No National Title for Gymnastics Team
Florida's quest for a third national championship this season fell short late Friday night as the gymnastics team finished third at the NCAA Gymnastics Championships in front of a crowd of
9,255 in Salt Lake City.
Georgia earned its third consecutiove title with a score of 197.85. Utah finished second with 197.25, followed closely by Florida with 197.225.
The Gators were trying to earn the school's third title this season (two in basketball, one in football), the first ever in gymnastics. Florida entered the two-day competition on Thursday as the nation's No. 1 team and was undefeated.
Mistakes on the floor routines and uneven bars ultimately cost the Gators.
"I have to hand ti to Georgia, they had an unbelievable night,'' UF coach Rhonda Faehn said. "They were on fire and deserved to win. We made mistakes that you just can't do when you are challenging for a national title. I think we did really well on vault and decent on beam, especially since we started on that event. Tonigh we just made some mistakes in areas like floor and bars that just hurt our chances the most. It was hard because we were so consistent all season long. But I'm just so proud of these athletes for the season that we've had this year.''
Floridagymnasts will compete in today’s Individual Event Finals: Amanda Castillo (vault, beam); Savannah Evans (vault, floor); Corey Hartung (beam, floor); Ashley Reed (floor) and Melanie Sinclair (bars, beam).