Florida Gators women's gymnastics

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Florida Gators women's gymnastics
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Founded 1973
University University of Florida
Conference SEC
Location Gainesville, Florida
Head coach Jenny Rowland (1st year)
Home arena O'Connell Center (Capacity: 12,000)
Nickname Florida Gators
Colors Orange and Blue[1]
         
National Championships
1982 (AIAW), 2013, 2014, 2015
Super Six Appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
NCAA Regional Champions
1981 (AIAW), 1982 (AIAW)
1984, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
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, 2015
Conference Champions
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 Jenny Rowland. The Gators women's gymnastics program has won nine SEC championships, and four national championships: the 1982 AIAW national tournament and the 2013, 2014, and 2015 NCAA championships.

History[edit]

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 championships (top twelve) every year but one. The Gators have advanced to the "Super Six" finals of the NCAA championships nineteen times. Florida has finished twice as runner-up (1998 and 2012)[2][3] and won NCAA championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015.[4]

Ernestine Weaver was the head coach of the Gators gymnastics program from 1980 to 1992 and was responsible for much of the team's early success in AIAW, NCAA, and SEC competition. Under Weaver, the Gators won five SEC championships, the AIAW national championship in 1982, and appeared in thirteen consecutive NCAA championships; 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 championships in ten seasons, including three Super Six appearances and a second-place finish in 1998; Markell's Gators won three individual national championships.

The Gators were coached by Rhonda Faehn from 2003-2015; they won four SEC championships and appeared in the NCAA championships every year, including ten Super Six appearances, a national runner-up performance in 2012, and three straight national championships from 2013-2015. The 2014 NCAA championship team scored the highest total ever at an NCAA championship with a 198.175.[3] Faehn's Gators won nine individual national championships. Marissa King won the vault title in 2011, Kytra Hunter won the all-around and vault title in 2012 and the all-around and floor titles in 2015, 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.

After Faehn's resignation following the 2015 national championship, Florida hired Auburn assistant Jenny Rowland to be the new head coach. In Jenny's first year as head coach she led the Gators to their 10th SEC title and fourth in seven years.

Individual national champions[edit]

Nine Florida Gators gymnasts have won a total of seventeen 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 and vault title, 2015 all-around and floor title), Alaina Johnson (2013 NCAA Bars), Bridget Sloan (2013 NCAA all-around, beam; 2014 NCAA Bars; 2016 NCAA All-Around, Bars, and Beam)

2017 Roster[edit]

Below is a roster of gymnasts on the team for the 2017 season.

2017 Roster[5]
Name Height Year Events Hometown Club
Sierra Alexander 5-7 FR VT,FX Fort Lauderdale, FL West Broward Gymnastics Academy
Kennedy Baker 5-0 JR AA Flower Mound, TX Texas Dreams
Alicia Boren 4-11 SO AA Franklin Lakes, NJ North Stars
Claire Boyce 5-6 SR AA Arlington, TX Texas Dreams
Maegan Chant 5-3 FR AA Waterdown,Ontario World Class Gymnastics
Amanda Cheney 5-5 SO AA Orlando, FL Orlando Metro
Lacy Dagen 5-1 SO AA Pleasanton, CA San Mateo Gymnastics
Rachel Gowey 5-1 FR AA Urbandale,Iowa Chow's Gymnastics
Ashley Hiller 4-11 SO AA Houston, TX Stars Gymnastics
Amelia Hundley 5-5 FR AA Hamilton,OH Cincinnati Gymnastics
Grace McLaughlin 5-2 JR AA Allen, TX WOGA
Alex McMurtry 5-2 JR AA Midlothian, VA Richmond Olympiad
Rachel Slocum 5-3 JR VT,BB,FX Holy Springs,NC Eastern Michigan
  • Head Coach: Jenny Rowland
  • Assistant Coach: Adrian Burde
  • Assistant Coach: Owen Field
  • Volunteer Assistant Coach: Jeremy Miranda
  • Assistant to Head Coach: Ashley Kerr
  • Athletic Trainer: Kelly Flemming

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Future recruits[edit]

Below are gymnasts who have committed to Florida.

2017-18 Commits

  • Alyssa Baumann - 2016 - WOGA - 2014 World Champion, US team (deferring one year due to injury)
  • Megan Skaggs - 2017 - Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta - 2013, 2014 US Nationals qualifier, 2015 US team
  • Vanasia Bradley - 2017 - Euro Stars - 2013 US Nationals qualifier

2018-19 Commits

All-American selections[edit]

All-American selections through the 2012 season.[7]

Second-team All-American honors are designated with an asterisk (*).

Team Records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UF Identity Style Guide". University of Florida. 2016-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 
  2. ^ Pat Dooley, "Top 25 Gator teams: #24 1998 Gymnastics," Gainesville Sun (June 1, 2009). Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Laura Owens, "UF gymnastics finishes second at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (April 21, 2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  4. ^ "National Champions: Gators Claim Program's First NCAA Gymnastics Title," GatorZone.com (April 20, 2013). Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "2017 Gymnastics Roster". Gatorzone. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  6. ^ http://floridagators.com/roster.aspx?path=gymnastics&
  7. ^ Florida Gymnastics 2012 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 55–56 (2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.

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