Clash Of Champions: No. 5 Florida Hosts No. 1 Oklahoma In Top-Five Showdown

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The No. 5 Florida Gators host the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Friday night in what should be an incredible meet — and perhaps our first glimpse at what the postseason could look like if these two squads make it to nationals.

Five Straight

Oklahoma and Florida have combined for titles the last five seasons. The Gators were champions in 2013 and 2015, while Oklahoma earned back-to-back titles in 2016 and 2017. In 2014? The Sooners and Gators tied for the NCAA title with matching 198.175s. It was the first tie for a NCAA gymnastics title.

Sooners + Floor

Oklahoma is the top-ranked squad on three events — vault, bars, and beam — but are fourth on floor exercise. While they have excellent routines in the final slots in the lineup with Maggie Nichols and AJ Jackson as the one-two punch to close out, three of the remaining four members of the Sooners’ floor lineup did not compete the event last season. 

Brenna Dowell is a strong floor worker and is the lone member in that group that was in all but one floor lineup in 2017. Brehanna Showers missed 2017 with injury and Jade Degouveia did not crack into the floor lineup in 2017 while newcomer Anastasia Webb has been relatively solid in the floor lineup.

Gators + Uneven Bars

After finishing 2017 ranked fourth on uneven bars, Florida has struggled a bit on the event this season with cracking the big scores. The Gators have slipped into the 9.700-range on bars through the first three meets and have scored a 9.900 or better just three times on bars this season. 

Florida does return five of six bar workers to the lineup — Kennedy Baker, Alicia Boren, Amelia Hundley, Rachel Gowey, and Alex McMurtry. Expect that core group plus one freshman — Jazzy Foberg and Megan Skaggs have appeared so far — continue to build on the scores this season.

10.0s On Vault

Oklahoma and Florida have two of the most dynamic vault lineups in the country. The two teams combine for at least eight total 10.0 starts on vault. The Sooners have four Yurchenko one and a halfs from Degouveia, Nichols, Jackson, and Dowell plus an Omelianchik from Webb. 

So far, Florida has only competed with three 10.0 starts — Yurchenko one and a halfs from Baker and Boren plus the front handspring-front pike half from Rachel Slocum. McMurtry will eventually start throwing her Yurchenko double for a fourth 10.0 start. After that, it’s anyone’s guess — both Skaggs and Hundley showed Yurchenko one and a halfs during preseason training but have not yet competed them.

Athletes To Watch

Alicia Boren | Junior | Florida

Boren has been killing it this season for Florida. She is tied for eighth in the country in the all-around and posted a season-best 39.575 in the Gators’ opening meet against West Virginia. She’s been a lot of fun to watch on floor, in particular, where she has scored a 9.875 or better all three meets this season.



Anastasia Webb | Freshman | Oklahoma

Webb has shown a lot of poise in two competitions for the defending champions. She has been solid across all four events for Oklahoma so far and was particularly good on balance beam in the season opener, where she went up after the Sooners had made some mistakes and did not waver. She earned second in the all-around both meets with a solid 39.400.



How To Watch

The meet will be live on SEC Network Plus at 7 PM ET, which can be streamed from WatchESPN with your cable login. The meet will be aired on tape delay on ESPNU at 10 PM ET

Roster: USA Gymnastics February National Team Verification Event

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USA Gymnastics has released more details for the upcoming February verification competition to be held at LSU's training facility in Baton Rouge, LA. 

USA Gymnastics Announces 14 On Interim Board Of Directors

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Press release below via USA Gymnastics

INDIANAPOLIS — The interim Board of Directors of USA Gymnastics, which replaces the Board that resigned last month, will reflect the makeup of the 21-member Board that is identified in the current USA Gymnastics Bylaws, as outlined below.

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You just finished a four-hour practice. Your muscles are starving for a carb refuel and some protein repair. Your brain is craving nourishment from healthy omega fats. But you have a 45-minute car ride and need something in your body within the next 20 minutes! Whether it's muscle, bone, or brain repair, you only have a short window of time when the body will fully absorb those nutrients.

Recapping The Action: Sooners, Bruins Keep Rolling

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No. 1-ranked Oklahoma posted a score above the 198 mark for the third straight week, this time totaling a season-best 198.150 to top North Carolina on Sunday in Norman, OK.

LIVE This Weekend On FloGymnastics: February 16-17

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Here's what we've got live this weekend on FloGymnastics! Sign up for PRO membership for access to these live events, video archives, documentaries, and training and technique videos.

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At the 2017 American Cup, the table was set for Riley McCusker like it was Thanksgiving Day: she’d placed first in selection camp the month before, she’d practiced well before the meet, and — most of all — the meet was just down the road in New Jersey, just 30 minutes away from where McCusker trained.

NCAA Week 6: Five Stellar Gymnasts Competing This Weekend

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The sixth week of NCAA competition kicks off this Friday night as youthful Kentucky takes on a Georgia team that is getting stronger each week. There's also a Big Ten showdown slated tomorrow, as Minnesota and Illinois face off. Then conference foes Nebraska and Iowa meet in a Saturday dual contest, while Denver plays host to West Virginia and George Washington at the 2018 Winterfest Classic, which you can watch right here on FloGymnastics. 

Top Texas Dreams & Metroplex Gymnasts To Compete At Brestyan's Invitational

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The annual Brestyan’s Las Vegas Invitational will take place this week from February 8-11, and FloGymnastics will be on site and live-streaming the level 10 sessions. Some of the top level 10 gymnasts in the country will compete on Friday and one session on Saturday this weekend.