AUBURN, Ala. - No. 5 Florida gymnastics won Friday at No. 17 Auburn in front of a Groundhog Day crowd of 6,391 at the Auburn Arena. The Gators' 197.40 is Florida's best road total of 2018. The Tigers' 197.00 stands as AU's high for the season.
The Gators trailed by 0.025 after the opening rotation, but moved in front for good after equaling the nation's high of 49.50 on vault. Florida turned in a solid 49.40 on floor exercise and closed with a 49.175 on balance beam.
Two Gators won event titles in consecutive rotations. First, Gator senior All-American Alex McMurtry won the meet's uneven bars title, and then added the vault win on the next rotation. The first win came with a nearly-perfect 9.975 on uneven bars. Then she posted a perfect 9.95 on vault, as she performed the Yurchenko full tonight (start value: 9.95).
In the meet's second half, it was junior All-American Alicia Boren's turn to be a multiple event winner - both with season-best marks. Boren equaled her collegiate best of 9.95 to take the floor exercise title. Then she finished her competition with a 9.925 for the balance beam win.
Boren added her third title of the day with a 39.55 in the all-around. Sophomore Amelia Hundley was second with a 39.375 in her 2018 all-around debut. RECORDS: Florida (4-1, 2-1 SEC), Auburn (2-5, 1-3 SEC). HEAR
FROM THE GATORS:
Thoughts on tonight's meet:
"Today's performance was a big improvement over any of our previous road meets. The team seemed to take a little more confidence on the road with us after our last home meet. We were able to build on each routine, which was great to see. We were resting some and others were coming back from illness so there were some new faces in the lineups, which is always fun to see.
"At the beginning, the energy was a little conservative. We were a little quiet on bars. After bars, the energy ramped up and we had a stellar vault. We've had some amazing vault this year but balancing the power and the finesse of the landing has been a challenge sometimes. So it was great to see there was improvements shown there.
"We had some new faces on floor tonight. Rachel Gowey went out and had a great performance. I thought performances overall on floor were really good. We finished off with a solid beam rotation. We had a miss from Alex [McMurtry] but the rest of the team did really well." - Florida Head Coach Jenny Rowland