Florida gymnastics team wins program's first national championship
In the end, the No. 1 seed performed the way a championship-caliber team should.
Top-seed Florida overcame a shaky start in its opening rotation and rallied to win the 2013 NCAA Gymnastics national championship at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles Saturday night.
The Gators now join Alabama, UCLA, Georgia and Utah as the only schools to win national titles in women's gymnastics since the NCAA began awarding championships in the sport during the 1981-82 season.
After Ashanee Dickerson and Kytra Hunter both fell during their balance beam performances, the Gators rallied by earning the top scores on the vault, floor and uneven bars.
Florida won with a total score of 197.575, just ahead of Oklahoma (197.375) and two-time defending national champion Alabama (197.35).
The victory was sweet redemption for a Gators squad that just missed out on winning a national title last season. Florida was defeated by Alabama by .075 of a point.
Senior Marissa King summed up the Gators' elation with this statement on Twitter: "I can't believe we did it!!! NCAA CHAMPIONS for the first time EVER! It's a dream come true to finish my college career this way."