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No. 1 Gators Begin 2021 with Win at No. 14 Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. - Preseason No. 1 Gator gymnastics used its highest season opening total to claim the win Friday at No. 14 Auburn. Florida started the season with a 197.50 - 195.725 win in front of a sold-out reduced capacity Auburn Arena crowd of 1,100.

Florida trailed the Tigers by 0.05 after the opening rotation. The Gators' uneven bars team total of 49.05 was dinged by steps or low dismounts. Junior Trinity Thomas and Leah Clapper led UF with marks of 9.875 to tie for second overall. Auburn's Derrian Gobourne took the evening's bars title at 9.90.

Florida looked at mid-season form on vault, as its total of 49.55 is the highest for the team since the 2017 season. Thomas' near-perfect mark of 9.975 set her collegiate best. Three Gators - Ellie Lazzari, Megan Skaggs and Nya Reed - shared second by setting or equaling their collegiate best of 9.90.

The Gators were led on floor by Thomas' 9.95 and Reed was just a fraction behind at 9.925. Thomas claimed the event title and Reed shared second with Auburn's Derrian Gobourne. Florida tallied a 49.30 on the event.

Four balance beam marks of 9.90 or better - including winning marks of 9.95 by Thomas and Lazzari - helped Florida post a meet-high event total of 49.60. Senior Alyssa Baumann took third at 9.925 and junior Sydney Johnson-Scharpf earned a 9.90.

Thomas' four event titles included upping the Gators' season opening all-around total best to 39.75.

Note: Florida and Auburn meet twice in 2021 regular-season action. Tonight's result does not count in SEC standings.