Florida Gators women's gymnastics
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.
|Florida Gators women's gymnastics|
|University||University of Florida|
|Head coach||Jenny Rowland (3rd season)|
|Home arena||O'Connell Center (Capacity: 12,000)|
|Colors||Orange and blue|
|1982 (AIAW), 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Four on the Floor appearances|
|Super Six appearances|
|1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|NCAA Regional championships|
|1981 (AIAW), 1982 (AIAW)|
1984, 1985, 1987, 1997, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
|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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019|
|1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021|
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) and won NCAA championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015.
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. 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 championsEdit
Eleven Florida Gators gymnasts have won a total of twenty-eight 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), Alex McMurtry (2017 NCAA all-around and bars; 2018 NCAA vault), Alicia Boren(2019 NCAA Floor)
Below is a roster of gymnasts on the team for the 2020–2021 season.
|Alyssa Baumann||5-1||SR||AA||Plano, TX||WOGA|
|Leah Clapper||4-11||JR||AA||Ann Arbor, MI||Gym America|
|Chloi Clark||5-2||FR||AA||Denver, CO||CGI|
|Jazmyn Foberg||5-2||SR||AA||Bayville, NJ||MG Elite|
|Gabrielle Gallentine||5-0||FR||AA||Iron Station, NC||Everest Gymnastics|
|Sydney Johnson-Scharpf||4-11||JR||AA||Clermont, FL||Brandy Johnson's|
|Ellie Lazzari||5-0||FR||AA||Wheaton, IL||Legacy Elite|
|Alex Magee||5-4||FR||AA||Orlando, FL||Orlando Metro|
|Nya Reed||5-3||JR||AA||Landover, MD||Capital|
|Peyton Richards||5-1||SO||AA||Mokena, IL||Aerials Gymnastics Club|
|Savannah Schoenherr||5-3||JR||AA||Columbus, GA||Georgia Elite|
|Megan Skaggs||5-3||SR||AA||Marietta, GA||Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta|
|Halley Taylor||5-2||JR||AA||Tampa, FL||LaFleur's|
|Trinity Thomas||5-3||JR||AA||York, PA||Prestige|
- Head Coach: Jenny Rowland
- Assistant Coach: Adrian Burde
- Assistant Coach: Owen Field
- Volunteer Assistant Coach: Jeremy Miranda
- Assistant to Head Coach: Brittany Arlington
- Athletic Trainer: Janet Taylor
- Student Coach: Vanasia Bradley
Below are gymnasts who have committed to Florida.
- Sloane Blakely (signed) – WOGA – 2016, 2018 US Nationals qualifier
- Morgan Hurd (signed) – First State Gymnastics – 2017 World Champion, 2018 World Champion, 2019 Pan American Games Champion
- Shilese Jones – Buckeye Gymnastics - 2018 Pan American Championships team gold medalist
- Riley McCusker (signed) – Arizona Sunrays – 2018 World Champion, 2019 Pan American Games Champion
All-American selections through the 2012 season.
Second-team All-American honors are designated with an asterisk (*). H. Boyd McWhorter Award winners (top SEC male and female scholar-athletes) are designated with a caret (^).
Regular Season All-American AwardsEdit
The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NAGCS) started awarding All-American honors for a gymnast's regular season performance. The top 8 gymnasts in each event and the all-around receive first team honors and gymnasts ranked 9 to 16 receive second team honors.
The score is based on the National Qualifying Score (NQS) in the RoadtoNationals.com rankings.
|Name||First Team||Second Team|
|2021 Regular Season|
|Trinity Thomas||AA, BB, FX, V||UB|
|Alyssa Baumann||BB, FX|
|Megan Skaggs||AA, UB|
|2020 Regular Season|
|Trinity Thomas||AA, UB, BB, FX||V|
|2019 Regular Season|
|Trinity Thomas||AA, UB, FX||BB|
|Alicia Boren||AA, FX|
|2018 Regular Season|
|Alicia Boren||AA, BB, FX|
|Alex McMurtry||V, UB, BB|
|2017 Regular Season|
|Alicia Boren||AA, V, FX|
|Alex McMurtry||V, UB||BB|
|2016 Regular Season|
|Kennedy Baker||AA, V, FX|
|Alicia Boren||AA, V|
|Alex McMurtry||V, UB, BB|
|Bridget Sloan||AA, UB, BB, FX||V|
|2015 Regular Season|
|Kytra Hunter||AA, V, FX|
|2014 Regular Season|
|Mackenzie Caquatto||UB, BB|
|Kytra Hunter||AA, V, FX|
|Bridget Sloan||AA, V, UB, BB, FX|
|2013 Regular Season|
|Mackenzie Caquatto||UB, BB|
|Kytra Hunter||AA, V, FX||UB|
|Bridget Sloan||AA, UB, BB||V|
Top Team TotalEdit
Top Vault TotalEdit
Top Uneven Bars TotalEdit
Top Balance Beam TotalEdit
Top Floor TotalEdit
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