It was Senior Night for the Florida down in Gainesville, as Penn State traveled down to face off against the third-ranked Gators in the final home meet of the season at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center this year.

Both teams started out strong, with Florida jumping out to an early lead with a 49.475 on vault, led by a 9.925 from senior Alicia Boren and a 9.950 from freshman Trinity Thomas. Penn State began on the uneven bars, where a 9.925 from Lauren Bridgens was the high score of their first and best rotation of the night, scoring a 49.2 on the event.

The Gators continued to compete well in the second rotation, scoring yet another 49.475 on the uneven bars. Florida was led by junior Amelia Hundley, who scored a 9.925. Penn State went six for six on vault but couldn’t quite get the landings they wanted, scoring a 48.925.

Alyssa Baumann celebrates after performing on the balance beam for the Florida Gators against the Penn State Nittany Lions in Gainesville, Florida/Florida Athletics

Florida had their best rotation of the night on the balance beam, scoring a huge 49.55. Boren, Thomas, and Megan Skaggs all scored 9.925s, and sophomore Alyssa Baumann anchored with a 9.900. Penn State had another solid rotation on floor, the high score of their 49.025 rotation being Sabrina Garcia’s 9.875.

The Gators closed out their day on the floor, with Thomas and Boren scoring near-perfect 9.950s to lead the 49.525 final rotation total. Boren anchored the rotation and the meet for the Gators on her Senior Night, and the Florida crowd went wild for the senior’s final performance at home. Boren also finished with a giant all-around total, scoring a 39.725 to finish just behind Thomas, who scored a 39.75.

Florida finished with a season-high-tying score of 198.025, taking home a win over Penn State, who also will be very happy about their score of 196.325. Penn State closed out their meet with a very strong balance beam rotation, totaling a 49.175 on the event with a 9.900 from Bridgens the high score of the rotation.

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