"I thought we came out of bars okay and did well on beam," UF Head Coach Rhonda Faehn said. "I was disappointed with our performance on floor. You can't count a break – the competition is just too close. I was happy that we came back from floor to finish so strong on vault. We had some nice vaults tonight."
Florida opened the meet with a team score of 49.05 on the uneven bars. Three Gators – Sherie Owens, Ashley Reed and Tiffany Murry - shared the team's high score of 9.825 on the event Friday evening. Florida turned in its second-highest balance beam total of the season, 49.20, on the next rotation. Sophomore All-American Breanne King anchored the lineup with a 9.90 to share second overall in the final beam standings. It was King's third beam mark of 9.90 or higher this season. Fellow sophomore All-American Katie Rue also turned in a 9.85 for UF.
A solid floor performance was hurt when Florida's final two performers had problems in their routines, forcing the Gators to use a low 9.475 toward their team score of 48.85. Florida's freshmen – Murry and Reed – were among a six-way tie for third in the final floor standings. The score matches the collegiate-best for Reed and is just off the season-best of 9.925 for Murry. Florida finished the meet strong on the vault, turning in a team score of 49.30 for the third consecutive meet. Sophomore All-American Savannah Evans led UF on the event with her 9.90, which took second overall.
Five different Utah gymnasts claimed each of the event titles Friday. Annabeth Eberle won the vault (9.975), Rachel Tidd took the bars crown (9.925), freshman Ashley Postell won beam (9.925) and Gritt Hofman claimed the floor title at 9.975. Nicole Ford won the all-around at 39.625, while Postell was second 39.60. Florida's Reed matched her Florida season best all-around total of 39.425 for the second consecutive week to take third in the final all-around standings.
Florida continues its road trip Sunday, March 6 when the Gators face No. 4 and two-time defending NCAA champion UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. Meet time is set for 5 p.m. (ET) in the Pauley Pavilion. Live streaming video and scores of the meet can be found at www.uclabruins.collegesports.com