The Kentucky Wildcats traveled to Florida to take on the Gators, with both teams looking for big scores in an intriguing SEC conference matchup to kick off week four. It was a packed house in Gainesville at the famed O’Dome, the Stephen C. O’Connel Center, and the Gators hoped to harness that energy starting out on vault.
In the first rotation, Florida struggled to find their landings early. Freshman Trinity Thomas led the pack with her super clear Yurchenko one-and-a-half for a 9.875, but the Gators still posted just a 49.05 in their opening rotation. For the Wildcats, they started off strong on bars, with specialist Cally Nixon scoring a huge 9.900 to help Kentucky take the lead with a 49.225 score.
In the second rotation, Florida put on a show. The 49.725 rotation total for Florida on bars is the highest bars rotation score in program history, with all six routines incredibly scoring over a 9.900 and Thomas leading the way again with a near-perfect 9.975. Kentucky remained consistent on vault, with a 9.900 from Katie Stuart leading the 49.075 rotation. Despite the solid vaults for Kentucky, Florida took the lead after their lights-out performance on bars heading to the halfway point of the meet.
Thomas kept the ball rolling for the Gators on beam, again leading the team with a 9.925. Junior Amelia Hundley also went 9.900 for Florida, helping extended their lead with a 49.35 on the event. Kentucky senior Sidney Dukes and junior Mollie Korth were the high scores for on floor for the Wildcats, with Dukes scoring a 9.900 and Korth with a 9.925 to lead a very solid 49.25 rotation.
In the final event of the night, Florida sealed their victory with a huge rotation on floor, not counting a score under 9.900 with Alicia Boren and Thomas both scoring 9.925s. The 49.55 floor rotation helped the Gators finish with a final score of 197.675 to easily take the win at home and reach a new season high. Kentucky also took home a season high, finishing with a 196.65 after a 49.1 on beam, led by a 9.875 from senior Alex Hyland.
Freshman Trinity Thomas won the all-around for the Gators with a massive 39.7, and both teams should be happy with their scores from the night as the season really hits its stride now.Tags: Alex Hyland, Alicia Boren, Amelia Hundley, Cally Nixon, Florida, Florida Gators, Katie Stuart, Kentucky, Kentucky Wildcats, Mollie Korth, NCAA Gymnastics, Sidney Dukes, Trinity Thomas