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Florida Gators Gymnastics Wins Second Straight NCAA Championship

The Florida Gators gymnastics team are champions once again. For the first time in the history of the Super Six Final, Florida and Oklahoma finished tied to split the title. The Gators and Sooners used outstanding performances in all the events to score the highest total ever at the finals of 198.175. There is no tie-breaker in the Super Six.

Florida actually trailed heading into the final rotation with Alabama 0.15 points and Oklahoma .075 points ahead of the Gators. But of course, Kytra Hunter and Bridgette Caquatto turned in 9.95s to vault the UF into a tie for the lead. Hunter has dominated the floor all season and Caquatto tied a personal best, matching last year’s Super Six effort.

UF used a 49.450 on the vault, 49.600 on the bars (their highest ever), 49.500 on the balance beam, and 49.625 on the floor to get to 198.175. Bridget Sloan and Kytra Hunter turned in the best performances of the team competition, with Sloan put up a 39.725 and 39.675.

The title was Florida’s third in gymnastics, the first one coming in the AIAW and their first NCAA Championship last year. The championship was the 32nd in University of Florida history and 16th since 2000. The Individual Events championships begin Sunday at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Alabama.

Check out the video of head coach Rhonda Faehn, Bridget Sloan, and Bridgette Caquatto below.

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