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
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Founded1973
UniversityUniversity of Florida
Head coachJenny Rowland (7th season)
ConferenceSEC
LocationGainesville, Florida
Home arenaExactech Arena at Stephen C. O'Connell Center (Capacity: 9,251[1])
NicknameFlorida Gators
ColorsOrange and blue[2]
   
National championships
1982 (AIAW), 2013, 2014, 2015
Four on the Floor appearances
2021, 2022
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, 2021, 2022
Conference championships
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

HistoryEdit

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)[3][4] and won NCAA championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015.[5]

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.[4] 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

Twelve Florida Gators gymnasts have won a total of thirty-one 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), 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), and Trinity Thomas (2022 NCAA all-around, floor exercise, and uneven bars).

RosterEdit

Below is a roster of gymnasts on the team for the 2022–2023 season.

2023 Roster
Name Height Year Hometown Club
Rachel Baumann 5-3 GS Plano, TX WOGA
Sloane Blakely 5-1 SO Frisco, TX WOGA
Lori Brubach 5-4 FR Apopka, FL RAD Gymnastics
Leah Clapper 4-11 GS Ann Arbor, MI Gym America
Chloi Clark 5-2 JR Denver, CO CGI
Kayla DiCello 5-4 FR Boyds, Maryland Hill's Gymnastics
Bri Edwards 5-0 SO Navarre, FL Gulf Coast Gymnastics
Morgan Hurd 4-9 FR Middletown, DE First State Gymnastics
Ellie Lazzari 5-0 JR Wheaton, IL Legacy Elite
Alex Magee 5-4 JR Orlando, FL Orlando Metro
Riley McCusker 5-2 SO Bradenton, FL Arizona Sunrays
Victoria Nguyen 5-2 JR Houston, TX Everest Gymnastics
Payton Richards 5-1 SR Mokena, IL Aerials Gymnastics Club
Savannah Schoenherr 5-3 GS Columbus, GA Georgia Elite
Halley Taylor 5-2 GS Tampa, FL LaFleur's
Trinity Thomas 5-3 GS York, PA Prestige
Leanne Wong 5-1 SO Overland Park, KS GAGE
  • 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

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Future recruitsEdit

Below are gymnasts who have committed to Florida.

2023–24 Commits

All-American selectionsEdit

All-American selections through the 2012 season.[8]

  • Maria Anz (1984)
  • Mackenzie Caquatto (2012)
  • Amanda Castillo (2007, 2008)
  • Ashanee Dickerson (2010, 2011*, 2012)
  • Erinn Dooley (2003*, 2004, 2005*)
  • Savannah Evans (2004*, 2006, 2007)
  • Amy Ferguson (2012*)
  • Courtney Gladys (2010*)
  • Alicia Goodwin (2009, 2010*)
  • Jaime Graziano (1997*)
  • Kristin Guise (1993*, 1994, 1995, 1996)
  • Betsy Hamm (1998)
  • Corey Hartung (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Susan Hines (1996*, 1997, 1998)
  • Kytra Hunter (2012)
  • Alaina Johnson (2011, 2012*)
  • Colleen Johnson (1993*)
  • Janice Kerr (1988^)
  • Breanne King (2004*, 2007*)
  • Marissa King (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Samantha Lutz (2004, 2006*)
  • Elizabeth Mahlich (2009*)
  • Lana Marty (1982)
  • Christina McDonald (1991)
  • Lynn McDonnell (1981, 1982)
  • Melissa Miller (1987, 1988, 1989)
  • Lindsey Miner (2002, 2003)
  • Tiffany Murry (2006*)
  • Amy Myerson (1994, 1995)
  • Lisa Panzironi (1994*)
  • Ashley Reed (2007, 2008)
  • Katie Rue (2004*)
  • Elfi Schlegel (1983, 1984, 1985)
  • Melanie Sinclair (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Maranda Smith (2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Tammy Smith (1985)
  • Sybil Stephenson (1995*, 1996*, 1997)
  • Kristen Stucky (2003*)
  • Orley Szmuch (2003*, 2004)
  • Hilary Thompson (2001, 2002*)
  • Pam Titus (1989, 1990, 1991)
  • Chantelle Tousek (2004)
  • Chrissy Van Fleet (1997, 1998, 1999*, 2000*)
  • Chrissy Vogel (1995, 1996, 1997*)
  • Kara Waterhouse (2001*)
  • Nicola Willis (2008)
  • Tracy Wilson (1990)
  • Ann Woods (1980, 1981, 1982)
  • Rebekah Zaiser (2010*)

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.

Year Name First Team Second Team
2022 [9] Nya Reed FX V
Megan Skaggs AA
Trinity Thomas V, UB, BB, FX
Leanne Wong UB AA, BB, FX
2021 [10] Trinity Thomas AA, BB, FX, V UB
Alyssa Baumann BB, FX
Megan Skaggs AA, UB
Ellie Lazarri BB
Nya Reed FX
Savannah Schoenherr V
Leah Clapper BB
2020 [11] Trinity Thomas AA, UB, BB, FX V
Rachel Gowey BB
Savannah Schoenherr UB
Alyssa Baumann FX BB
2019 [12] Trinity Thomas AA, UB, FX BB
Alyssa Baumann BB
Alicia Boren AA, FX
Megan Skaggs UB
2018 [13] Alyssa Baumann BB
Alicia Boren AA, BB, FX
Rachel Gowey BB
Alex McMurtry V, UB, BB
Rachel Slocum V
2017 [14] Kennedy Baker FX
Alicia Boren AA, V, FX
Amelia Hundley UB AA
Alex McMurtry V, UB BB
Rachel Slocum V
2016 [15] Kennedy Baker AA, V, FX
Alicia Boren AA, V
Bridgette Caquatto UB
Alex McMurtry V, UB, BB
Bridget Sloan AA, UB, BB, FX V
2015 [16] Kennedy Baker FX
Claire Boyce BB
Bridgette Caquatto UB FX
Kytra Hunter AA, V, FX
Alex McMurtry V UB
Bridget Sloan UB
2014 [17] Mackenzie Caquatto UB, BB
Kytra Hunter AA, V, FX
Alaina Johnson AA UB
Bridget Sloan AA, V, UB, BB, FX
2013 Mackenzie Caquatto UB, BB
Ashanée Dickerson V AA
Kytra Hunter AA, V, FX UB
Marissa King FX
Bridget Sloan AA, UB, BB V

Team RecordsEdit

Past OlympiansEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rent the Center – Stephen C. O'Connell Center".
  2. ^ "UF Identity Style Guide". March 1, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Pat Dooley, "Top 25 Gator teams: #24 1998 Gymnastics," Gainesville Sun (June 1, 2009). Retrieved August 8, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Laura Owens, "UF gymnastics finishes second at NCAAs," The Gainesville Sun (April 21, 2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.
  5. ^ "National Champions: Gators Claim Program's First NCAA Gymnastics Title," GatorZone.com (April 20, 2013). Retrieved April 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "2022 Gymnastics Roster".
  7. ^ @InsideGym (September 27, 2021). "Gator Watch! 🐊Skye Blakely has committed to the University of Florida" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Florida Gymnastics 2012 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 55–56 (2012). Retrieved May 14, 2012.
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  13. ^ "Gator gymnasts earn NACGC/W Regular-Season All-America honors". Florida Gators. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  14. ^ "Five Gator earn NACGC Regular-Season All-America honors". Florida Gators. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  15. ^ "Five Gators Earn 14 NACGC All-America Honors". Florida Gators. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
  16. ^ "Six Gator gymnasts earn NACGC/W Regular-Season All-America honors". Florida Gators. Retrieved 2021-02-24.
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