Florida Gators women's gymnastics
|Florida Gators women's gymnastics|
|University||University of Florida|
|Head Coach||Rhonda Faehn (11th year)|
|Home Arena||O'Connell Center
|Known As||Florida Gators|
|Colors||Orange and Blue
|1982 (AIAW), 2013, 2014|
|Super Six Appearances|
|1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|NCAA Regional Champions|
|1981 (AIAW), 1982 (AIAW)
1982, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013|
The Florida Gators women's gymnastics team represents the University of Florida in the sport of gymnastics. The team competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Gators host their home matches in the O'Connell Center on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus, and are currently led by head coach Rhonda Faehn. In the forty-year history of the Gators women's gymnastics program, the team has won nine SEC championships, and three national championships, including the 1982 AIAW national tournament, and the 2013 and 2014 NCAA national tournaments.
- 1 History
- 2 Individual national champions
- 3 Current Roster (2014-15)
- 4 2013-14 Season Schedule/Results
- 5 All-American selections
- 6 Team Records
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The University of Florida first fielded a women's varsity gymnastics team in the fall of 1973. Gymnastics was one of the first women's sports added at the University of Florida and achieved early success by winning the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) championship (the AIAW was the governing body for women's college sports from 1971 to 1982). Since the NCAA assumed sponsorship for women's sports championships in 1982, Florida has advanced to the NCAA national championship tournament (top twelve teams nationally) thirty times, and has only failed to qualify for the national championship once since 1982. The Gators have advanced to the "Super Six" finals of the NCAA championship eighteen times. Florida has placed second in the NCAA national championship tournament twice, finishing as the runner-up in 1998 and 2012, and won back-to-back NCAA championships in 2013 and 2014.
Ernestine Weaver was the head coach of the Gators gymnastics program from 1980 to 1992, and she was responsible for much of the team's early success in AIAW, NCAA and SEC competition. Under Weaver, the Gators won five SEC tournament championships, won the AIAW national championship in 1982, and appeared in thirteen consecutive NCAA national championship tournaments; Gators gymnasts won five AIAW and NCAA individual national championships. Judi Markell succeeded Weaver as head coach in 1993, and her teams qualified for nine NCAA national championship tournaments in ten seasons, including three Super Six appearances, and a second-place finish in 1998; Markell's Gators won three NCAA individual national championships.
The Gators have been coached by Rhonda Faehn since 2003, and have won four SEC tournament championships, and appeared in the NCAA national championship tournament twelve consecutive times under Faehn, including nine Super Six appearances, an NCAA national runner-up performance in 2012, and back-to-back NCAA national championships in 2013 and 2014. The 2014 NCAA championship team also scored the highest total ever at an NCAA championship with a 198.175. Faehn's Gators have won seven NCAA individual national championships. Marissa King won the vault title in 2011, Kytra Hunter won the all-around and vault title in 2012, Alaina Johnson won the uneven bars title in 2013, and Bridget Sloan won the all-around and balance beam titles in 2013 and the uneven bars title in 2014.
The Gators' major national rivals include the Georgia Gym Dogs of the University of Georgia and the Alabama Crimson Tide women's gymnastics team of the University of Alabama. Both Alabama and Georgia are fellow SEC members.
Individual national champions
Nine Florida Gators gymnasts have won a total of fifteen individual national college championships, including Ann Woods (1982 AIAW all-around, floor exercise, uneven bars), Lynn McDonnell (1982 AIAW balance beam), Maria Anz (1984 NCAA floor exercise), Susan Hines (1997 NCAA vault; 1998 NCAA vault), Betsy Hamm (1998 NCAA balance beam), Marissa King (2011 NCAA vault), and Kytra Hunter (2012 NCAA all-around, vault), Alaina Johnson (2013 NCAA Bars), Bridget Sloan (2013 NCAA all-around, beam and 2014 NCAA Bars)
Current Roster (2014-15)
Below is a roster of gymnasts on the team for the 2014-15 season.
|Name||Height||Class||Hometown||Club||Previous Coach(es)||Best Achievement||Major|
|Kennedy Baker||Unknown||Freshman||Flower Mound, TX||Texas Dreams Gymnastics||Kim Zmeskal, Chris Burdette||U.S. National Team 2010-14, 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier||Unknown|
|Claire Boyce||5'6"||Sophomore||Grapevine, TX||Texas Dreams Gymnastics||Kim Zmeskal, Chris Burdette||27th at the 2010 U.S VISA Nationals||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Bridgette Caquatto||5'2"||Junior||Naperville, IL||Legacy Elite Gymnastics||Li Yuejiu, Wu Jiani||2011 Pan American Games Team, All-Around and Bars Champion||Social and Behaviorial Sciences|
|Bianca Dancose-Giambattisto||5'6"||Junior||Montreal, Canada||Gym-Richeliu||Michel Charron, Galina Larchina||2010 World Championships Team Member for Canada||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Ericha Fassbender||Unknown||Freshman||Houston, TX||Stars||Dan & Ashly Baker||U.S. National Team 2010-11||Unknown|
|Morgan Frazier||5'2"||Junior||Winter Garden, FL||Orlando Metro Gymnastics||Jeff Woods||2012 Florida State Level 10 Champion||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Kytra Hunter||5'0"||Senior||Frederick, MD||Hill's Gymnastics||Kelli Hill||2010 World Championships Alternate||Food and Resource Economics|
|Grace McLaughlin||Unknown||Freshman||Allen, TX||WOGA||Valeri Liukin||2011 Pan American Games||Unknown|
|Jamie Shisler||5'7"||Senior||Naples, FL||Coast Elite Academy||Dave Zweifelhofer, Katie Jerabek||2011 J.O National Championships qualifier||Economics|
|Bridget Sloan||5'1"||Junior||Pittsboro, IN||Sharp's Academy||Marvin Sharp||2009 World All Around Champion and 2008 Olympic Team Silver Medalist, 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier||Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|Rachel Spicer||5'1"||Senior||Highland Village, TX||Metroplex||Marnie Futch, Gina Quinlan||2010 J.O National Champion in Junior C division||Applied Physiology|
|Kiersten Wang||5'0"||Senior||Monument, CO||Colorado Aerials||Kathy Vigil||2010 Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup qualifier||Civil Engineering|
These are gymnasts that have committed to Florida and hence will be competing in future years.
- Alicia Boren - 2015 - North Stars - J.O National Champion
- Lacy Dagen - 2015 - San Mateo - 2013 National Championships qualifier
- Peyton Ernst - 2015 - Texas Dreams - 2013 US National Team Member, 2nd Place All Around Mexico Open and Tokyo World Cup
- Alex McMurtry - 2015 - Richmond Olympiad - Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup winner (has decided to enroll early and will join the gators with the 2015 class)
- Alyssa Baumann - 2016 - WOGA - 2014 World Championship team member
- Rachel Gowey - 2016 - Chows - 2013 and 2014 US Nationals qualifier (did not compete due to injury), 2012 JO National Team Member
- Amelia Hundley - 2016 - Cincinnati - 3x US Junior National Team Member (2011–present), 2012 Pacific Rim Team Champion
- Ashton Locklear - 2016 - Everest - 2014 US National uneven bars champion, 2014 World Championship team member
- Sydney Johnson-Scharpf - 2018 - Brandy Johnson's - 2013, 2014 P&G National Championships competitor
- Emily Gaskins - 2018 - Intensity - 2013, 2014 P&G National Championships competitor
2013-14 Season Schedule/Results
|Date||Meet||Location||Team Total||Highest Scorer||Win or Loss|
|11th Jan||Florida v UCLA||Los Angeles, CA||196.650||Kytra Hunter (UF)||Win|
|17th Jan||Florida v Auburn||Auburn, AL||197.075||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|24th Jan||Florida v Georgia||Gainesville, FL||198.050||Kytra Hunter/Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|31st Jan||Florida v Oklahoma||Gainesville, FL||197.875||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|7th Feb||Florida v Kentucky||Lexington, KY||197.175||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|14th Feb||Florida v Arkansas||Gainesville, FL||197.525||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|21st Feb||Florida v LSU - Link to Pink Meet*||Gainesville, FL||198.125||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|28th Feb||Florida v Alabama||Tuscaloosa, AL||197.400||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Loss|
|7th Mar||Florida v West Virginia||Gainesville, FL||198.325||Alaina Johnson (UF)||Win|
|14th Mar||Florida v Missouri||Columbia, MO||198.200||Bridget Sloan (UF)||Win|
|22nd Mar||SEC Championships||Birmingham, AL||197.700||Bridget Sloan (UF)||2nd|
|5th Apr||Regional Championships||TBA|
|18-20th Apr||NCAA Gymnastics Championships||Birmingham, AL|
- all proceeds went to Breast Cancer Awareness
Second-team All-American honors are designated with an asterisk (*).
Top Team Total
Top Vault Total
Top Uneven Bars Total
Top Balance Beam Total
Top Floor Total
- Florida Gators
- History of the University of Florida
- List of University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame members
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- University Athletic Association
- Pat Dooley, "Top 25 Gator teams: #24 1998 Gymnastics," Gainesville Sun (June 1, 2009). Retrieved August 8, 2009.
- Laura Owens, "UF gymnastics finishes second at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (April 21, 2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- "National Champions: Gators Claim Program's First NCAA Gymnastics Title," GatorZone.com (April 20, 2013). Retrieved April 20, 2013.
- Florida Gymnastics 2012 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 55–56 (2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.
- GatorSports.com – Florida Gators women's gymnastics news from The Gainesville Sun.
- GatorZone.com – Official webpage of the Florida Gators women's gymnastics team.
- SECSports.com – Official webpage of Southeastern Conference gymnastics.