford
6. Southern Utah

Tuscaloosa Regional (South Central) (University of Alabama, host) – 4 p.m.
1. *Alabama
2. Michigan
3. Georgia
4. Missouri
5. Illinois
6. Central Michigan

University Park Regional (Northeast) (Pennsylvania State University, host) – 4 p.m.
1. Florida
2. Washington
3. Arizona State
4. West Virginia
5. *Penn State
6. New Hampshire

SEC Championships

The Gators placed third at the SEC Championships Saturday with a score of 196.825. The reigning champions, Louisiana State University, claimed its third SEC Championship – and second consecutive – with a score of 197.40. Followed by the University of Alabama at 196.975.

The University of Kentucky took fourth at 196.55. Other team scores Saturday included Arkansas (196.425), Georgia (196.35), Missouri (196.10) and Auburn (195.65).


Gator Event Winners

A Gator claimed at least a share of each apparatus title.

Alex McMurty won titles in vault (9.975) and bars (9.95).


Freshman Alyssa Baumann was named the SEC Champion on balance beam after scoring 9.975.


Alicia Boren shared the evening’s floor exercise win at 9.90. She was second in the all-around, falling short 0.025 to LSU’s Sarah Finnegan. Finnegan scored 39.50 for the title.

Florida will compete in the NCAA regionals on April 7.



About Kate Venezio

Kate Venezio is a fourth-year telecommunication-news student at the University of Florida. Kate does it all: Behind the camera she captures emotional moments as a photographer for the University of Florida Athletic Association. She's comfortable being in front of the camera, too. Kate interviews players, coaches, fans and family members for pre- and post-game coverage as a beat reporter for ESPN Gainesville/WRUF-FM. In addition, Kate produces the sports segment for the weekly WUFT News program. There, she's responsible for writing the script in its entirety to include production commands. The presentation includes video highlights and interviews taped and edited, and Kate then live anchors the final package on a daily deadline. In addition, she writes stories for wruf.com where she informs sports fans of local, state, and national trending topics. Kate also utilizes social media as a tool to help get the stories in front of viewers. 

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