FORT WORTH, Texas - It didn't start well.
A pair of balance beam misses on the Gators gymnastics team's opening event gave UF a deficit impossible to erase. It put Florida in fourth, a position they couldn't rise out of in Saturday's NCAA Team Championship, held at Dickies Arena.
Today, a seventh program raised the NCAA trophy, as Michigan won its first team title after posting a 198.25. That total is the third-highest in NCAA Team Finals history.
Oklahoma, the defending NCAA champion, took second at 198.1625. Utah was third at 197.9875 and Florida posted a 197.1375.
SATURDAY'S PERFORMANCE BY THE GATORS:
Florida were forced to count a miss toward their beam total for the first time since the 2019 season. Senior Alyssa Baumann led the Gator on the event at 9.925 and freshman Ellie Lazzari turned in a 9.9125.
The Gators looked strong on floor, with four marks of 9.9 or better. The junior duo of Nya Reed and Trinity Thomas each posted 9.95s and seniors Megan Skaggs and Baumann earned 9.9s.
Florida used marks of 9.825 or better toward its vault total. Reed led the team on the event for the second consecutive day, equaling her collegiate best of 9.925.
The Gators finished on uneven bars, getting leading marks of 9.9375 from Skaggs and 9.90 by Thomas.
This was Florida's 17th NCAA team final appearance (1994, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021). Florida won NCAA team titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
In the 39-year history of the NCAA Championships, seven teams have won NCAA team titles - Alabama, UCLA, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, Utah and now Michigan.