College gymnastics: With both teams boasting Top 10 rankings, Florida wins at Kentucky in SEC battle
LEXINGTON, Ky. – In the meeting of the collegiate gymnastics teams ranked No. 5, it was Florida with the win Friday in front of a Memorial Coliseum crowd of 5,549. The Gators took the win, 196.325 – 195.95, over Kentucky.
The Gators trailed by 0.15 after the opening rotation but owned more than a point lead at the midway point. That lead narrowed to a point after the third rotation. The final rotation was a bit uncomfortable as the Gators had a fall at the beginning and end of the beam lineup, but the Wildcats could not close the gap.
Florida's two Rachels claimed the first two event titles. Sophomore Rachel Gowey used a 9.825 to win her first collegiate uneven bars title. Then senior All-American Rachel Slocum used the Gators' season-high of 9.925 to claim a share of her first vault title of 2018.
Senior All-American Kennedy Baker led Florida on floor exercise to tie for second at 9.90. Gowey collected her second event win of the evening, sharing the beam title at 9.90.
Kentucky sophomore Mollie Korth took the all-around at 39.50 and shared the vault win with Slocum (9.925). UK's Sidney Dukes won floor at 9.95 and shared the beam with teammate Alex Hyland and Gowey at 9.90.
- Of the 84 all-time meetings between these two programs, this was the first both teams brought a top-10 ranking.
- Florida's season-best vault total (49.375) resulted when five in the Gators' lineup turned in season-best marks. Slocum's 9.925 earned her the 11th vault title of her career.
- Gowey won two event titles in a single collegiate meet for the first time. She took her first collegiate bars win with a 9.825. She claimed the beam title in each of Florida's three meets this season and tonight's win was her fifth beam win as a Gator.
THE SERIES: Florida leads the series 83-1.