MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Florida gymnastics team is off to the NCAA Championships after winning the NCAA Minneapolis Regional title, held Saturday in front of 2,981 at the University of Minnesota's Sports Pavilion. The win advances Florida to Fort Worth, Texas, where the Gators will look to defend their 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA team titles.
The Gators turned in a 196.725 Saturday for the team's fifth-straight NCAA Regional title. The top two teams in regional competition advance to the NCAA Championships. Minnesota claimed the other berth at 196.175. Missouri was third at 195.85, followed by Denver (195.70), Ohio State (194.775) and Brigham Young (194.075).
Scoring was tight for all teams Saturday as Florida was the only team to turn in event totals above 49.0 for each of the four events. Florida's event totals for vault (49.225), uneven bars (49.125) and balance beam (49.30) led all teams and the Gators' beam total was the top total on any event Saturday.
Senior All-American Bridget Sloan won her second consecutive regional all-around title, taking the win Saturday with a total of 39.375. She also claimed the balance beam title at 9.95.
Sophomore All-American Alex McMurtry claimed a share of both the vault and uneven bars wins. She shared the vault win with freshman teammate Alicia Boren and Iowa State's Meaghan Sievers at 9.90. McMurtry tied Minnesota's Lindsay Mable for the bars win at 9.875.