Florida gymnastics team in search of first national championship
The No. 1 seed Florida gymnastics team(15-2, 6-1 SEC) begins competition in the NCAA Championships this afternoon at Pauley Pavillion in Los Angeles.
Florida is trying to become only the fifth team to earn an NCAA gymnastics title. This is the third time Florida entered the NCAA Championships as No. 1, as UF was the top seed in 2012 and shared the No. 1 seed with Utah in 2007.
In order to advance to Saturday's Super Six finals - where the national championship will be determined - the Gators need to finish among the top three teams in today's semifinal session.
The Gators begin the competition on the floor exercise at 3 p.m.
Florida has qualified for the NCAA Championships 31 times, missing only the 2000 event. The Gators advanced to the 2013 national title competition by winning the Gainesville Regional on April 6 in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.
Last season, the Gators finished national runner-up wit a score of 197.775 - part of the tightest NCAA Super Six between the top three teams in the meet’s history.Alabama claimed its second consecutive title at 197.85 and UCLA was third at 197.75.
The Gators enter today's meet on a roll: of the nation’s top eight team totals of 2013, five were turned in by the Gators in their last seven meets.